I picked these two reference books up last week at the library. I am a sucker for lists of books that I should be reading. These two did not disappoint. The author picked specific authors or gave some examples of good reads based on topics. I love making lists. My mother thinks I am weird. I've always loved making lists. Lists for school projects, lists of movies I've read, lists of good restaurants, lists of great reads, lists of bad reads, etc. These books really allowed for some good reading lists.
Examples of some great categories:
- Famous Alices
- Armchair Travel
- Books About Books
- Dinosaur Hunting
- King Arthur
- People You Ought to Meet
At this point I probably have a "To Read" list of over 2000 books. I'll never get to all of them, but that's kind of the beauty of the lsits. I tend to pick books based on my mood. I have a list of books to look for every time I go to the library. I find a book, review the summary or check out the cover. If it strikes my fancy, I check it out. Once I get it home, I start in to the book. If the book doesn't catch me within about 40 pages, I close it for good. I don't feel the need to finish every book I start. If I don't like it, I move on to the next one. So every time I go to the library I usually get 10+ books. Out of those books, on average, I finihs about 6 of them. My ridiculously long list offers lots of selections.
I've gotten at least 400 book selections out of these reference books. But next week, I will probably get another reading list book and add to the "To Read" list. And that's all part of the fun of reading!