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501 Must-Read Books (501 Series) [Hardcover]

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10 Sep 2006 501 Series
501 Must Read Books is like the wisest, cleverest, best-read and most trusted friend you have ever has. The recommendations for inclusion in this comprehensive book were made by a bybliphile and writer with a peerless reputation.This comprehensive guide will inspire you to read more widely than you could have imagined and to explore the previously untrodden aisles in your bookstore or library.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bounty (10 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753713438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753713433
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This beautifully illutsrated book provides a comprehensive list must-read books. The book is divided into eight sections, with a detailed synopsis of each book as well as publication information. An indispensible guide for those who truly love to read or for those who just like learn. This comprehensive guide will inspire you to read more widely than you could have imagined and to explore the previously untrodden aisles in your bookstore or library.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read anything good lately? 25 Jun 2008
By MCSHARP
Format:Hardcover
I received this book as a birthday present from a friend who shares a passion for reading. When we see each other every few months we always ask "what have you been reading lately?". Like my friend, this book is a great source for a selection of new books to read.

A few broad categories separate the 501 selected books. Each book has an excellent one-page synopsis or mini essay which are definitely worth reading - either as a guide to a potential purchase - or to check against your own assessment of an already encountered book.

To limit the entire world's output of books to a mere selection of 500 sounds a ridiculous idea - and no doubt a different 500 could just as easily have been selected. However, everyone should find a few here they haven't yet read - I've already picked out a few books for my Amazon Checkout basket!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing some of the people all of the time! 23 Jun 2012
By still searching VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Readers, of course, will never agree on which books ought to be classified as `must read'. I don't know about anyone else but as soon as someone recommends a book to me it puts me off reading it. This means, of course, that I have missed out on some excellent reads in the past, that only much later, I have found to be so. But that generally depends upon who recommended them and my age and the context in which they were recommended. I remember a work colleague about twenty years ago being horrified by my admission that I couldn't get on with `Birdsong': I finally tried again about 6 years ago and found it to be excellent - in parts!

This book is a truly weighty tome so not something that you can or would want to carry around with you: it is definitely meant to sit on a coffee table, or reside sturdily on a shelf somewhere. The must-read books are classified into 8 sections comprising; Children's Fiction, Classic Fiction, History, Memoirs, Modern Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers and Travel all capped off with separate book and author indices. Each entry is given its own full page spread and nicely illustrated by the dust jacket of its first edition.

My own sense of outrage was stimulated, initially, by the omission of To Kill a Mockingbird and then fortified by the omissions of Cancer Ward and Dr Zhivago while Captain Correlli's Mandolin is featured! Well, I guess Lincoln was as wise in this as he was in almost every other way when he (is purported to have) said `you can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time'!

Nevertheless, as a means of stimulation for both reading and debate it is, in common with its more grandiose rival ('1001 books you must read before you die'!) an invaluable resource that will provide hours of reading pleasure and a 'snip' at the price for which it's now available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit Anglocentric 19 Nov 2013
By Rave S.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This list is a bit anglocentric. But nonetheless now I know what I can do when I retire! I think I have read just 50 out of these 501 titles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful window shopping experience 11 Feb 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Not only are the descriptions of the books intelligently written, but most books get a large cover-shot as well, furthering the sensation of wandering down the aisles of a great little bookshop. For some older books there is instead a portrait of the author, and a biographical sidebar.

My first response after reading a few entries from this book was to grab a sheet of paper and start writing down a "wish list." I've only covered one of the 5 sections, and my list already has 10 items on it.

I thought it a bit odd that Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy was in the "juvenile" section. Ok, the Hobbit, sure, but the Trilogy?

This review was for the 2006 original printing. The 2007 reprint is listed at 501 Must-Read Books and has more customer reviews.

P.S. Since writing my review, I've had a chance to check out and read several of the recommendations, and I am happy to report that the books were indeed wonderful. I think my favorite so far is Tom's Midnight Garden which is beautiful, suspenseful, and even a bit eerie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing some of the people all of the time! 23 Jun 2012
By still searching - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
No reader will ever agree on which books ought to be classified as `must read'. I don't know about anyone else but as soon as someone recommends a book to me it puts me off reading it. This means, of course, that I have missed out on some excellent reads in the past, that only much later, I have found to be so. But that generally depends upon who recommended them and my age and the context in which they were recommended. I remember a work colleague about twenty years ago being horrified by my admission that I couldn't get on with `Birdsong': I finally tried again about 6 years ago and found it to be excellent - in parts!

This book is a truly weighty tome so not something that you can or would want to carry around with you: it is definitely meant to sit on a coffee table, or reside sturdily on a shelf somewhere. The must-read books are classified into 8 sections comprising; Children's Fiction, Classic Fiction, History, Memoirs, Modern Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers and Travel all capped off with separate book and author indices. Each entry is given its own full page spread and nicely illustrated by the dust jacket of its first edition.

My own sense of outrage was stimulated, initially, by the omission of To Kill a Mockingbird and then fortified by the omissions of Cancer Ward and Dr Zhivago while Captain Correlli's Mandolin is featured! Well, I guess Lincoln was as wise in this as he was in almost every other way when he (is purported to have) said `you can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time'!

Nevertheless, as a means of stimulation for both reading and debate it is, in common with its more grandiose rival (1001 books you must read before you die!) an invaluable resource.
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright selesction of must-read books 28 May 2013
By Brian Ferreira - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lots of good books that everyone truly should read but also filled with many that I would trade out for other books in a heartbeat
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon is going to have a good year... 29 Dec 2008
By HSHOBX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have not finished reading this book yet, but the reviews of the recommended books are excellent so far, and I don't expect them to change. I am having to restrain myself from placing a blanket PO with Amazon!

Highly recommended.
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