Mental Floss Top 25

Or at least what they've called the most influential of the last 25 years. another list to pour over! Italicized i've read and bold i own but haven't gotten too yet.

  1. And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts- hmm, i've seen the movie?
  2. Maus by Art Spiegelman
  3. Listening to Prozac by Peter D Kramer
  4. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
  5. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  6. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  7. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  8. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  10. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr
  11. A Perfect Spy by John le Carre
  12. What is the What by Dave Eggers
  13. On Writing by Stephen King
  14. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  15. The Known World by Edward P Jones
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
  17. How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
  18. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  19. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  20. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood -again, i've seen the movie....
  23. Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
  24. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss
  25. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Now they feel these have been the most influential, not necessarily the best or biggest. Anybody feel something got left out? I'm not finding on their blog if they've any discussion on the list.


  1. Interesting list, thanks for posting it to your blog! I've read 8 titles from the list, so I have miles to go...

  2. is an interesting list. I've only read one, however: On Writing, and the only other one that really strikes my fancy is Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I've enjoyed Murakami's short stories and the one novel, After Dark, that I've read.


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