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Note added by Laura Loof. 2 years ago
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Note added by Karen Morecroft. 3 years ago
The list actually has 2 parts, those chosen by The Board, and those by The Readers. I've comboned the list which actually gives 168 unique books to choose from, I've managed 15 so far. Can I read another 5 in 3 months? I'll certainly give it a go!

1984 by George Orwell
A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess X
A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell
A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway
A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh
A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes
A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul
A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster
A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving
A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster
A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute
ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner
ALL THE KING’S MEN by Robert Penn Warren
AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner
ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell X
ANTHEM by Ayn Rand
APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara
ARROWSMITH by Sinclair Lewis
AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner
AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by Flann O’Brien
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H.P. Lovecraft
ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
BELOVED by Toni Morrison
BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley X
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh
CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller X
CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY by Robert Heinlein
DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler
DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather
DELIVERANCE by James Dickey
DOUBLE STAR by Robert Heinlein
DUNE by Frank Herbert X
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
FARENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury X
FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard
FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Davies
FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin
GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
GRAVITY’S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon
GREENMANTLE by Charles de Lint
GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton
HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster
I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
ILLUSIONS by Richard Bach
INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
IRONWEED by William Kennedy
IT by Stephen King
KIM by Rudyard Kipling
LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner
LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov X
LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad
LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
LOVING by Henry Green
MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis
MEMORY AND DREAM by Charles de Lint
MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie
MISSION EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
MOONHEART by Charles de Lint
MULENGRO by Charles de Lint
MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather
MYTHAGO WOOD by Robert Holdstock
NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs X
NATIVE SON by Richard Wright
NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad
OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham
ON THE BEACH by Nevil Shute
ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac X
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST by Ken Kesey X
ONE LONELY NIGHT by Mickey Spillane
PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov
PARADE’S END by Ford Madox Ford
POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley
PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth
RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow
SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh
SHANE by Jack Schaefer
SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut X
SOMEPLACE TO BE FLYING by Charles de Lint
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury
SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION by Ken Kesey
SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence
SOPHIE’S CHOICE by William Styron
STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert Heinlein
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert Heinlein
SUTTREE by Cormac McCarthy
TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald
THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton
THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell
THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James
THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder
THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger X
THE CUNNING MAN by Robertson Davies
THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West
THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen
THE DOOR INTO SUMMER by Robert Heinlein
THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand
THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN by John Fowles
THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy
THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James
THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford
THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald X
THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers
THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams X
THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER by Tom Clancy
THE LITTLE COUNTRY by Charles de Lint
THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington
THE MAGUS by John Fowles
THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett
THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert Heinlein
THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy
THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer
THE OLD WIVES’ TALE by Arnold Bennett
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain
THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark
THE PUPPET MASTERS by Robert Heinlein
THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence
THE RECOGNITIONS by William Gaddis
THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie
THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad
THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles
THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
THE STAND by Stephen King
THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell
THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway
THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler
THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James
THE WOOD WIFE by Terri Windling
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving
THE WORM OUROBOROS by E.R. Eddison
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee X
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell
TRADER by Charles de Lint
TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller
TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM by Nevil Shute
U.S.A.(trilogy) by John Dos Passos
ULYSSES by James Joyce
UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch
UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry
V. by Thomas Pynchon
WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams
WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand
WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys
WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson
WISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor
WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence
YARROW by Charles de Lint
ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert Pirsig
ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm
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Note added by Debra Marie. 4 years ago
1. Ulysses - James Joyce
2. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
3. The sound and the fury - William Faulkner
4. Darkness at noon - Arthur koestler
5. Battlefield earth - L. Ron Hubbard
6. Sons and lovers - d.h. Lawrence
7. To the lighthouse - Virginia wolfe
8. The heart is a lonely hunter - Carson McCullers
9. Gravitys rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
10. All the Kings men - Robert pen warren
11. Nostromo- Joseph Conrad
12. A room with a view - e.m. Forester
13. The stand - Stephen king
14. Point counter point - aldous Huxley
15. The sun also rises - earnest hemmingway
16. The Maltese falcon - dashiell hammet
17. The world according to garp - John Irving
18. Something wicked comes this way - Ray bradbury
19. The door into summer - Robert heinlein
20. The hunt for red October - Tom Clancy
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Note added by Heather Lewis. 5 years ago
Read 3/20
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Note added by Heather Lewis. 5 years ago
http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/
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Already read:

The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse Five, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, and Beloved.
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Note added by Sandra. 5 years ago
http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/
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Note added by Kayla V.. 5 years ago
1: Sons & Lovers - D. H. Lawrence
2: Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry
3: Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
4: Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham
5: The Rainbow - D. H. Lawrence
6: The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
7: Point Counter Point - Aldous Huxley
8: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
9: The Call of the Wild - Jack London
10: The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington
11: Day of the Locust - Nathaniel West
12: Sister Carrie - Theodore Dreiser
13: Women in Love - D. H. Lawrence
14: Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
15: Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
16: Sophie's Choice - William Styron
17: A Room With a View - E. M. Forster
18: Howard's End - E. M. Forster
19: The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
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Note added by Kayla V.. 5 years ago
1: Sons & Lovers - D. H. Lawrence
2: Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry
3: Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
4: Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham
5: The Rainbow - D. H. Lawrence
6: The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
7: Point Counter Point - Aldous Huxley
8: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
9: The Call of the Wild - Jack London
10: The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington
11: Day of the Locust - Nathaniel West
12: Sister Carrie - Theodore Dreiser
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Note added by Kayla V.. 5 years ago
Books to Read:

Sophie's Choice
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Midnight's Children
The Catcher in the Rye
Tropic of Cancer
Pale Fire
Lord of the Flies
Slaughterhouse Five
Catch 22
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Note added by Kayla V.. 5 years ago
Books to Read:

Sophie's Choice
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Midnight's Children
The Catcher in the Rye
Tropic of Cancer
Pale Fire
Lord of the Flies
Slaughterhouse Five
Catch 22
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Note added by Karen Morecroft. 6 years ago
http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/
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Note added by Adora. 6 years ago
1. The sound and the fury
2. Native son
3. Animal farm
4. As I lay dying
5. Lord of the flies
6. The catcher in the rye
7. Heart of darkness
8. Beloved
9. Ender’s game
10. Fahrenheit 451
11. The age of innocence (currently reading)
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Note added by Ashley H. 6 years ago
Catch-22
To the Lighthouse
An American Tragedy
Invisible Man - Ellison
Animal Farm
Slaughterhouse Five
Tender is the Night
As I Lay Dying
Beloved
Lord of the Flies
Deliverance - Dickey
The Sun Also Rises
On the Road
The Handmaid's Tale
A Clockwork Orange
The Haunting of Hill House
Sophie's Choice
Brideshead Revisited
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
My Antonia - Cather
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Note added by Karen Williams. 6 years ago
1. Ulysses by James Joyce

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Already read

3. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Signet Classics) by James Joyce

4. Lolita, 50th Anniversary Edition by Vladimir Nabokov

5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - Already read

6. The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text by William Faulkner

7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Already read

8. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

9. Sons and Lovers (Modern Library Classics) by D.H. Lawrence - Already read

10. The Grapes of Wrath (20th Century Classics) by John Steinbeck - Already read

11. Under the Volcano: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Malcolm Lowry

12. The Way of All Flesh (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) by Samuel Butler

13. 1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell

14. I, Claudius From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Born 10 B.C. Murdered and Deified
A.D. 54 (Vintage International) by Robert Graves

15. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

16. An American Tragedy (Signet Classics) by Theodore Dreiser

17. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

18. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

19. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

20. Native Son by Richard Wright

21. Henderson the Rain King (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) by Saul Bellow

22. Appointment in Samarra (Vintage Open Market) by John O'Hara

23. U.S.A.: The 42nd Parallel / 1919 / The Big Money (Library of America) by John Dos Passos

24. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

25. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster - Already read

26. The Wings of the Dove (Everymans Library, 230) by Henry James

27. The Ambassadors (Penguin Classics) by Henry James - Read for goal

28. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

29. Studs Lonigan (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by James T. Farrell

30. The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Oxford World's Classics) by Ford Madox Ford

31. Animal Farm by George Orwell

32. The Golden Bowl (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) by Henry James

33. Sister Carrie (Signet Classics) by Theodore Dreiser

34. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

35. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text by William Faulkner

36. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

37. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics) by Thornton Wilder

38. Howards End (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by E. M. Forster

39. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

40. The Heart of the Matter (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by Graham Greene

41. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - Already read

42. Deliverance by James Dickey

43. A Dance to the Music of Time (series) by Anthony Powell

44. Point Counter Point (British Literature) by Aldous Huxley

45. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

46. The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics) by Joseph Conrad

47. Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (Penguin Classics) by Joseph Conrad

48. The Rainbow (Modern Library Classics) by D.H. Lawrence

49. Women in Love (Modern Library Classics)

50. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

51. The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition by Norman Mailer

52. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth

53. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

54. Light in August (The Corrected Text) by William Faulkner

55. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

56. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

57. Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford

58. The Age of Innocence (Modern Library Classics) by Edith Wharton

59. Zuleika Dobson (Modern Library Paperbacks) by Max Beerbohm

60. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

61. Death Comes for the Archbishop (Vintage Classics) by Willa Cather

62. From Here to Eternity by James Jones

63. The Wapshot Chronicle (Perennial Classics) by John Cheever

64. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

65. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - Already read

66. Of Human Bondage (Bantam Classics) by W. Somerset Maugham

67. Heart of Darkness (Hesperus Classics) by Joseph Conrad - Already read

68. Main Street (Signet Classics) by Sinclair Lewis

69. The House of Mirth (Signet Classics) by Edith Wharton

70. The Alexandria Quartet Boxed Set: Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea by Lawrence Durrell

71. A High Wind in Jamaica (New York Review Books Classics) by Richard Hughes

72. A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul - Already read

73. The Day of the Locust (Signet Classic) by Nathanael West

74. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

75. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

76. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

77. Finnegans Wake (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) by James Joyce

78. Kim (Penguin Classics) by Rudyard Kipling - Read for goal

79. A Room with a View (Classic) by E.M. Forster - Already read

80. Brideshead Revisited (Everyman's Library) by Evelyn Waugh

81. The Adventures of Augie March (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) by Saul Bellow

82. Angle of Repose (Contemporary American Fiction) by Wallace Stegner

83. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

84. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

85. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

86. Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow

87. The Old Wives' Tale (Modern Library Classics) by Arnold Bennett

88. The Call Of The Wild (Scholastic Classics) by Jack London

89. Loving (A novel by Henry Green) by Henry Green

90. Midnight's Children (Everyman's Library) by Salman Rushdie - Already read

91. Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

92. Ironweed: A Novel by William J. Kennedy

93. The Magus by JOHN FOWLES

94. Wide Sargasso Sea (Norton Paperback Fiction) by Jean Rhys - Already read

95. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

96. Sophie's Choice by WILLIAM STYRON

97. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

98. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

99. The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy

100. The Magnificent Ambersons (Modern Library Classics) by Booth Tarkington
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Note added by Sylvia . 6 years ago
http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/

Done:
1. Catcher in the Rye
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Note added by Karen Williams. 7 years ago
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Note added by Lesley Raymond. 7 years ago
I've already read: 1) 1984 2) Animal Farm 3) Lord of the Flies 4) Light in August 5) Catcher in the Rye 6) A Room with a View Want to read: - As I Lay Dying (Faulkner) - A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway) - Catch 22 - Great Gatsby - To the Lighthouse - Slaughter House Five - Sophie's Choice - Brave New World - The Grapes of Wrath
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Note added by Emily Rose. 7 years ago
[18/100]
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Note added by Sarah Button. 7 years ago
http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
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Note added by Alexandra George. 7 years ago
Will also read Catch-22, 1984, The Sun Also Rises, A Clockwork Orange, A Farewell to Arms, Finnegan's Wake, Pale Fire (I'm really interested in the structure. Nerd.), Brave New World, The Way of All Flesh, and The Grapes of Wrath.
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Note added by Alexandra George. 7 years ago
1. The Great Gatsby 2. Animal Farm 3. As I Lay Dying 4. Lord of the Flies 5. On The Road 6. The Catcher in the Rye Will ideally read Lolita, Heart of Darkness, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Slaughterhouse-Five.
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Note added by Caroline. 8 years ago
1. Sons and Lovers (not done) 2. Deliverance--Dickey (not done) 3. Point Counterpoint--Huxley (not done) 4. The Naked and the Dead--Mailer (not done) 5. Sophie's Choice--Styron (DONE) 6. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man--Joyce (not done) 7. Invisible Man--Ellison (not done) 8. A Handful of Dust--Waugh (DONE) 9. Pale Fire--Nabokov (not done) 10. On the Road--Kerouac (not done) 11. The Moviegoer--Percy (not done) 12. The Age of Innocence--Wharton (not done) 13. Death Comes for the Archbishop--Cather (not done) 14. The Day of the Locust--West (DONE) 15. Kim--Kipling (not done) 16. Angle of Repose--Stegner (not done) 17. Midnight's Children--Rushdie (not done) 18. The Postman Always Rings Twice--Cain (DONE) 19. The Ginger Man--Donleavy (not done) 20. The Death of the Heart--Bowen (not done)
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Note added by Sadie Lynch. 8 years ago
Brave New World - done
1984 - done
Lord of the Flies - done
Starship Troopers
Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy - done
Stranger in a Strange land
V.
The Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Handmaids Tale
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1.George Orwell '1984' 2.Kurt Vonnegut 'Slaughterhouse-five' 3.J.D.Salinger 'The Catcher in the Rye' 4.Anthony Burgess 'A Clockwork Orange'
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Note added by Emilee Nystrom. 9 years ago
I decided since it's my list and I can pretty much do whatever I want, I'll read 10 from the board's list and 10 from the reader's list. And no cheating. All of them for this task will be books I haven't read until I started this list.