50 books to read before you die

This is the list that appears on a bookmark I bought in UK last summer.

This is the list; PLEASE DON'T ADD BOOKS TO IT!!!
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50 books · 225 voters · list created April 6th, 2011 by Ghostcat (votes) .
30 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Ghostcat 1054 books
16 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3055 books
785 friends
Alex 283 books
32 friends
Ben 1078 books
74 friends
Wanda 1755 books
11 friends
Innerpeace1081 2314 books
45 friends
Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 546 books
455 friends
Bettie☯ 14844 books
107 friends

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message 1: by Hayes (new)

Hayes Are we voting for the ones we have read?
Or only for the ones we think should be on the list too?


message 2: by Ghostcat (new)

Ghostcat This is my first list so I'm not an expert yet.
I just wanted to list all those books like a special "to read list", like a personnal challenge.
So feel free to do as you think it's the best ;)


message 3: by Hayes (new)

Hayes OK... I'll take off a few. I've left ones I didn't like that I think are important to read.


message 4: by Ghostcat (new)

Ghostcat Ok thanks a lot ^.^


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I notice there are more than 50 books on the list now -- but wasn't this supposed to be based on a specific list you had come across, Ghostcat? (I'm asking because "(so-and-so many) books to read before you die" where voters can randomly add books that are important to them already exist aplenty, so selecting books from a specific, pre-defined list of 50 books (no more, no less) kind of seemed to be an important distinguishing point in looking at this particular list ...


message 6: by Ghostcat (new)

Ghostcat Yes, I wanted this to be an exhausted list based on that bookmark I bought in UK, but as I'm quite new here, I don't know how to "block" the list in order that nobody add books on it
(my apologizes if my sentence is not clear, I'm french)


message 7: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Apr 10, 2011 08:02AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Your sentence is perfectly clear -- at least to this fellow non-native speaker! :)

I think only GR super-librarians (or GR employees) can actually place restrictions on lists; however, ALL librarians can delete books that really shouldn't have been added to a given list. In fact, this is not an infrequent occurrence, particularly with lists based on a specific theme, or moving within a certain set of parameters defined by the list's creator, or lists that are -- like yours -- based on some other list, published somewhere else.

Since the model for this particular list is not something retrievable from elsewhere on the internet, though, it would be helpful if you could copy the list from your bookmark into a comment here at the bottom of the page ... if that isn't too much trouble, of course! (?)


message 8: by Ben (new)

Ben Actually, if you look at Ghostcat's list, it has the 50 books that belong on this list. All the others should be deleted if possible.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads OK, I'll delete the ones not on Ghostcat's list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

Paradise Lost
One Hundred Years of Solitude
MacBeth
Things Fall Apart
Midnight's Children
Othello
The Tempest
War and Peace
Madame Bovary
A Clockwork Orange
Three Tragedies: Antigone, Oedipus Rex, Electra
The Death of Ivan Ilych
The Metamorphosis
Great Expectations
Romeo and Juliet
The Merchant of Venice
A Room of One's Own
The Trial
The Brothers Karamazov
The Little Prince
Utopia
The Land of the Just
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Fatal Shore
The Waste Land
King Lear
The Trial and Death of Socrates
Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, MacBeth
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Le Malade Imaginaire
Metamorphoses
Lyrical Ballads
Songs of Innocence and Experience
Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems
Tristram Shandy
Shakespeare's Sonnets
A Study in Scarlet
The Happy Prince
Dr. Faustus
The Koran
Ben liebt Anna
The Winter's Tale
Jude the Obscure
Pinocchio
The Essays of Montaigne
The Overcoat


message 11: by Ghostcat (new)

Ghostcat Waow, thank you so much for your efficiency.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem!


message 13: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 01, 2018 11:35PM) (new)

Booklovinglady There are far more than 50 books on this list at the moment, even though the description says "This is the list; please don't add books to it"

I'll remove them when I have more time.


message 14: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 01, 2018 11:55PM) (new)

Booklovinglady I've removed the following books as NOT being part of Ghostcat's original list of 50 books:

The Book of Disquiet
Steppenwolf
Selected Poems and Fragments
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Faust: First Part
The Man Without Qualities
Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
Journey to the End of the Night
Reveries of the Solitary Walker
Swann's Way
Zorba the Greek
Candide
The Lord Chandos Letter: And Other Writings
Nausea
Autumn Sonata: Selected Poems
Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth
The Arabian Nights
Confessions
Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead
Gargantua and Pantagruel
The Trial
Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings
King Solomon's Ring
Five Women
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
The Confusions of Young Törless
The Glass Bead Game
The Woman in the Dunes
The lyrical poems of Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Hymns to the Night
The Sorrows of Young Werther
Selected Tales
The Novices of Sais
The Hobbit
Room
Fahrenheit 451
The Handmaid's Tale
Letters to a Young Poet
Siddhartha
Orlando
Never Let Me Go
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
One Hundred Years of Solitude
To the Lighthouse
The Golden Compass
Night
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Endgame
A Room of One's Own
Maldoror = Les Chants de Maldoror, together with a translation of Lautréamont's Poésies
Les Fleurs du Mal
Crônicas De Nárnia
The Glass Castle
Watering Heaven
Jacques the Fatalist
Animal Farm
The Godfather
Wizard's First Rule
Anne of Green Gables
Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Red Tent
A Christmas Carol
The Famished Road
The Four Feathers
The Help
A Time to Kill
The Pillars of the Earth
Anna Karenina
The Giver
Murder as a Fine Art
The Fault in Our Stars
The House on Mango Street
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Black Death of Babylon
Six Days of the Condor
Gods and Generals
The Bluest Eye
The Silmarillion
From Here to Eternity
David Copperfield
Everything Is Illuminated
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Gone with the Wind
Little Dorrit
Home
The Pickwick Papers
The Brothers Karamazov
Snow
World Without End
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Things Fall Apart
Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer
To Hell and Back
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943
The Complete Stories and Poems
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
The Celebrated Cases of Sherlock Holmes
How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower
The Odessa File
Great Expectations
The Time Traveler's Wife
The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West
The Manchurian Candidate
Henry and Jim
New Enlarged Anthology of Robert Frost's Poems
Young Stalin
The Last of the Mohicans
The Sorrows of Young Werther--Elective Affinities--Novella
The Old Man and the Sea
The Guns of August
After Dark
Mystic River
The Fall of Berlin 1945
Tuesdays with Morrie
Shiloh
Basic Writings of Nietzsche
11/22/63
The Name of the Wind
Kafka on the Shore
Catching Fire
The Andalucian Friend
A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
V for Vendetta
Collected Fictions
Confessions
Beau Geste
A Writer's Diary: Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf
In Cold Blood
Patriot Games
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier



Like done before, I've deleted lots of books. Please, please, PLEASE, don't add any more books to Ghostcat's original list!. Thanks.


message 15: by Ghostcat (new)

Ghostcat I feel sorry that you have to work on that list, it must have take you some time to remove all these books so thank you very much!


message 16: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 02, 2018 02:43AM) (new)

Booklovinglady @Ghostcat
Don't feel sorry, it's one of the things librarians are for :-) But people do seem to have a hard time reading descriptions.

And yes, it has taken quite a lot of time to remove all the books that didn't belong on your list :-) But you're welcome. And no matter, as it's back to your original 50 titles now.

Should you notice an addition to your list in future, just give the title and number in the comment box section, and one of the librarians will remove it for you.


message 17: by Ghostcat (new)

Ghostcat Dully noted, thank you again for your hard work :)


message 18: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Ghostcat wrote: "Dully noted, thank you again for your hard work :)"

Like I said, you're welcome :-)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You deserve a medal for cleaning all that out!


message 20: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 03, 2018 02:14PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "You deserve a medal for cleaning all that out!"

Thanks ;-)


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