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    This is a list made by librarians, "top 30 books every adult should read before they die"

    What do you think of the list? would you take any away? add any? how many have you read? :D


    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The Bible
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
    1984 by George Orwell
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    All Quite on the Western Front by E M Remarque
    His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
    Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
    Tess of the D'urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
    Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    Middlemarch by George Eliot
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn
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    Well, umm, err....so I've read 2 of these and part of a 3rd.

    However, I will the first to admit that most of the books I read (for my own enjoyment, and outside of school) have two people in an embrace on the cover. :D

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    I've also read 2 (glad I wasn't thhe first to answer FD!) and possibly a couple more - i think i have but i can't remember, it would have been long ago and my memory's not what it was!


    To Kill a Mockingbird, which i read and re-read lots of times and The Lord of the Flies are both definites.




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    I've only read one! 'The Lovely Bones'
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    i wish my brain would work better...it's a bit frazzled today. i *think* i've read these but can't be 100% sure - isn't that awful?!


    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

    perhaps I'll make a point of reading them now so i'll know for sure in future!




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    7 i think, i think it's a bit pretentious to tell people what they should/shouldn't be reading though. Some of those would bore me to death LOL

    i do hope i spelt pretentious properly














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    I've read 11 and I also tried to read Wuthering Heights but ended up throwing it across the room in frustration.

    Everyone should read Winnie the Pooh definitely.

    May go for the Time Traveller's Wife next - getting rave reviews all over so I guess I'll give it a whirl.

    Can I add one to the list? The Book Thief.

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    cant say i'll ever read any of those anytime soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn, post: 159558
    I've read 11 and I also tried to read Wuthering Heights but ended up throwing it across the room in frustration.

    Everyone should read Winnie the Pooh definitely.

    May go for the Time Traveller's Wife next - getting rave reviews all over so I guess I'll give it a whirl.

    Can I add one to the list? The Book Thief.

    i knew you were going to have read lots of them Dawn!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn, post: 159558
    May go for the Time Traveller's Wife next - getting rave reviews all over so I guess I'll give it a whirl.
    do you know what it's about? thought i might do that after i've finished the book i'm on














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