500 Masterworks of Fiction (You pick 'em)

This list is dedicated to adult literature. Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games are not welcome here. This list is for mature prose, writing of a higher caliber.

All books unfit for this poll will be removed!
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4.27 avg rating — 5,304,469 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 3,632,266 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 1,213,077 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 728,792 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 3,392,688 ratings
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8

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4.51 avg rating — 619,913 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 3,128,021 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 1,248,052 ratings
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11

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3.93 avg rating — 4,478,530 ratings
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12

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3.84 avg rating — 446,205 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 1,091,744 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 3,292,797 ratings
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15

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4.13 avg rating — 159,074 ratings
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16

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4.07 avg rating — 716,476 ratings
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17

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4.14 avg rating — 388,067 ratings
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18

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3.98 avg rating — 780,895 ratings
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19

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3.69 avg rating — 2,584,806 ratings
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20

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4.19 avg rating — 3,850,210 ratings
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21

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3.86 avg rating — 880,802 ratings
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22

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4.20 avg rating — 6,169 ratings
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23

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3.92 avg rating — 850,994 ratings
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24

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3.88 avg rating — 1,570,490 ratings
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25

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4.11 avg rating — 1,214,875 ratings
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26

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3.92 avg rating — 114,833 ratings
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27

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3.99 avg rating — 828,230 ratings
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28

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3.97 avg rating — 7,830 ratings
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29

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4.38 avg rating — 2,192,009 ratings
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30

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4.39 avg rating — 477,461 ratings
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31

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3.88 avg rating — 2,239,459 ratings
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32

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4.11 avg rating — 845,209 ratings
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33

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3.84 avg rating — 1,355,830 ratings
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34

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4.12 avg rating — 1,752,471 ratings
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35

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3.69 avg rating — 293,360 ratings
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36

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4.20 avg rating — 682,561 ratings
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37

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3.87 avg rating — 355,383 ratings
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38

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4.34 avg rating — 280,696 ratings
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39

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3.80 avg rating — 46,309 ratings
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40

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4.27 avg rating — 1,073,938 ratings
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41

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4.28 avg rating — 424,805 ratings
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42

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3.89 avg rating — 240,218 ratings
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43

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4.18 avg rating — 7,457 ratings
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44

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3.99 avg rating — 148,357 ratings
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45

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4.13 avg rating — 2,123,047 ratings
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46

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4.07 avg rating — 757,088 ratings
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47

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4.03 avg rating — 385,099 ratings
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48

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3.90 avg rating — 782,940 ratings
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49

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4.18 avg rating — 335,901 ratings
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50

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4.37 avg rating — 30,069 ratings
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50

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3.99 avg rating — 1,648,098 ratings
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52

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3.68 avg rating — 67,829 ratings
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53

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4.30 avg rating — 1,151,677 ratings
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54

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4.03 avg rating — 837,244 ratings
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55

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3.91 avg rating — 15,256 ratings
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56

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4.28 avg rating — 829,186 ratings
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57

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4.35 avg rating — 11,134 ratings
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58

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4.17 avg rating — 21,806 ratings
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59

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4.11 avg rating — 35,071 ratings
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59

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4.02 avg rating — 394,607 ratings
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61

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3.97 avg rating — 270,335 ratings
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62

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3.94 avg rating — 72,579 ratings
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63

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3.89 avg rating — 385,722 ratings
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64

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4.10 avg rating — 859,514 ratings
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65

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3.96 avg rating — 272,257 ratings
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66

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4.19 avg rating — 38,823 ratings
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66

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4.13 avg rating — 281,962 ratings
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68

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3.94 avg rating — 216,608 ratings
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69

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3.43 avg rating — 786,598 ratings
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70

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3.75 avg rating — 256,231 ratings
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71

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4.06 avg rating — 96,586 ratings
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72

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3.54 avg rating — 28,738 ratings
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73

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3.61 avg rating — 191,724 ratings
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74

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3.90 avg rating — 12,905 ratings
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75

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3.97 avg rating — 41,403 ratings
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76

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4.13 avg rating — 91,775 ratings
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77

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3.89 avg rating — 228,417 ratings
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77

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3.88 avg rating — 77,736 ratings
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79

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4.05 avg rating — 675,203 ratings
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80

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4.23 avg rating — 513,736 ratings
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81

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4.42 avg rating — 25,128 ratings
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81

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3.66 avg rating — 30,748 ratings
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83

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4.21 avg rating — 27,193 ratings
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84

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4.03 avg rating — 5,909 ratings
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85

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3.98 avg rating — 800,039 ratings
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86

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4.01 avg rating — 216,853 ratings
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87

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4.30 avg rating — 291,465 ratings
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88

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3.93 avg rating — 42,474 ratings
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89

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3.92 avg rating — 294,758 ratings
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90

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3.52 avg rating — 206,544 ratings
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90

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3.89 avg rating — 33,707 ratings
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92

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3.81 avg rating — 399,025 ratings
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92

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3.68 avg rating — 276,689 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 333,601 ratings
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95

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3.79 avg rating — 155,898 ratings
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96

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3.86 avg rating — 236,250 ratings
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97

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3.67 avg rating — 187,379 ratings
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98

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4.25 avg rating — 599,058 ratings
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98

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3.96 avg rating — 645,455 ratings
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100

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4.14 avg rating — 157,650 ratings
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495 books · 119 voters · list created February 22nd, 2014 by Kevin (votes) .
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Ellinor 6497 books
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message 1: by Danna (new)

Danna I honestly think 'Alice in Wonderland' should be there: it has so many levels, such depths, allegories...


message 2: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa This list is dedicated to adult literature. Harry Potter, Twighlight and Hunger Games, are not welcome here. This list is for mature prose, writing of a higher caliber.

ouch...

is Twilight intentionally misspelled?


message 3: by Kevin (last edited Feb 23, 2014 12:58PM) (new)

Kevin Anna wrote: "This list is dedicated to adult literature. Harry Potter, Twighlight and Hunger Games, are not welcome here. This list is for mature prose, writing of a higher caliber.

ouch...

is Twilight intent..."


No, just a typo, I shall correct it... :-)

This list is generated as a reference for those who would like to read good literature. Pop culture phenomena's have plenty of list already. Too much cheese is being fed to the masses, very little Caviar reaches the plates.

Add any book that fits the category (You pick em').


message 4: by JDB (new)

JDB Hercina wrote: "I honestly think 'Alice in Wonderland' should be there: it has so many levels, such depths, allegories..."

Why didn't you add the book? That's what the list is for.


message 5: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell wow this list is dramatically arbitrary.

as compared to say Best Popular Classic Books which at least used the criteria of having 100,000 ratings and being shelved at least 1000 times as classic.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That limitation has become much more popular (to avoid author spam, among other things) in the last few years; certainly after this list was created.


message 7: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "That limitation has become much more popular (to avoid author spam, among other things) in the last few years; certainly after this list was created."

I'm just completely confused by this list. As a librarian there are an awful lot of books that I wouldn't remove that others might. Which makes it harder to decide as a list user what to add.


message 8: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Mitchell, this list was created for GR member's to post their personal favorite works of fiction with an emphasis on steering clear of pop culture phenomenon. . The list will become a hodgepodge of titles because as humans the list can only be viewed subjectively, Art is supposed to create feelings. Feelings are subjective not objective. A hundred people can look at the same piece of art and have a hundred different opinions about it, and this includes books. There is truly no reason to over-think the list.


message 9: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Kevin wrote: "Mitchell, this list was created for GR member's to post their personal favorite works of fiction with an emphasis on steering clear of pop culture phenomenon. . The list will become a hodgepodge of..."

presumably a pop cultural phenomenon of the past is fine? or a past work that is now a pop cultural phenomenon like say Sherlock Holmes?

How about Outlander which I consider a pop cultural phenomenon and not especially well written though I remember liking it.


message 10: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Kevin wrote: "There is truly no reason to over-think the list.

So really any work of fiction that anyone likes. YA is okay as long as you're an adult and you liked it like say Black Beauty or The Giver.

Just not Hunger Games or Twilight or Harry Potter


message 11: by Kevin (last edited Apr 18, 2018 03:39AM) (new)

Kevin Mitchell, the titles offered so far paint an eclectic picture. I'm sure you get the gist of what the list represents by simply browsing the titles other have offered to this point. It's a simple list created by readers of fiction. Masterworks may be a strong description for some of the titles listed, but it's all subjective. I will not have anything removed so far. It appears that many who have contributed to the list had a very clear idea about what the list should represent and all contributors have done a decent job sticking to the simple list rules. I have seen a handful of titles I would never have listed, but the books still stuck to the guide lines.


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