(Review) 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich

1,000 Books To Read Before You Die

Publisher and Publication Date: Workman Publishing Company. October 2, 2018.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Pages: 960.
Source: Library.
Rating: Excellent. Recommend.
Audience: Readers and book lovers.


1,000 Books To Read Before You Die holds genres of poetry, science fiction, classic literature, history, travel, and children’s books.
The book is arranged in alphabetical order by the names of authors. Beginning with Edward Abbey and ending with Carl Zuckmayer. Some exceptions to this is when the book has more than one author or an unknown author. For example: Beowulf.
The book holds half fiction and half nonfiction.
Endnotes follow the entries with further information on the books. For example awards the book has won or the time period of the book.
Additional material located in the back of the book: “A Miscellany of Special Lists,” index, and “1,000 Books Checklist,”
Several of the authors have a larger section set apart for them. For example: Vladimir Nabokov. His section holds a brief biography and examples of two books: Lolita and Speak, Memory.
Most entries hold illustrations of books covers in color and a photo of the author.
“More To Explore” sections are tucked away showing an additional book (grouped by theme) similar to the one listed. The first of these is on page 26, Judgment Night by C.L. Moore. This book is paired up as a “More To Explore” beside The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.

Examples of authors and books:
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Slightly Out of Focus by Robert Capa
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The World of Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne
A Child’s Garden of Verses
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

My Thoughts:
I’m super excited about this book and wish I owned a copy.
The book would make a great Christmas gift for a book reader/lover.
The author of the book is James Mustich. His added touch of information about the books, including personal feelings, add both charm and enrichment.
The book is visually stimulating. I enjoyed reading the book and being enchanted by the beautiful layout of the pages.
I highly recommend 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die.


One thought on “(Review) 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich

  1. I feel like I need to read this book, but then again my TBR is so long, I’m not sure I should seek out more books to put on it. But still, this is a great book to use if you’re not sure what to read!


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