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sorry it took me so long to update the list.

we had a busy 4th, followed by my mom coming to visit (she's here for 11 days), then more family in town this past weekend. i'll be in san francisco this coming weekend, but next week everything should be back to normal (meaning, i'll be updating more often).

keep those titles coming. we're up to 250. wow!

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Also The Sky Unwashed, by Irene Zabytko (about Chernobyl)
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a few more I'd add:

Until I Find You - John Irving
The Lover - Marguerite Duras
Breath, Eyes, Memory - Edwidge Danticat
The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
We were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
Half Asleep in Frog Pyjamas - Tom Robbins
Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
I am Charlotte Simmons - Tom Wolfe
In the time of Butterflies - Julia Alvarez

probably others - but I have to go back & check what's already on the list
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Chocolat, Joanne Harris
The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory

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sigh. another gregory peck fan here.


doestovesky, f. the brothers karamazov
mcgahern, j. that they may face the rising sun
o'connor j. star of the sea
schwartz bart, a. the last of the just
shields, c. the stone diaries
shields, c. unless
soueif, a. the map of love
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clockwork orange fan, here

and have to say, love the movie moby dick with gregory peck...the book...I tried so hard but couldn't get into.

I wanted to add: clive barker's 'thief of always'
love that book. It was written for kids but it's so awesome. Short read, too.
The Thief of Always is a great book!

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sigh. another gregory peck fan here.


doestovesky, f. the brothers karamazov
mcgahern, j. that they may face the rising sun
o'connor j. star of the sea
schwartz bart, a. the last of the just
shields, c. the stone diaries
shields, c. unless
soueif, a. the map of love
The Brothers Karamazov is ....unbelievable book. Such depth. I'm fortunate because I read it in Russian, so rich...
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may i make a small request? maybe when the list is a bit fuller we could do some sort of author duplication prevention project? what i mean is, does JKR really deserve 7 spots? maybe for folks who have never read anything by dickens, we should have some discussion about which are the top two to start with, or something like that. personally, i'd find that sort of discussion very helpful.

for example, the 2 john irving books i saw listed at the top (cider house rules and owen meany) are *exactly* the two that i would pick. dickens? i haven't read many, but i loved david copperfield and didn't really care for oliver twist. maybe this calls for some polls or something?


(and i can't get this book out of my head right now: doomsday book by connie willis. also: the sea of light by jenifer levin.)
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what i mean is, does JKR really deserve 7 spots?

Yes, just for the sheer fact that she got thousands upon thousands upon thousands of children interested in and excited about reading, she deserves anything and everything.

Also, with 1001 spots, I'm sure a lot of authors will be getting tons of their books named and placed on the list.

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Also, with 1001 spots, I'm sure a lot of authors will be getting tons of their books named and placed on the list.
yeah, but won't it still be useful to have a sort of vote on the top 2-3 for each author? i mean, if i'm confronted by a list of 10 faulkner books and i've never read anything by him, i would find it really useful to have a recommendation of where to start, you know?
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yeah, but won't it still be useful to have a sort of vote on the top 2-3 for each author? i mean, if i'm confronted by a list of 10 faulkner books and i've never read anything by him, i would find it really useful to have a recommendation of where to start, you know?
I think it would be hard to pick 2-3 HP books though because they are a complete series. It would be silly to only read Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince, you know? It'd be like reading The Two Towers w/o reading The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King.

I understand about the other authors, though. All I know, is if you're going to read Hemingway, don't start with The Old Man and the Sea

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This is fantastic - I'm always at a loss when picking novels - I just get overwelmed & don't know where to start.

My favourites:
-Earth's Children: Clan of the Cave Bear, Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, Shelters of Stone - Jean Auel
-Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
-Mother Earth, Father Sky & My Sister the Moon - Sue Harrison

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What about Gone With The Wind? I'm surprised that it's not listed yet!

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Ooo fun! I love book lists! Here are some that I would add:

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
1984, George Orwell
Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Yes to all of these titles! :

And I would also add:

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Walden by Henry David Thoreau

I also liked Of Mice and Men and The Color Purple.

Hmmm...I know there are many others...
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I often think about this list as I go about my day, but then forget to post the books that occur to me, but here's one:

I have to add Tom Robbins' Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates.

I love love love that book. Isn't the title juicy?

I also loved his Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, which was the first of his that I ever read. He's got a few other good ones, but these stand out the most. I'd have to say Fierce Invalids....is my favorite by Mr. Robbins.
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There are lots of books I LOVE, but IMHO no list of books to read is complete without something by Ayn Rand (even though I have noticed a striking lack of her work in lists of recommended books in recent years).

Ayn Rand - Anthem
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

I second the suggestion of having a cap on the number of books by each author. Yes, some authors have a large number of amazing books, but I think that there's also something to be said for maximizing the number of authors included in the list. That way everyone is exposed to more authors, writing styles, etc, and if someone decides they particularly like a certain author, it would be fairly easy for them to find that author's other books. Maybe for cases such as J.K Rowling's Harry Potter or Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books, rather than picking certain books, we could have the series take up 1 spot on the list? I hope what I'm trying to say there makes sense.

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I second the suggestion of having a cap on the number of books by each author. Yes, some authors have a large number of amazing books, but I think that there's also something to be said for maximizing the number of authors included in the list. That way everyone is exposed to more authors, writing styles, etc, and if someone decides they particularly like a certain author, it would be fairly easy for them to find that author's other books. Maybe for cases such as J.K Rowling's Harry Potter or Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books, rather than picking certain books, we could have the series take up 1 spot on the list? I hope what I'm trying to say there makes sense.
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Uncle Toms Cabin. Maybe the best book I have ever read. Fantastic.
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A couple that I didn't see on the list:

I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb


I'm not sure whether this list is for adult fiction only?

If not, I have a couple to add that were favorites of mine when I was younger.

Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Ok, it was more than a couple!

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some of my faves not yet listed:

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Letters to a Young Poet- Rainer Marie Rilke

King Jesus and the I, Claudius books- all by Robert Graves

A Spy in the House of Love- Anais Nin

Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn -both by Henry
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A couple that I didn't see on the list:


Number The Stars by Lois Lowry
i re-read this recently and was practically bawling in the library. but then again, i am a bit of a crier.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
this was a major favorite of mine, too. i heartily second it.
and along those same lines:
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
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It's new but will become a must read:

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
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Oh, I missed one.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

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