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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Good Books:

Having covered anime, manga, visual novels and video games, I thought it was only natural to next include a list of worthwhile books I've read (and/or watched the great anime rendition thereof, as it is impossible for a great anime's source material to not be great as well).  Since that includes way too many books, I'll go by authors instead.  The only way to make this rating system fair is to break the authors down into three sections, generic fiction writers, Japanese light novel writers, and non-fiction writers.  For now we'll go with 34 in the fiction category, 33 in the Japanese light novel category, and 33 in the nonfiction category, for a grand total of the top 100 authors of the world:

Fiction:

1.  Charles Dickens
2.  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
3.  Orson Scott Card
4.  Robert Jordan
5.  E. E. Doc Smith
6.  David Zindell
7.  Ayn Rand
8.  James Clavell
9.  Piers Anthony
10.  Timothy Zahn
11.  Fred Saberhagen
12.  J.R.R. Tolkein
13.  Samuel Richardson
14.  James Fenimore Cooper
15.  Leo Tolstoy
16.  Jane Austen
17.  George R.R. Martin
18.  H.G. Wells
19.  William Shakespeare
20.  John Steinbeck 
21.  Ludovico Ariosto
22.  George Eliot
23.  Nikolai Gogol
24.  Murasaki Shikibu
25.  Arthur Conan Doyle
26.  Louisa May Alcott
27.  George Orwell
28.  Katherine Kerr
29.  Terry Goodkind
30.  Kate Elliott
31.  J.K. Rowling
32.  Harold Covington 
33.  Jennifer Roberson
34.  Frank Herbert
 
Light Novel Writers:

1.  Reki Kawahara (SAO)
2.  Nisio Isin (Bakemonogatari, Katanagatari)
3.  Tsukasa Fushimi (Oreimo, Eromanga Sensei)
4.  Shoji Gatoh (Full Metal Panic, Amagi Brilliant Park)
5.  Matsu Tomohiro (PapaKiki)
6.  Hiroyuki Morioka (Seikai no Monshou/Senki)
7.  Nagaru Tanigawa (Haruhi Suzumiya)
8.  Kazuma Kamachi (Index/Railgun)
9.  Oyuki Konno (Maria-sama ga Miteru) 
10.  Ichiro Sakaki (Scrapped Princess, Outbreak Company)
11.  Ao Jumonji (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar) 
12.  Fuyumi Ono (12 Kingdoms)
13.  Yomi Hirasaka (Haganai)
14.  Yusuke Kishi (Shinsekai Yori)
15.  Tsukasa (Juuou Mujin no Fafnir)
16.  Noboru Yamaguchi (Zero no Tsukaima)
17.  Kenji Inoue (Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu)
18.  Yuyuko Takemiya (Toradora)
19.  Akira Kareno (Suka Suka)  
20.  Carlos Zen (Youjo Senki)
21.  Sagu Aoyama (Ro-Kyu-Bu)
22.  Ayano Takeda (Hibike! Euphonium)
23.  Yuji Yuji (Oreshura) 
24.  Takumi Yanai (GATE) 
25.  Yashichiro Takahashi (Shakugan no Shana)
26.  Honobu Yonezawa (Hyouka)
27.  Yuu Kamiya (No Game No Life)
28.  Kazuki Sakuraba (Gosick)
29.  Isuna Hasekura (Spice and Wolf)
30.  Satoshi Wagahara (Hataraku Maou-sama)
31.  Wataru Watari (Girlish Number)
32.  Aoi Sekina (Seitokai no Ichizon)
33.  Ryogo Narita (Baccano, Durara)

Non-Fiction:

1.  Plutarch
2.  Plato
3.  Edward Gibbon
4.  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
5.  David Hume
6.  Charles Murray
7.  Thomas Paine
8.  Aeschylus/Euripides/Sophocles/Aristophanes
9.  Homer
10.  Bertrand Russel
11.  Friedrich Nietzsche
12.  Aristotle
13.  Luo Guanzhong
14.  Jean-Jacques Rousseau
15.  James Boswell
16.  Blaise Pascal
17.  Lucretius
18.  Thucydides
19.  Tacitus
20.  Herodotus
21.  Ann Coulter
22.  Charles Darwin
23.  Karl Marx
24.  Craig Winn
25.  Thomas Malthus
26.  Voltaire
27.  Adam Smith
28.  Xenophon
29.  John Philippe Rushton
30.  Thomas Jefferson
31.  Baruch Spinoza
32.  Sun Tzu
33.  Immanuel Kant

I based my rankings on A) how much time and attention I've given these authors because they were so absorbing, and B) how much did I learn from and take away from these authors, how much did they change my life.  Beyond these two factors I can't really imagine how else an author should be judged, so I'll leave it at that.  Some authors excelled in one field, and others excelled in the other, but usually both excelled at both.  These are the best of the best after all.

I encourage everyone to read all of these authors early on in their lives when it's still useful and you can apply it to your philosophy.  This would be a good list of authors to read for home schooling, instead of learning useless crap like trigonometry.  If you read all these authors by age 18, you'd have a far superior education to anything any college is offering -- not that you'll receive any college credit or a high paying job for it though.  But it just might be useful when you decide what to do with yourself or who to be with, which is a lot more important than how much money you make anyway.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You must spend virtually all of your free time reading either classical authors, or watching anime. I admire your fortitude - I get distracted by the internet much too easily, I'm afraid.