13.8.09

1001 books that I think you might want to read before you give up reading…


I was looking at this book the other day and I thought, surely, the first book in this book must be 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die ?
If it wasn’t on the list you’d never know what the other 1000 were, would you?
Also, what if you’d already read the 1001 books in the earlier editions of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die only to find that some of them had now been demoted from the list?
Also, does the newest edition of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die automatically supersede the earlier editions in the list?
To be honest I didn’t look- firstly because I knew in my heart that 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die wouldn’t be included in the list of 1001 books you must read before you die.
Secondly, I thought that Ulysses by James Joyce would be in there, along with Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and I found this inevitability quite depressing. Then I thought that Martin Amis might get a mention and I almost soiled myself...But then again, maybe some books should be included in the list of 1001 books you must read before you die as examples of overrated books or just plain rubbish.
I am currently working on my own series of books:
1. 1001 books that I think you might want to read before you give up reading…
2. 1001 books that I think you might want to pretend to have read under certain circumstances...
3. 1001 books that I think you might want to avoid reading...

To save you having to read any of these books which are, after all, just lists of other books, I'll post the lists that make up the books on Burning Aquarium in the near future.
Perhaps.

2 comments:

  1. hey, your blog is awesome -thx

    bean

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