I love book lists. There is really no wrong way to create the list; breadth of topics are just as interesting as a narrowly focused list. We love to list things in general: top forty songs, top 100 books of all time, top 5 favorite movies, etc… There are infinite ways to enumerate objects and for lovers of lists, or those interested in meta-listing, I highly recommend Umberto Eco’s The Infinity of Lists, which is a beautiful collection produced in collaboration with the Louvre.
One can learn much from a list of favorites. Reflecting on my favorite books, I detect a theme of satirical, skeptical, and distrustful attitudes toward authority: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Catch-22, The Castle, Atlas Shrugged, and Slaughterhouse 5. Ironically, my time in the military strengthened this feeling.