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Joined May 2018

Reading through the 100 Greatest Books (from 5 lists, so 306 total books)
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Winnie the Pooh | A.A. Milne
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Book #51: Winnie-the-Pooh is one of those stories that had pervaded my childhood. From the movies to the cartoon series, I was (and still am) absolutely in love with Pooh Bear, despite never having read the books. And I am sure that the reason this is on the BBC 100 Greatest Books (which is basically a popularity vote on books) is because of the...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/07/the-306-greatest-books-51-winnie-pooh.html

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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Book #50: King Lear is the final play for me to read out of the six Shakespearean plays spread across my 100 Greatest Books lists. My personal take on Shakespearean English remains the same, I find it a barrier of entry for me to enjoy the stories and I often miss many of the subtleties within the plays. The plot of King Lear is generally easy to...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/07/the-306-greatest-books-50-king-lear.html

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The Book of Job | Anonymous Anonymous
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Book #49: Although I have seen many 100 Greatest Book lists that put the entire Bible on them, out of my four lists only The Book of Job had made the cut. The Book of Job is often considered to be one of the best stories in the bible because of its attempts to justify the presence of good and evil both together on Earth. As I was reading through...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/07/the-306-greatest-books-49-book-of-job.html

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Graywacke I think it‘s supposed to leave that taste in your mouth. 🙂 Cool to watch you go through this list. 1w
Jazinator @Graywacke Thanks! I‘m still playing catch up here. I‘m currently on book #152 but my reviews initially were either poorly worded or had spelling errors, so I‘ve been going back through from the start to getting everything in tip-top shape. 1w
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Book #48: His Dark Materials has quickly become one of my favorite stories of all time. The series is absolutely enthralling, not letting me put it down for a moment. And it is one of the few series I have returned to time and time again. The story can be considered a cross between The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, where the world...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/07/the-306-greatest-books-48-his-dark.html

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A Doll's House | Henrick Ibsen
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Book #47: A Doll's House is interesting because it is basically about the women's liberation movement long before there was ever a movement. The play is about a woman who has done nothing with her life except try to please two men, her father and her husband. However, it is when something tragic happens that she realizes that nothing is as perfect...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/06/the-306-greatest-books-47-dolls-house.html

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Beowulf | Anonymous
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Book #46: I should start off my review of this story with the premise that I do not generally like stories that are written in "Old English" or something close to modern English, such as Shakespeare. They take too much for me to get invested in the story personally and I find that detracts from my enjoyment. The story of Beowulf is about a famous man...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/06/the-306-greatest-books-46-beowulf.html

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Book #45: Wuthering Heights ended up being a very weird book and not at all what I expected. I initially considered this to be one of those "chic lit" books but I couldn't have been more off. This is one of the most depressing books I have read yet. The book explores how Satan himself can sometimes corrupt people into being wretched human beings...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/05/the-306-greatest-books-45-wuthering.html

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Book #44: I grew up attending the musical version of Les Miserables and I was always thoroughly confused by the play. I enjoyed the music but the plot of the musical confounded me. After having seen the musical three or four times, I decided to delve into the book and I must say that this book was absolutely enthralling. I have since seen the...

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Book #43: We head back to the ancient classics with this Roman telling of the travels of Aeneas, a Trojan who ultimately became the ancestor of the Romans. The Aeneid feels like it was written to fulfill the Roman need to copy all of the Greek mythology, and unfortunately that is how this book reads. The first half follows The Odyssey almost to the...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/03/the-306-greatest-books-43-aeneid.html

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Book #42: The Portrait of a Lady, and Henry James in general, fall into my unmemorable category. Neither of the two stories that I have read of his on my lists I can recall at all. The Portrait of a Lady follows an American woman, Isabel Archer, who moved to Europe and ends up having to adapt from the free thinking American way of life to the more...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/12/the-306-greatest-books-42-portrait-of.html

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The Call of the Wild | Jack London
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Book #41: When you think about one of Jack London's Alaskan dog books, you would likely think about White Fang, I assume due to the popularity of the movie a few years ago. However, before White Fang was published, London published the much shorter The Call of the Wild. To start off I must say that this book was fantastic and I highly recommend...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/09/the-306-greatest-books-41-call-of-wild.html

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The Time Machine | H.G. Wells
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Book #40: Similar to Frankenstein and Dracula, The Time Machine represents one of the world's earliest cases of science-fiction. Starting in a time when Jules Verne and other H.G. Wells classics were pushing the bounds of conventional fiction, The Time Machine shows us what Wells' view of the future might look like as his time traveler takes a...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/09/the-306-greatest-books-40-time-machine.html

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lover.of.the.classics I have been wanting to read this for a while. 1mo
Jazinator @lover.of.the.classics definitely go for it. It‘s very, very short and a fast paced read. My copy (hardcover) is only 60 pages. 4w
lover.of.the.classics @Jazinator Okay, thank you for the recommendation. I will one of these days 😂 4w
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The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri
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Book #39: The Divine Comedy is broken up into three separate parts: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. The story follows the poet Dante as he travels through each of the three afterlife worlds, meeting many of the people who once lived along his travels. By far the most interesting and most commonly read was Inferno. I had read Inferno in one of...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/09/the-306-greatest-books-39-divine-comedy.html

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Book #38: Like Frankenstein, which I had read prior to this novel, this novel brings the horror genre back to the beginning. This is essentially the one that started it all. I assumed I was familiar with the plot, having seen snippets of takes on the character for decades. However, I don't think I've ever seen a straight out adaptation of the...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/06/the-306-greatest-books-38-dracula.html

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Book #37: Continuing on through my fantasy kick, I decided to hit up one of the hallmarks of children's literature, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. However, I like to read stories in chronological order even if they were not originally written in that order, so I started with the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series (chronologically)...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/05/the-306-greatest-books-37-lion-witch.html

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Book #36: Continuing on my "I'm going to read some "funner" books on this list" trend, I dove into my first outright humorous book. Prior to this I was not much accustomed to "British humor", having not watched much of British comedy shows or movies before. But afterwards I became a convert. I thought this book was absolutely hilarious, and...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/03/the-306-greatest-books-36-hitchhikers.html

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Book #35: Following The Hobbit, I dove headfirst into the tome that was The Lord of the Rings. Although it is often listed as a trilogy of books, my book list treats it as a singular novel, and really that was what it was meant to be. Looking at the detail that Tolkien puts into this world, it is absolutely incredible. For a book that took ten...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/02/the-306-greatest-books-35-lord-of-rings.html

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Book #34: Since books are notoriously better than their movie counterparts, I wanted to wait until all of the Lord of the Rings films finished up in theaters before starting this series. The third movie was released in December of 2003 and so I could get started on the books at any time. I also like to read books in the order that they were meant to be...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2005/01/the-306-greatest-books-34-hobbit.html

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shanaqui That looks like a gorgeous edition! 1mo
Jazinator @shanaqui Oh it is. It‘s one of my favorites. I generally like all my books to match so I‘ve been getting the Everyman cloth cover books but this and the LotR books were too pretty to pass up on. 1mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Book #33: A Christmas Carol tells the story of a miserly scrooge who eventually learns to feel the Christmas spirit after being threatened by three Christmas spirits. The story in the book is just like the story many people already know through its countless adaptations. However, anyone who is familiar with adaptations knows that the books can be...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/12/the-306-greatest-books-33-christmas.html

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Book #32: Many of the books on my list remain with me long after I have read them and some are forgotten completely. This is one of those forgotten completely books. This is easily not the best of Austen's work, which is probably the reason why it is not mentioned alongside Pride and Prejudice, and it is also not even close to my favorite. The plot...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/08/the-306-greatest-books-32-persuasion.html

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Book #31: During the early part of the 1800's there was a series series of books written that could generally be classified as romantic time period pieces. Many of these books were written by women who remain as popular today as the day they were written, especially Jane Austen, who is possibly the most famous of them all. The first of Austen's...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/07/the-306-greatest-books-31-pride-and.html

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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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Book #30: Great Expectations was one of Dickens' last novels, and by far one of his best. The novel follows Pip, a street orphan, as he is saved by a convict and eventually grows up to find love. While reading through the story it can be a bit slow at times but overall the story is well written and easy to follow. This book, along with most...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/06/the-306-greatest-books-30-great.html

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Book #29: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This is perhaps the most memorable opening to a novel in the history of literature (except perhaps Moby Dick), but it is also a novel that seems to have faded from my memory over time. I have found Dickens himself becomes a bit drab to read. He likes to pull his punches in his...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/05/the-306-greatest-books-29-tale-of-two.html

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Book #28: Although The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was written first and is really the first book in the pair (with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), I'm sure I am like most people now-a-days having read Huckleberry Finn first. Mainly because it was required for school, but also because it is just considered a better book. The two books are not...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/04/the-306-greatest-books-28-adventures-of.html

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Book #27: There are many stories on this list that quickly fade from memory. Upon looking at a synopsis I can often regain what the story was about and some plot details but many are just unremarkable. Frankenstein is not one of those books. I recall this book in vivid detail, despite writing this 15 years after initially reading the book. The...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/03/the-306-greatest-books-27-frankenstein.html

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Book #26: What is generally considered to be the sequel to The Iliad, the story of the end of the Trojan War continues after a short break in time. Written by the ancient Greek poet Homer, this story takes place at the end of the Trojan War as one of the war heroes, Odysseus, is trying to make his way home. However, after angering the god Poseidon...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/02/the-306-greatest-books-26-odyssey.html

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The Iliad | Homer
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Book #25: The Iliad is the first of the two classical epic poems by the ancient Greek poet, Homer. The word "Iliad" is in reference to the ancient name for the city of Troy, which was "Ilium". This poem describes part of the ending of the Trojan War. Although, often thought to be the defining story of the Trojan War, it is actually missing most of the...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/02/the-306-greatest-books-25-iliad.html

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The Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Book #24: While I usually do not like the writing style of Shakespeare, and I generally don't like reading plays in general, there are some plays that I do enjoy. The Tempest is perhaps one of, if not the, weirdest of the Shakespearean plays. The premise of the play deals with a mystical island with witches and spells. And although many of...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/01/the-306-greatest-books-24-tempest.html

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Othelo | William Shakespeare
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Book #23: Continuing on through my "quick reads", I decided to read another Shakespearean play, this time Othello. Again, Shakespeare is not my favorite, and this play is no exception. I feel it is mostly because I don't appreciate the language that Shakespeare uses in his plays. For me it is hard to read. I know what you'll say though, "but you...

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The Taming of the Shrew | William Shakespeare
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Book #22: A new year meant that I was off to the races to try and get as many books read as I could. Often this means reading the most accessible (meaning books I already have) and shortest books I can find on the list. In this instance it meant catching up on the Shakespearean plays on the lists because there is a ton of them. Personally, I am not...

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë
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Book #21: Continuing on through my grandfather's book collection I noticed there was a large number of books by Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. And so I decided to sit down and tackle some of those books.
It has been so long since I have read Jane Eyre, I feel that I can't do it justice anymore. This is another of the books I need to go back to...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2003/12/the-306-greatest-books-21-jane-eyre.html

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Ivanhoe | Sir Walter Scott
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Book #20: Upon finishing Treasure Island, I searched through my stack of grandfather's books and picked out another book from my list. Ivanhoe sounded interesting. I had literally no clue what it was about before diving in. Turns out, it's Robin Hood. Or at least Robin Hood lite. Reading through the book the main impression I had about the book was...

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Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
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Book #19: Upon graduating college, I was determined to better myself, and one of the ways I planned on doing that was by reading the 100 Greatest Books of all time. Treasure Island was my first official foray into reading all of those. Most of the book I read first were books that I incidentally had obtained from my grandfathers' collections...

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Gulliver’s Travels | Johnathan Swift
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Book #18: Gulliver's Travels is another of my "I had to read this in college" books that I need to go back to sometime when I have the chance. I read this book towards the end of my undergraduate career and getting nearer to when I started this book list in earnest. I had found the book very enjoyable that superficially was a fantasy book but in...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2002/05/the-306-greatest-books-18-gullivers.html

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The Scarlet Letter | Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Book #17: This is one of those "forced to read in college" books for me. I didn't get it at the time and that makes me want to go back and see if I better understand it now. At the time I had felt that the beginning was extremely slow and that had a tendency to drive people away from the book (at least that's how I felt). However, the book does...

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Book #16: For Whom the Bell Tolls got me really interested in Hemingway and since I had several of Hemingway's books from my grandfather's collection I decided to move on to the next one, A Farewell to Arms. This one did not strike me as strongly as the first book and to be honest, I barely recall the plot after all these years. As is Hemingway's...

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
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Book #15: I started reading For Whom the Bell Tolls the summer before 11th grade for a class where we had to pick our own book to read over the summer. Unfortunately, I never actually finished the book for class. Fast forward three years and I was sick with mono during the end of my freshman year of undergrad and I clearly had nothing else to...

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Book #14: Oedipus Rex is one of those plays that sticks with you for long after you read it. Even though it has been a very long time since I read it in my humanities class in undergrad I still recall the play vividly and how it made me feel. The story is the ultimate classic, about a man who murders his father and marries his mother. The purpose...

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An American Tragedy | Theodore Dreiser
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Book #13: An American Tragedy is a fictionalized attempt to portray the real life of a hometown boy convicted of killing his girlfriend. The author was intrigued by this seemingly naive and innocent young man who went down a very dark path and why he did it. So he interviewed the boy in prison to get the first hand tale of the boy's life and turned...

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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Book #12: After reading Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky went straight to one of my favorite authors. The book follows a man who feels he can commit the "perfect murder". Unfortunately, his guilty conscious gets the better of him and after a long, agonizing reflection period he is eventually caught and punished for his crimes. The writing was...

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The Cherry Orchard | Anton Chekhov
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Book #11: Chekhov is definitely a subtle and complex writer. Often, when you finish reading one of his plays or short stories you are left with a feeling that you had missed a ton of hidden messages within the story. He is an expert at layering story elements, particularly with his plays, where there are whole depths of meanings just waiting to...

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Book #10: Death of a Salesman is often considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. The play is about a a salesman named Willy Loman, who undergoes severe depression that quickly spirals out of control as he sees his life crumbling apart. The best part about the play is that it is made up of real life characters, whom the viewer...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/1998/11/the-306-greatest-books-10-death-of.html

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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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Book #9: Moby Dick is often cited as the analogy for relentlessly pursuing your dreams, often to the detriment of everyone around you. My introduction to this book was not all that great, having been forced to read it in my senior year of high school and never fully appreciating it at the time. Besides the plot of the book, one of the things it is...

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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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Book #8: Hamlet is often considered to be Shakespeare's best play, and this is a rating I can get behind. The tale is about a man trying to find the murderer of his father, while dealing with the slowly ensuing madness of most of the characters around him. Unlike Macbeth, I found Hamlet to be intriguing and quotable. Several of the scenes are memorable...

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Macbeth | William Shakespeare
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Book #7: Shakespeare has never really been my thing and this is only the first of several Shakespeare plays that can be found on the list. Macbeth is the story of a man who commits murder in order to become king. However classic the story may be, it just didn't grab me. This is one of the weaker of Shakespeare's famous plays and one that I probably...

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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Book #6: The Catcher in the Rye seems to have been relegated to "cult" status stemming from the obsessive love of the book that Mark David Chapman had for the book. Chapman is well known as being the murderer of the beloved John Lennon. Whether the book deserves this cult status is up for debate but I personally don't understand it. The book is...

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Book #5: I had read Animal Farm in high school, like so many other great books, but I was able to go back and reread it as part of my official 100 Greatest Books read through. I find this novel fantastic and insightful, especially knowing what I know now about communist Russia and society as a whole. The book is very fast paced (I read it in about...

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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Book #4: Along with a host of other significant stories of the early 1900's, The Great Gatsby finds itself as another mandatory school read. And like many of those books, this is one I need to go back to some day to truly understand the details that I likely missed as a high school student. The book follows the life of a man in the 1920's, who...

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Book #3: Huckleberry Finn is one of the many novels on this list which I had read as a result of a high school assignment. I actually had to read it a couple of times for school and I have since come to love the book. It is a rather contentious book because of the language used in the book, specifically the "N" word used so prolifically ...

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The old man and the sea | Ernest Hemingway
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Book #2: A classic about the determination of an old Cuban fisherman fighting against a fish that would not give up. A story about perseverance, old age, and how sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the results could still be considered a success even if they were not what you would have settled for at the beginning...

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