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    So we have the annual '50 Books of (insert year here)' thread but I thought it would be interesting to do this too. As there's no time limit there's no pressure to read all the books in a year.

    This is the list of books. (I found this list on Goodreads, I'm not sure who compiled it):


    1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2 1984 by George Orwell
    3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    4 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
    9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    11 A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
    12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    14 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    17 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    18 The Bible by Various
    19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    20 Ulysses by James Joyce
    21 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
    22 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    23 Money by Martin Amis
    24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
    25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    26 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
    28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    29 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    30 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    32 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    33 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    34 The Way We Live Now by Antony Trollope
    35 The Outsider by Albert Camus
    36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
    41 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    44 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
    45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    49 The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
    50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


    I thought the easiest way to record which books we've read would be to copy and paste the list into a post of our own and then strike the books out as you read them. Obviously some of us will have read some of the books before so just strike them through straight away

    Good luck!

    Edit: Apparently we can't strikethrough, so I've just bolded the ones I've read.
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    1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2 1984 by George Orwell
    3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    4 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
    9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    11 A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
    12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    14 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    17 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    18 The Bible by Various
    19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    20 Ulysses by James Joyce
    21 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
    22 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    23 Money by Martin Amis
    24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
    25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    26 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
    28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    29 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    30 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    32 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    33 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    34 The Way We Live Now by Antony Trollope
    35 The Outsider by Albert Camus
    36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
    41 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    44 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
    45 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    49 The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
    50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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    1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2 1984 by George Orwell
    3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    4 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
    9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    11 A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
    12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    14 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    17 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    18 The Bible by Various
    19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

    20 Ulysses by James Joyce
    21 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
    22 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    23 Money by Martin Amis
    24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
    25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    26 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
    28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    29 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    30 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    32 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    33 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    34 The Way We Live Now by Antony Trollope
    35 The Outsider by Albert Camus
    36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
    41 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    44 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
    45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    49 The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
    50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

    The Bible is probably cheating a bit, as I doubt *anyone* reads the whole thing (and do you include or exclude the apocrypha for example). Plus which version?

    I'm surprised at just how many I've read already.

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    I thought The Bible was an odd addition. Like I said, I just copied it from Goodreads. I don't think I'll be reading that one myself! I know, you've read loads! I'm not massively into the 'classics' so this is going to be hard for me. The Picture of Dorian Gray is proving very challenging. I'm looking for any excuse to stop reading it!
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    Well, some bits of the bible can be read as simply good adventure stories. Believe it or not, in WWI a british officer in the middle east managed to win a battle as he realised that they were in pretty much the same position as one of the biblical battles - so he just used the same tactics!

    The Way We Live Now is a fun read - I don't think anyone is a better (worse?) villain than Augustus Melmotte, a thoroughly unpleasant inidividual! Even better it is available on sites like gutenberg so you don't need to buy it, as it is long out of copyright.

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    This is great idea, Sarah

    1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2 1984 by George Orwell
    3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    4 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
    9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    11 A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
    12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    14 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    17 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    18 The Bible by Various
    19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    20 Ulysses by James Joyce
    21 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
    22 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    23 Money by Martin Amis
    24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
    25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    26 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
    28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    29 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    30 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    32 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    33 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    34 The Way We Live Now by Antony Trollope
    35 The Outsider by Albert Camus
    36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
    41 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    44 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
    45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    49 The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
    50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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    1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2 1984 by George Orwell
    3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    4 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
    9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    11 A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
    12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    14 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    17 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    18 The Bible by Various
    19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    20 Ulysses by James Joyce
    21 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
    22 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    23 Money by Martin Amis
    24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
    25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    26 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
    28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    29 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    30 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    32 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    33 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    34 The Way We Live Now by Antony Trollope
    35 The Outsider by Albert Camus
    36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
    41 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    44 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
    45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    49 The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
    50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


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    1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2 1984 by George Orwell
    3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    4 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
    9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    11 A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
    12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    14 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    17 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    18 The Bible by Various
    19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    20 Ulysses by James Joyce
    21 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
    22 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    23 Money by Martin Amis
    24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
    25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    26 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
    28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    29 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    30 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    32 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    33 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    34 The Way We Live Now by Antony Trollope
    35 The Outsider by Albert Camus
    36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
    41 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    44 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
    45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    49 The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
    50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

    nice idea :P

    as is totally unobvious by my signature my favourite book of all time is 1984 :3
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    Before I do it, I'm going to give my 2 recommendations: Love in The Present Tense and The Ten People You Meet in Heaven.

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    1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2 1984 by George Orwell
    3 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    4 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    6 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    8 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
    9 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    10 Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    11 A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
    12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    13 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    14 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

    15 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    16 The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
    17 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    18 The Bible by Various
    19 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    20 Ulysses by James Joyce
    21 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
    22 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    23 Money by Martin Amis
    24 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
    25 Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    26 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    27 His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
    28 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    29 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    30 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

    32 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    33 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    34 The Way We Live Now by Antony Trollope
    35 The Outsider by Albert Camus
    36 The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    37 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    38 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    39 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    40 Man without Women by Ernest Hemingway
    41 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    42 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

    43 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    44 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
    45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    46 Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

    47 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    48 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    49 The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
    50 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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    I'm glad you guys like the idea, I wasn't sure how it would go down
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    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light."






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