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Re: 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750482 by Teacup
Dec 23, 2012 6:23am
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I don't think I'm going to come up with 50 off the top of my head, but here are some of my suggestions:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Macbeth by Shakespeare
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I'll come back later with more. :)
Re: 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750486 by Brandy
Dec 23, 2012 9:24am
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Funny that you would mention some of those titles. I figured folks would have some more contemporary titles. I have read the Harry Potter books so I can get at least one title off my list. Yesterday I bought Alice in Wonderland since I have been ribbed so often about not having read it.
Re: 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750501 by Teacup
Dec 24, 2012 8:53am
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The Five People You Meet In Heaven. it gives you a lot to think about.
Re: 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750663 by Woodsong
Dec 24, 2012 11:46am
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Okay, here are my 50 (+) because some of these authors, it is worth reading everything they write!! :-) You guys knew I would have a long list.... Amanda from Seattle

The Lord of the Flies
The Bell Jar
A Room with a View (or other Forster)
Short Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (or other Stevenson)
1984
Brave New World
The Count of Monte Cristo
An American Tragedy
Anna Karenina (or other Tolstoy)
The Picture of Dorian Grey
The Hobbit
Animal Farm
East of Eden (or any other Steinbeck)
Hamlet (or any other Shakespeare)
A Christmas Carol (or other Dickens)
The Handmaids Tale
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (or other by Agatha Christie)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Huckleberry Finn (or other Mark Twain)
The Great Gatsby (or other Fitzgerald)
Stephen King (The Stand, The Shining or Night Shift)
Pride and Prejudice (or other Austen)
The Pillars of the Earth
The Outsiders
The Catcher in the Rye (or other Salinger..Nine Stories is my favorite)
Gone with the Wind
Tess Of The D'Urbervilles (or other Hardy)
A Dolls House
The Age of Innocence (or other Wharton)
Any James Bond by Ian Fleming
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Walden
Watership Down
Elmer Gantry (or other Lewis)
Anthem (or other by Ayn Rand)
A Walk in the Woods (or other by Bryson)
The Old Man and the Sea (or other Hemingway)
Love Story
Jaws
In Cold Blood (or other Capote)
Charlotte's Web (or other E. B. White)
The Stone Diaries
The Godfather
The Empire of the Sun
The Maltese Falcon (or other Hammett)
The Big Sleep (or other Chandler)
The Valley of the Dolls
The Thorn Birds
Re: More than 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750689 by Amanda from Seattle
Dec 24, 2012 1:51pm
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Great list! Thanks, Amanda. I haven't read a number of these even though they are classics. Adding them to my too-read list.

I made a list too, a while back. Mine are heavy on children's lit. Here ya go:

In response to the infamous BBC Book List, a subjective list of books that I think are worth reading and that I have actually read. How many of these have you read? Does it matter? Read what you like. Now and then read something that will make you think. Ask people you respect what their favorite books are. Pass favorite books to your friends. Life's too short to read bad books :)

1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
2. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
4. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
5. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
6. Alice in Wonderland & Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
9. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
10. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
11. The Just-So Stories - Rudyard Kipling
12. Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse
13. The Diary of Anne Frank
14. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
15. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
16. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
17. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
18. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
19. The Bible
20. Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
21. Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
22. Poetry Anthology (should include children's, classic, and 20th century authors).
23. The Odyssey by Homer
24. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
25. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
26. Wuthering Heights -- Emily Bronte
27. 1984 - George Orwell
28. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
29. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
30. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
31. Romeo and Juliet -William Shakespeare
32. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
33. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
34. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
35. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
36. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
37. The Chosen -Chaim Potok
38. Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
39. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
40. The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
41. The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
42. Roots - Alex Haley
43. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
44. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
45. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
46. Angle of Repose - Wallace Stegner
47. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
48. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
49. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
50. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
51. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
52. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
53. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
54. Animal Farm - George Orwell
55. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
56. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
57. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
58. My Antonia by Willa Cather
59. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
60. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
61. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
62. Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
63. Dune - Frank Herbert
64. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
67. Watership Down - Richard Adams
68. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
Re: More than 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750702 by Murray Herd
Dec 24, 2012 3:13pm
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Wow, these are impressive lists. I'll have trouble choosing where to start. Thanks.
Re: 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750689 by Amanda from Seattle
Dec 25, 2012 10:34am
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Okay, I've read at least 20 from Amanda's list...and keep meaning to read at least 3 others...

≥Kit Kat≤
Re: More than 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750702 by Murray Herd
Dec 25, 2012 10:38am
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...and I think 35 from the Murray Herd list...though of course it's a longer list, and there is some overlap! Okay, you heard it here--I bought 1984 back in 1983, meaning to read it in 1984...and never did. I will read it in 2013!!!!!

≥Kit Kat≤
wondering whether I can still find the copy I bought 30 years ago...
Re: More than 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750798 by Kit Kat 61
Dec 25, 2012 5:53pm
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There were actually 4 that I had not read off Murray Herd list and of course I read all the ones from my list :-)

-Amanda from Seattle
Re: 50 Books to read before you die
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Reply to: #750482 by Teacup
Dec 27, 2012 9:57am
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This year I happened to read two books by Jeffrey Eugenides: The Marriage Plot and Middlesex. I really liked both of them, and I would recommend him as an author.

I also read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kenndy Toole. Highly Uproarious!

Also, I read the Optimist Daughter by Eudora Welty, I might put that on such a list. It's a really deep book, rich with symbolism and imagery and there's so much main-character self-reflection that you can't help but do a little of it yourself when the book is finished.
Confederacy of Dunces
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Reply to: #751031 by Claudia and Alex
Dec 27, 2012 10:10am
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In 6 years of book club, A Confederacy of Dunces was the only book I couldn't get through, and we've read some tough ones. I think that's either a love it or hate it book.
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Reply to: #751031 by Claudia and Alex
Dec 27, 2012 10:14am
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I also read A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kenndy Toole. Highly Uproarious!

I first discovered this gem about 25 years ago, and have read it half a dozen times. And it makes me laugh every single time... one of my very favorites!!
Top 5 books of 2012
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Dec 27, 2012 10:46am
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Okay, I'll start this year.

What were the best five books you read during 2012? Only include those that were published in 2012 (or late 2011).

Mine were:

1. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (young adult [high school]/sci fi/post-apocalyptic/romance/action)
2. Legend by Marie Lu (young adult/sci fi/dystopian)
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (mystery/psychological)
4. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (historical fiction)

I don't have a 5th favorite. Most books I read were either published pre-2012 or not good enough to make a top recommendation.

Looking forward to seeing your lists!
Amyrica
Re: Top 5 books of 2012
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Reply to: #751042 by Amyrica
Dec 27, 2012 3:19pm
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The Night Circus (Fall 2011)
The Fault in our Stars (YA)
Gone Girl
Defending Jacob

Most of the ones I remember enjoying were pre-2012.

I think I need to take a page from Amanda's book and keep a list this year!
Re: Top 5 books of 2012
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Reply to: #751070 by Mama Stork
Dec 27, 2012 9:50pm
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1. The Chaperone and
2. Gone Girl as already mentioned and

3. I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley, Part of the Flavia de Luce series which I adore
4. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George, I am a big fan of hers and I liked her YA novel too, The Edge of Nowhere
5. If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley, really interesting and well done for a nonfiction book reminded me of At Home by Bill Bryson
Re: Top 5 books of 2012
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Reply to: #751042 by Amyrica
Dec 27, 2012 10:16pm
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Many of the books I read predate 2012, but here is one that I remember and really loved:

The Garden of Evening Mists by Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng.

BIrdWoman/WP
Re: Confederacy of Dunces
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Reply to: #751033 by Force of Five
Dec 28, 2012 10:34am
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Yeah, I was pretty pissed off at the main character when I started and I contemplated stopping with that bad taste right away.
Re: Top 5 books of 2012
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Reply to: #751042 by Amyrica
Dec 28, 2012 12:21pm
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Here are my top 5. Not because they are necessarily the best books written but they are at the top of the list for books I enjoyed reading from 2012.

Wizard Undercover - KE Mills
Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronovitch
The Far West - Patricia Wrede
Ashes of Honor - Seanan McGuire
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance - Lois McMaster Bujold
Re: Top 5 books of 2012
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Reply to: #751042 by Amyrica
Dec 28, 2012 12:55pm
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Thought I'd go back to my Goodreads list to see what I'd read & how I rated books. Discovered a few things. First, I'm as useless at rating books as I am at rating letterboxes. Almost everything had a 4. Not sure how I decided the few that got 5. Also, I still seem to be reading mostly YA fiction. Oh well. Now to try to find which ones were new books...

Lone Wolf (Jodi Picoult)
The Wedding Quilt (Jennifer Chiaverini)
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth (Alexander McCall Smith)
Out of Sight, Out of Time (Ally Carter--Gallagher Girls #5)
Lost December (Richard Paul Evans)
The Road to Grace (Richard Paul Evans--The Walk #3)
*Snow in Summer: The Tale of an American Snow White (Jane Yolen)
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (Alexander McCall Smith)
Crossed (Ally Condie--Matched #2)
Happy Accidents (Jane Lynch)
*Between the Lines (Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer)
The Wishing Spell (Chris Colfer)
*The Inn at Rose Harbor (Debbie Macomber)
*The Lost Years (Mary Higgins Clark)
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust (Doreen Rappaport)
Off Balance: A Memoir (Dominique Moceanu)
The Mark of Athena (Rick Riordan)
*Son (Lois Lowry)

Okay, that seems to be pretty much ALL the "new" books I read during 2012. Thought I'd leave it all there for variety. Bear in mind that I get most of my books from the library, and the ones that usually attract my attention are the ones on the "new arrivals" shelf. If it's an author I know and love, I grab it. Otherwise I'll tend to read a bit before I take it out. I'm going to try to go back and star my favorite 5 from this list...

That was hard! I changed my mind a few times. Top 10 would have been easier!!

≥Kit Kat≤
Reading
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Mar 15, 2016 6:49pm
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Hello friends, I was just curious as to what everyone is reading these days.

I have devoured all of Jodi picoults books and I am looking for a new author of similar style. I like that she is thought provoking and interesting. Anyone reading Jeffrey Archers Clifton series. The newest book just came out and I am anxious to get my nose into it.

Lately I've been reading fluff books lately. Mostly Nancy Thayer, Barbara Delinsky, Jane Green and Elin
Hilderbrand.

~Aurora
Re: Reading
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Reply to: #922275 by The hicks from the sticks
Mar 15, 2016 8:49pm
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It's been a long time since I read Jeffery Archer. Love his books! I will be looking for his new one. Thanks for the heads up.
Re: Reading
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Reply to: #922288 by SN Bone
Mar 16, 2016 5:56pm
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This series starts with the book "Only time will tell". I am surprised that this is such a long series. I believe this is book 6. It's not his usual thing. But they are holding my interest!

~Aurora
Re: Reading
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Reply to: #922275 by The hicks from the sticks
Mar 16, 2016 8:32pm
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Have you read anything by ?Elizabeth Berg. I love all of her books. Not exactly " ripped from the headlines" like Jodi Picout, but she deals with families and relationships over time. I love her stuff

Amanda from ?Seattle
Behind Closed Doors
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May 25, 2017 5:23pm
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Who has read this? I just finished it and I am reeling. It was so realistic yet thrilling at the same time. I don't usually read psychological thrillers ... but I just borrowed 2 more. What are your favorites. (Besides Stephen King. He scares me!! Lol)

~Aurora
Re: Behind Closed Doors
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Reply to: #946083 by The hicks from the sticks
May 25, 2017 6:09pm
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I haven't read that one, but my favorite psychological thriller is Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson. They made a movie of it but I never saw the movie.
A
Re: Behind Closed Doors
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Reply to: #946084 by Amyrica
May 26, 2017 2:07pm
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Oh I will have to look that one up.

~Aurora
Re: Behind Closed Doors
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Reply to: #946083 by The hicks from the sticks
May 26, 2017 6:04pm
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Anything by Dean Koontz
Re: Behind Closed Doors
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Reply to: #946121 by Warrior Woman
May 26, 2017 7:29pm
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I'm not a huge DK fan, but LOVED Lightning!
Re: A Dog's Purpose
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Reply to: #652841 by Ursus and Me
May 26, 2017 8:37pm
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OMG I love love love this book would read it a million times over. And I cry buckets every time.
Book Postal Now Open
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Feb 5, 2019 4:38pm
IF you are interested in a Book Postal Sign up quick before it fills;
first 6 get in.

Here is the details
https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?trackerId=10121

~Aurora