Speaking of good books...

Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by skimom2, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Grandpa
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    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    About 30, and some of the ones I hadn't read I realized should be on my reading list, and there were others that I had that I wished I hadn't
    Agreed, except I did make it through. How they can call out The DaVinci Code as some classic literature and leave out The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Red Badge of Courage or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance or any number of others is somewhat perplexing.

    I kinda also wished they'd included The Scarlet Letter. It was a dreadful story, but at least I finally could've seen some bragging-rights benefit for having slogged through that turgid mess. (Yes, that's my opinion. I'm sorry if that's blasephemous to others.)
  2. Dana Jean
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    Somewhere on this board I used those exact same words about The Scarlet Letter. I called it a slog fest. Hated it.
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  3. fushingfeef
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    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    42 also, Dana!
  4. Grandpa
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    is this the number of books or a reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide?
  5. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    YES! I wondered about that
  6. Dana Jean
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    I've read 42 of the books on the list.
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  7. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I only read 29 of them (better than a kick in the pants with a frozen Army boot I guess)
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  8. danie
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    danie AKA danie

    28; but some I've read two or three times. Does that get me any points?
  9. sam peebles
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    sam peebles Well-Known Member

    I've only got like 25...feeling inadequate. Shouldn't Lord of the Rings count for 3? Please?
  10. do1you9love?
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    do1you9love? Alive and Kicking!

    I've read 44. Some odd ones left out, but several really good ones on here. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is one of my book club's favorites. And, yes, I would have scored much higher with more SK choices.
  11. Grandpa
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    Sure, it can.

    But why worry? A person can have a lifetime of good reading without cracking a single book in that list. I mean, there's some wonderful books there, don't get me wrong, but there's thousands and thousands of other great reads, and some of them classic as well, that aren't included. Heck, start with the Iliad. Don't forget Stephen King. Philip Marlowe. Edgar Allen Poe. As noted above, Mark Twain. And so on. A lifetime worth.
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  12. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Absolutely. It was just a bit of fun, and curious what they decided were 'must read' books.
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  13. Grandpa
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    It's a great topic of discussion, and thank you for posting.

    People who must post lists they consider definitive are just asking for it.
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  14. carrie's younger brother
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    Only 36 for me and I was an English lit major in college and have my secondary education credentials. I couldn't check off the complete works of Shakespeare since I honestly have not read everything. The same for Shelock Holmes/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are also books on there I would never read, like The Time Traveler's Wife or Bridget Jones. Just not my thing. Also, it's the rare person who had read the entire Bible. I know I haven't.
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  15. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I got the first two by the skin of my teeth--I read my last Shakespeare play ("A Winter's Tale") last spring, and my daughter convinced me to read the Conan Doyle just this winter. I barely finished them last week. Time Traveler's Wife was one of those that I found curious in its inclusion. I have read it (Eh. It was okay.), but I wouldn't consider it a classic.
  16. carrie's younger brother
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    Where does it say these books are "classic literature?"
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  17. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I took it to be implied, but you're correct. It doesn't say that.
  18. Bryan James
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    A useful list of some goodies. A few I ain't never heard of.
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  19. carrie's younger brother
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    I too thought it was supposed to be a list of classics, but with books like Bridget Jones's Diary on there, it's obviously not!
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  20. Dana Jean
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    I have. I have also read the Book of Mormon and I'm getting ready to start The Quran.
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