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message 1: by Emily (last edited Aug 21, 2009 05:21AM) (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
The MAD Reader’s Society Top 100 Must Reads
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
4. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
5. Beloved – Toni Morrison
6. Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause
7. The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller
8. Call of the Wild - Jack London
9. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
10. A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer
11. The Chosen One – Carol Lynch Williams
12. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
13. Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean Auel
14. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
15. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
16. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Hadden
18. The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
19. The Deep End of the Ocean - Jacquelyn Mitchard
20. Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
21. East – Edith Pattou
22. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
23. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
24. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
25. Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews
26. Forever – Judy Blume
27. Gap Creek - Robert Morgan
28. The Giants House- Elizabeth McCracken
29. Girl With A Pearl Earring – Tracey Chevalier
30. The Giver – Lois Lowry
31. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
32. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
33. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
34. Good in Bed – Jennifer Weiner
35. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
36. Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood
37. Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
38. Hoot – Carl Hiaasen
39. The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans
40. House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubus III
41. How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life – Kaavya Viswanathan
42. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
43. Icy Sparks - Gwyn Hyman Rubio
44. Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
45. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
46. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
47. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
48. I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
49. The Last Time I Was Me – Cathy Lamb
50. Light on Snow – Anita Shreve
51. Lion Witch and Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
52. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
53. Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurty
54. Lord of the Rings Trilogy & The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
55. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
56. Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
57. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
58. The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
59. Misery – Stephen King
60. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
61. Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck
62. The Notebook – Nicolas Sparks
63. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
64. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
65. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
66. Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
67. The Pilot’s Wife - Anita Shreve
68. The Plain Truth – Jodi Piccolt
69. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
70. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
71. The Princess Bride – William Goldman
72. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia – Jean P. Sasson
73. The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
74. Riding the Bus With My Sister – Rachel Simon
75. Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare
76. Roots – Alex Haley
77. Rules – Cynthia Lord
78. Running Out of Time – Margaret Peterson Haddix
79. Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs
80. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
81. Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
82. Soldier Boys – Dean Hughes
83. The Story of My Life -- Helen Keller
84. The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo
85. Tara Road - Maeve Binchy
86. A Time to Kill – John Grisham
87. The Time Travelers Wife –Audrey Niffenegger
88. The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke
89. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
90. The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
91. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
92. Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
93. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
94. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
95. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
96. Watership Down – Richard Adams
97. Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts
98. Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
99. When the Wind Blows – James Patterson
100. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare



message 2: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
Awesome list! I've read 71 out of 100 of these!


message 3: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
I read 39


message 4: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
You better get reading! (although some of those are inappropriate...)


Holly's Little Book Reviews (hollyslittlebookreviews) | 141 comments I've only read 33 of these... that makes me sad lol. So many of these are sitting on my bookshelves waiting to be read... I'm impressed with your 71 Kim!!! haha and I love the comment about some being inappropriate...


message 6: by Kim (last edited Aug 11, 2009 08:04AM) (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
I'm going to print the list out and highlight the ones I haven't read yet. I think it would be fun to read all 100 of them. I like this list so much better than the BBC list. This list seems more people friendly, I mean who has really read the complete works of Shakespeare and the ENTIRE Bible?


Holly's Little Book Reviews (hollyslittlebookreviews) | 141 comments haha it's true... time magazine also has a really good top 100 novels list. http://www.time.com/time/2005/100book...
i had planned to read them all... i'm not doing too well haha.


Holly's Little Book Reviews (hollyslittlebookreviews) | 141 comments but i still like this list better than time... it has more young adult titles :)


message 9: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
I've only read 5 on the TIMES list, wow


message 10: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
OMG I've only read 7 on the Times list! Lots of them I haven't even heard of!


message 11: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
yeah i like this list better 2


message 12: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
This is a great list. I've actually read quite a few of them, 85/100. I definitely want to read the other ones based on my reaction to the ones I've read!


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Karalee | 357 comments Mod
I've read 23/100 on the Times list but I had not heard of at least 50 of those books!


message 14: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
Yeah! I hadn't heard of a lot of the books on the Times list either. I can't believe you've read 85 of these books!!! You'll definitely have to read the other 15!


Holly's Little Book Reviews (hollyslittlebookreviews) | 141 comments Yeah the Times list is pretty crazy :)


message 16: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
The Times list has so many books on it I've never heard of


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Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
I've decided to read every book on this list. I'm starting Roots today.


message 18: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
I loved Roots. It took me about 75 pages to get into it, but after that I really loved it.


message 19: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
I never read roots but I saw part of the movie in social studies once


message 20: by Kim (last edited Aug 26, 2009 08:35AM) (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
Well, Kunta just started a journey with his father.


message 21: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
It gets much better once Kunta gets to the U.S.


message 22: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
Kunta Kinta HAHAHAHA


message 23: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
Kunta Kinte just got captured.


message 24: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
You are starting to get to the good parts.


message 25: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
I can't put Roots down...will probably finish this weekend!


message 26: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
oh so it does get good haha LOL


message 27: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
I got Plain Truth and The Giants House from the library


message 28: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
Emily-u will <3 both of those books!


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Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
Went to Book Barn 2day and bought several of the books on this list that I haven't read yet: The Joy Luck Club, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Atlas Shrugged, Tara Road, Good in Bed and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Also bought (not from the list) Puppy Love & Bark if You Love Me.


message 30: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
Awesome! All of those are great. Since you just finished a big, heavy book (Roots), I would recommend Tara Road or Good in Bed next. The others are heavier but all great too. A Thousand Splendid Suns is the second book by the guy who wrote The Kite Runner. I liked it even better than the Kite Runner.


message 31: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
I almost bought the Kite Runner too, but by bag was too full!


message 32: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
I bought To Kill a Mockingbird, even though I already read it and the whole clan of the cave bear series, 5 Meg Cabot books, A Grea and Terrible Beauty, this one about a girl who goes to England and meets a prince,a skiing romance and swimming romance (weird I know), Princess Sultana, Marked (I hope thats the first one), Barbarian, the clique, city of masks, and something else....


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Sunsetsue | 29 comments I looked at the list and I have read 66 of these books. I'll have to read the rest of them! I haven't read Watership Down but I have it on my bookshelf to read.


message 34: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
so this winter my dad and I are gonna build a book shelf over my bed and I decided that this list of 100 books should go on that shelf I own 78 of them (well between my mom and me) so I pulled them all off of my big, medium and small bokshelves so that there was acyually room for my new books


message 35: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
now I have more room for books! ha but I have a book shelf just for HP books and when I took off the 7 HP books they were all on the floor cause there wasn't room for them on the shelf since I have so many copies


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Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
but my fiction, classic and non-ficton shelves have more room on the now and i can take some classics off the fiction book shelf so I have even more room


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Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
yeah I'm rambling


message 38: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
I have Marked too but haven't read it yet, I think it is the first one.


message 39: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
I love organizing my book shelves!!!!


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Karalee | 357 comments Mod
As soon as I finish Unfinished Desires (my goodreads giveaway book), I'm going back to this list. I had to take a break from that book to read Catching Fire but now I am going back.


message 41: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
okay good, it took me a long time to figure out if it was 1st


Holly's Little Book Reviews (hollyslittlebookreviews) | 141 comments haha Emily you're too funny! That's exciting that you're getting a new bookshelf though!! And Karalee-- I haven't read the Kite Runner, but I did read A Thousand Splendid Suns and absolutely loved it. I had heard from people that A Thousand Splendid Suns tends to be prefered to Kite Runner by women because it focuses on the struggles of women whereas the Kite Runner is more male centered.


message 43: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
I have not read either of those


message 44: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
Holly, I think you're right about A Thousand Splendid Suns, I definitely liked and related more to the female-focused plot line. Kite Runner is well worth reading just not quite as relate-able.


message 45: by Emily (new)

Emily (readingmaniac777) | 737 comments Mod
yeah this list is kinda female oriented


message 46: by Kim (new)

Kim (777readersfan) | 518 comments Mod
definitely female oriented!


message 47: by Karalee (new)

Karalee | 357 comments Mod
That's cuz women rock!


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Sarah Knitter (Sarah04) | 2 comments I have read about nine of them, maybe ten. I have no clue if I did in fact read Ella Enchanted. I am actually currently reading the 47 pages version of Romeo and Juliet for English class. My group is re-enacting the death scene.


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