The Telegraph’s 110 Best Books is interesting for the blurbs alone. For example:
Heroine meets hero and hates him. Is charmed by a cad. A family crisis – caused by the cad – is resolved by the hero. The heroine sees him for what he really is and realises (after visiting his enormous house) that she loves him. The plot has been endlessly borrowed, but few authors have written anything as witty or profound as Pride and Prejudice.
Scarlett O’Hara manipulates her way through the American civil war. This selfish, but gutsy heroine idealises the unattainable Ashley before realising her love for her third husband, Rhett, who dismisses her with, ‘My dear, I don’t give a damn.’ (That’s Gone With The Wind, by the way).
Aside from the descriptions, the list is neatly divided into categories like Classics, Children’s books (Harry Potter, Narnia, His Dark Materials), Science Fiction (Neuromancer, Frankenstein, Brave New World), Crime, Literary Fiction, Romantic Fiction, etc. The ‘Books That Changed The World’ section was interesting as well, featuring influential tomes like Das Kapital and Machiavelli’s The Prince. The Lives section, essentially auto/biography but also Lives of the Artists and Eminent Victorians.