Of course you are! But the problem is, how to sort through the plethora of reading lists and suggestions? Wouldn’t it be cool if someone — someone trustworthy — could poll award winning novelists, historians, poets, critics and biographers and then compile the top vote-getters into a tidy list? Plus, it would be nice if you could get descriptions and reviews for each book, rather than just a list of titles that you have to take on faith.
The good news is that the National Book Critics Circle has done the work for us. Their voters included Jonathan Franzen, Annie Proulx, John Updike, Cynthia Ozick and more than 500 other literary types – and now it’s ready to see. Here is their inaugural NBCC’s Good Reads list, which they plan to follow up with regular monthly lists.
For a discussion of good books and the importance of good recommendations, join literary luminaries (including novelists Jonathan Raban and Charles Johnson) for an event at Third Place Books on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.