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message 1: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
This is a list of books that can be found on a stainless steel bookmark available in most book stores.

http://www.listchallenges.com/50-book...


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
1. 1984
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. Jane Eyre
4. Wuthering Heights
5. The Great Gatsby
6. The Bell Jar
7. Brave New World
8. The Bible
9. Harry Potter series
10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
11. Heart of Darkness
12. The Color Purple
13. Frankenstein
14. A Christmas Carol
15. Huckleberry finn
16. The Picture of Dorian Gray


message 3: by Shirley (new)

Shirley | 4177 comments I quite like this list, seems rather more achievable than 1001 books...which is a little daunting, to say the least! I have read 20, not including theBible which I have read in part, but not all of it!


message 4: by Pink (new)

Pink I have that bookmark somewhere. I've read 14 of them, but have most of the others on my TBR list.


message 5: by Petra (new)

Petra | 3248 comments I also didn't include the Bible since I haven't read all of it.
I've read 25 of the books on this list:

The Lord of The Rings
1984
Pride & Prejudice
Grapes of Wrath
Jane Eyre
Lord of the Flies
The Great Gatsby
The Bell Jar
Ann Frank
Ulysses
The Harry Potter series
Anna Karenina
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Rebecca
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
On The Road
The Life of Pi
The War of the World
A Christmas Carol
Huckleberrry Finn
Robinson Crusoe
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Catch-22 (currently reading)
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Picture of Dorian Gray


message 6: by Kai (new)

Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 19 comments I've read 30. Some interesting choices - especially the Hemingway short story collection over one of his novels.


message 7: by Leslie (last edited Aug 25, 2013 01:51PM) (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I will go along with Petra's lead and leave out the Bible & Canterbury Tales since I have only read parts of them. So my list is:

The Lord of The Rings trilogy
1984
Pride & Prejudice
Grapes of Wrath
To Kill a Mockingbird
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
A Passage to India
Lord of the Flies
Hamlet
The Great Gatsby
Brave New World
The Diary of Ann Frank
Ulysses
The Quiet American
The Harry Potter series
The Wind in the Willows
His Dark Materials trilogy
Anna Karenina
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Rebecca
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Heart of Darkness
The Way We Live Now
The Color Purple
The Life of Pi
Frankenstein
The War of the Worlds
Gulliver's Travels
A Christmas Carol
Huckleberrry Finn
Robinson Crusoe
Catch-22
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Picture of Dorian Gray


message 8: by Beth (new)

Beth | 508 comments I had 18 of them - interesting list!


message 9: by Tweedledum (new)

Tweedledum  (tweedledum) | 2030 comments I've read 32 including the Bible. Have not read the Canterbury tales but listened to some of them in translation. Not read the divine comedy. It has never been on a reading list of mine but toyong with dipping into it now. Have read Robinson Crusoe but not Gullivers Travels. Still my list would have to include Homer and Plato. Here's a question if you could substitute just one book on that list what would you substitute and why.

I would substitute Homer the Odyssey for Don Quixote ...... Why? A hero v an old fool..... Well which would you rather have in a tight spot?


message 10: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Tweedledum wrote: "Here's a question if you could substitute just one book on that list what would you substitute and why. ..."

Interesting question! I would substitute William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury for Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. I didn't think that the story or the characters in Pullman's trilogy were that well done; The Sound and the Fury is an amazing book which was also ground-breaking in terms of writing style.


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