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....or something like that.

1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
3 Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
4 Middlemarch George Eliot
5 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
6 Persuasion Jane Austen
7 Frankenstein Mary Shelley
8 Emma Jane Austen
9 Unless Carol Shields
10 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
11 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
12 White Teeth Zadie Smith
13 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone JK Rowling
14 Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
15 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
16 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
17 The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
18= Silas Marner George Eliot; Possession AS Byatt
20 The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
21= Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf; The Mill on the Floss George Eliot
23= Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding; Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
25 The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood
26 Chocolat Joanne Harris
27 The Shipping News E Annie Proulx
28 Little Women Louisa May Alcott
29= The Sea, the Sea Iris Murdoch; I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith
31 Family Bites Lisa Williams
32= Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J K Rowling; The Shell Seekers Rosamund Pilcher
34= Orlando Virginia Woolf; The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough
36 Fingersmith Sarah Waters
37= Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier; Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson; Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
40 The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean Auel
41 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
42 The Secret History Donna Tartt
43 Five Quarters of the Orange Joanne Harris
44= Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban JK Rowling; Beloved Toni Morrison
46 Bel Canto Ann Patchett
47.Hotel du Lac Anita Brookner
48 The Bell Iris Murdoch
49 Regeneration Pat Barker
50= The Bone People Keri Hulme; The Color Purple Alice Walker

How many have you read? I've read 30 (aren't i special)

How can Harry Potter books be better than Orlando? and the Thorn Birds???? what's that doing there?

excuse tediousness, i am excessively bored at work and another three hours till I can leave
 

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Melanie2 said:
....or something like that.

1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
3 Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
4 Middlemarch George Eliot
5 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
6 Persuasion Jane Austen
7 Frankenstein Mary Shelley
8 Emma Jane Austen
9 Unless Carol Shields
10 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
11 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
12 White Teeth Zadie Smith
13 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone JK Rowling
14 Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
15 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
16 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
17 The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
18= Silas Marner George Eliot; Possession AS Byatt
20 The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
21= Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf; The Mill on the Floss George Eliot
23= Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding; Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
25 The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood
26 Chocolat Joanne Harris
27 The Shipping News E Annie Proulx
28 Little Women Louisa May Alcott
29= The Sea, the Sea Iris Murdoch; I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith
31 Family Bites Lisa Williams
32= Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J K Rowling; The Shell Seekers Rosamund Pilcher
34= Orlando Virginia Woolf; The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough
36 Fingersmith Sarah Waters
37= Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier; Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson; Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
40 The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean Auel
41 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
42 The Secret History Donna Tartt
43 Five Quarters of the Orange Joanne Harris
44= Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban JK Rowling; Beloved Toni Morrison
46 Bel Canto Ann Patchett
47.Hotel du Lac Anita Brookner
48 The Bell Iris Murdoch
49 Regeneration Pat Barker
50= The Bone People Keri Hulme; The Color Purple Alice Walker

How many have you read? I've read 30 (aren't i special)

How can Harry Potter books be better than Orlando? and the Thorn Birds???? what's that doing there?

excuse tediousness, i am excessively bored at work and another three hours till I can leave
this is a list of books that most people should have read before their senior year in high school. i'm not sure about the harry potter books, as i wouldn't list them amongst the top 50 (perhaps this list is best according to sales?) , but mccullough's thorn birds definitely belongs there. i've read 45 from this list.
 

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a child called it.

so simple to read but i dont think any book has ever touched me this way... and thats what matters the most to me. i couldnt put it down.
 

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wished memoirs of a geisha was on the list :(
 

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I couldn't agree more with #1 :) But Wuthering Heights at 3? eewww, I hate that book!
 

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Beggin' Beguine said:
I couldn't agree more with #1 :) But Wuthering Heights at 3? eewww, I hate that book!
well of course! lol...anytime you get a novel with characters named lockwood, heathcliff and catherine, you're sure to be bored out of your mind in a very british sort of way. ;)
 

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wasn't memoirs of a geisha by a guy? i think it was... i lovvveeee being bored out of my mind in a british way :p nothing beats it
 

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wasn't memoirs of a geisha by a guy? i think it was... i lovvveeee being bored out of my mind in a british way :p nothing beats it
lol...at times what you're saying is true. however, memoirs of a geisha (yes, written by arthur golden, a man) will definitely not bore you out of your mind in any kind of way. the differences in western and japanese ideas of eroticism and sexuality are phenomenal and i think it's a book that's not only riveting, but a must read purely because this whole way of life is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
 

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I think I've read 2 (Emma, for Year 12 Lit...To Kill A Mockingbird, Year 10 English)...lol

...and seen the films of about 10.

Am currently reading no.20 on the list...
 

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i found #20 to be a slow read, but if you persist you'll find some very entertaining times (like how the twins view their world), some tragic times (the drowning incident) and some areas that make for deep thought (abolishment of the caste system).
 

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I've only read the one, White Teeth, which is the best book I have read in a long time! I think its excellent.
 

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The Great Gatsby not on the list? That was a book I read for school and one of the few I actually liked.

Deuce Diva...I like the way it is written, but it's not like I'm rushing home to read it every night. So far so good (I'm only a couple chapters in).
 

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Deuce Diva...I like the way it is written, but it's not like I'm rushing home to read it every night. So far so good (I'm only a couple chapters in).
:) then i'll shut up and not ruin the rest for you... ;)
 

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BTW, I don't think I could ever read a Jane Austen book unless I was forced (i.e. for school)...ditto the Bronte sisters and other similar writers from that era. Nothing against those writers, but the genre just doesn't interest me...
 

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lol...yes, that's sort of what i meant when i mentioned being bored out of your mind in a very british sort of way. today's feminists often find that era to be pretentious and vain. but then again, those two traits are still very much in vogue today, often amongst the very groups who eschew this kind of behavior. nothing new under the sun and all...
 
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