William Grimes writing in the NY Times about "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die."
Not only is it not necessary to read “Interview With the Vampire” by Anne Rice before you die, it is also probably not necessary to read it even if, like Lestat, you are never going to die.
There is a link to the actual list. I've read 176, give or take.
526. Day of the Triffids -- I'm surprised this made the list, but pleased.
"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield