|11-08-2012, 09:43 AM||#16|
the secret garden
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: somewhere beyond the sea
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Thanks for this thread; I'm always interested in lists of greatest books.
I'm sure she's read more than me, and if there were an Essential Woman's Library, I probably would've read more (possibly many more) on that list than this list. I counted and I've read 16 of these, a few others I've read partially (like I've read Dante's Inferno but not the other parts) and some others are on my TBR list.
But all in all the list was interesting and as I read it I started feeling that familiar twinge of yearning, becoming interested in many of the ones I haven't read and just wanting to immediately read them all. I tend to do that with any halfway decent lists.
ETA - My main criticism with this list would be that it's very U.S.-centric, which is fine except that it's not noted as such. It should be the Essential U.S. Man's Library or some such.
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|11-08-2012, 01:52 PM||#17|
Join Date: Sep 2011
Device: Kindle 3
Kurt Vonnegut, 2x Ernest Hemingway, etc.
|11-08-2012, 04:32 PM||#18|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Just for the hell of it. I thought I'd give my "scorecard".
The Great Gatsby **
The Brothers Karamazov **
The Picture of Dorian Gray **
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Call of the Wild
Lord of the Flies
The Master and Margarita
Crime and Punishment
A Separate Peace
The Island of Doctor Moreau
To Kill a Mockingbird
The ones with ** are on my agenda in the next year.
Hmmm - looks like I'm not quite manly enough.
There were quite a few books on that list that I do intend to read some day though. I'm interested in reading more Steinback and Hemmingway for example.
|11-12-2012, 10:20 AM||#19|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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Okay, where's the essential Woman's library of must reads, although I have read some of these listed. I am curious what would constitute the essential Woman's 100 must read library.
|11-12-2012, 11:28 AM||#20|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, Sony 650
I would just make sure that The Handmaid's Tale is on there! (I don't know if it is or not.)
The other lists I saw were the top 100 books BY women. Out of curiosity, did the manly list have any books by women on it?
|11-12-2012, 11:33 AM||#21|
Join Date: Feb 2011
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My sons read most on the list also... guess this makes him a man or at leats Male
|11-12-2012, 11:51 AM||#22|
Join Date: Nov 2011
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I've read a few on the list, but not enough to qualify as a man. Which is probably a good thing, as I'm fairly okay with having born into a female body.
|11-13-2012, 04:38 AM||#23|
Say my name very fast ...
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The High Seas
No books on how to grill, smoke and BBQ various meats?
No books on how to mix a proper martini?
No books on survival and foraging techiques?
No books on proper massage techniques? Kama Sutra?
That list is a sham ... only reinforced doubly when they listed The Bible.
I know a lot of people dislike Adam Carolla but he wrote a pretty funny book a while back that I think a lot of 'men' nowadays should read. He might have an annoying way of making a point but the points usually hold true.
|11-15-2012, 09:50 AM||#24|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Tampa, FL
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I've read a depressingly low number of those books. A lot of them are on my TBR though .
|11-15-2012, 12:29 PM||#25|
Working Up To It
Join Date: Jan 2011
Device: Kindle Fire HDX 7, Kobo glo
I promised myself I wouldn't get drawn into this, but...I've read the following:
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
1984 by George Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
The Naked and The Dead by Norman Mailer
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
Hamlet by Shakespeare
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarq
The Bible (parts of)
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
A third of the list, which is probably not too bad for a non-American. Can I claim honourary Manliness status?
|11-15-2012, 12:39 PM||#26|
Innsmouth Swim Team
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|11-21-2012, 03:03 AM||#27|
Join Date: Jul 2012
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You are not a real man unless you read THE BIBLE Lot giving away his daughters is a great example of how every real man in the 21st century should act
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