This week the Guardian newspaper’s website has been publishing a series called “1000 novels everyone must read.”
The books are briefly described and appear in lists divided by category (science fiction & fantasy, state of the nation, family & self, comedy, crime, love, war & travel). There are also special lists within each category, such as the best novels about madness, the best dystopias, etc.
I’ve only just started to browse my way through the series, but already I like the fact that I’m seeing books from the 17th through the 20th centuries.
My thanks to Cheryl Morgan for pointing the way.
Update: The Guardian has posted an explanation of how the books were chosen, and they compiled the titles into one long list for easier browsing. They are also accepting reader nominations of books left off the list.