Having restrained myself this far, I think I'll finally say that the arguments and criticisms against lists, and their readers, are entirely predictable and have all been made and seen already in other forums where the list has already appeared -- and sometimes made much more vigorously. I myself have made a fair number of such criticisms also. However, I think it is also fair to say that, quite apart from value judgements, or any supposed normative value, Boxall's list of 1001 is the longest list of books of Western literature I have ever seen in one place -- short of an actual library catalog -- and it makes interesting browsing for me if only for that. Anyone else wishing to exhibit more worthy books that they feel we should give a thought to reading is more than welcome to put up their own collection of suggestions, numerous or not. I am sure many of us who are always on the prowl for books to think about reading would appreciate it. There's a blog space open and waiting for you. And yes, I read and have read many more books off-list, it seems, than on-list. And yes, I check off which books I have read. Why not? And no, I don't even have any intention of reading all of my own short list of 300. They are not all equally appealing. Although some I now lust after, and I am glad they appeared on the long list in the first place. Nobody here or anywhere else has ever mentioned them to me for potential interest. So the list has served a good purpose, despite its supposed inadequacies and wrongheadedness from some points of view.