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102 The Black Cauldron (The Chr...
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103 In Watermelon Sugar
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104 Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Re...
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105 King Rat (Asian Saga, #1)
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106 Solaris
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107 Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2)
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108 The Violent Bear it Away
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109 The Moviegoer
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110 The Proud Tower: A Portrait...
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111 Rhinocéros
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112 Another Country
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113 Joy in the Morning
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114 Over Sea, Under Stone (The ...
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115 The Castle of Llyr (The Chr...
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116 The High King (The Chronicl...
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117 Are You My Mother?
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118 Taran Wanderer (The Chronic...
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119 The Clown
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120 Ship of Fools
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121 D'Aulaires' Book of Greek M...
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122 Mila 18
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123 Call for the Dead
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124 Speak, Memory
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125 The Snowy Day
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126 The Making of the President...
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127 Airport
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128 Trout Fishing In America
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129 The Moonspinners
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130 True Grit
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131 The Comedians
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132 Last Exit to Brooklyn
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133 Tai-Pan (Asian Saga, #2)
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134 The Edible Woman
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135 The Cat Who Could Read Back...
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136 The Thin Red Line
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137 Black Sheep
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138 Raise High the Roof Beam, C...
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139 The Bull from the Sea (Thes...
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140 Collected Poems, 1909-1962
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141 The Pigman
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142 The Wretched of the Earth
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143 A Caribbean Mystery (Miss M...
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144 Letter from the Birmingham ...
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145 This Rough Magic
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146 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Wha...
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147 Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicl...
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148 The Drowned World
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149 Nicholas and Alexandra
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150 The Nonesuch
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150 False Colours
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152 Sounder
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153 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
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154 Fail-Safe
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155 Blood Sport
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156 On Her Majesty's Secret Ser...
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157 The Structure of Scientific...
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158 I Never Promised You a Rose...
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159 Martian Time-Slip
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160 The Hunter (Parker, #1)
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161 The Reivers: A Reminiscence
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162 Couples
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162 A Civil Contract
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164 Cosmicomics
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165 Good Times/Bad Times
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166 Physicists
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167 Eloise
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168 The Cat Who Turned On And O...
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169 Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
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170 Unnatural Causes (Adam Dalg...
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171 Frederica
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172 Too Many Clients (Nero Wolf...
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173 The Woman in the Dunes
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173 The Promise
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175 L'Œuvre au noir
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176 Mary Queen of Scots
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177 Armageddon
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177 Pedagogy of the Oppressed
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179 Dead Cert
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180 A Sand County Almanac with ...
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180 Welcome to the Monkey House
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182 By the Pricking of My Thumbs
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183 The Night of the Iguana
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184 The Looking Glass War
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185 Desert Solitaire
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186 When Eight Bells Toll
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187 The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The...
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188 The Centaur
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189 The Cat Who Ate Danish Mode...
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190 Anti-Intellectualism in Ame...
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191 The Johnstown Flood
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192 The Odd Couple
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193 Stoner
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194 The Velvet Room
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195 A Grief Observed
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196 Steps
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196 The Search for Delicious
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198 The Jewel in the Crown (The...
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199 Three Hearts and Three Lions
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200 No Longer at Ease
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message 1: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Apr 28, 2010 10:20AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) How did "The Bluest Eye" make it onto this list? It's from 1970 ...

ETA: Ditto Lenin's "What Is to Be Done?" (1929!)

Removed both.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The first publication dates on books are sometimes very wonky.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Yes, so I noticed when I started to add books to the lists for individual years that you and Bettie have so meticulously begun to put together! ;)


message 4: by Black (new)

Black Guy hi booo


message 5: by Chris (new)

Chris Johnson There hasn't been a book of such mainstream influence while having the ARTISTIC edge attached to it as well, as Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" a top 10 book for me. It took the mantle of "America's Book" which "The Catcher In The Rye" held that title for a decade or so until Ms. Lee's book in the 60's.


message 6: by Ebru (new)

Ebru where is "The Catcher In The Rye" ?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) It was published in 1951, so it doesn't belong on this particular list. It IS on the list for "Best Books of the 1950s," though! See http://www.goodreads.com/list/best_of...


message 8: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie there are several repeat books on this list...i don't know if you want to fix that or not...

to kill a mockingbird (it's voted as #1 and #186, for instance), charlies and the chocolate factory, rosemary's baby...to name a few


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I made it check for duplicates; that should have resolved the repeats.


message 10: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Susanna wrote: "I made it check for duplicates; that should have resolved the repeats."

cool, thanks! :D


message 11: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed 'Love in the time of Cholera', published 1985.


message 12: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed 'A Suitable Boy', published 1993.


message 13: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed Sartre 'Huis Clos'; published 1944.


message 14: by John (last edited Nov 14, 2014 08:05AM) (new)

John Morison Its sad we try to hide what our future is heading for two of those books not listed here are 1984 and a brave new world. Read these two books and then open your mind get informed and see the direction we are moving. When I first read them I was amazed at the similarities. Our children and their children are in for a bumpy ride. They will never know the freedoms we enjoyed they will only know the comfort of their cages and the nice choices they have not freedoms.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Neither 1984 or Brave New World were first published in the 1960s, which is why they are not on this list.


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