All these lists are fairly ridiculous, obviously. And yet oddly interesting to scan through. This one is even more ridiculous than most, since it’s the best 75 books in English rather than the best 75 SFF novels (or anything else that would help narrow the category down a bit more tightly). And yet, as I say, interesting to scan through.
One little kid’s book: Where the Wild Things Are.
One MG title: Charlotte’s Web. Well, and the first some-odd titles in the Harry Potter series were MG, pretty much. And there may be a couple others I just didn’t recognize as MG because I haven’t read them.
A couple poetry collections, a handful of short story collections, a couple nonfiction titles, some narrative nonfiction, and of course a lot of novels. So: waaaay too broad, though I expect the compilers had fun arguing about what to include and now people are no doubt arguing about what they should have included, which is the whole point of lists like this, after all.
Total I’d read: Fourteen.
Of those, the ones I would enjoy re-reading: Maybe two: Charlotte’s Web and Steven King’s On Writing
The ones I totally hated: Only one. That’s not bad for a list of this kind. (The Invisible Man by Ellison, if you’re curious.)
Total I have on my TBR pile: One. The Things They Carried. I keep meaning to read that.
Total number of SFF titles included: A good handful, including Asimov’s Foundation trilogy and Fahrenheit 451.
Resemblance to the list I’d put together if it were me: Virtually none, obviously. I’m sure that’s true for practically everyone. For me the crowning failure of this list: The Lord of the Rings isn’t on it. I can’t imagine leaving that off.