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609 books · 710 voters · list created June 28th, 2008 by deleted user.
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message 1: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather "of our lifetime" meaning books published since I've been born, or what?


message 2: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Oct 24, 2008 12:54PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's what I'm assuming, Greyweather.

Though if anyone is old enough to remember Don Quixote first coming out, I'd love to meet them! I'm a historian by training.


message 3: by Kylie (new)

Kylie I can NOT choose! Those who know me CLEARLY know that!!!! I like them for different reasons!


message 4: by Emily (new)

Emily wow....who remembers peter pan?? wasn't that around the turn of the century?

this list is ridiculous.


message 5: by Savannah (new)

Savannah what's up with this list, all the books could be chosen by different people! there's no way too know what it could be!


message 6: by Stuart (last edited Jul 25, 2009 10:06PM) (new)

Stuart I'd like to meet the guy who was alive when the Book of Mormon was written, and the King James Bible.

Someone should specify whether this list is for the best books written during our lives, or the best books we have read in our lives.


message 7: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Usually I read too much into things, but the creator of this list could be referring to human life altogether. After all, none of us live very long but we all have a lifetime together technically speaking. Little far fetched, but hey, makes sense to me.


message 8: by AK (new)

AK Mama Reads As many have mentioned, due to the books already contained in the list, I'm voting for the best books I've read during my lifetime, not just those published since the 80s.


message 9: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I really have a problem with this and other lists:
1. So many great books were omitted
2. So many minor books were included
3, We'd have to be really old for many of these books to be in our lifetime--Dickens? Austen?

Can't someone check before printing?


message 10: by Mary (new)

Mary Warrior cats:)


message 11: by BookLovingLady (deceased Jan. 25, 2023...) (last edited Mar 29, 2019 02:36AM) (new)

BookLovingLady (deceased Jan. 25, 2023...) It seems hard for people to read.... Odd, because this is a site for readers... The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (#14) for instance was first published in 1950 according to GR, yet 65 (!) people voted for it. Like I said, odd...


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