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When insanity grabs you, and makes you do stupid things
June 1, 2010 Okay, I'll admit that I was not a great student when I was in high school. I was a horrible student, and I didn't read any of the books I should have. So now that I am 48, I have planned to read everything I should have read 30 years ago. Am I insane, lost my mind - YES! So I am going to read all of these within a year - seriously! May 10,2011 Just finished the last book. Will I ever do this again - NO! July 28th, 2011 Will be re-thinking this list some will be gone,and other's put on. will keep you posted! Here's what we're going to do. I found a web site for the 100 best reads of all time( a little pompus for my taste, but we're getting off the track here) & The 100 best characters in fiction since 1900. So I am going through both lists combine them and come out with a new list for a year of reading. So I'll keep you posted!   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy /
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001.
The reason this is on the list is really simple. It has all the points of a great novel - chase,love rejected,humor, friendships and a great sense of not taking itself serious.
Adult Fiction ADAMS
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Cover Art: Pride and prejudice /
Pride and prejudice
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
Elizabeth's Pride of her family and Mr.Darcy's Prejudice of Elizabeth's family is the basis of this wonderful love story. As soon as they see each other they are in love. Unfortunately that's were the problem begins. They are both stubborn as mules ( may I even say Pig head?) knowing that they are right and the other should bend to thier will.
Adult Fiction AUSTEN
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Cover Art: Peter Pan /
Peter Pan
Barrie, J. M. 1860-1937.
Sometimes you have to believe in things you can't see. Stay young forever.
Children's Fiction BARRIE
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Cover Art: The Wizard of Oz /
The Wizard of Oz
Baum, L. Frank 1856-1919.
I have lived in Kansas, I now know why dorothy wanted out so badly!
Children's Fiction BAUM
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Cover Art: Fahrenheit 451 /
Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray, 1920-
The last 3 Republician admins, and the current one, makes this book that more important!
Adult Fiction BRADBUR
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Cover Art: Jane Eyre /
Jane Eyre
Bronte, Charlotte, 1816-1855.
Jane should have gone with the missionarys.
Adult Fiction BRONTE
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Cover Art: Wuthering heights /
Wuthering heights
Bronte, Emily, 1818-1848.
Can you say compulsive, co-dependent and nuts!
Adult Fiction BRONTE
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Cover Art: The last of the Mohicans /
The last of the Mohicans
Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.
Adult Fiction COOPER
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Cover Art: The red badge of courage /
The red badge of courage
Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900.
War is hell. Although war is war and hell is hell. Of the two I choose war.
Adult Fiction CRANE
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Cover Art: Great expectations /
Great expectations
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Adult Fiction DICKENS
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Cover Art: The hound of the Baskervilles : another adventure of Sherlock Holmes /
The hound of the Baskervilles : another adventure of Sherlock Holmes
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930.
Adult Fiction DOYLE
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Cover Art: The Count of Monte Cristo /
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870.
I went into this, with one expection. That it would be as good as the last film adaptation. I am here to say that the book has exceeded my hopes. It reads like the roller coaster that is Edmond's life.
Adult Fiction DUMAS
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Cover Art: The man in the iron mask /
The man in the iron mask
Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870.
The musketeers return to save an innocient, and punish evil!
Adult Fiction DUMAS
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Cover Art: The three musketeers / Alexandre Dumas ; revised and updated translation by Elea
The three musketeers / Alexandre Dumas ; revised and updated translation by Elea
Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870.
Just a rippin good time. Fighting for the noblest of causes is greatly noble!
Adult Fiction DUMAS
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Cover Art: Pawn of prophecy /
Pawn of prophecy
Eddings, David.
Your wondering why this book made the list, and not other better known books. That's simple - It's a simple sword and magic story - withouyou really noticing the magic going on!~
Adult Fiction EDDINGS
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Cover Art: Madame Bovary /
Madame Bovary
Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880.
Always be careful of what you really want - you may get it.
Adult Fiction FLAUBERT
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Cover Art: American gods : a novel /
American gods : a novel
Gaiman, Neil.
The easiest way to spread a lie, is to make one up, and have somebody tell it to another. Soon you can convince the world of this lie. Don't believe me - ask G.W Bush!
Adult Fiction GAIMAN
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Cover Art: Lord of the flies; a novel.
Lord of the flies; a novel.
Golding, William, 1911-1993.
The ultimate when you let people get back to their true nature!
Adult Fiction GOLDING
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Cover Art: The princess bride : S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventu
The princess bride : S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventu
Goldman, William, 1931-
This is the embodiment of Saturday afternoon swashbuckling heroes, you rescue the fair maiden.
Adult Fiction GOLDMAN
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Cover Art: The Maltese falcon /
The Maltese falcon
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.
Everybody has heard of the movie, but you haven't read the book - your missing a lot. Great story, with sub-plots on top of even deeper sub-plots.
Adult Fiction HAMMETT
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Cover Art: Tess of the d'Urbervilles /
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928.
Adult Fiction HARDY
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Cover Art: The scarlet letter : a romance /
The scarlet letter : a romance
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864.
Although it set in puritian times. The message is still as strong as it is today, we all have a letter to our breast. Some our public, and some are well hidden except to the wearer.
Adult Fiction HAWTHOR
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Cover Art: Catch-22 : a novel /
Catch-22 : a novel
Heller, Joseph.
Adult Fiction HELLER
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Cover Art: The old man and the sea /
The old man and the sea
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
It's a lot easier to read this, than trying to read Moby Dick. Same conflict of surving the stuggle of life.
Adult Fiction HEMINGW
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Cover Art: The sun also rises /
The sun also rises
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
Adult Fiction HEMINGW
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Cover Art: The hunchback of Notre Dame /
The hunchback of Notre Dame
Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885.
Teen Fiction Classics Illustrated
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Cover Art: The green mile : a novel in six parts /
The green mile : a novel in six parts
King, Stephen, 1947-
Adult Fiction KING
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Cover Art: The gunslinger /
The gunslinger
King, Stephen, 1947-
This generation's LOR series. Just as big of scope, just more action! Without a seven page discription of a maple leaf!
Adult Fiction KING
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Cover Art: Kim /
Kim
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936.
The game is being played to this day. Different players and a different time. But still the game goes on and on.....................
Adult Fiction KIPLING
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Cover Art: The jungle book /
The jungle book
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936.
Children's Fiction KIPLING
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Cover Art: The man who would be king, and other stories /
The man who would be king, and other stories
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936.
Adult Fiction KIPLING
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Cover Art: To kill a mockingbird /
To kill a mockingbird
Lee, Harper.
Adult Fiction LEE
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Cover Art: Angela's ashes : a memoir /
Angela's ashes : a memoir
McCourt, Frank.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 M131
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Cover Art: Batman : the killing joke /
Batman : the killing joke
Moore, Alan, 1953-
Like the song says " She said the joke was on me & I say the joke is on her." Graphic novels are the new means to tell a story. Allen Moore & Art Spiegllman are the true masters of this art form.
Adult Nonfiction Book 741.5973 M
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Cover Art: Saga of the Swamp Thing. Book one /
Saga of the Swamp Thing. Book one
Moore, Alan, 1953-
Adult Nonfiction Book 741.5973 M
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Cover Art: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen /
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Moore, Alan, 1953-
Adult Nonfiction Book PN6728.L42 M66 2000
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Cover Art: Saga of the Swamp Thing : Book Two /
Saga of the Swamp Thing : Book Two
Moore, Alan.
Adult Nonfiction Book
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Cover Art: The scarlet Pimpernel /
The scarlet Pimpernel
Orczy, Emmuska Orczy, Baroness, 1865-1947.
Adult Fiction ORCZY
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Cover Art: 1984 : a novel /
1984 : a novel
Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
It's not paranoia, if you know, that thay know, that you know they are watching you! So says Big Brother Obama!
Adult Fiction ORWELL
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Cover Art: Animal farm /
Animal farm
Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
When the inmates take over the prison. Does absolute power corrupts absolutley. Ask the pig!
Adult Fiction ORWELL
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Cover Art: Cyrano de Bergerac : a heroic comedy in five acts /
Cyrano de Bergerac : a heroic comedy in five acts
Rostand, Edmond, 1868-1918.
Beauty and the best has nothing on this story of un-requited love is brillant!
Adult Nonfiction Book 842.8 R738 2008
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Cover Art: Frankenstein /
Frankenstein
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.
Children's Fiction SHELLEY
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Cover Art: Maus : a survivor's tale, I : my father bleeds history /
Maus : a survivor's tale, I : my father bleeds history
Spiegelman, Art.
I know your asking yourself " Why is this set of books on this list?". Two reasons. first the writing is wonderful, also the artwork is masterful. Second with the current admin, and the last one. We as a people need to be on guard!
Adult Nonfiction Book D804.3.S65 1991
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Cover Art: Maus : a survivor's tale, II : and here my troubles began /
Maus : a survivor's tale, II : and here my troubles began
Spiegelman, Art.
Adult Nonfiction Book 741.5973 S
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Cover Art: Of mice and men /
Of mice and men
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Adult Fiction STEINBE
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Cover Art: The grapes of wrath /
The grapes of wrath
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Adult Fiction STEINBE
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Cover Art: Treasure Island /
Treasure Island
Stevenson, Robert Louis.
Children's Fiction
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Cover Art: Dracula /
Dracula
Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912.
Adult Fiction STOKER
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Cover Art: The art of war /
The art of war
Sunzi, 6th cent. B.C.
Adult Nonfiction Book 355.02 S
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Cover Art: Civil disobedience ; Solitude ; and Life without principle /
Civil disobedience ; Solitude ; and Life without principle
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862.
Adult Nonfiction Book 818.309 T391
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Cover Art: Walden /
Walden
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862.
Adult Nonfiction Book 818.3 T391
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Cover Art: The adventures of Huckleberry Finn /
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Adult Fiction TWAIN
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Cover Art: 20,000 leagues under the sea /
20,000 leagues under the sea
Verne, Jules, 1828-1905.
In the new genre of steamer punk, this is without a doubt the grand-daddy of them all!
Children's Fiction VERNE
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Cover Art: The color purple /
The color purple
Walker, Alice, 1944-
Adult Fiction WALKER
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Cover Art: The war of the worlds /
The war of the worlds
Wells, H. G. 1866-1946.
Adult Fiction WELLS
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Cover Art: The picture of Dorian Gray /
The picture of Dorian Gray
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
Not all your sins will be shown, just those you want to be seen!
Adult Fiction WILDE
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Cover Art: Mrs. Dalloway /
Mrs. Dalloway
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
How to throw a great party is explained and acted upon!
Adult Fiction WOOLF
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