Selection among the top 100 books was an interesting, though frustrating, endeavor. The list given had many writings that had been converted into movies and TV programs; some good, some not so good.\r\nThe time period also had to be considered. One of the top writings was \u201cGone With the Wind,\u201d also a top-notch movie. But it was the book, not the film that was judged.\r\nAs for timing, take \u201c1984,\u201d that had a major impact when it was published during the Red Alert era. Not so much now.\r\nI found that reading the \u201cGrapes of Wrath\u201d was a major John Steinbeck writing, and a movie that pretty much followed the book, according to my feeble attempt to review both versions.\r\nActually, it was a Steinbeck book,\u201dThe Travels With Charlie,\u201d that I became obsessed with. It was published two years before the author\u2019s death. It wasn\u2019t even on the 100 book list. So much for my tastes!\r\nAs for book vs. movie, I thought the book \u201cThe Help\u201d was better than the movie, which I had trouble following in the film.\r\nThe same goes for \u201cPride and Prejudice.\u201d The book gave a better description of Elizabeth Bennett and her domination of Mr. Darcy than any film version, in my opinion.\r\nThe Alex Cross series was much better when James Patterson was writing without a co-author. His mystery aimed at teen-agers fell short of its goals, I thought. It wasn\u2019t on the book list.\r\nThe writings of Robert B. Parker were excellent, though a co-writer wasn\u2019t so good. His connection with Tom Selleck produced many good \u201cParadise\u201d cop shows. Parker died at his desk on July 28, 2010. Two novels published after his death weren\u2019t so good. He had a style that included mostly quotes.\r\n\u201cThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer\u201d by Mark Twain is high on the list and was good required reading at an early age. \u201cCatcher in The Rye\u201d was not, in my opinion, good required reading. Both are on the 100 list.\r\nSome books are listed that continue to carry popularity among today\u2019s readers. Game shows often have them as questions. One such is \u201cAtlas Shrugged\u201d by Ayn Rand. Another on the list is \u201cCatch 22.\u201d\r\nTony Hillerman, who wrote many Navaho police novels, is one of my favorites. is not listed in 100.\r\nNelson DeMille, who wrote \u201cLion\u201d in 2010, should be on the list, if Nicholas Sparks is with \u201cThe Notebook.\u201d\r\nOne more novel that should be listed but isn\u2019t. That\u2019s \u201cThe Horse Whisperer,\u201d better reading than watching on TV.\r\nSome on the list are just too old to remember. Included are: \u201cA Separate Peace\u201d by John Knowles, \u201cA Tree Grows in Brooklyn,\u201d \u201cAnd Then There Were None,\u201d by Agatha Christie, \u201cCall of the Wild\u201d by Jack London, \u201cGulliver\u2019s Travels,\u201d by Jonathan Swift,\u201d \u201cGreat Gatsby\u201d by F. Scott Fitzgerald.\r\nSome that have been read more recently include \u201cDivince Code\u201d by Dan Brown, \u201cColor Purple.\u201dby Alice Walker; \u201cDune,\u201d by Frank Herbert, \u201cThe Godfather,\u201d by Mario Puzo, \u201cGreat Expectations\u201d by Charles Dickens, (also recent TV series), \u201cHunt for Red October,\u201d \u201cJane Eyer,\u201d by , \u201cMoby Dick,\u201d by Herman Melville; \u201cLonesome Dove,\u201d by Larry McMurtry.\r\nWith a 100 list and another personal list I\u2019m bound to miss a bunch on both lists. Whatever, I have a lot of reading to do.\r\nMy personal list includes mostly current or those read over the past 60 years or so. In the 1960s and 1970s there were writings that include controversy, like one about George Washington\u2019s false (wooden) teeth.\r\nMore recently there is the book \u201cHamilton,\u201d now a popular play.