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Old 02-05-2014, 10:55 PM   #61
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Jane Austen wrote more than 30 years ago.
Also, sorry I discovered that Dickens was on the list.
The announcement I read didn't state that the books had to be written in English, but I guess they need to be available in English. Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote in Spanish as an example.
Forgive me, I was referring to what I see as a strong bias in the list towards more recent works, and works written in English as opposed to translated. I'm not saying that there should be a quota for translated/older literature but surely there is a lot of fluff on the list that could have been left off.
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:07 AM   #62
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Ahh, I see. Hence why I was surprised by the lack of some Classics.
I understood the list as if you'd live to be a 100 years old, here is one book you should read every year of your life. But I guess they would have ordered it chronologically instead of alphabetically if that was the case.
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:18 AM   #63
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55 on the Amazon list. It's a weird list, though, although the fact that I happened to read random things like Persepolis, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Moneyball boosted my score.

I like the list, but I disagree with its description. Moneyball, Me Talk Pretty, Gone Girl, and Kitchen Confidential are all books that I liked, but they don't really belong in anyone's lifetime "bucket" list. Nor do many others on the list.

However, what I like about the list is that it is a good list to turn to when you want to read something new and maybe break out of a rut. It has good answers to the question "What should I read this weekend?", but its answers to the question "What are the 100 most books everyone should have read in their life?" are not as good.
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:21 AM   #64
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37, but I think it was weighted toward newer books they're hoping the list will help generate sales for.
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:28 AM   #65
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No Virgil, Homer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Verne or Melville?
The Amazon list had:

Great Expectations by Dickens


The Goodreads list had:

A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations by Dickens
Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:14 PM   #66
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37 for me - a very odd mixture with huge omissions.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:51 AM   #67
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I've read about 14 of them, but more are on my TBR list.
What I like about those lists is that it gives an idea of what to read to get a better glimpse of a different culture.
Not everyone reads those books, but I guess almost everyone has at least heard of them. So they (plot, characters...) can be used as references in everyday conversation, advertisements...
My mistake, I have only read nine books from the Amazon list. The 14 read ones are on the GR list.
Several books from both lists are on my TBR, so the number will go up soon.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:25 AM   #68
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17 for me on the amazon list. I think about 10 more on my TBR list. The rest I have no real interest in.

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Old 02-07-2014, 07:47 AM   #69
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I'm at 24.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:19 PM   #70
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21 of the Amazon books

36 of the Goodreads books
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:42 PM   #71
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As it currently stands I've read 50 out of the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list at Goodreads. Having no interest in any of the Harry Potter books or the Hunger Games books is very limiting for me. On the other hand I'm not sure that listing all of Shakespeare's plays individually makes sense, but it does up my total.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:13 PM   #72
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I've read 64 of the Goodreads one, but my degree is in English and I took a lot of literature classes.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:24 PM   #73
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As it currently stands I've read 50 out of the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list at Goodreads. Having no interest in any of the Harry Potter books or the Hunger Games books is very limiting for me. On the other hand I'm not sure that listing all of Shakespeare's plays individually makes sense, but it does up my total.
I actually stopped counting once I got to the third listed HP book.
I have read them all, but I don't think any series should take up more than one spot.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:32 PM   #74
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I just checked the Goodreads list... 73. Most of the others seem to be "Great American Classics" that I don't have a whole lot of interest in.

It would be nice to look at an Australian version.
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It would be nice to look at an Australian version.
Would that list include The Very Hungry Koala?
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