It was during my adventures in arts blogging that I learned about the popularity of book lists in the blogosphere. Here's how they work: you read the lists, count the books you've read, and then decide whether you're entitled to feel superior to the next guy. I am, but only if the next guy is this guy. See how you do.
2. The Crescat Sententia Alternative 100. Does it only seem to contain more books that were made into movies? My score: 20 (all the long ones, except for the Harry Potter Series).
3. TPB's List: "Neenan's Canon." This list contains 120 books, many of them nonfiction. My score: 12 (embarrassing, I know, but all but two were read while soaking in the bathtub).
4. The Modern Library's List of "100 Best Novels." I'm a Modern Library sort of guy. My score: 41 (most, believe it or not, while waiting my turn at Supercuts).
5. The Burgess 99. This list was compiled by Anthony Burgess in the 1980s. My score: 19 (half while barbecuing for my family at holidays, half while mowing the lawn).
So there you have it. Now turn off the TV, light up the barbecue, and start reading!
UPDATE 5/3/04. Mutiny at Crescat concerning its booklist! Follow the link for the details. (Meanwhile, I'd like to say that I concur with Greg Goelzhauser about Gravity's Rainbow. My fondness for Pynchon has been expressed more than once on this blawg. I've read GR twice, by the way, but only counted it once on my "Burgess 99" score.)