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249 books · 356 voters · list created November 3rd, 2009 by Thom Dunn (votes) .
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Thom 6023 books
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Caitlin 541 books
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Antoine 949 books
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Richard 1323 books
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Mary M 69 books
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Tara 2299 books
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message 1: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Should we also include books that we could not discern, capiche, appreciate, absorb, assimilate, catch, fathom, get, make out, perceive, take in, or cognize?


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "Should we also include books that we could not discern, capiche, appreciate, absorb, assimilate, catch, fathom, get, make out, perceive, take in, or cognize?"

All of the above.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

What about remember? ;-)

teasing, Alice


message 4: by Lachlan (new)

Lachlan Lot 49 is Small-Time


message 5: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lachlan wrote: "Lot 49 is Small-Time"

Lot 49 is the Word of God !! .... gods ?


message 6: by Lachlan (new)

Lachlan many god


message 7: by Nicolaus (new)

Nicolaus Stengl only read 4 of the 84 books :(


message 8: by Tom (new)

Tom THE CRYING OF LOT 49 is difficult?


message 9: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Tom wrote: "THE CRYING OF LOT 49 is difficult?"

I don't think so. A bit bizarre, but quite clearly stated.


message 10: by Marianinna (new)

Marianinna twilight is not difficult, is stupid


message 11: by David (new)

David HEART OF DARKNESS?! It's like 60 pages of plain English! Perhaps a bit symbolic, but very easy to read!


message 12: by Ivan (new)

Ivan Difficult?! Are you joking me.
Some of this books we had to read in secondary school.


message 13: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis So to be clear, we are voting on books according to their difficulty level, regardless of whether or not we liked them? Because I got pissed at Joyce during my reading of Ulysses, but would gladly vote that it was a hard read.


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

not to be a dismissive, condescending prick, but is gilead really 'really, really difficult'?


message 15: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Donna wrote: "So to be clear, we are voting on books according to their difficulty level, regardless of whether or not we liked them? Because I got pissed at Joyce during my reading of Ulysses, but would gladly ..."

Yes, any book you personally found difficult to plow your way through.


message 16: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj Twilight is the MOST difficult book to read, for this particular audience. Should be promoted right to the top.


message 17: by cabmok (new)

cabmok Lobstergirl wrote: "Should we also include books that we could not discern, capiche, appreciate, absorb, assimilate, catch, fathom, get, make out, perceive, take in, or cognize?"

Isn't a question of being ready, rather ?


message 18: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Fight Club is harder than William T. Vollmann or David Foster Wallace? Give me a break.


message 19: by Siisso (new)

Siisso Frankenstein? Huh!?


message 20: by Farhad (new)

Farhad Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, so goodreads community is actually 4chan, 9gag community in hiding?


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