1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

A Life-changing List

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The ultimate book for book lovers: the 1,000 must-read books across genres and eras, each accompanied by a thought-provoking short essay on why the book is so essential.
Publisher: [United States] : Workman Publishing Company, 2018.
ISBN: 9781523505128
1523505125
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IndyPL_SteveB Feb 03, 2019

First, this is not a book that anyone except the author and his proofreaders will read all the way through. However, any entry you DO read is likely to be well-written and intriguing. This is not a list of 1,000 “best books” or even books you “must” read. It is 1,000 books (and more, in various lists) that the author has read during his life and which he would include if he owned a bookshop that could only contain 1,000 books. He also intended it to be a list for a lifetime, so it includes many children’s books and books aimed at young adults.

Many you will have read, most you will at least have heard of. But every few pages there is a gem of a suggestion that I have never heard of but which sounds interesting. Just what a librarian needs – even more books to desire. The essays for each one are polished jewels that make you want to head for the library or bookstore (physically or electronically). More interesting than other books of this type.

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mammothhawk229e
Dec 21, 2018

You could tell author wrote a labor of love with 6000 other suggested works & 3000 authors outside core 1000 books. Selection more selection less obvious second-rate books with sprinkle of first raters.
I loved/cursed him because now my reading list exploded.

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brooksvan
Dec 10, 2018

James Mustich has created an epic paean to the joys of literature and reading. So many things make it good: first, those few paragraphs which introduce each work. These mini-essays are little jewels; erudite and elegant, companionable and generous. They go right to the heart of what an author is saying – and why you would care. The book encompasses half fiction (novels, sci-fi, mysteries, short stories, poetry and plays, even books for children/YA), and half nonfiction work (history, biography, food, travel, science, philosophy). (What isn’t included!) There are some unclassifiables too. All are described with Mustich’s usual charm and brio. He never fails to mention a writer’s use of humor, which tells you another nice thing about his own character. The authors come from every period, and many countries and cultures — Mustich helpfully provides references to the best translations.
The book summaries incorporate endnotes with categories called “Further Reading” and “Try”: these give serendipitous references to pursue if you’ve liked a given author or subject. Another is “Adaptations”; which recommend relevant films and audiobooks. Altogether these items total around 5000 works, many more than the “1000 Books to Read…” promised (if you have some spare time over the next decade).
Last -- but not least -- the book is beautifully designed. The typeface for the summaries is smallish , understandably given the book’s formidable heft. However, for each entry the composition varies a bit and provides eye-relief, done with help of graphics on nearly each page, wonderfully chosen from high quality paintings, book illustrations, portrait photos, jacket covers, and other art.
You may not agree with every selection. I found a couple I wouldn’t mind swapped out for, say, Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See” or something by Sebastian Barry ("Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty"), or even Alan Furst (like the Kitchen book traded for a Furst). But these are quibbles, and actually part of the fun. So, as Mustucih himself invites, jump in anywhere in this book that (as one writer said of Balzac), “glows with fire, life and wisdom.” It belongs among the 1,000 others.

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NorthDawn50
Nov 01, 2018

This book is a special compilation that surprised me in its readability - it is not just a reference volume! I can open the book to any page, and find myself enjoying Mustich's rich and elegant essays that he compiled for each individual book, not to mention the full color photos and illustrations. I have renewed my library membership so that I can make a dent in this list of 1,000 books without breaking the bank! How lovely to look at my library account online, and see my newly inspired, long and eclectic list of books yet to be read! I bought my own copy of this book so that I could annotate pages, and mark my completed titles on the checklist included in the last few pages.

debwalker Oct 02, 2018

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