Just before the last typhoon we watched ‘Equaliser 2’ with Denzil Washington at the movies. I liked it, so last night we watched ‘Equaliser’ – the first one. Pretty good film again. This film gave more of the back story including why the main character, McCall, is always reading books. It transpired that his wife was working her way through a list of 100 books to read before you die – only to die before she finished. McCall pledged to finish the list in her honour which got me thinking what a great reading project this would be.
The classics are called classics for a reason so to start off my reading challenge last year I started with ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ a brick of a book that turned out to be one of the most enthralling things I had ever read. ‘Great Expectations’ followed directly after and I loved that too. So I have been quietly thinking of a methodical way to work through some of the masterpieces that tend to be forgotten – and think this is it.
So it is then that a Hollywood action film (!) is the inspiration I need to get started on my own list. I found six lists to get started:
- The Guardian’s The 100 greatest novels of all time.
- The BBC’s Big Read Top 100.
- Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
- Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels.
- Time’s All-Time 100 Novels.
- The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read.
These are all a little different. The amazon list has by far the most new books (how many have you read?) while the British lists tend to favour the older titles. I’ll make my list based on these lists and personal preferences.
I’ll put the list together in the coming days and if anyone ever reads this, you may be inspired to do the same. In the meantime here’s what I just bought from the book depository….just to give me a few extras to choose from!