"100 Books to Read in a Lifetime," according to Amazon(Read article summary)
The picks range from "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White to Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life."
Looking for some good reads to last you through a long winter?
These are the books Amazonâs editors think everyone should read, a list of essential reads â fiction and nonfiction â spanning 200 years of literature, from Jane Austen to Kate Atkinson. Other authors on the list include F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Sedaris, Salman Rushdie, J.D. Salinger, Michael Pollan, and Shel Silverstein. Titles range from classics like âThe Great Gatsby,â âPride and Prejudice,â and George Orwellâs â1984â to more recent hits like the âHarry Potter,â âHunger Games,â and âLord of the Ringsâ series.
To put together the list, Amazon largely steered clear of its âBest Books of the Yearâ lists, mathematical algorithms, and other formulaic indicators. Instead, it relied simply on months of debate and deliberation from its editorial team.
âOne of our tasks was to have books that don't feel like homework: 'eat your vegetables' books," Sara Nelson, editorial director of print and Kindle Books at Amazon, told CNN. "There was nothing in there except 'I loved this book when I was 12 for this reason.' We lobbied each other.
âWe tried to make sure that we had a pretty good balance of fiction and nonfiction," Nelson added. "In terms of the demographic of the writers, we never sat down and said 'We need more women' or 'We need more books from different cultural groups or countries.' But overall, when I eyeball that list, it seems to have a lot of variation.â
According to Nelson, the most hotly debated book was Orwellâs â1984.â
By contrast, E.B. Whiteâs âCharlotteâs Webâ and âSeabiscuitâ author Laura Hillenbrandâs âUnbroken,â a nonfiction book about World War II, were unanimous picks for the â100 List.â
That said, whatâs interesting to note is what didnât make the list, including classics like âLes MisĂŠrablesâ and âMoby Dick.â
And now itâs our turn: Readers can vote for favorite selections and demand missing favorites be added to the list at Goodreads. Amazon said it plans to compile a new list of Top 100 reader picks in coming weeks.
Find the full list at Amazon.
Husna Haq is a Monitor correspondent.