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According to Amazon: Books to read before you die

This is a portion of my TBR pile. How many books in your pile make the top 100 cut? (Credit: Alana Joli Abbott)

This is a portion of my TBR pile. How many books in your pile make the top 100 cut? (Credit: Alana Joli Abbott)

The lists come out every year. Sometimes more than once. “100 books to read before you die.” “100 novels everyone should read.” They’re filled with classic books, or just good books—according to the list compilers. Sometimes they come out as memes, and you can check off which books you’ve read (and see how you score compared to your Facebook friends). On February 4, 2014, Amazon released its own list of top books, hotly debated for months by a team of Amazon staffers. Since for Amazon, books are the gateway to purchases on its site for many customers, it makes sense for the online behemoth to choose a number of titles to read—but you might be surprised by some of its choices. Which of these would you include in your “to be read” (TBR) pile? Read more