Over at The Library Thing is a remarkable tool that allows you to input the contents of your personal library and then match your collection of books against those of others in the database. The program then recommends books based on what people of similar tastes own that you currently lack.

I entered some 100 of my favorite books, and then began to read the lists of suggested readings. The majority of them were simply missing works from familiar author’s oevres, but some were completely new. What a fun and simple way to generate a book list! Here in no particular order are the books I now have my eye on:

Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
The End of Alice, by A.M. Homes
Vellum, by Hal Duncan
The Etched City, by Bishop
A Trio for Lute, by Macaroy
The Accidental, by Ali Smith
Possession, by A.S. Byatt
Pale Fire, by Nabokov
Gravity’s Rainbow, by Pynchon
If on a Winter’s Night a traveler, by Italo Calvino
The master and Margarita, by Bulgakov
Imago, by Octavia Butler

What a list! I’m going to try and convince friends and family to purchase them for me, and barring that, I may treat myself to a couple for Christmas!