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message 1: by Lud (new)

Lud If this is a best non-fiction list, why is "Killer Angels: A NOVEL of the Civil War," winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for FICTION, included??? Just curious.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, I was wondering that as well.


message 3: by booklady (new)

booklady It shouldn't be.


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Atlas Shrugged and Confederacy of Dunces are definitely not non-fiction.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'm going to remove those, for not being non-fiction.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

I can't figure out how to remove books from the list, could you enlighten me?


message 7: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jun 14, 2010 10:23AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You have to be a librarian to remove books, though anyone can remove their own vote for one.

Any other fiction lurking in there I didn't spot?


message 8: by Richard (new)

Richard Lowry New Dawn tells a story you will never forget - New Dawn The Battles for Fallujah by Richard S. Lowry


message 9: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "You have to be a librarian to remove books, though anyone can remove their own vote for one.

Any other fiction lurking in there I didn't spot?"


IN COLD BLOOD is what its author called a "non-fiction" novel. Similarly, Jeff Shaara's Rise to Rebellion, although told in narrative form is as close to non-fiction as he could make it while maintaining the narrative thread. Maybe we should have a separate list ?


message 10: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn THE DAY OF THE LOCUST !!!!??


message 11: by Jerome (new)

Jerome "American Conspiracies?"
Please.


message 12: by Jack (new)

Jack Hi everyone,

I have created a new group called Goodreads All Sorts and I'd love for people to join it or just even just give it a look. It's a group that discusses anything and everything. There will be monthly group reads, movies, and music. There is a folder for everything you could think of. I'd really like if people could spread the word because I'd love for the group to be a success. Here is the link to the group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/9...

Thanks very much,
Jack :-)


message 13: by Zumba (new)

Zumba Elgato Why is Mortenson still on this list? Fiction, pure fiction.


message 14: by Zoe's Human (new)

Zoe's Human To Kill a Mockingbird and Animal Farm both removed as they are fiction.


message 15: by Zoe's Human (new)

Zoe's Human Fifty Shades of Grey, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jessica: The Little Girl Who Loves Jesus, and Sophie's World all removed as they are all fiction.


message 16: by Elanna (last edited Apr 09, 2014 03:33PM) (new)

Elanna What about the two books of Khaled Hosseini? "The kite runner" and "One thousand splendid suns" are novels!
And where are the interesting books? I don't think that self-help best-sellers can be a canon of human thought, do you?
Not a single historian worth of the name... no philosophers... only a book ABOUT Chomsky... ???


message 17: by Neva (new)

Neva "The Help" is fiction. :)


message 18: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 02, 2015 10:55AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Snowdrops (currently #636) is not a work of non-fiction, as far as I'm aware... Anyone?


message 19: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 02, 2015 11:10AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Elanna wrote: " no philosophers..."

I voted for Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy... Must have been added then after you added your message.

Someone must have deleted the two novels by Khaled Hosseini, as they don't seem to be there anymore.


message 20: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 02, 2015 11:10AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Neva wrote: ""The Help" is fiction. :)"

I checked the list, but it seems to have been deleted already.


message 21: by Elyse (last edited Nov 09, 2017 01:51PM) (new)

Elyse I deleted Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone #544, The Incredible Journey #559, and The Hunger Games #1322. All are fiction.


message 22: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Russo The Fault in Our Stars should be deleted


message 23: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Barbara wrote: "The Fault in Our Stars should be deleted"

Which number is it at?


message 24: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Russo 365 I believe


message 25: by Booklovinglady (last edited Mar 15, 2018 11:31PM) (new)

Booklovinglady "Barbara wrote: The Fault in Our Stars should be deleted.
Booklovinglady wrote: Which number is it at?
Barbara wrote: 365 I believe"


Book has been deleted.


message 26: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Russo More fiction to delete: The Night Circus (1434), The Princess Bride (1463); The Fifth Wave (1415); Twilight (1490); A Visit from the Goon Squad (1582); Eleanor & Park (1283); All the Bright Places (1242); The World of Tomorrow (1132); Fangirl (1322); Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants (1194); and last but not least To Kill a Mockingbird! (1926).


message 27: by Sally (new)

Sally I deleted The Princess Bride. It looks like the other books listed above have been removed.


message 28: by Abby (last edited Sep 24, 2018 11:47PM) (new)

Abby this book is listed at least three times on the list... and probably shouldn't be included at all:
The Complete What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know
by Barry Maz


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Is it still on three times? I combined duplicates, but none were removed.


message 30: by Abby (new)

Abby Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Is it still on three times? I combined duplicates, but none were removed."


so far i've seen it twice...


and if you can delete Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand... that is definitely fiction.

thanks!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Where on the list is it?


message 32: by Sally (new)

Sally Atlas Shrugged removed. (It was 422).


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Thanks, Sally.


message 34: by Sean (new)

Sean The Giving Tree, 1984 and Twilight can be removed.


message 35: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jun 26, 2019 11:04AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Sean wrote: "The Giving Tree, 1984 and Twilight can be removed."

Which numbers were they on? (25 pages is an awful lot to go through, for what might turn out to be a wild goose chase... See my previous comment)


message 36: by Sally (last edited Jun 28, 2019 07:30AM) (new)

Sally Removed The Giving Tree
and
The Lightning Thief

I don't see 1984 or Twilight.


message 37: by Sean (last edited Aug 03, 2019 04:48PM) (new)

Sean Twilight is currently #1806, page 19

1984 is currently #1491, page 16

Thanks!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Both removed.


message 39: by John (new)

John Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is fiction.


message 40: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 10, 2020 10:42AM) (new)

Booklovinglady John wrote: "Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is fiction."

There are 27 pages at the moment; which number is it on?


message 41: by John (new)

John Booklovinglady wrote: "John wrote: "Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is fiction."

There are 27 pages at the moment; which number is it on?"


Sorry! Number 137 (page 2).


message 42: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady John wrote: "Sorry! Number 137 (page 2)."

Thanks 🙂 The book has been removed.


♥ Marlene♥ I have removed The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas which was on 425 or something and is most definitely not nonfiction and 3 people had voted for.


message 44: by Saturday's (new)

Saturday's Child Wow, Chaos and Grime: A Year in the Life of a Chinese City is all over lots and lots of Goodreads lists - so much for people not spamming. What a shame these lists are spammed, those that do it really should take a look and themselves and feel ashamed.


message 45: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Howson 'Lost in Yaba' and 'The Girl with Seven Names'


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