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message 1: by Amy (last edited Oct 14, 2018 05:33AM) (new)

Amy | 13 comments I just found out about the Great American Read (because most of the time I live under a rock I guess :). Of the 100 I've read 34. I'm making it my goal to read the rest (though I'm kind of on the fence about 50 Shades...). I'll come back and update the ones I've read later and add links, but here's the list in its entirety:

Current count: 40/100

o A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
o A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
A Separate Peace
o A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
o The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
I, Alex CrossAlex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson (10/14/2018)
o Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
o Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
o And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Anne of Green Gables (read the whole series)
o Another Country James Baldwin
Atlas Shrugged
o Beloved Toni Morrison
o Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
o The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
o The Call of the Wild Jack London
o Catch-22 Joseph Heller
✔ The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
✔ Charlotte’s Web E.B. White
✔ The Chronicles of Narnia (series) C.S. Lewis
✔ The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel
o The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah
✔ The Color Purple Alice Walker
o The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
o Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
o The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
✔ The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
o Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
o Doña Bárbára Rómulo Gallegos
o Dune Frank Herbert
o Fifty Shades of Grey (series) E.L. James
✔ Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews
o Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov
o Frankenstein Mary Shelley
o A Game of Thrones (series) George R.R. Martin
o Ghost Jason Reynolds
o Gilead Marilynne Robinson
✔ The Giver Lois Lowry
o The Godfather Mario Puzo
o Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
✔ Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
o The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
o Great Expectations Charles Dickens
✔ The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
o Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
o The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
✔ Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling
Hatchet Gary Paulsen (read 9/29/2018)
o Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
✔ The Help Kathryn Stockett
✔ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
✔ The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins
✔ The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy
o The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead
o Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
o Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
✔ The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
✔ Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
✔ Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
o The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
✔ Little Women Louisa May Alcott
o Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry
o Looking for Alaska John Green
✔ The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien
✔ The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
o The Martian Andy Weir
✔ Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
o Mind Invaders Dave Hunt
o Moby-Dick Herman Melville
✔ The Notebook Nicholas Sparks
o One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
✔ Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon
✔ The Outsiders S.E. Hinton
o The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
o The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
o The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
✔ Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
✔ Ready Player One Ernest Cline
o Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
o The Shack William P. Young
o Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
o The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut
✔ The Stand Stephen King
o The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
o Swan Song Robert R. McCammon
o Tales of the City (series) Armistead Maupin
o Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
o Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
✔ This Present Darkness Frank E. Peretti
✔ To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
✔ The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer
o War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
✔ Watchers Dean Koontz
o The Wheel of Time (series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
o Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
o White Teeth Zadie Smith
o Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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Newly Wardell | 182 comments is it weird that all these book list kinda creep me out? like out of all the books these are some how the only acceptable ones. and the lists are always evolving until we get to a point where ppl have only read the same books? the prospect of which makes me do an impersonation of the scream.

message 3: by Liz (new)

Liz | 0 comments Yeah, if I end up reading this list, I have no desire to read Fifty Shades. No thanks! 🙈😂

message 4: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9887 comments Mod
Have fun with this list Amy.

message 5: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 1700 comments I am curious about what people who plan to read the list will do with the books that are series, such as The Chronicles of Narnia. There are quite a few series on the list. Are you planning on reading just the first one and calling it good?

Best of luck with your challenge.

message 6: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 2058 comments Happy Readung,Amy!

message 7: by Amy (last edited Sep 01, 2018 10:58AM) (new)

Amy | 13 comments Thanks for the encouragement, all!

Newly, I guess I don't really see lists that way. To me they're sort of a jumping off point, and a way for people to find some common ground? If everyone has read some common books, that's an easy way to start a conversation: Hey, have you read so and so? Well if you like that, you should read such and such, it's great! Or "Man I hated that book, this book is so much better you should check it out." But yeah, I can see your point. If a "100" top books list was *all* anybody ever read, that would make for a pretty limited experience with literature.

I chose this list for my first challenge (other than the 52 book goal for this year) because there were some I had already read and loved, some I had already read and should revisit, some I was familiar with because friends have read them and liked them, and some I've not read at all and probably wouldn't if left up to my own devices - and may still not. (yeah, still looking askance at 50 Shades...)

Laurie, as for the series, some I have already read all of (Harry Potter, LOTR, Hunger Games, etc). Some I have read part of - like Outlander, I've read the first four, on the fence about reading the rest - or Left Behind - read the first few, definitely not interested in reading the whole shebang. So yeah, for now I imagine I'll plan on reading the first book of each series listed and call it a day if afterwards I'm not interested enough to read the rest of them. When you look at it that way - this list is a good bit more than 100 books long!

message 8: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3639 comments Mod
Amy wrote: "Thanks for the encouragement, all!

Newly, I guess I don't really see lists that way. To me they're sort of a jumping off point, and a way for people to find some common ground? If everyone has re..."

My problem is being too scattered. I could have 8 to a dozen books all going and another 20 or more I want to buy. I have found that lists, and in particular this group with a small 4 or 5 books per month list helps me to stay contained and focused. That way I actually finish the books, rather than going for the rush of starting a new one!

message 9: by Amy (new)

Amy | 13 comments These days I have trouble enough focusing on one book let alone attempting to read multiples at a time! I even went so far as to put a reading schedule on my calendar this month so I can keep up with the group reads I chose to do...

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