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  •  I've read 29 of them (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cfk, Monsieur Georges, Brecht

    1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
    4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    6 The Bible
    7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
    16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
    18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
    20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
    22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
    28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
    29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
    30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
    33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
    36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
    40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
    41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
    43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
    58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
    65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
    66 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
    76 The Inferno – Dante
    85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
    87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
    91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
    99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

    There's only one that I've started but not finished, and that's the complete works of Shakespeare. I've read The Tempest and Macbeth, and I was supposed to read Hamlet in high school but I couldn't even make sense of the cliff's notes. I'm not completely sure if I've read the entire Bible, but I think I probably have, just not cover to cover.

    Real or fake, I don't find a lot to quibble with on the list. If I had the patience to make a list of my own, I'm pretty sure Pride and Prejudice, Gatsby, Middlemarch, On the Road and A Tale of Two Cities would be in the top ten. When I was a kid, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh were among my favorites (I think the Paddington Bear series was my favorite then), and in high school Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird were probably tied for my second favorite (#1 was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, definitely the list's biggest omission).

    Among the ones I haven't read, I do plan to read most of them. I even own a few. The only ones I definitely have no plan to read are The DaVinci Code (I saw the movie and didn't care for it) and Gone With the Wind (I know you're not supposed to pass judgment on a book you haven't read, but what do I want to do with a book in which a woman gets raped and then decides she enjoyed it? No thanks!) I'm tempted to add Bridget Jones' Diary to the no-go list, but the movie is a guilty pleasure.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:34:58 AM PST

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