There is something quite alluring about lists, especially if they are lists of things that one cares about. Sites that specialize in ‘listicles’ (articles that are lists of things) are sometimes accused of using them as click bait and I must say it is a successful strategy at least some of the time for me.
I myself am partial to lists of films and books and yesterday I came across a list of 100 books that one must read in a lifetime. It is not meant to be a list of great or classic books but simply a varied list of things that presumably give one a rounded experience. The list has been compiled by Amazon’s book editors so the self-interest is obvious.
Of course such lists can never be definitive. All they are are guides as to how close one’s own tastes coincide with those who compiled the list.
As with all such lists of books and films, I checked to see how many I had read and the number was 42. So that’s what Douglas Adams was calculating! Uncanny.