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101 Great Books * Any takers?

I have decided to read 101 of the greatest books written. I got the list off CollegeBoard.com & I'm just going to read them one by one even if I have read them before.

I am not a speed reader but I do read every day.

Does anyone want to read them with me so we can discuss them?
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-- Beowulf
Achebe, Chinua *Things Fall Apart
Agee, James *A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane *Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James *Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel *Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul *The Adventures of Augie March
Brontė, Charlotte *Jane Eyre
Brontė, Emily *Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert *The Stranger
Cather, Willa *Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey *The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton *The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate *The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph *Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore *The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen *The Red Badge of Courage
Dante *Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel *Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel *Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles *A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor *Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick *Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore *An American Tragedy
Dumas, Alexandre *The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George *The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph *Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo *Selected Essays
Faulkner, William *As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William *The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry *Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott *The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave *Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox *The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von *Faust
Golding, William *Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas *Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel *The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph *Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest *A Farewell to Arms
Homer *The Iliad
Homer *The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor *The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale *Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous *Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik *A Doll's House
James, Henry *The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry *The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James *A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz *The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong *The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper *To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair *Babbitt
London, Jack *The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas *The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel Garcķa *One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman *Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman *Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur *The Crucible
Morrison, Toni *Beloved
O'Connor, Flannery *A Good Man is Hard to Find
O'Neill, Eugene *Long Day's Journey into Night
Orwell, George *Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris *Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia *The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan *Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel *Swann's Way
Pynchon, Thomas *The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria *All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond *Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry *Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. *The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William *Hamlet
Shakespeare, William *Macbeth
Shakespeare, William *A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare, William *Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard *Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary *Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon *Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander *One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Sophocles *Antigone
Sophocles *Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John *The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis *Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher *Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan *Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, William *Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David *Walden
Tolstoy, Leo *War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan *Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark *The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire *Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. *Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice *The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith *The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora *Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt *Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar *The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee *The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia *To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard *Native Son
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oh wow this list brings back high school memories.. I'm definitely up for pride & prejudice, jane eyre, and wuthering heights!! jane eyre is my fav but I have read about 80% of those books on the list, and own about 50% of them. all really great books. I'd love to discuss - but I'd have to get home before I do so since all my books are at home - that will be around next weekend
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I'd love to, but I don't get too much time for reading right now with the baby...I can't even read while I'm feeding her, she's in that easily distracted phase right now
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I question collegeboard's judgment . Things Fall Apart had an interesting setting but it wasn't all that great, and I absolutely hated Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. Other stuff is good but overrated imo like a Long Days Journey and the Canterbury Tales. I like this list better, I've thought about going through it on occasion but I've always been too lazy to actually do it
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^ you're a guy right? lol I don't expect you to like classics like pride & prejudice and jane eyre then. they're quite the girly novels I didn't really like Things Fall Apart either, but maybe it's b/c our teacher gave us impossible tests on it - having to spell all their names right, etc.
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Erica are you starting at the top of list? If not, which book are you reading first?
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^No, at random. I started with The Catcher In The Rye. I'm only on page 100 or somewhere around that. I like reading with people.

If anybody reads with me they can choose the next. I don't have any type of order.

phishphood, I'm sure many people don't agree with this list but I don't care. I'm not questioning the choices.
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^ you're a guy right? lol I don't expect you to like classics like pride & prejudice and jane eyre then. they're quite the girly novels I didn't really like Things Fall Apart either, but maybe it's b/c our teacher gave us impossible tests on it - having to spell all their names right, etc.
Yeah that was definitely part of the problem. Reading Pride and Prejudice was like being locked in a room full of gossiping high school girls and being forced to listen to all the insignificant details of their lives

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^No, at random. I started with The Catcher In The Rye. I'm only on page 100 or somewhere around that. I like reading with people.

If anybody reads with me they can choose the next. I don't have any type of order.

phishphood, I'm sure many people don't agree with this list but I don't care. I'm not questioning the choices.
Catcher in the Rye is great, I've never met anyone who didn't like it
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I've read a few on the list already, but I am an avid reader and always looking for something new to read, I'd be up for it
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Pride and prejudice was written in an era when gently reared women weren't accorded quite as many liberties as they are today.
To have a witty, intelligent female heroine who doesn't just swoon into the arms of the first typical blue-eyed corinthian who comes along, and actually stands up for her beliefs by turning her back on the security of marriage... that was quite revolutionary at the time and still very relevant in contemporary society.

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I wonder why Fahrenheit451 isn't on that list!

I think I like Catch22 the best so far... but then again I haven't come close to reading everything on that list.
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I love reading, so I am totally up for reading with you onelove!

Now I'm going to have to find my library card! I love reading, but haven't read much in a while! This will be fun!
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Yay!

ARe you going to go get Catcher In The Rye? Don't worry, I'm slow.
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I wonder why Fahrenheit451 isn't on that list!
Yeah! I agree.. I love that book, it was great!
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Beckett, Samuel *Waiting for Godot
Chaucer, Geoffrey *The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton *The Cherry Orchard
Ford, Ford Madox *The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von *Faust
Golding, William *Lord of the Flies
Huxley, Aldous *Brave New World
Kafka, Franz *The Metamorphosis
Lee, Harper *To Kill a Mockingbird
Miller, Arthur *The Crucible
Orwell, George *Animal Farm
Salinger, J.D. *The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William *Hamlet
Shakespeare, William *Macbeth
Shakespeare, William *A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare, William *Romeo and Juliet
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. *Slaughterhouse-Five
Whitman, Walt *Leaves of Grass
Woolf, Virginia *To the Lighthouse
I've read all these PM me anytime to talk about them. I talking about literature.

I read The Good Soldier and To The Lighthouse this semester.

Oh and a lot on the list are plays. You should catch a show instead of reading it. You lose a lot when you only read the play.

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Wow I've only read a very very few of the books on the list I might be interested in the discussion though. I'll stop by the local library to see if they have "The Catcher in the Rye." If they do, I'll catch up on the readings one night at work.
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I plan on reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles during Christmas break.
I've never read Catcher In The Rye
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oOOo. I might take you up on your offer since I have about 3 weeks to do nothing at home. Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. Its chilling.
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Erica, you just reminded me how much I love reading I was an English major in college, but ever since then, the amount of reading I do has steadily declined I've read most of the books on that list, but wouldn't mind re-reading some of them

Tess, Catcher in the Rye is one of my favorite books ever. You will fall in love with Holden Caulfield it's also a fast read compared to some of the other novels on that list (War and Peace -- ugh!)
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I've read some of these, but I'd like to go through some of these if I have time!

Anna- Catcher in the Rye is also one of my all time favorites!
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^No, at random. I started with The Catcher In The Rye. I'm only on page 100 or somewhere around that. I like reading with people.
Ok, I've never read The Catcher in the Rye so I ordered it and it should be here tomorrow!
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Pride and prejudice was written in an era when gently reared women weren't accorded quite as many liberties as they are today.
To have a witty, intelligent female heroine who doesn't just swoon into the arms of the first typical blue-eyed corinthian who comes along, and actually stands up for her beliefs by turning her back on the security of marriage... that was quite revolutionary at the time and still very relevant in contemporary society.

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I wonder why Fahrenheit451 isn't on that list!

I think I like Catch22 the best so far... but then again I haven't come close to reading everything on that list.
She did swoon at the first blue eyed corinthian who came along, she just played hard to get for a while because she was mad about him insulting her looks. Because its okay to disobey your parents as long as you're marrying someone rich and handsome
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Anyone care to take on The Grapes of Wrath in the near future? I have to for school I liked Of Mice and Men and The Winter of Our Discontent but I'm not really feeling this one. I could do without the large blocks of description
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Yeah that was definitely part of the problem. Reading Pride and Prejudice was like being locked in a room full of gossiping high school girls and being forced to listen to all the insignificant details of their lives



Catcher in the Rye is great, I've never met anyone who didn't like it
I have met MANY who despised it, besides myself.
People who you would have thought would like it...
that says something.
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I have met MANY who despised it, besides myself.
People who you would have thought would like it...
that says something.
Without spoiling the book for those still reading it, may I ask why?
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