If you’re a list maker like I am, or just enjoy a well curated list, here are some books about lists you might enjoy.
The Book of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky
This is a fascinating non-fiction collection of trivia and interesting stories broken down into the following chapters: People; Movies; The Arts; Food and Health; Animals; Work and Money; Sex, Love and Marriage; Crime; War, Politics and World Affairs; Travel; Literature; Words; Sports; Death; and Miscellaneous.
Here are some of my favourite lists from the book:
- 8 Memorable Lines Erroneously Attributed To Film Stars
- 10 Famous Insomniacs
- The Cat Came Back: 9 Cats Who Travelled Long Distances To Return Home
- 15 Famous People Who Worked In Bed
- 11 Most Unusual Objects Sold on eBay
- 29 Words Rarely Used In Their Positive Form
- 16 Famous Events That Happened In The Bathtub
The Book of Lists contains a wide variety of interesting tidbits and obscure trivia and is bound to make you laugh.
The List of My Desires by Gregoire Delacourt
Written by Grégoire Delacourt and translated from French, The List of My Desires is set in a provincial town in France. Jocelyne is the middle-aged mother of two adult children and runs her own dressmaking shop and faces a turning point in her life when she wins $18M in the lottery.
The unexpected windfall forces her to reflect on what she really wants in life so she writes a list of her desires, hence the title. This is a lovely contemporary fiction novel and when Jocelyne re-writes the list at the end, it’s quite interesting to see what’s changed.
Lists of Note by Shaun Usher
This book contains lists from a variety of people, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl and Marilyn Monroe to 9th Century monks. The book contains 125 lists with brief descriptions for each, including:
- A shopping list written by two 9th-century Tibetan monks
- The 19 year-old Isaac Newton’s list of the 57 sins he’d already committed
- 29-year-old Marilyn Monroe’s inspirational set of New Year’s resolutions
- Einstein’s punitive list of conditions imposed on his first wife (this needs to be read to be believed).
This is a great read for list lovers.
Are you a list maker? Do you have any recommendations?