‘Tis the season for lists, lists and more lists. Every December and January brings an avalanche of “best of the year” lists, and the (debated) end of the decade means even more lists about the greatest news and media since 2000.
What better time, then, to bring up a book that is exclusively lists?
Inventory, by the Onion AV Club, is the first print collection of the weekly lists that appear on the Onion’s non-satirical AV Club website. As far as I can tell, the lists that have been printed in the book have been removed from the website where they were originally published, so the book is the only way to get them. The lists are almost all based around terribly clever ideas, and maintain the same snarky tone of the site.
It would be a waste of space to spend too much time boosting or putting down the book, since it’s much easier to direct you to the archives on the AV Club site. If you like the topics and tone, you’ll love the book. If you don’t, the book won’t change your mind. Easy enough, right?
If you’re a book-lover on the fence, however, I’d like to give you a subtle push towards picking up the book. Here are nine awesome book-related lists from Inventory. If they don’t convince you to get the book, nothing will.
Dancing About Architecture: 5 essential books about popular music
Gotta Have a Gimmick: 16-plus books based around odd literary conceits
Rare Reads: 17 books we wish were still in print
Screenreading: 5 essential books about film
Steal This List: 14 must-read books for aspiring young rebels
Lost in Translation: 20 not-so-good movies based on good books
TV Guides: 5 essential books about television
So It Goes: 15 things Kurt Vonnegut said better than anyone else ever has or will
Possible Germanies: 7 speculative fictions about worlds ruled by Nazis