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Old February 23rd, 2010, 10:40 pm
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (I just finished it today. )
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

3/50. :/ I'm just surprised I found that many books on the list I've read, though.


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Old March 8th, 2010, 4:50 pm
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I bolded the ones that I have read, and italicised the ones that I was planning on reading before I saw this list. Of course, now I plan on reading all of these.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (I tried reading The Hobbit in grade four but didn't like it...I'm planning on reading these books)
1984 by George Orwell (I read Animal Farm, which is definately one of my all-time favourite books)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
The Bible by Various
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Quite American by Graham Greene
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Money by Martin Amis
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
Rebecca by Daphine du Maurier
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
On the Road by Jack Keruac
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
The Outsider by Albert Camus
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Man Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
Robbison Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Reading this list has made me so happy. I love reminising (sp?) about books I've read that were simply splendid...

EDIT: That's 11/50...but I'm only sixteen. And I have most of the books in italics, so I should read them within the year So that'll be thirty-ish.



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Re: 50 Books to Read Before You Die

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
The Bible by Various
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

I've read these. Looks like I have a long way to go. Some, I won't worry about. I'm not a big Steinbeck or Hemmingway fan. Of all the ones I have read, I'd have to say the HP series and To Kill a Mockingbird are my favorites, with LotR and A Christmas Carol tied for second.


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Old April 30th, 2010, 9:49 am
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Re: 50 Books to Read Before You Die

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien **
  • 1984 by George Orwell **
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen **
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee **
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte **
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte **
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding **
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare **
  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank **
  • Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  • The Bible by Various
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Quite American by Graham Greene
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Money by Martin Amis
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling **
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol **
  • Rebecca by Daphine du Maurier
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon **
  • On the Road by Jack Keruac
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Man Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  • Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Robbison Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas **
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden **
  • The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde **

I've read the starred ones. So, 15 out of 50. I enjoyed all of them, except The Picture of Dorian Gray - good idea, bad execution. All of the characters got on my nerves by the end and Wilde's persona was really pretentious. Such a short book, but never has a book felt so long! I also didn't particularly enjoy The Lord of the Rings either (i.e. I hated it). There is only so much walking, scenery, walking, walking, walking and more walking a girl can take. Plus, 20 page songs in Elvish is just plain wacked up. Was there a point, Mr Tolkien?

I have at least five other from this list hanging around my house which I'll read in the near future, and I've read some other books/short stories from authors here, like Dickens and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Great list!


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Re: 50 Books to Read Before You Die

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  • The Bible by Various (parts of it)
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville*
  • Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens*
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Robbison Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The shameful short list?


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Re: 50 Books to Read Before You Die

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  • On the Road by Jack Keruac
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


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Re: 50 Books to Read Before You Die

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Re: 50 Books to Read Before You Die

1984 by George Orwell (fascinating)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Meh)
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (Awesome. My Fifth year teacher scarred us for life when she used some unorthodox methods to teach us this text. She divided the class according to race and openly favoured the lighter skinned girls over the dark skinned girls. For most of us, it was our first meeting with her and it was absolutely appalling. When people began to cry and loudly protest, she stopped and said, "This was the reality in the 1950's. In case you were having problems understanding the severity of the situation. Now please, resume ur proper seats and let's begin.")
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I also read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, which tells the story of the madwoman in the attic. Omg. Must read.)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (One of my fave books)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Disturbing as all hell)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (say what u will. I don't like the character of Hamlet)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald* (also quite interesting. Took 2 readings to really care for it.)
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
The Bible by Various
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (I think if u're a member of coforums this one is pretty much a given)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (I have an exam on this, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Little Princess in a week and a half actually)
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (The horror! The horror!)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain (I found this significantly harder to read than Tom Sawyer, which I absolutely LOVE)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (currently reading, along with The Vampire Lestat, and PS again)

I TRIED to read His Dark Materials and LOTR. They just didnt hold my interest.



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Ones I've read:

1984 by George Orwell - love it
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - love it
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee - one of my favorite books of all time
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank - liked it
The Bible by Various - probably haven't read the entire thing, but enough parts of it over the years to count
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - obviously
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - read it
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley -read it

I own, but haven't yet read (or haven't yet finished):

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - own it, haven't read it yet
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - own it, have started but not finished
Lord of the Flies by William Golding - own it, my dog ripped up my copy, so I haven't finished yet
Hamlet by William Shakespeare - own it, haven't read it yet
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald - own it, haven't read it yet
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - own it, haven't read it yet
Moby Dick by Herman Melville - just bought it, haven't read it yet
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - just bought it, gave it as a gift to my friend...plan on borrowing it sometime
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol - own it, haven't read it
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker - own it, haven't read it
Life of Pi by Yann Martel - started it, haven't finished yet
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - started it, and the copy of the book was too ruined to read, so had to stop
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller - started, haven't finished
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas - just bought it
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - own it, haven't read it
The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante - own it, haven't read it yet
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - just bought it


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To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (Awesome. My Fifth year teacher scarred us for life when she used some unorthodox methods to teach us this text. She divided the class according to race and openly favoured the lighter skinned girls over the dark skinned girls. For most of us, it was our first meeting with her and it was absolutely appalling. When people began to cry and loudly protest, she stopped and said, "This was the reality in the 1950's. In case you were having problems understanding the severity of the situation. Now please, resume ur proper seats and let's begin.")
Sounds fascinating! When I first did the Holocaust in school, my teacher got everyone to stand up and slowly started to list off various traits, and if you had them, you had to sit down. By the end, I was one of two girls standing, and we were told we were the only two out of our class of thirty who would have not been targeted. It was quite shocking.


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Re: 50 Books to Read Before You Die

Maybe someone has already said this, but this list has a very clear Western canon bias. Anyway, the ones I have read are:
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
  • To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee*
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare*
  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald*
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank *
  • Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes *
  • The Bible by Various
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer*
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Quite American by Graham Greene
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Money by Martin Amis
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling*
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville*
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol*
  • Rebecca by Daphine du Maurier
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • On the Road by Jack Keruac
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley *
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Man Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  • Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens*
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Robbison Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey*
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas *
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I've read some other books from some of the authors (Charles Dickens, E. M. Forster, James Joyce, Alexandre Dumas, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway) and I only read "Paradise" from the Divine Comedy. Some others I've started but never finished, because I was too young.

I think Virginia Woolf and Fyodr Dostoevsky should be on the list, too.



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Re: 50 Books to Read Before You Die

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
  • To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee*
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare*
  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald*
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
  • The Bible by Various
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Quite American by Graham Greene
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Money by Martin Amis
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling*
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville*
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol*
  • Rebecca by Daphine du Maurier
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • On the Road by Jack Keruac
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley *
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Man Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
  • Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens*
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Robbison Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


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I was in Barnes and Noble not to long ago, and I saw this bookmark. I was reading it until the middle where the paper-thingy was in the way and I had wanted to see the rest of this list. So, thanks.

Read these:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (I'm reading it now, I'm in about the middle, and I want to see the Mad Hatter already! )


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I've read these ones out of that list. If I could add one it would be 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini, which is a fantastic book and quite a popular one- surprised it's not on there really. And if we're including plays (Hamlet was included, although I haven't read it) I'd consider Death of a Salesman as well.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
1984 by George Orwell
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Also I am surprised at the inclusion of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time. I didn't think it warranted a mention among these books at all.
Really? I really enjoyed it (I've read it several times) and I thought it was very talented for Mark Haddon to be able to portray things from the point of view of someone with serious autism. But I guess it's not to everyone's taste...

My all time favourite book on the list (except Potter) has to be To Kill A Mockingbird though. I studied it in school (which has the potential to ruin a book, but didn't) and am re-reading it right now for maybe the twentieth time and I'm still glued to it.


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I've read all of the following, in one form or another, or at least part of some. The number of stars is how many times I've read it; no stars means I've only read parts of it.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien **
1984 by George Orwell *
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen **
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ***
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte *
Lord of the Flies by William Golding **
Hamlet by William Shakespeare* (Personally I feel this one should be replaced by Othello) *******
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald ****
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank **
The Bible by Various **
(I've only read part of the Canterbury Tales, and a small part at that)
Ulysses by James Joyce (currently reading)
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling **
Moby Dick by Herman Melville **
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol *
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad *
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley *
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells *
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens **
Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain **
Robbison Crusoe by Daniel Defoe *
The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante (read part of it in the original Italian)

IMO, "The Stand: Complete and Uncut" by Stephen King seriously needs to be added to its list. I consider it better than all but maybe five of the ones I've read.


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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

These are the ones I have read. I thought I had read more than this, but I guess it gives me a list of books to start now.


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Bold = have read
Italics = on my list


* The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
* 1984 by George Orwell
* Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (read for AP Lit...thought I would hate it, but ended up loving it...)
* The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
* To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
* Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
* Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
* A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
* Lord of the Flies by William Golding (weird, weird book)
* Hamlet by William Shakespeare
* A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
* The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald (great book)
* The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (another great book)
* The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath* (only read parts of it)
* Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (one of the most fascinating books i've ever read)
* The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
* Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes * (again, only read bits of it)
* The Bible by Various
* The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
* Ulysses by James Joyce
* The Quite American by Graham Greene
* Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
* Money by Martin Amis
* The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
* Moby Dick by Herman Melville
* The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
* His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
* Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
* Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
* Rebecca by Daphine du Maurier
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
* On the Road by Jack Keruac
* Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (The Horror!)
* The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
* The Outsider by Albert Camus
* The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
* Life of Pi by Yann Martel
* Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
* The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
* Man Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
* Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
* A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
* Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
* Robbison Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
* One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
* Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
* The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
* Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
* The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante* (only The Inferno)
* The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


21 out of 50?! wow. That's more than I thought...thanks AP Lit!


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IMO, "The Stand: Complete and Uncut" by Stephen King seriously needs to be added to its list. I consider it better than all but maybe five of the ones I've read.


I would also have to say Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - one of my definite favorites.


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I suppose that as a former English major I should have read more than half of this list by now! Well, I've read all of 23 of them, maybe 2/3 of the Bible, only about half of the Canterbury Tales and only 1/3 of (The Inferno) of the Divina Commedia, so I figure that adds up to half. I've also read ALL of Shakespeare's plays (a summer project well worth considering: the archaic language gets much more understandable the more of them you read in sequence) and I object to Hamlet by itself being considered a whole book.

I agree with the people who complained about this list being too Anglocentric. For instance, I think it's appalling that they left out 100 Years of Solitude - or anything else by Gabriel García Marquez, for that matter. In fact, I don't see any Latin American authors represented. The only arguably Third World author name I see is V. S. Naipaul, and he's Western-educated.

Even if this list were only supposed to focus on people writing in English, there would be still be major gaps. How can there be nothing at all by George Eliot, for instance? (My vote would be for Middlemarch.) She's right up there with Austen and Dickens for that era. How can you really "get" His Dark Materials without first having read Milton's Paradise Lost? And how can there be no version whatsoever of the "matter of Britain" (the Arthurian cycle)? H. G. Wells but no Jules Verne or Edgar Allan Poe or Arthur Conan Doyle? And among contemporary novelists, how could they leave out Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry - the Western for people like me who thought they'd never want to read a Western?

If I thought about it for another half-hour I'm sure I could come up with a dozen more. But for those of you looking for ideas on what to read next, I'll throw in a personal favorite that probably would never quite make this list: Robert Graves's I, Claudius and its sequel, Claudius the God. They're full of dark humor and back-stabbing intrigue, and will make you love Roman history even if you never imagined you would.


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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
1984 by George Orwell
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee*
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Hamlet by William Shakespeare*
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fritzgerald*
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Bible by Various
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling*
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol*
Rebecca by Daphine du Maurier
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens*
Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey*
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Halfway isn't too bad. I just tried to read Ulysses and got completely lost. Perhaps I'll read The Bell Jar next.


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