Must Read Classics
My favorite books are the classics. I'm always searching for "new" classics to read, ones I've not heard of or have overlooked. Let me know which ones you love!
1 To Kill a Mockingbird
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2 Pride and Prejudice
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3 Jane Eyre
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4 1984
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5 The Great Gatsby
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6 The Count of Monte Cristo
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7 Little Women (Little Women,...
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8 Animal Farm
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9 The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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10 Hamlet
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11 The Picture of Dorian Gray
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12 Wuthering Heights
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 702,067 ratings
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13 The Catcher in the Rye
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14 Lord of the Flies
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15 The Hobbit
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,617,599 ratings
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16 Frankenstein
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 640,758 ratings
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17 Crime and Punishment
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 305,022 ratings
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18 Sense and Sensibility
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 594,061 ratings
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19 Romeo and Juliet
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,242,051 ratings
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20 Great Expectations
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 353,372 ratings
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21 Dracula
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 445,851 ratings
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22 A Tale of Two Cities
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 521,047 ratings
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23 Les Misérables
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 429,311 ratings
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24 Persuasion
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 278,714 ratings
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25 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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26 A Christmas Carol
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27 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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28 Fahrenheit 451
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29 The Secret Garden
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30 The Scarlet Letter
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 393,764 ratings
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31 Emma
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 355,916 ratings
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32 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 663,052 ratings
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33 Macbeth
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 378,150 ratings
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34 The Diary of a Young Girl
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35 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 392,547 ratings
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36 The Odyssey
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 571,423 ratings
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37 Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
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38 Anna Karenina
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 317,403 ratings
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39 The Chronicles of Narnia (C...
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40 Of Mice and Men
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41 The Old Man and the Sea
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42 War and Peace
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 124,070 ratings
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43 Brave New World
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 769,801 ratings
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44 Don Quixote
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 112,522 ratings
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45 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 646,308 ratings
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46 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 404,389 ratings
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47 The Importance of Being Ear...
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48 The Three Musketeers
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 161,323 ratings
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49 Tess of the D'Urbervilles
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 127,469 ratings
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50 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,925,221 ratings
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51 A Midsummer Night's Dream
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 257,541 ratings
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52 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 223,863 ratings
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53 The Little Prince
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 467,714 ratings
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54 Lolita
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 386,951 ratings
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55 Mansfield Park
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 155,958 ratings
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56 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ...
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57 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 233,198 ratings
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58 The Brothers Karamazov
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 123,593 ratings
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59 Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
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60 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 401,881 ratings
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61 Treasure Island
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 216,481 ratings
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62 All Quiet on the Western Front
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 169,425 ratings
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63 The Iliad
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 191,788 ratings
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64 Flowers for Algernon
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 224,258 ratings
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65 The Good Earth (House of Ea...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 147,030 ratings
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66 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 223,348 ratings
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67 Madame Bovary
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 124,574 ratings
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67 The Crucible
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 176,683 ratings
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69 The Outsiders
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70 The Divine Comedy
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 63,276 ratings
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71 East of Eden
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 248,638 ratings
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72 Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
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73 Much Ado About Nothing
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74 Northanger Abbey
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 161,594 ratings
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75 Wuthering Heights, Agnès Gr...
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76 The Fall of the House of Us...
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77 Atlas Shrugged
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 218,592 ratings
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78 Uncle Tom's Cabin
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 112,515 ratings
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79 The Sound and the Fury
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 100,695 ratings
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80 Aesop's Fables
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81 A Clockwork Orange
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82 Heart of Darkness
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 210,021 ratings
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83 Twenty Thousand Leagues Und...
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84 Memoirs of a Geisha
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85 One Hundred Years of Solitude
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86 The Metamorphosis, in the P...
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87 The Scarlet Pimpernel
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88 The Awakening
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89 Sherlock Holmes: The Comple...
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90 Holy Bible: King James Version
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 125,080 ratings
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91 Siddhartha
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 279,779 ratings
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92 The Call of the Wild, White...
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93 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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94 Bleak House
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 50,647 ratings
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95 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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96 The Woman in White
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 70,334 ratings
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97 The Godfather
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 185,985 ratings
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98 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 139,096 ratings
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99 The Canterbury Tales
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100 The Jungle Books
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839 books · 2,570 voters · list created July 29th, 2008 by Jenny (votes) .
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message 1: by Silvana (new)

Silvana there are two "to kill a mockingbird". how to delete one?


message 2: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Existing the Moments/Taylor DiVico


message 3: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ Silvana wrote: "there are two "to kill a mockingbird". how to delete one?"

there are three wuthering heights - i voted for 'em all


message 4: by Jordan (new)

Jordan You've a bit of Russian lit on here. If you enjoy it, and you've not read these already, you might try:

Mikhail Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita"
Nikolai Gogol's "Dead Souls"

The team of Pevear and Volokhonsky is my current favorite for Russian to English translation whenever I can find them. They do very well capturing the "flavor" and sensibilities of the original Russian.


message 5: by Conrad (new)

Conrad I give it a week before the Bible or Book of Mormon supplants Camus as number one.


message 6: by Julie (new)

Julie This is a great list! Eventually I'll work my way through it...lol


message 7: by Emily (new)

Emily It's nice to know someone else is enjoying these books besides me! If only I could find someone in High School who enjoys them this much! Love your list and will hopefully be able to make it through all 456 books!!!


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Emily, I love these books. Some strange ones slipped in this list but I really like them on the whole.


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Some of these are not classics yet.


message 10: by Anne (new)

Anne L Great list! I'm a lover of classics myself, and if you haven't read them already, I highly recommend "La dame aux camelias" by Alexandre Dumas fils and "Manon Lescaut" by L'Abbe Prevost. They are some really great books that have been much neglected by readers. These two stories are similar but not alike.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Anne wrote: "Great list! I'm a lover of classics myself, and if you haven't read them already, I highly recommend "La dame aux camelias" by Alexandre Dumas fils and "Manon Lescaut" by L'Abbe Prevost. They are ..."

Anne, I just downloaded Manon Lescaut from Project Gutenberg. I could not find Dumas' La Dame aux Camelias. Thank you for the suggestions. I will find it somewhere else.


message 12: by Candycloud (new)

Candycloud Harry Potter isn't a classic!


message 13: by Candycloud (last edited Nov 05, 2011 03:22AM) (new)

Candycloud And diary of a wimpy kid dog days! What on earth?


message 14: by Candycloud (new)

Candycloud Charlotte's web should be on that list. Its a true classic.


message 15: by Tara (new)

Tara There are several repeats, I noticed The Bible, "To Kill a Mockingbird," "I capture the Castle," and "Metamorphosis."
They are the different formats of the same book on here twice.... Can it be fixed?


message 16: by Candycloud (new)

Candycloud Librarians' can change it, I think.


message 17: by Danielle (new)

Danielle I removed diary of a wimpy kid from the list, but I am not sure if I should remove Harry Potter or not since I don't know how old a book can be before it is deemed a "classic."


message 18: by Danielle (new)

Danielle I tried to do a check for duplicates but some of the books are wierd. For example, there is a 7 in one book for the Chronicles of Narnia, but there is also the first two in separate places on the list. Unfortunately, those can't be combined and if I delete one than votes will be lost, also being on the delete book page scares me, because if I delete something I shouldn't than my librarian privileges could be revoked. I value my librarian status too much to risk that.


message 19: by Candycloud (new)

Candycloud Hmm... hard.


message 20: by Lobsang (new)

Lobsang Tak Great books!


message 21: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Danielle wrote: "I removed diary of a wimpy kid from the list, but I am not sure if I should remove Harry Potter or not since I don't know how old a book can be before it is deemed a "classic.""

I know that it has been a while but I agree with your decision to keep Harry Potter. It may not be a classic now, exactly, but I believe that one day it will be.


message 22: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Michiels Can anyone recommend a publisher of hard cover classics? Or a book club where I can purchase them? I'd like to begin a library to pass on to my family's future generations. Thank you.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads There's the Library of America. http://www.loa.org/


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

Classics are just phenomenal! They are basis of books today and a reason why I keep reading!


message 25: by Greg (new)

Greg Kensington I discuss many classics, authors and writing. An open discussion for all.
www.descriptivephrases.com


message 26: by Minnie (new)

Minnie chung Anne wrote: "Great list! I'm a lover of classics myself, and if you haven't read them already, I highly recommend "La dame aux camelias" by Alexandre Dumas fils and "Manon Lescaut" by L'Abbe Prevost. They are ..."

It is impossible I have finally got somenone who loves La dame aux camelias, this story is one of the best love stories EVER>


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's pretty easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 28: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Susanna wrote: "It's pretty easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.""

How does #181 Isn't It Pretty To Think So? qualify for this list?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Because those same 12 people have spammed it on 27 pages of Listopias! (Was 28, but I removed it from a few, like "Time's Top 10 Novels of 2012," which it wasn't.)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, because a book published in 2012 is not a classic in the terms of this list:

Isn't It Pretty To Think So?


message 31: by Moses (new)

Moses Abubakar some books are not classics and so should be removed


Theresa~OctoberLace Thanks for this list!


message 33: by Bekka (new)

Bekka Dorothy wrote: "Can anyone recommend a publisher of hard cover classics? Or a book club where I can purchase them? I'd like to begin a library to pass on to my family's future generations. Thank you."

Great idea - building a library to pass on to future generations. Thanks for the idea!


message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

The Godfather is a classic? I liked it but a classic?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The movie is a classic. Haven't read the book.


message 36: by [deleted user] (new)

I read the book and the part about the horse was much too graphic. I would not call it a classic yet but I am not sure how that is determined.

Is there a list for classic movies? (will search)
thanks


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads There are several for movies, don't know if there's a list for that or not, though. (There's at least one of all of these, though: book and movie both good, book better than movie, movie better than book.)


message 38: by Kate (new)

Kate My definition of "classic" is about as liberal as you're going to find. In going through this list, I found and removed some titles published within the last ten-fifteen years:

The Fault In Our Stars
The Book Thief
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Dear John
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope (this is a YA modernization of the classic Austen novel)
Code Name Verity
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... And It's All Small Stuff
Looking For Alaska
I Know This Much Is True
Angela's Ashes

Many of these books are good, but it's too soon to say whether they'll become classics for future readers.


message 39: by Romielnagar (last edited Jun 08, 2014 06:33AM) (new)

Romielnagar Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marques is the greatest novel of the twentieth century IMHO.
Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis is a great cycle of poetry.
The Illustrated Man by the late Ray Bradbury is excellent as are ANY OF HIS WRITINGS!
Other good reads:
The Devil's Storybook by Natalie Babbitt
Hawaii by James Mitchener
Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell
A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul


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