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When Mustich began the project 14 years ago, he was initially overwhelmed by the gargantuan scale of it, despite his decades of experience as a hands-on book-seller. For two decades, from , he published a catalogue called The Common Reader — a monthly commentary on books old and new — which was clearly the precursor to 1, Books. But I knew I wanted to make something that was more than a list, or a static reference book. It had to be a tool for exploration, with some serendipity and surprises thrown in, and I also wanted it to be fun for readers. What if, Mustich thought, he had a bookstore that could hold only 1, volumes? Not just books for the ages, but books for the immediate moment, the kind to be picked up and devoured in just one night?
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Mustich explained the background of his project, saying he has been a book lover since his young adult life. He was able to be around books and to write about books on a deadline. These catalogues had hundreds of thousands of readers, who would send back letters commenting on certain novels, sending recommendations and overall creating a book-lover community. Mustich does not want his book to be a structured list of titles to read; that would be daunting and difficult to organize. He compared his book to a travel guide. When one is writing a travel book, it is easily organized into continents. He could have written about the best classics of all time, the most influential books of all time or the best sellers of all time.