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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Hi, I'm Sarah, and I am a steadfast bibliophile.

The following are the books I have read from this list:

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
34 Emma -Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare


message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah That leaves the following yet to read:

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (In French)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisadannatt) | 83 comments Life of Pi is beautiful. And I LOVE Lord of the Rings.
How are Collins and Hardy and Mitchell?


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I tried Lord of the Rings (the first book) once after watching all the movies with a friend, but I couldn't get into it. Admittedly, this was about 8 years ago, and I've matured as an analytical reader since then, so maybe I would appreciate it more now. I've always wanted to read Life of Pi but haven't managed it yet.

I loved Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White and led my first Goodreads discussion on that novel last January for The Readers Review group. It was, in my opinion, very thrilling and exciting, and quite an intricate mystery. I highly recommend it! I also enjoyed Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd; I read it in college and was told that it was Hardy's least cynical/most optimistic novel. I need to read more of his novels! And Gone With the Wind--oh my--one of my favorite novels of all time! I've read it four times and want to reread it again very soon! It does contain racism and stereotyping, but I still enjoyed it for its characters and conflicts. :-)


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisadannatt) | 83 comments I've read LOTR three times, I love it. Currently busy with life of Pi, I saw the film last year. Both The Woman in White and Far from the Madding Crowd are on my to read lists. I tried Gone with the Wind when I was 12, I think I was too young to appreciate it, would like to try again.


message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisadannatt) | 83 comments Sarah- The Time Travellers Wife!


message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Adding it to my TBR list!


message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisadannatt) | 83 comments Yay!


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisadannatt) | 83 comments What should I read.


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Definitely Gone With the Wind, David Copperfield (I'm reading it now), and The Woman in White. Gone With the Wind is an iconic novel of the American Civil War, despite the racial stereotypes. Far From the Madding Crowd is good too, as is Of Mice and Men (I should reread that one). I enjoyed Dracula, which is an epistolary novel. Ulysses bears reading just to explore the stream-of-consciousness style, but I only read a section of it. Heart of Darkness is very interesting too, a novel about colonialism and man's dark nature.


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah If we read Gone With the Wind for Women's Classic Literature Enthusiasts next month I'm going to try to join in. It's one of my favorite novels, and I've read it four times already. :-)


message 12: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisadannatt) | 83 comments I'm reading A Woman in White


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Cool!


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisadannatt) | 83 comments Will have to try Gone with the Wind again sometime, I was 12 the first time I tried to read it. Have never seen the movie either


message 15: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I enjoyed the movie also, but of course the book was better!


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