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September 24, 2009



So have you read these four and loved them, or are they books that you *want* to read? I'm currently switching up the books on my 'classics' reading challenge, which is where this came from. I need to read 4 books, written before 1970. I've read one thus far, three to go. It's fun.

I've actually not read any Charles Dickens. We own A Christmas Carol and Little Dorrett, but Little Dorrett scared the crap out of me because it's so dang thick.

I haven't heard of any of the others. Sigh. Though I have heard of PG Wodehouse.


Hm, if you had to choose 4 books - choose them for what, exactly? 4 books you liked or 4 books you want to read or ...?

That said, with the exception of my beloved post-apocalyptic novels, many of which have been written in the paranoid 50's, I seldom read old books. So "The Day of the Triffids" would probably be on my list (if we are talking about favorites here), but so would "Three Men in a Boat". Along with 2 other post-apo's (prob. "Alas, Babylon" and "A Canticle for Leibowitz", or "The Tripods" - or several others).
Dickens isn't my cup of tea at all. And Wodehouse runs outside of all competition in a class of his own (well, maybe together with Pratchett). :)
"Catch-22" I read a couple years ago, but I just didn't get it, all it did was aggravate me with its pointlessness. Not my thing at all.
The others I have never heard of.


Hmm... the majority of books that I read were written before 1970. I'd say that more than 1/2 of the books on my shelves were written before 1970 & I don't want to list them all. ;)

But, Vonnegut & Kerouac are a couple of my favorites. Since Kerouac died in 1969, everything that he wrote would fit in there.

I'm curious - are these 4 of your all-time favorites, or 4 that will always stay with you for one reason or another? The only one here that I haven't heard of before is "Flashman".


Before 1970. WAY before.


1. Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper

2. All poetry by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

3. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

4. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck



I would add Anne of Green Gables to that list. Classic children's literature.

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