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    100 Must Read Books before you die

    I thought it'd be interesting to see how many I and the users of Dark Demon have read.

    Here is the list:

    1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

    2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien [x]

    3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

    4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling [x]

    5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee [x]

    6 The Bible -

    7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

    8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

    9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

    10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

    11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

    12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

    13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

    14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

    15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

    16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

    17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

    18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger - (Will be reading soon)

    19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

    20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

    21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

    22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

    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

    29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll [x]

    30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame [x]

    31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy -

    32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

    33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

    34 Emma – Jane Austen

    35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

    36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

    37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

    38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

    39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

    40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

    41 Animal Farm – George Orwell [x]

    42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (On my list already)

    43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

    45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

    46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

    47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

    48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

    49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (On my list)

    50 Atonement – Ian McEwan [x]

    51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (On my list)

    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 – Mark Haddon

    60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (On my list)

    62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov [x]

    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

    72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

    73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

    74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

    75 Ulysses – James Joyce

    76 The Inferno – Dante

    77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

    78 Germinal – Emile Zola

    79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

    80 Possession – AS Byatt

    81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

    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

    87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White [x]

    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 [x]

    91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

    92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

    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

    98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare [x]

    99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl [x]

    100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

    So I've read a total of: 12/100 with 5 more on my list already. Kinda disappointing, I thought some like The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjama's, Night, Franny and Zooey etc. deserved to be on here.

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    Re: 100 Must Read Books before you die

    The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
    The Bible (Only about half of it)
    Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
    Moby Dick – Herman Melville
    The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
    Hamlet – William Shakespeare
    Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

    Read all of the above. Incredibly few, if you think of it. 7/100

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    Re: 100 Must Read Books before you die

    As of now I have read 10/100 entries on the list. Unless you count Lord of the Flies, which I'm currently reading, and that would make it 11/100.

    I was surprised that 1984 by George Orwell didn't make it onto that list, on just about every other list I've seen it's been mentioned.
    [spoiler:2cgzsihg]Harry Potter Series
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Catcher in the Rye
    The Great Gatsby
    Grapes of Wrath
    Animal Farm
    Lord of the Flies (Currently reading, on page 120 or so.)
    Of Mice and Men (Great book, you will not regret reading it)
    Inferno - Dante Alighieri (This one is a trip, for sure. If you're going to read it, be sure to find one with thorough footnotes. The amount of Italian and religious history in the piece is incredible.)
    Charolette's Web
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory[/spoiler:2cgzsihg]
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    Re: 100 Must Read Books before you die

    I removed the ones I haven't read, [s:1xdz744b]will count them when I'm back home][/s:1xdz744b], it's a good list but the notable lack of people like HG Wells, Milton and Chaucer are pretty glaring!

    61/100

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blot

    1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

    2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

    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

    9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

    10 Great Expectations – Charles

    12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

    14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

    16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien


    18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

    19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

    20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

    22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

    23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

    24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Currently reading!)

    25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams


    28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

    29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

    30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

    32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

    33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

    34 Emma – Jane Austen

    36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

    37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

    39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

    40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

    41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

    42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

    44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

    49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

    50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

    52 Dune – Frank

    57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

    59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon

    61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

    62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

    65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

    66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

    67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

    70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

    71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

    72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

    74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

    75 Ulysses – James Joyce

    76 The Inferno – Dante

    81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

    82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

    87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

    89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

    94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

    97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

    98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

    99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
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    The Count of Monte Cristo is the greatest book of all time, I suggest everyone reads it! A great number of these books are available for free on iOS and Kindle too!

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    Re: 100 Must Read Books before you die

    Quote Originally Posted by Deimos
    As of now I have read 10/100 entries on the list. Unless you count Lord of the Flies, which I'm currently reading, and that would make it 11/100.

    I was surprised that 1984 by George Orwell didn't make it onto that list, on just about every other list I've seen it's been mentioned.
    [spoiler:1jnwtu3t]Harry Potter Series
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Catcher in the Rye
    The Great Gatsby
    Grapes of Wrath
    Animal Farm
    Lord of the Flies (Currently reading, on page 120 or so.)
    Of Mice and Men (Great book, you will not regret reading it)
    Inferno - Dante Alighieri (This one is a trip, for sure. If you're going to read it, be sure to find one with thorough footnotes. The amount of Italian and religious history in the piece is incredible.)
    Charolette's Web
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory[/spoiler:1jnwtu3t]
    8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
    It was on there.


    Christ Chim. I'm super jealous you've read so many!

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    Re: 100 Must Read Books before you die

    Quote Originally Posted by Blot
    8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
    It was on there.


    Christ Chim. I'm super jealous you've read so many!
    Ah, I skimmed it a second time looking for the title in the digits "1984", my bad, haha

    Make that 11/100 then.
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    Re: 100 Must Read Books before you die

    I don't think I have read one of those... Shit I need to read a lot more.

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    Re: 100 Must Read Books before you die

    So the great gatsby needs to be dropped from that list and atlas shrugged by ayn rand needs to be added, along with Ender's Game an it's sequels by Orson Scott Card. Otherwise that's a pretty good list.

    I've read 11.5/100. I read half of Lord of the Flies when I was younger but couldn't get through it.


 
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