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so, there's this list of books that everybody should read in their lives at least once. i printed it some time ago and put on my wall, and i was halfway through it, but then got kinda distracted. i looked at it the other day and thought, hey, it'd be fun to finally read them all.

thing is, there are books that are considered classics, but didn't get on the list, for example, master and margarita, which i adore, and was really surprised i didn't find it here.

so, here's the list. and my request. could you add books that you consider are must-reads? not ony those known worldwide, also those that are really important in your country. i know i'm going to add some of the polish authors, like mickiewicz, sienkiewicz, etc. i'm really behind when it comes to read real books, it's almost scary.

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 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 Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’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
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
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
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
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
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
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-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
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 Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
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
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
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
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

thanks in advance :3

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Date: 2010-11-12 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Pardon any repeats here that are already on the list because I am half in the bag and nearly seeing double already....

1. Trinty by Leon Uris
2. Exodus by Leon Uris
3. The Haj by Leon Uris (Why, yes, I do love his historical fiction- accurate for the most part and entertaining)
4. Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
5. The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (and its sequels)
6. THE POKEY LITTLE PUPPY by Golden Books (a kid's book but it is adorable)
7. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
8. Jeeves and Wooster novels by P.G. Wodehouse (his other stuff is good too, but I am partial to these characters)
9. Making History Stephen Fry (why yes, there was a pattern in the past couple of selections :P)
10. Moby Dick by oh fuck... I can't remember his name MELVILLE
11. Confederates in the Attic (can't recall the author- looks at the consequences of the US Civil War that are still present today)
12. The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
13. John Adams by David McCullough
14. The Green Flag by Robert Kee
15. In the Presence of Mine Enemy by Harry Turtledove
16. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling (and its sequels)
17. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (and its sequels)
18. Any in the DiscWorld series by Terry Pratchett
19. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris (He wrote two others on Theodore Roosevelt which are good too)
20. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

I also have a soft spot for the following authors: AC Crispin, Diane Duane, Alan Dean Foster and James Blish for obvious reasons :P Trek novels deserve their own category of book list though :P

(no subject)

Date: 2010-11-12 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh duh.... In the Presence of Mine ENEMIES... not just Enemy. Sorry.

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Date: 2010-11-12 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Foer
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Chbosky
A Brief History of Time - Hawking (technically a science book but still awesome)

That's all I've got to add. xD

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Date: 2010-11-12 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Only today I had a talk with a teenager about books anyone must read. Not that I've read all of them; even if I've been in the book business for so long. >.>
I've recommended him "Catcher in the Rye" and "Nineteen eighty four" and also "Three men in a boat" (because it's one of my favorite books to read in English and he looked like the kind of kid who needed some cheering up)

Have you ever read anything by Mircea Eliade? The book closest to my heart is his "The Novel of the Short-sighted Teenager" which I've read close to ten times and each time I've discovered a new layer in it. It seemed like every age I read it; I understood myself at a different level. I love his fantastic prose as well; I can't decide what to rec, but if you can find anything; do read it!

Also, Mircea Cartarescu - he's one of the most successful Romanian writers right now (if not the most successful) and his novels have been translated in quite a few languages. You should read "Nostalgia" and "Travesti" if you manage to get your hands on them.

Here's some of the books that I feel are a "must read" - some I've read, others I bought and am yet to find the time for >.>
- Ernest Hemingway, "Old man and the sea"
- Marcel Proust's "In search of lost time"
- Herman Hesse "Steppenwolf" / "Narcissus and Goldmund"
- Kurt Vonnegut - "Slaughterhouse Five"
- Burroughs's "Junky" (even though i hated it)
- Oscar Wilde - "Portrait of Dorian Gray" / "The importance of Being Earnest"
- Dante's "Divine Comedy"
- Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable lightness of being"
- Orhan Pamuk's "My name is Red"
- Henry Miller's "The Rosy Crucifiction" (Sexus, Plexus and Nexus)
- Anais Nin "Henry and June" / "Incest"
- Mika Waltari "The Egyptian"
- Stieg Larsson - The Millennium Trilogy (I read it because I didn't believe the hype and because so many customers I trust recommended it to me; I'm surprised that it's actually good!)

Oh gawd I'll stop now. :o It would be easier if you were in my bookstore and I could just show you. :D

Also, how are we not friends? May I add you?

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Date: 2010-11-12 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i CAN'T READ PASS PAGE 5 OR 6 OF Catcher in the Rye. I want to punch Holden so badly , the feeling i get reading it is just like "shut up dude, just shut up".

I read the first book of the Millenium Trilogy and like it but the other two were kind of meh, more of the same, for me :/

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Date: 2010-11-12 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I did the same with "A confederacy of Dunces" - I just wanted to get inside the book and give the guy a good slapping around! xD
I think the only reason I managed to read it was because I had it with me on the bus to my parents' and I couldn't just look out the windows for two hours. I picked it up, my blood pressure grew so I closed it. Got bored in five minutes, picked it up again, got annoyed after a few lines. But then I got into it and finished it the same day. :D

And yeah, I lost interest around the half of the second book too. >.> But the first is totally worth reading!

I really like experiencing new cultures via books; Swedish authors are the new thing in Romania this year just as Japanese writers were the past couple of years. Both of them were so instructive that way! (although some Japanese authors? Kobo Abe, for example? Do not get.)

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Date: 2010-11-12 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks! and feel free to add me :3 i'm honored!

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Date: 2010-11-12 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ohohoh and Haruki Murakami! Try, "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle". It's ehm.. different from all the literature I've read until i read it. IDK. It felt like it was not only in a different language (I read it in English) but it also had an entirely different set of values and views on life than what I was used to. It took a while to stomach it.
Oh and Kafka's "Metamorphosis". It's short and damn creepy and I didn't understand what it was really about until I looked it up. >.> It's actually pretty deep; one of the best books I read this year! :D

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Date: 2010-11-12 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
books i love and everyone should read and love too

1 The Perfume by Patrick Süskind
2 The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
3 The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G. K. Chesterton <- favorite of all time, of all time!
4 Mother Night is a novel by American author Kurt Vonnegut (mindblowing)
5 The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano (he is from Uruguay) Reading it is TOTES like having a summer love. Srsly.


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Date: 2010-11-12 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I suggest other sacred texts to go along with the Bible. Pick up a Qur'an and the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol) It's an interesting reading area to dabble in now and then. Oh! Check out the Gnostic Gospels--all the juicy stuff the Bible left out.

I'm also going to give you some graphic novels that I think are pretty wonderful


It's an exciting medium!!

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Date: 2010-11-14 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG Maus. YES.

Black Hole is a particular favorite graphic novel of mine.

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Date: 2010-11-14 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YES! Black Hole is wonderful and now I'm also thinking Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Oh! And Epileptic is another good one..okay I must stop now. You've worken the graphic novel beast!

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Date: 2010-11-14 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My all time favorite book-
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Two that I've read this year that won't leave my brain, therefore they have become instant faves-
Set This House In Order: A Romance Of Souls by Matt Ruff
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

And the two that have made me sob like I can't even understand, therefore hold a speshul place in my heart-
I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S. G. Browne

(no subject)

Date: 2010-11-14 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i'm late as fuck but whatever, I HAS RECOMMENDATIONS TOO:

Joey Goebel - Torture the Artist (one of the best books i've ever ever read)

Khaleid Hosseini - Kite-runner (soooooo sad, but si incredibly good!)

Lorenzo Carcaterra - Sleepers (it was even made into a film a while back)

Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore (...$§G§ 35tß °___________° yeah.!!)

Thomas Mann - Death in Venice (yay for homoerotic novels?)

Herman Hesse - Siddartha (beautifully written)

Toby Litt - Hospital (that's one of the craziest stories i've ever come across)

can't think of more now. but these are like my all time favs!


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