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So just for fun how many of these have you read?
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DaughterofLaketown
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Jul 15 2014, 4:00am

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So just for fun how many of these have you read? Can't Post

I am just curious. I found it and checked all the ones I read. Apparently it was predicted by the BBC that most people have only read six or less. I've read sixteen. So I guess that's not too bad?

http://www.listchallenges.com/...bc-6-books-challenge


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Cirashala
Tol Eressea


Jul 15 2014, 4:10am

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I got fifteen [In reply to] Can't Post

So I guess that's pretty good Smile

I would certainly read more of them if I had the time! But with two small kids, a mini farm, sewing, canning, a wedding quilt to get done by mid-December, and homeschooling starting in September I don't have the time to read a ton! Unsure



Magpie
Immortal


Jul 15 2014, 4:23am

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but I've lived a long life.

Many of those were required reading in school. And I spent quite a few years reading (for leisure) stuff like Dumas and Dickens. For my best friends high school graduation present, I bought her old copies of Wuthering Heights and Gone With the Wind (and yes... I had read those books) Then I had kids and read stuff to them.

Quite a few of those I'd be hard pressed to remember much about (you remember something you read 45 years ago) and I actually think I read a few of those I didn't check because I wasn't very sure I'd read them.


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Kim
Valinor


Jul 15 2014, 4:40am

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I wonder how they predicted 6 or less? Pretty sure I had to read a lot of these in school, even that would have taken me over 6. And like Magpie, I went on a classics kick a few years ago and read a bunch. Plus I've read a lot for my book club in the last several years. And several either before or after a movie was made. How quickly they add up. Smile



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Starling
Half-elven


Jul 15 2014, 4:46am

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32 as well [In reply to] Can't Post

Which amazed me, considering I hardly ever read as much as I would like to.


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Jul 15 2014, 6:20am

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And there were several others that I feel quite familiar with, despite never having read/finished them. One or two more are so familiar that I can't remember if I've actually read them or just seen a multitude of adaptations of them.

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DanielLB
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Jul 15 2014, 6:48am

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Not enough, it seems. [In reply to] Can't Post

Curious, why is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe listed separately to The Chronicles of Narnia? Am I missing something?


Elizabeth
Half-elven


Jul 15 2014, 6:50am

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45. But it's not fair... [In reply to] Can't Post

...to list both "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" and Hamlet. It's also a curious mix of childrens' books and adult literature.








Elizabeth
Half-elven


Jul 15 2014, 6:50am

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Same problem as "Complete Works of Shakespears" and "Hamlet"// [In reply to] Can't Post

 








zarabia
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Jul 15 2014, 7:29am

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There were some on the list that I started but, for one reason or another, didn't finish. (No, I didn't count those) There are others that I'd like to read but haven't yet.

I really enjoyed most of the ones I finished though there are a few that just didn't do it for me.

Going through this list reminds me just how little I read now compared to when I was younger. Unsure

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Elizabeth
Half-elven


Jul 15 2014, 8:11am

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Wow, is that ever true. [In reply to] Can't Post


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Going through this list reminds me just how little I read now compared to when I was younger. Unsure


I read War and Peace pretty much non-stop (took 3 days, between semesters) when I was in high school. Just lay about and read, pausing now and then for meals. I could never do that now.








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Jul 15 2014, 11:47am

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I scored twenty-seven. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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squire
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Jul 15 2014, 11:58am

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I agree that the list is, like most of these things, apparently put together over a late-night bull session by a couple of internet journalists who had the same 'good old days' Anglophilic liberal-arts education. The sloppiness of the Narnia and Shakespeare overlaps and the inability to distinguish a single novel from a collection of 38 plays - not to mention the conflation of tradtional nursery literature with nobel prizewinners - suggests that the final list was completed just in time for deadline and was never edited by any of the list's contributors.

It is funny that, as others have mentioned, there were quite a few that I realize I never have read, yet feel I know all about them; and of the ones I've read, I remember almost nothing about them now, so many years after middle and high school.



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Magpie
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Jul 15 2014, 12:30pm

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It was a reminder for me... [In reply to] Can't Post

that I used to read a whole lot more than I do now.

I think once I had kids, I didn't have the luxury of that obsessive reading I had been doing. And then I got the job reading books to kids and I was reading children's books all the time which kind of fed my thirst for reading. (and I enjoyed reading them just about as much as I was much current fiction - no, for the most part, I enjoyed them more than the adult fiction I was happened to be reading)


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Ham_Sammy
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Jul 15 2014, 12:48pm

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Same here Mag [In reply to] Can't Post

Many of these were required reading in school when I was a kid back in the 60's and 70's. So six or less for me would have meant I completely failed. LOL.

I had 31

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Misto
Lorien

Jul 15 2014, 12:59pm

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There's a lot of Dickens and Austen on that list [In reply to] Can't Post

While I love Dickens, I haven't read all his works. As for Austen... I never tried her (yet) but somehow she doesn't appeal to me. Some day, maybe.

I come up with 18, not counting the Bible and the complete Shakespeare. I own both and I've read some part of them, but I haven't read them cover to cover (and I very seriously doubt most people have!). There are quite a number of my personal "must reads" on that list, so I'm sure the number will go up over the years.


Elarie
Grey Havens

Jul 15 2014, 1:01pm

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I got 39, which isn't too bad I guess [In reply to] Can't Post

But there were a couple of "iffy" ones that I really wasn't sure about and left off - did I read the Count of Monte Cristo when I was a teenager, or have I just seen so many movie versions that I feel like I've read it? Honestly can't remember! And I checked "yes" for the Bible, but I haven't actually read the whole thing - just feels that way after all that church upbringing. Fun quiz, though. Smile


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BlackFox
Half-elven


Jul 15 2014, 1:14pm

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Less than I'd like [In reply to] Can't Post

These lists tend to be very Anglo-American-centric. Here's another, a slightly more balanced one: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...one-should-read.html.


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entmaiden
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Jul 15 2014, 1:42pm

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I guess I read a lot! Smile


Ham_Sammy
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Jul 15 2014, 1:48pm

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You rock! [In reply to] Can't Post

How did you have time for all that AND other school stuff :)

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Morthoron
Gondor


Jul 15 2014, 2:06pm

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But then, I am an old fart with an English degree.

Many of these books were force-fed required reading that I would neither read on my own accord, nor suggest as suitable for your reading pleasure. Still other titles are simply head-scratchers that don't belong on any list of quality reading material; for instance, I would replace "The Da Vinci Code" with Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum", which makes Dan Brown's use of the same subject matter look like elementary school work.

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Magpie
Immortal


Jul 15 2014, 2:21pm

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two somewhat related articles/conversations I've read lately [In reply to] Can't Post

io9.com often throws a topic out for people to discuss and two that I thought were interesting (and somewhat related to this topic) were:


Which classic novel did you quit reading halfway through?

10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them)

I was a little surprised at how many of them I had read... all the way through. But then, like many on this other list, I don't remember that much about some of them except maybe wondering what they heck 'that one' was about! (That would be Dhalgren.)

And, like someone in one of those comments at io9 said, I tend to read books all the way through. Partly out of a need to complete and partly out of faith that there must be something I will connect to by the end.


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Lily Fairbairn
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Jul 15 2014, 2:32pm

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Brown vs Eco [In reply to] Can't Post


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I would replace "The Da Vinci Code" with Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum", which makes Dan Brown's use of the same subject matter look like elementary school work.






Hear, hear! And even Foucault was using well-trodden material. It really set my teeth on edge to hear Brown praised for an innovative story. Or am I just an old fart with a history degree? Smile

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Morthoron
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Jul 15 2014, 2:54pm

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The difference between Eco and Brown.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Besides Eco being far more literate, is that Eco's protagonists synthesize a grand conspiracy using bits and pieces of every crack-pot conspiracy in history, a tongue-in-cheek guide to arcane historical research; whereas Brown submits a potboiler wherein the conspiracy is historical truth. With Eco, one knows everything is borrowed from elsewhere, but Brown does not acknowledge the near-verbatim rewrite of the source material.

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Lily Fairbairn
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Jul 15 2014, 3:06pm

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Exactly! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow....

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