Books for The Perfect Library

Every age has its own outlook. It is especially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds… by reading old books. — C.S. Lewis from the Introduction: St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation

Through the years I have come upon scores of articles purporting to contain the “perfect list” for a library. It’s all very subjective, of course, and something impossible to come to consensus on. Much like the obligatory “Top CDs to have in case you’re stranded on a desert island” list. They are good fun, however, and this list is pretty good. I’d reserve shelf space for about 70% of the titles and supplement with several others from my own library. The comments on articles like this are always good for gleaning several “aha…of course” books as well.

The London Telegraph’s Perfect Library List 

Another equally solid list is the The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection: Top 100 Bestselling Titles. For overkill there’s this.

A few years ago I learned about an online site called “Library Thing” and jumped in. Mine is here. However, I’ve long since forgotten my password and cannot get into the blasted site to make any updates. Sigh.

Update: I’ve been able to retrieve my Library Thing password! Whew…now to update my dusty shelves…


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