Entertainment Weekly's 100 New Classic Books
June 23, 2008
Entertainment Weekly recently declared "1000 New Classics" in many pop-culture categories, including "the best 100 reads from 1983 to 2008." A few children's books made the cut, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, His Dark Materials, The Giver, and Holes. Some of my favorite nonfiction (for grownups) is on there, too: Random Family, And the Band Played On, Friday Night Lights, and Borrowed Time. Whether you agree or disagree with EW's lists, they do make fun reading. And, I know, a few of you are going to run over there and tally up, right?
Entertainment Weekly issue of June 27th/July 4th
I was totally counting as I read the list!
Posted by: Liz B | June 23, 2008 at 10:22 PM
Tally? Who? Me? 9 1/2 out of 100. The more recently published, the less I've read.
I wanted to tell you that I'm starting something new at Semicolon, and you're certainly invited to join in along with any of your readers. It's called Semicolon Author Celebration, and to start with I'm looking for posts about Charlotte Zolotow on this Thursday, her birthday. For more information go to: http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=2560
Posted by: Sherry Early | June 23, 2008 at 11:11 PM
Heck, yeah, I tallied! 21 out of a 100 ain't bad! What's your magic number, Susan?
Posted by: Laura | June 24, 2008 at 09:49 AM
Hey, Laura. My magic number is 30. What's yours, Liz?
Thanks for the news on the author celebrations, Sherry. Nice idea!
I was all belligerent about Tootsie being left out of the movies, but then checked and it came out in 1982. Never mind.
Posted by: Susan T. | June 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM
My total is 28-30. It's iffy because on a couple I can't remember if I read the book or saw the movie. Am re-reading Secret History now and highly recommend it. On another note, how in the name of all that is holy can the Simpsons be ahead of Seinfeld? Just never been on the Simpson bandwagon. If I'm going to watch an animated show, give me King of the Hill any day.
Susie--are you driving or flying on your way back down heah? Our door is open.
Posted by: Cindy T. | June 24, 2008 at 11:09 AM
Cindy, yeah, there were a few on there that I wasn't sure about either.
We are flying south, through ATL, but thanks for the offer. You know the old joke. When Southerners die and go to heaven, they have to stop and change planes in Atlanta first.
Posted by: Susan T. | June 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM