Best Books From Before 1950

In an effort to avoid the usual "Flavor of the Month" feel that "Best Ever" lists take on, this list may only include books that were originally published prior to 1950.
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201

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4.15 avg rating — 2,535 ratings
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201

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3.63 avg rating — 137,505 ratings
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204

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3.97 avg rating — 74,090 ratings
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204

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3.82 avg rating — 310,666 ratings
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206

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3.67 avg rating — 17,564 ratings
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206

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4.06 avg rating — 77,690 ratings
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208

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3.93 avg rating — 115,033 ratings
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209

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4.02 avg rating — 441,580 ratings
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210

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3.45 avg rating — 28,727 ratings
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211

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3.90 avg rating — 8,203 ratings
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212

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3.67 avg rating — 9,516 ratings
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213

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3.68 avg rating — 42,648 ratings
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214

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4.12 avg rating — 257 ratings
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215

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3.87 avg rating — 42,333 ratings
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215

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4.19 avg rating — 10,372 ratings
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217

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4.24 avg rating — 1,213 ratings
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218

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3.81 avg rating — 13,380 ratings
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219

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3.75 avg rating — 6,304 ratings
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220

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3.83 avg rating — 9,190 ratings
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220

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3.86 avg rating — 148,783 ratings
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220

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4.02 avg rating — 27,632 ratings
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223

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3.90 avg rating — 58,309 ratings
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224

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3.75 avg rating — 7,562 ratings
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224

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3.75 avg rating — 6,405 ratings
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226

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3.54 avg rating — 1,508 ratings
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227

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4.10 avg rating — 4,219 ratings
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228

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4.28 avg rating — 30,311 ratings
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229

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3.80 avg rating — 12,656 ratings
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230

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4.23 avg rating — 10,584 ratings
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231

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3.91 avg rating — 6,627 ratings
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231

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4.21 avg rating — 62,155 ratings
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233

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4.29 avg rating — 125 ratings
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234

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3.97 avg rating — 65,177 ratings
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235

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3.62 avg rating — 1,819 ratings
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236

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4.14 avg rating — 1,008 ratings
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237

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3.84 avg rating — 6,689 ratings
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238

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4.03 avg rating — 1,032 ratings
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238

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3.88 avg rating — 16,336 ratings
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240

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3.73 avg rating — 16,851 ratings
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240

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3.88 avg rating — 2,170 ratings
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240

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3.97 avg rating — 36,544 ratings
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240

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3.60 avg rating — 103,275 ratings
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244

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4.01 avg rating — 2,187 ratings
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245

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4.19 avg rating — 32,796 ratings
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246

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4.11 avg rating — 233 ratings
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247

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4.13 avg rating — 4,028 ratings
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248

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3.87 avg rating — 24,459 ratings
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249

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3.94 avg rating — 26,998 ratings
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249

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3.69 avg rating — 19,978 ratings
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251

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3.91 avg rating — 65,350 ratings
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252

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4.14 avg rating — 20,863 ratings
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253

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3.72 avg rating — 30,487 ratings
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253

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3.97 avg rating — 5,519 ratings
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255

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3.73 avg rating — 26,998 ratings
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256

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3.94 avg rating — 1,640 ratings
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257

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4.13 avg rating — 15,032 ratings
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258

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4.07 avg rating — 20,662 ratings
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258

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3.36 avg rating — 5,875 ratings
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260

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3.98 avg rating — 3,784 ratings
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261

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3.67 avg rating — 3,417 ratings
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261

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3.94 avg rating — 21,578 ratings
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261

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3.82 avg rating — 5,508 ratings
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264

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3.82 avg rating — 20,015 ratings
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265

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3.78 avg rating — 14,434 ratings
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266

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3.69 avg rating — 4,549 ratings
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266

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3.68 avg rating — 4,414 ratings
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266

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4.15 avg rating — 220,258 ratings
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266

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4.37 avg rating — 11,387 ratings
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270

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3.68 avg rating — 3,268 ratings
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271

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3.76 avg rating — 59,336 ratings
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272

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4.06 avg rating — 12,074 ratings
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273

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3.80 avg rating — 11,606 ratings
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274

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3.80 avg rating — 4,135 ratings
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274

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4.26 avg rating — 878 ratings
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276

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4.24 avg rating — 9,892 ratings
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277

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3.84 avg rating — 224,579 ratings
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278

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4.06 avg rating — 104,035 ratings
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279

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4.16 avg rating — 886 ratings
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279

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3.75 avg rating — 48,021 ratings
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281

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3.98 avg rating — 4,207 ratings
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281

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3.72 avg rating — 2,152 ratings
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283

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3.97 avg rating — 2,640 ratings
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283

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4.20 avg rating — 216,000 ratings
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285

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4.05 avg rating — 8,081 ratings
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286

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4.23 avg rating — 1,262 ratings
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287

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3.91 avg rating — 31,125 ratings
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288

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4.05 avg rating — 1,477 ratings
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289

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4.18 avg rating — 21,944 ratings
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289

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4.07 avg rating — 11,805 ratings
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291

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3.85 avg rating — 29,043 ratings
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292

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4.07 avg rating — 4,181 ratings
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293

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3.77 avg rating — 7,046 ratings
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293

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4.49 avg rating — 46,020 ratings
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293

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4.05 avg rating — 87,640 ratings
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296

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3.87 avg rating — 1,410 ratings
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297

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3.36 avg rating — 20,942 ratings
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298

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4.44 avg rating — 48 ratings
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298

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2.95 avg rating — 357 ratings
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298

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4.24 avg rating — 46,169 ratings
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Ben 1031 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 2906 books
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Thom 6023 books
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Reese 1111 books
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Autumn 1674 books
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Lazarus 3521 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Do you want me to remove "The Death of Ivan Ilych," Ben? It's reading -1 voters.


message 2: by Ben (new)

Ben Susanna wrote: "Do you want me to remove "The Death of Ivan Ilych," Ben? It's reading -1 voters."

Very strange. I removed it. Thanks for letting me know.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Don't know why that happened, but it does happen occasionally.


message 4: by Capsguy (new)

Capsguy Whoa, I pretty much exclusively read books written prior to 1950.


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle The Watchmen and The 13 Clocks removed. Both excellent, neither published prior to 1950.


message 6: by Susan (new)

Susan Editing problems- 214 is a contemporary YA sci-fi book. Monster Men is at 287 and 369 (we all love Edgar, but really,,,). Lists Swann's Way and In Search of lost Time separately. Is the German translation of 20,000 Leagues appreciably better than an English one? Perhaps a list of best 200 books from 1900-1950 would be more useful and manageable. We all know about Dickens already.


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