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Annie (annie_thomas) | 69 comments Books from the list that I have completed :

1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien [Awesome series]
2 1984 by George Orwell [Great book, loved Animal Farm too]
3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster [Did not enjoy] May 2016
13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank [Awesome book]
24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling [Liked the beginning of the series, last few not so much]
31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas [Great story]

Would like to complete at least 3 more by end of 2016.


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Buck (spectru) Annie wrote: "24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling [Liked the beginning of the series, last few not so much]"

That's interesting. I thought the first three or four were cute but formulaic, and the last three were where it got good. That's the thing about books - people react differently.


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Annie (annie-somanybookssolittletime) | 11 comments Yes, some of my friends didn't like them at all, I think it's quite like it or hate it.
I started reading the 3 first ones in French when the film came in theatres in Belgium, and I loved them so much I couldn't wait for the paperback version to be translated in French so I red all the others in English!
Everybody's cup of tea, luckily so we can exchange ideas, comments and try something different through a recommendation of another Goodreads' addict!


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Annie (annie_thomas) | 69 comments The first few books felt like children's books whereas the last few was dark (I wasn't sure it was suitable for my 9 yr old then). Also felt the last ones were too long, drawn out because the series became very popular.


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Annie (annie_thomas) | 69 comments 1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien [Awesome series]
2 1984 by George Orwell [Great book, loved Animal Farm too]
3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [June 2016 Did not enjoy]
8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster [Did not enjoy May 2016]
10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare [Sep 2016 Fan of tragedies now]
13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank [Awesome book]
19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer [Nov 2016 Some great stories here, used translation as I wasn't getting anything out of the ole English]
24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling [Liked the beginning of the series, last few not so much]
31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
41 Gulliver´s Travels by Jonathan Swift [Sep 2016 Brilliant satire]
42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens [June 2016 Enjoy living]
43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain [June 2016 Engaging]
46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas [Great story]


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Buck (spectru) Annie wrote: "Would like to complete at least 3 more by end of 2016. ."

Congratulations Annie. Looks like you exceeded your goal.


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Annie (annie_thomas) | 69 comments I've read a fair bit now (39/50). There are still a few in the list I would like to get to but going to wait till I make some inroads on my current 'want to read' list.

1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien [Awesome series]
2 1984 by George Orwell [Great book, loved Animal Farm too]
3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck [2017]
5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [June 2016 Did not enjoy]
8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster [Did not enjoy May 2016]
9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding [2017]
10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare [Sep 2016 Fan of tragedies now]
12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [2017]
13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley [2017 Must read, even better than 1984]
16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank [Awesome book]
18 The Bible by Various [2020 Took me a long time, but finished now..]
19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer [Nov 2016 Some great stories here, used translation as I wasn't getting anything out of the ole English]
21 The Quiet American by Graham Greene [2019 Liked a lot]
24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling [Liked the beginning of the series, last few not so much]
25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville [2019 Epic, i did find many parts dragging though. Whale is awesome]
26 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy [2020 very sad, how the author brings everyone to life!]
29 Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
30 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
35 The Outsider by Albert Camus [Very good]
36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker [Loved it]
37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel [Not a fan]
38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Sad]
39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
41 Gulliver´s Travels by Jonathan Swift [Sep 2016 Brilliant satire]
42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens [June 2016 Enjoy living]
43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain [June 2016 Engaging]
44 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe [Nice]
46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas [Great story]
48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden [could pass]
50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


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