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If you're a Steven King fan, check out The Talisman if you haven't already. Written with Peter Straub. Very different and interesting.

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Thanks for sharing that!

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Here is a great site shared by MOM2ACAT that contain many fun check-off lists. These lists helped me make up a To-Read list of many books I should have read but didn't because I've seen the movie or mini-series, which is not the same as reading:
www.listchallenges.com/lists/books

I hope all Bookworms are familiar with Project Gutenberg in which many Public Domain books are offered as free ebooks. Most were published in the early 20th Century of earlier but a large percentage of the classics are there for you to read for free. I have read Dickens, Bronte, Austen, Joyce, Wharton, Gaskill, Eliot, Cather, etc. without needing to make a trip to the library.
www.gutenberg.org/catalog/


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I am suspicious of any list that doesn't feature Margaret Atwood, but I can see why these were chosen - they're all certainly famous enough!

1. Gone With the Wind - on my TBR list! I own a copy, but it's not yet been cracked open.
2. Lord of the Rings - read x2, planning on reading it again soon.
3. Harry Potter Series - read multiple times
4. The Stand - read years ago, planning on rereading it soon because I forget most of it!
5. DaVinci Code - read it, did not care for it! I actually thought Angels & Demons was far better.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird - read it in high school, I think.
7. Angels and Demons - read it
8. Atlas Shrugged - haven't read it, do not intend to!
9. Catcher in the Rye - read it in high school, hated it!
10. The Bible - have read the OT multiple times, am only tangentially familiar with the NT, as I am not Christian.

My personal list would be much different!!
1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
2. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
3. Lord of the Rings - okay, this can stay!
4. The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye
5. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
6. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
7. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
8. Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon
9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
10. *book of your faith here* - for me, that is the Tanakh, for others it might be the Bible or the Quran, or even The God Delusion! I just think it's very important to be knowledgeable about your beliefs, whatever they are.



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Such an odd list, no Austen, no Dickens, no Twain, no Hemingway, no Eliot, no Tolstoy, no Bronte, no Hugo, no Steinbeck, no Wharton...!

1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell-Read it several X's
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien-Read it 2X
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings-No, but maybe someday
4. The Stand - Stephen King-No and probably won't
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown-No
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee-Read it
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown-No
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand-Read it
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger-Read it
10. The Bible-Read it several X's

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Interesting lists!

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Great list! I never finished Les Mis and never read Ishmael; have read the rest.

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1. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
2. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Animal Farm - George Orwell
6. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
7. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
8. Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
9. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
10. Mother Night - Kurt Vonnegut

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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Read
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien -Read
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings -Read
4. The Stand - Stephen King
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Red
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee- Read
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Read
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Read
10. The Bible- Read the Old Testament

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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Read
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien -Read
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings -Read
4. The Stand - Stephen King
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee- Read
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
10. The Bible-In the process of reading

So I have read 4 of these books and in the process of reading the bible. I would probably read all of the rest on the list except for The Stand as I am not a big Stephen King fan.

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1. Gone With the Wind - I loved this book, this was one I just couldn't put down
2. Lord of the Rings - Read these and didn't enjoy them
3. Harry Potter Series - I've read this series more than once and plan on reading them over again
4. The Stand - Again, another book I really loved. I've always enjoyed Stephen King and I think this is the best one of his I've read to date
5. DaVinci Code - As with all Dan Brown book, I'm so drawn in to the suspense of each chapter and find I'm up till the early hours not being able to put the books down
6. To Kill a Mockingbird - read this book more than once
7. Angels and Demons - read above comment for Dan Browns books
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand (never heard of this but will be searching for it now)
9. Catcher in the Rye - I read this book at the wrong time of my life, so there was a lot of it I didn't 'get'
10. The Bible - I've read some of this, mostly the new testament

Most of the books on this list of 10 are in the list of 100 I'm reading. This was a list I found some years ago and decided to read. I've read quite a lot of good books from it, but equally I've read quite a lot of not so good books from it. There are just too many books out there that I want to read!!!

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Interesting list: I have read the Dan Brown books but would not necessarily put on top 10 to read before I die; To Kill a Mockingbird; a lot of the Bible; would not bother with Harry Potter books; I tried to read Ayn Rand one time; tried to read Stephen King one time (but love Dean Koontz); I did read Gone with the Wind; Tolkien - not my favourite - I don't remember which I read by him; l read most of Hemingway; Nathaniel Hawthorn's the Scarlet letter - great book!; my list would differ quite a bit!

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The journey is the reward"
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Still baffled by Harry Potter on this list? Rand, read Fountainhead, much better read, need War & Peace I think and Tale of Two Cities, a least one of Dickens, need to be Irish to read understand Joyce. How about Hemmingway? That is what I think!

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I'm thinking a couple books bought their way onto the list.

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I looked up this list on-line and found the original article. I had to look it up because I find it hard to fathom that with only 10 books to read before I die Mr. Dan Brown would be taking up two spots (or even one in my not so educated opinion). Still, it gave me something to think about. If I was allowed to edit the list:

*Gone With the Wind (allowed to remain)
*To Kill A Mockingbird (allowed to remain)
*Atlas Shrugged (I didn't want to allow this one to remain, however, since so many politicians and Conservatives are currently using it as their Bible, it might be important to see what is being preached within it's pages. I apologize if I am offending anyone by referring to it in such terms.)
*Catcher In The Rye (allowed to remain)
*Lord of the Rings (allowed to remain)
*The Bible (of course remaining)

So a little over half the list remains but what else would I add?
*I love that, in the book, "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn," when Katie Nolan has her first child her mother instructs her that in order for the child to thrive there are two books that must be read every day, the Bible and Shakespeare's works. How could Shakespeare not make the top 10? Not sure which Shakespeare work I would put on the list though. Ideas?
*A Russian author must be on the list. Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are the obvious first two to choose from. Pick one.
*As an American, if I was making this list for American readers, I would say Steinbeck should be on the list. My personal favorite, "The Grapes of Wrath" would make my own list but I know of others who would insist on "East of Eden" making the list. Steinbeck should be there.
*Love Dickens. There is a lot to choose from here. But something Dickens should make the list.

Of course, books are such a personal thing. And narrowing it down to just 10 makes it a pretty shallow list. But lots of fun to think about what would make my personal list.

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I agree that when and how you read a classic can make a big difference in reading pleasure. I recently listened to an audio course on great British Literature. I very much enjoyed the lectures and my list of books to read and re-read grew exponentially. I decided to give James Joyce another try though when I attempted to read him in my 20's I found his books incomprehensible. I am hoping this time around I will understand what made him a "great".


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I think a lot of my success with reading these books was reading them in the right time or the right circumstances of my life. To begin with, I always assume that if a book is called a "classic" by critics, professors, or people who have done a lot of reading, that it's worth my time. I will also note the age at which I found success with the books.


Tolstoy: War and Peace - It's great but I read it as a class in college. We spent the entire semester on it and with the professor doing a lot of explication and lectures, I loved the book and the characters and even the history. I have no idea if I could have done it on my own. Age 21

Melville: Moby Dick - Age 50. I always loved his short story, "Bartleby the Scrivener". I was assigned "Moby Dick" in high school and read it because I was a dutiful student but it was a chore and not a pleasure. By the time I was 50 the book had developed a great sense of humor and insights about humanity.

FItzgerald: The Great Gatsby - I first read this in 9th grade--age 14--and it really popped for me and has remained great with each rereading.

Dickens: Bleak House - I was about 27 or 28 when I started reading Dickens. This is one of his better ones.

Joyce: Ulysses OR "Dubliners" I love these and have reread them however I first read them as part of a college class which dedicated the entire semester to them. You get an enthusiastic professor to explain things and these are deeply pleasurable works to read. Age 21 or 22?

Shakespeare: Hamlet or King Lear - Eternal favorites. I always liked them and with each rereading or reseeing they get better.

Eliot: MIddlemarch - I think I was 29 when I first read this and I loved it.

Austen: Pride and Prejudice - I read this first at 16 and loved it and my love only deepened when I read it in college and also started to read books about it.

Flaubert: Madame Bovary - A great novel. I think I first read it at about age 35 and I have reread it 4 or 5 times since. I don't know if I could have appreciated it when younger.

Proust: In Search of Lost Time - I read this at age 23 just to say I had read it and it oscillated between being a chore and a bore and great fun. I reread it again at about age 45 and it was wonderful!

I think the common theme for me is that I enjoy books a lot when a professor explains it all to me OR when I am old enough to have some of the life experience required to understand a character like Ahab.

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Tolstoy: War and Peace - No. Should I? Do I have to?
Melville: Moby Dick - Read about half. I found it dreadful. Is that bad?
FItzgerald: The Great Gatsby - Yes.
Dickens: Bleak House - No. Have read almost no Dickens!
Joyce: Ulysses OR "Dubliners" - No
Shakespeare: Hamlet or King Lear - Read almost everything of Shakespeare's
Eliot: MIddlemarch - No, it's on my list
Austen: Pride and Prejudice - Yes, multiple times.
Flaubert: Madame Bovary - No.
Proust: In Search of Lost Time - No. Isn't this 1000s of pages long?

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Old fashioned and educational sound good to me. I have read many of the books on the list but how could anyone choose only 10 books

Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Yes 8 times when I was young
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Loved them
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - Ditto
4. The Stand - Stephen King - no
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Yes
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - Yes
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Yes
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - not yet
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Yes
10. The Bible - some portions


I think if I had to do a similar list, I would include:

Tolstoy: War and Peace - umm attempted...
Melville: Moby Dick - yes
FItzgerald: The Great Gatsby - yes
Dickens: Bleak House - not yet
Joyce: Ulysses OR "Dubliners" - not yet
Shakespeare: Hamlet or King Lear - yes and many more
Eliot: MIddlemarch - Yes!
Austen: Pride and Prejudice - Yes!
Flaubert: Madame Bovary - Yes and want to read again
Proust: In Search of Lost Time - not yet

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Old fashioned and educational sound good to me. I have read many of the books on the list but how could anyone choose only 10 books

Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Yes 8 times when I was young
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Loved them
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - Ditto
4. The Stand - Stephen King - no
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Yes
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - Yes
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Yes
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - not yet
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Yes
10. The Bible - some portions


I think if I had to do a similar list, I would include:

Tolstoy: War and Peace - umm attempted...
Melville: Moby Dick - yes
FItzgerald: The Great Gatsby - yes
Dickens: Bleak House - not yet
Joyce: Ulysses OR "Dubliners" - not yet
Shakespeare: Hamlet or King Lear - yes and many more
Eliot: MIddlemarch - Yes!
Austen: Pride and Prejudice - Yes!
Flaubert: Madame Bovary - Yes and want to read again
Proust: In Search of Lost Time - not yet

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What a dreadful list! I am sorry, but where is the power and the greatness?

1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Yes when I was young
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - I started it and was bored
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - No, I'm one of the 7 people who haven't.
4. The Stand - Stephen King - no
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - no
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - Yes
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - no
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - no
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Yes
10. The Bible - some portions


I think if I had to do a similar list, I would include:

Tolstoy: War and Peace
Melville: Moby Dick
FItzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Dickens: Bleak House
Joyce: Ulysses OR "Dubliners"
Shakespeare: Hamlet or King Lear
Eliot: MIddlemarch
Austen: Pride and Prejudice
Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Proust: In Search of Lost Time

I know that my list seems a bit old-fashioned and perhaps too "educational" but I am convinced that good literature is worth every minute. Escapist literature is fine and dandy, but should not be conflated with the real, authentic thing.



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Still baffled by how these books ended up as the top ten to "read before you die" in a Harris Poll. Makes me rather dubious of Harris Poll results now. Anyway, my results are...

1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Yes
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Yes
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - No, I'm one of the 6 people who haven't.
4. The Stand - Stephen King - Yes
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Yes
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - Yes
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - No
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - Yes
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Yes
10. The Bible - No, just bits and pieces

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YES
Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings
The Stand - Stephen King
DaVinci Code - Dan Brown (Really? Surprised to find this one on the list, to be honest.)
To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
The Bible

NO
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown (Even more surprised. Doesn't seem to be on part with LOTR or the Bible)
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand


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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings
4. The Stand - Stephen King
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
10. The Bible

I read 2,3,5, 7,9 and pieces of 10. I disagree with this list completely, though. There are books far superior to those :/.

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I have read all the books you suggest except the Harry Potter stuff. I heard Rowling interviewed prior to the release of the first Harry Potter book and decided I would not read her material. Just personal preference thing. I have though read the Bible numerous times and read it daily with multiple translations. I am sure that my favorite author George MacDonald would probably be as appealing to you as Harry Potter is to me. I also don't read romance books because I find them boring crazy huh?

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I'm surprised which books are considered the ten you should read!

1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
--Haven't read it yet, but I probably will one day.

2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
--Eh. No thanks. My husband loves it though!

3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings
--Okay I have to admit I'm a huge Harry Potter nerd. I've read the series like 25 times and even collect the first book in foreign languages. I'm currently reading through the series in French. Yes. Big HP nerd.

4. The Stand - Stephen King
--I've read others by him, but not this one.

5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown
--I didn't like Angels & Demons, so I never read this one.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
--I read this in middle school and hardly remember it, need to revisit.

7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
--see #5

8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
--Rand scares me a little. I do want to try to read Anthem though!

9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
--Read twice, it was okay.

10. The Bible
--Pieces of it. Not really for me.

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1.Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Loved it, still do. Part of my Thanksgiving break ritual is that I read this book.
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Nope.
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - I grew up with these books, they still take me to a happy place.
4. The Stand - Stephen King - Nope, too much of a wimp.
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Thought it was enjoyable and fun, but not worth re-reading.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - First read it in school and remains one of my favorites.
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Same as DaVinci Code
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - On my shelf to read....
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Read it secretly when I was 10, and then again in high school - my comprehension increased so much the second time!
10. The Bible - Not all, and only when forced.

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I've read 5/10 (but seen 6 in movies) emoticon

1. Gone With the Wind - Yes
2. Lord of the Rings - No (but saw the movie)
3. Harry Potter Series - Yes
4. The Stand - I don't think so
5. DaVinci Code - Yes
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-No (but saw the movie)
7. Angels and Demons - Yes
8. Atlas Shrugged - Yes
9. Catcher in the Rye - No
10. The Bible- Only parts of it


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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - I have not finished this one
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Rereading it now! Love them. So uplifting.
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - Took a college class, and I do not plan on picking them up again
4. The Stand - Stephen King - Not all of it
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Read during lunch breaks one summer because my employer had a copy downstairs in the breakroom
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - Of course
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Nope
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - Not this particular one. I think it will take a bit
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Parts of it. I skipped parts where I was too angry at the main character.
10. The Bible - Not in its entirety

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Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Read it as a teenager.
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Read the trilogy, and the Hobbit. Must read before you see the movies.
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - Read the entire series; enjoyed the books very much. Again, must read before seeing the movies.
4. The Stand - Stephen King - One of Stephen King's best efforts.
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Read it - couldn't see what all thy hype was about.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee -I read this book every few years - just keeps getting better.
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - See DaVinci Code above.
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - Not yet
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Embarrassed to say, I haven't read it.
10. The Bible - Parts, under duress.

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Read: 1&2 once, #3 several times emoticon them!!! Any thing by the master(Stephen King is worth reading) couldn;t get into #5&7, read # 6&9 in school....a few years ago lolz, just recently checked out # 8 it was okay but not a fav.....@ for #10 just the words printed in red!!!



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This thread is awesome!! Thanks everyone. I'm always looking for new recommendations of good reads. Having fun isn't hard when I've got my library card emoticon

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Hey everyone!

I've read three out of the the 10 but I will get there.
"Angel and Demons"
" Davinci code" and right now Im reading and studing the bible.
Still have a lot to go on the bible but I'll get there.

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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Read it in the 8th grade and loved every second of it
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Pass, I've tried to start the Hobbit and couldn't get past the first chapter
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - So, so good!
4. The Stand - Stephen King - On my list, one of my mother's favorite books
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Enjoyed this one
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - Have read this one three times and find something new to love about it every time
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Preferred this one to the DaVinci Code
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - Not yet
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Found the main character to be completely obnoxious and couldn't finish it.
10. The Bible - Agreed, not for me.

I think Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and the Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo should be on this list, we could probably do without at least one of the Dan Brown books.



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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - No
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien No, only The Hobbit Loved it
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings Check!
4. The Stand - Stephen King - Nope I am not a fan of scary
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Yes.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee yes-
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Yes
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand Yup It took close to a year.
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger Yes in high school and then last year---I loved the teacher who tells like it is to the main character
10. The Bible _ well, parts of it. I have a plan but I am only into the January section.





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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Nope, and it is one that I actually haven't planned on ever reading.
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - I have tried, several times. I just can't get through the first book.
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - Several times
4. The Stand - Stephen King - I read this in early high school. My favorite of his, besides The Girl who met Tom Gordon
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - Read
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - Good book, read it in Junior High
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Better than the DaVinci code.
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - nope
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Several times, starting in High School.
10. The Bible - I have read bits and pieces throughout my life. I don't know if I've read the whole thing, and definitely not cover to cover. I started in 3rd grade and got through a lot of the Old Testament, then stopped.

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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - when I was a new bride
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - never cracked a cover
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - I may have made it through the first one; what the big deal?
4. The Stand - Stephen King - Still plan to read something by King "one of these days"
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - I'm too out of step to read what everyone else is reading, I guess!
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - Fabulous book, read it with my book group
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - Nope, see above
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - Years ago
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Not sure
10. The Bible - All but Numbers in a college Bible Lit class

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I've read all except The Stand and The Catcher in The Rye

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Out of those 10 I've read Harry Potter (books 1 & 2); The Stand is one of my all-time favorites- I've read it several times; DaVinci Code; Angels and Demons; Catcher in the Rye; and quite a bit of the Bible- I went to a Catholic grade school K-8th grade.

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From all the books, I only have read JK Rowling's and Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, the rest either so hard to get or I've never heard about them. Oh well, maybe I should make my own list of books to read before I die :D

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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - have read many times
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - just couldn't finish
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings - all of them
4. The Stand - Stephen King - just not interested
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - read
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee - read usually once a year
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown - read
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - read so long ago I barely remember it.
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - high school required reading
10. The Bible - bits and pieces over the years

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I've read all ten of the books on this list...the only one I don't have much recollection of is Atlas Shrugged. I also checked out the list from the Guardian--I have read 42 of the 100 books listed there! I'm thinking I really am well read!

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Have only read LOTR, Bible and The Stand may need to attempt a few of the others. Potter however is just out lol. No offence to Potter Fans but I just cant go there kind of like the Twilight saga. Tried that and just couldnt.

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I must say an interesting top 10. Harry Potter? i have read all but the Bible and the Potter series.
I must say not my top 10 no Tale of Two Cities, no Shakesphere, no Tolosty, no Dickens, no Bronte???
Guess it's me!

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1. GWTW - Read it years ago
2. Lord of the Rings - Read all of them
3. Harry Potter - Read all of them
4. The Stand - Have not read this one
5. Da vinci Code - Read it, liked it
6. To Kill A Mockingbird - Have read it several times
7. Angels and demons - Read it
8. Atlas shrugged - Not familiar with it but have it on my list
9. Catcher in the Rye - Read it
10. Bible - Read the Old Testament


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Still need to read: Davinci Code,Angels&Demons,Atlas Shrugged. I prefer the New Testament from the Bible!
Mockingbird/Rye I read in school.

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I've only read two of the books on the list. Is that bad?



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I better start reading the classics. I have read only a few of the books on the list. To Kill a Mocking Bird and a few Harry Potter.
I love mysteries and romance books.

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Shoot, time to pick out my casket then.

GWTW: my mom's favorite movie, so I read the book after seeing the movie untold number of times.

LOTR: Read the series & got thru half of Silmarillion before I gave up. The Rings series is good; the rest of his stuff is hard.

Potter: Read the series, think they're really good. Not what I'd call a top 10 quality tho.

The Stand: One of my favorite books, have read it enough times to wear out 2 copies. Not his typical work, very deep & lots of theological elements. Would make a great discussion for a non-traditional Bible study.

DaVinci: Ok, but definitely not a top 10.

Mokingbird: Excellent book.

A&D: Rates below DaVinci.

Atlas: Read all of Rand's work, & think Anthem is much more significant.

Catcher: High school English class, I was the only one who actually read it. Good book.

Bible: Haven't read cover to cover, but I've read every book at some point.

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1. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell Yup, not for ages but I loved it
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien Yup. Once I get past the Inn of the Prancing Pony I know I'll finish it (few times Ive tried and only got to there!)
3. Harry Potter Series - J K Rowlings Yup yup yup (I was an unbeliever and then was sat down to try reading em and loved em!)
4. The Stand - Stephen King YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!! The full version, not the original version he was made to publish though
5. DaVinci Code - Dan Brown Read it, enjoyed it and like the local connection :)
6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee Not read
7. Angels and Demons - Dan Brown Preferred this to Da Vinci Code
8. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand Not read
9. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger Not read
10. The Bible Afraid I avoid this!

Think Phillip Pullmans His Dark Materials collection should be on this list!!!!

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