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Erika (liljekonvalje) | 19 comments These are the named books I have read:

1. The Hobbit or There and Back again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien – read 2015-02-20
Sagan om ringen (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien – read 2016-03-17
Sagan om de två tornen (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien – read 2016-11-17
Sagan om Kungens återkomst (1955) by J. R. R. Tolkien - read 2017-09-16
2. 1984 (1949) by George Orwell – read 2018-03-24
3. Pride and Prejudice (1830) by Jane Austen – read 2019-02-20
5. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee – read 2016-06-15
9. The Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding – read 2015-11-05
10. Hamlet (1602) by William Shakespeare – read 2015-03-30
12. The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald – read 2014-02-17
13. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger – read 2016-01-24
15. Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley – read 2019-04-20
16. The Diary of Anne Frank (1947) by Anne Frank – read 2016-02-14
17. Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – read 2015-07-01
24. Harry Potter och De Vises Sten (1997) by J. K. Rowling – read 2015-10-29
Harry Potter och Hemligheternas kammare (1998) by J. K. Rowling – read 2015-12-26
Harry Potter och Fången från Azkaban (1999) by J. K. Rowling – read 2016-01-03
Harry Potter och den flammande bägaren (2000) by J. K. Rowling – read 2016-01-17
Harry Potter och Fenixorden (2003) by J. K. Rowling – read 2016-06-01
Harry Potter och Halvblodsprinsen (2005) by J.K. Rowling – read 2016-06-29
Harry Potter och Dödsrelikerna (2007) by J.K. Rowling – read 2016-07-05
29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll – read 2014-12-12
32. On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac – read 2016-09-19
35. The Outsider (1942) by Albert Camus – read 2017-05-21
36. The Color Purple (1982) by Alice Walker – read 2016-02-26
38. “Frankenstein” eller “Den Moderne Prometeus” (1818) by Mary Shelley – read 2018-11-10
42. A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens – read 2016-12-29
45. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1963) by Ken Kesey – read 2014-06-21


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Erika (liljekonvalje) | 19 comments Updates: I finally finished The Lord of the ring trilogy so it has been added to the list. Earlier this year i finished "The Outsider" but forgot to update my progress. It is done now.


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Erika (liljekonvalje) | 19 comments Update: 1984 by George Orwell was added to the list.


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Buck (spectru) Erika wrote: "Update: 1984 by George Orwell was added to the list."

Way to go Erika. Orwell's 1984 is a must-read book and one of my all time favorites. So powerful.


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Erika (liljekonvalje) | 19 comments Buck wrote: "Erika wrote: "Update: 1984 by George Orwell was added to the list."

Way to go Erika. Orwell's 1984 is a must-read book and one of my all time favorites. So powerful."


I really liked it! It's definitely a book that makes a lasting impression and I my case had me pending between several emotions. All from despair, anger, joy, suspense and more. Have you read anything else by Orwell and if so what would you recommend reading next?


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Buck (spectru) I've read several works of Orwell's. Animal Farm Animal Farm by George Orwell is his other well known book. 1984 is by far Orwell's magnum opus, but Animal Farm is well worth reading.


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Erika (liljekonvalje) | 19 comments Buck wrote: "I've read several works of Orwell's. Animal Farm Animal Farm by George Orwell is his other well known book. 1984 is by far Orwell's magnum opus, but Animal Farm is well worth reading."
Thank you for the recommendation!


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Erika (liljekonvalje) | 19 comments Update. The following books were added to the list: "Frankenstein" (number 38), "Pride and Prejudice" (number 3) and Brave New World (number 15). The first two i loved. I'm not so sure about "Brave New World". It was interesting and a ok read.


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Geoffrey Aronson (geaaronson) | 18 comments Erika wrote: "Update. The following books were added to the list: "Frankenstein" (number 38), "Pride and Prejudice" (number 3) and Brave New World (number 15). The first two i loved. I'm not so sure about "Brave..."

The problem with Brave New World is that is distopian qualities are suspect. It may not be such a horrible society if we are all drugged all the time. 1984 is horrendous.


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Erika (liljekonvalje) | 19 comments Geoffrey wrote: "Erika wrote: "Update. The following books were added to the list: "Frankenstein" (number 38), "Pride and Prejudice" (number 3) and Brave New World (number 15). The first two i loved. I'm not so sur..."

[Spoiler alert]

In what way do you find its dystopian qualities suspect?

Mas production of so called humans, because lets face it they are genetically engineered and removed of all that represents being human. Emotions are the last thing they are trying to get rid of by drugging themselves and that way suppressing it. It's definitely horrendous in that sens just like "1984". A society were everyone is drugged senseless is not my perception of a well functioning society and definitely not one that I would like to live in.


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Geoffrey Aronson (geaaronson) | 18 comments Erika wrote: "Geoffrey wrote: "Erika wrote: "Update. The following books were added to the list: "Frankenstein" (number 38), "Pride and Prejudice" (number 3) and Brave New World (number 15). The first two i love..."

Then let me ask you, of the two, 1984 or BNW, if you had to make a choice which would you go with?For me, BNW would be clearly favorable. At least I would be drugged euphorically.


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