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Old 01-27-2009, 10:56 AM
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Default 1000 books everyone should read

There is an interesting list over on the Guardian of the 1000 books that everyone should read. I tend to read a lot so I thought I would see how much of the list I have read. Here's what I've read from their list:

Comedy
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none

Crime
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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Family and self
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The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Love
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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Science fiction and fantasy
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Foundation by Isaac Asimov
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Dune by Frank L Herbert
The Shining by Stephen King
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

State of the nation
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none

War and travel
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none

Considering that I read a lot of books, I'm a bit surprised that I've only read 17 from the list. Of course I should note that many of the ones that I have read aren't single books but series. It's not surprising though that most of the ones that I have read fall in science fiction and fantasy. All but the Crichton books outside of sci fi/fantasy are forced reading from school btw.

If seeing the movie counted, this list would be much, much bigger though.

What have you guys read from the list?
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:50 PM
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I got a bit annoyed reading that list without any real sorting that I could see, so I wrote a script to sort it by author/catagory. That makes the list much easier to look at.

I had to go a fair way down the list before I found the first name I had read a book from.
John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men

And that one I read in school. - still, rest of the list isn't all that bad.
--- Science fiction and fantasy ---
Douglas Adams
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Isaac Asimov
Foundation
Philip K Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Stephen King
The Shining
CS Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia
George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four
JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
HG Wells
The Time Machine
--- State of the nation ---
Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities
Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
--- War and travel ---
Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers
Neil Stephenson
Cryptonomicon ------- failure to imititate the book of legends from the chthulu mythos, not recommended.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island
Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:46 PM
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It's boring reading through a list of books I have *no* interest in. I almost skipped to the sff section. Here's mine:

I'm bolding the books I really liked that I still remember.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Misery by Stephen King
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Kindred by Octavia Butler ***awesome!!!*
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (about halfway because it was so boring)
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein
Dune by Frank L Herbert
The Children of Men by PD James
The Shining by Stephen King
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (the first one)
Ringworld by Larry Niven
The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (the first one)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (about halfway because I got bored)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

26. The funny thing is, Steven reads 5x the books I do!
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For the love of God, nobody try to read Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut!

I didn't have the blessing of being so warned. It's a book about thinking about writing a book about a war, except he doesn't really remember. Terrible!
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Where the he-double-hockey-sticks is Watership Down? That book should be at the top of the list!

Forget the cartoon though. It follows the storyline but somehow ripped the heart out of the tale.

Awesome, awesome book.
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Apparently I missed some. I've also read:

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson
Misery by Stephen King

I've probably read more from Dickens, Orwell, Twain, and other more classic writers but I have forgotten which ones I read way back in school.
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Where is Ender's Game?
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I don't think Ender's Game comes on there since it was never written as a book, it was written for serialisation in a magazine. It's not so much a novel as a short story anyway.
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I don't know about you all but I have read and liked the Captain Underpants Series

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Found some books in the list that i have read.

Crime
Fantomas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Family and self
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Love
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Love Story by Eric Segal

Science fiction and fantasy
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Dune by Frank L Herbert
The Earthsea Series by Ursula Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchet
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

State of the nation
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

War and travel
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
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