Good Books: A Book Lover's Companion by Steven Gilbar was one of the first books-that-recommend-books I read. I bought a copy long before computers could do the things they now do. I very carefully write down the books Gilbar recommended that looked good to me, and I took my list to the public library and looked through the library's card catalog (a real card file of book listings---ask your mother or grandmother if you don't know what I'm talking about) until I found copies of books I wanted to read. I also studied James Mustich's mail-order catalog, A Common Reader, (again, ask your mother or grandmother) each time it arrived, on the search for the good books.
It wasn't long before I obtained a copy (probably from A Common Reader) of 100 One-Night Reads: A Book Lover's Guide. There is no better guide to short books.
Noel Perrin's A Reader's Delight arrived about the same time.
I remember thinking that 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die felt like one of the most comprehensive lists of good fiction I'd ever seen.
My marvelous friend, Louise, of A Strong Belief in Wicker, told me about 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. I have now read 700 of 1001 children's books you must read. Thank you, Louise.
I'll just say it: I prefer women authors, so 500 Great Books by Women was a natural choice for me.
I love fiction from around the world so Bloomsbury's Good Reading Guide: World Fiction is another perfect book for me.
I love Nancy Pearl. I first discovered Nancy Pearl as a librarian on NPR recommending books. That quickly led me to Book Lust, which led to More Book Lust, which led to Book Lust to Go, which led to Book Crush.
Side note: I had great fun with Book Lust. I sent out two copies of Book Lust through BookCrossing, and with each book I included a journal in which BCers could add books they recommend for each category listed in the Book Lust. The books traveled for seven years to seventy-four readers through twenty-seven states of the US, plus Canada, Portugal, Ireland, England, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, France, and Australia, and ended up back with me. So much fun!
This is the latest books-that-recommend-books I've read and loved. This is a library copy, but I hope to get a copy of my own soon.
Please share any good books-that-recommend-books with me.
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