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message 301: by Chris (new)

Chris Pearse I can't believe that to kill a mocking bird isn't in the top 50, let alone the top 200! Really?!


message 302: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 17, 2013 07:09AM) (new)

Chris wrote: "I can't believe that to kill a mocking bird isn't in the top 50, let alone the top 200! Really?!"

Um, it'spaced at number 1on this list; not sure how you missed that

That said, it doesn't deserve to be placed on such a list; it's manipulative tripe that manages to combine to a bullshit view of innocence and weak themes of prejudice into a work of incredibly mediocre writing I'd expect the average high schooler capable of. I thought goodreads would be able to see beyond such a weak effort of coming of age story/social commentary and give the number 1 spot to something good like "Ulysses" or "Catch-22", but I was wrong; I guess the mindset of a 10-year old who hasn't read any other book and declares TKaMB to be the "best book ever" is still very much imbedded in the average reader.


message 303: by Chris (new)

Chris Pearse Wow someone's pissy Jesus. And I'm 16 and the kid of two english teachers, so mr professor expert, calm down and wake up.


message 304: by Jane (new)

Jane De vries Was John cheever represented?


message 305: by Suzy (new)

Suzy Espersen Not even one to represent the works of J. P. Donleavy or Walter Macken - yet there are at least three Pokemon??


message 306: by [deleted user] (new)

Marie wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Did I miss something? I didn't see Le Miserables on the list???"

Les Miserables is a difficult book that only interests people that are into historical fiction. Even though it appeal..."


Or maybe because "Les Miserables" was published in FUCKING 1862


message 307: by Jarrell (new)

Jarrell Fisher There are so many bad books on this list, hard to keep count. If it's taught in high school there is a good chance it is not a best book. The best books are not the most popular books.


message 308: by Magic (new)

Magic Jeff wrote: "Marie wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Did I miss something? I didn't see Le Miserables on the list???"

Les Miserables is a difficult book that only interests people that are into historical fiction. Even th..."


And no need to start using vulgar words. It makes it hard to take you seriously. You sound like a moron.


message 309: by Itala T. (new)

Itala T. Wifey wrote: "Why isn't Celine or Saint Exupéry or Borges on this list? I call bullshit. Or i don't know... Vonnegut?"

you are absolutely right. Maybe people who make up this list do not read very much, do not know about publication dates, or, but I'm a Luddite, are very very young.


message 310: by Itala T. (new)

Itala T. Elizabeth wrote: "I saw so many of my all time favorites! Mists of Avelon, Rebecca, Diary of Anne Frank, James and the Giant Peach even The Witching Hour! WOW! I guess as much as I read I consider something reall..."

Yep! That's my criterion, too. If you are a serious reader (e.g.,read more than you watch tv or play with ipod, iphone, Apple) you recall only the extraordinary voices.


message 311: by Itala T. (new)

Itala T. Nathanimal wrote: "The Book of Mormon? #4? Really guys?

It's not even very well written! Despite being published in 1830 (and written, allegedly, mosty in the B.C.E)"


Silly, isn't it?


message 312: by Mcgyver5 (new)

Mcgyver5 jessica juniper wrote: "There are several books on here that are not from the 20th Century...Jane Austen, The Brontes, and Joyce plus many more...can someone fix this please!"

5 years later...I appreciate your point, but Joyce was all 20th century. Not that I read it or anything.


message 313: by Jack (new)

Jack Hi everyone,

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message 314: by Mike (new)

Mike Ward m


message 315: by Karen (new)

Karen Jennings Now that I read these posts, I realize how many should not have been there and how many should have that were left off. Yes, what ABOUT Miller?


message 316: by [deleted user] (new)

Who cares if its not 20th century books? Okay, okay for consistency's sake, but seriously this is the first list on goodreads I agree with. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a brilliant novel.


message 317: by Raymond (new)

Raymond Walker There are lots that are not.


message 318: by Suzy (new)

Suzy Espersen Well, since the list is named "best books of the 20th century" it IS relevant whether or not the books included are from the 20th century. Just my twopence worth ...


message 319: by Sadha (new)

Sadha Thiya Lotta things misplaced. but it's okay.


message 320: by Ina (new)

Ina Vivaldi Giovany wrote: "apoyen a Proust!!!!!!
lets stand for proust!!!!
aller Marcel, il est fantastique"


I agree - he wrote a true masterpiece !


message 321: by Mariana (new)

Mariana Gone With the Wind everybody!!


message 322: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Lafiene Agreed. Where the heck was E.M. Foster and Emily Dickenson and the rest of Fitzgerald's stuff?


message 323: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Basque Where is "Pedro Páramo"?


message 324: by Barbora (new)

Barbora I strongly believe that Chbosky's Wallflower is from 21st century.


message 325: by Talyn (new)

Talyn The age-old question for Listopia: Who is the bigger idiot: The person who suggested a book on a list it doesn't belong, or the people who voted for it?


message 326: by Lucille (new)

Lucille Charlotte's Web--E.B.White!!


message 327: by Charalee (new)

Charalee I do not enjoy the Harry Potter books.


message 328: by Charalee (new)

Charalee Similarly, I do not enjoy the Harry Potter books. I am, however, not a child. Charlotte´s Web was excellent if my memory is correct. It has been many years since I read it. I was a child then.


message 329: by Ed (new)

Ed Klein bup wrote: "THE KING JAMES BIBLE!?

THE BOOK OF MORMON!?

And it's amazing how many votes Pride and Prejudice has gotten - 30!"


I presume you read the KJV Bible completely , and compared it with the Latin , Greek , NIV , NAS and ESV versions before you made your judgment ?


message 330: by Linda (new)

Linda Barton I can't find "The Cardinal" by Henry Morton Robinson. How can I add it?


message 331: by K (new)

K Dietschi somerset maugham? at least "of human bondage" .... or did i get the century wrong? very nice list - including lots of classics i read as a child. teacher's should include many of these names in their curricula.


Darkwing Meta Knight Never has it ever been possible to beat the classics!


message 333: by Janet (new)

Janet I enjoyed the comments as much as some of the novels listed


message 334: by Magic (new)

Magic Everybody who is questioning why Harry Potter is so high on this list. Harry Potter got millions of people to read, kids and adults alike. Kids who despised reading learned to love it through the Harry Potter series. Any book who achieves this deserves to be on this list.


message 335: by David (new)

David Schwinghammer James Joyce definitely qualifies. He wrote THE DUBLINERS in 1914 and was working on ULYSSES. Actually Joyce just blows everybody else away. He developed stream of consciousness (Even Faulkner imitated him)and
pulled a Shakespeare with made-up words and other gymnastics. Once you get used to it, stream of consciousness isn't that hard to read, but I'd take a class; the guy was so fricking smart you will miss the allusions otherwise. PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN is a lot easier to read. THE DUBLINERS is actually kind of mainstream, other than the ideas in the stories being literary.


message 336: by Donna (new)

Donna Chris wrote: "I can't believe that to kill a mocking bird isn't in the top 50, let alone the top 200! Really?!"
Oh'"To Kill a Mockingbird" should be on this list to say the list!


message 337: by Lasya (new)

Lasya Indrakanti i want to see the books of the 21st century. these are old books


message 338: by Jane (new)

Jane De vries Yes, but old is gold right?


message 339: by Corey (new)

Corey Lasya wrote: "i want to see the books of the 21st century. these are old books"

Old doesn't mean worse. There are brilliant novels from all eras and all should be read.


message 340: by Jane (new)

Jane De vries Yes, if you have the time and who does? We'd all better get started! No more TV watching for us!


message 341: by Jane (new)

Jane De vries Just finished a novella by French writer Colette. now i will take it easy with John Updike and the Rabbit series.


message 342: by Donna (new)

Donna I didn't care for the rabbit book, couldn't get past a few pages!


message 343: by cameron (new)

cameron hahahahahah....it's what we all deserve for making a "Best of" list.


message 344: by cameron (last edited Feb 24, 2014 08:11AM) (new)

cameron Talyn wrote: "The age-old question for Listopia: Who is the bigger idiot: The person who suggested a book on a list it doesn't belong, or the people who voted for it?"

I find it extraordinary and odd when people post favorite books which I find to be simple minded. Perhaps I consider the book to be idiotic but on this site, only the person who calls strangers idiots is, in fact, the real idiot.


message 345: by cameron (new)

cameron K wrote: "somerset maugham? at least "of human bondage" .... or did i get the century wrong? very nice list - including lots of classics i read as a child. teacher's should include many of these names in the..."

Totally agree.


message 346: by cameron (new)

cameron Corey wrote: "Lasya wrote: "i want to see the books of the 21st century. these are old books"

Old doesn't mean worse. There are brilliant novels from all eras and all should be read."


Old books....OLD BOOKS????? Hard to believe anyone actually made this comment. Maybe it's a teenager.


message 347: by Tanyam (new)

Tanyam Harry Potter's books best of the century?!?!?


message 348: by Ed (new)

Ed Klein Tanyam wrote: "Harry Potter's books best of the century?!?!?"

Only the illustrated ones for non-readers !


message 349: by Mare (new)

Mare Kinley Stacy wrote: "The 20th century seems to have lasted for more than two hundred years. I have to agree with the poster who commented on the lack of nonfiction. What about Backlash by Susan Faludi? Something by ..."

I'd go with any of those except Krakauer. Imo, the man should not be allowed to own writing utensils. He chooses good stories to tell, then f's them up by telling them painfully badly.


message 350: by Calvann (new)

Calvann Cole Ya, you know I'm sorry and got to beginn to read alot of this stuff in the sixties and seventies. Wanted eng. Lit beacme an actor Dancer/ Choreograph. It is the basis of what you want tocall 20th Century. You have to start somewhere. Alone in your room only reading will not bring the message. And the most people have not yet got the 21st. Don't complain, Help the situation!

Kelly wrote: "Um, people? Jane Austen novels and/or Jane Eyre are in NO WAY 20th century novels, whatever thousandth reprinting that they're on right now that happens to have taken place in that century."


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