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chickencookie June 11th, 2018 4:35pm

Here is a list of America’s best loved books. How many have you read from this list?

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06/12/18 9:17 am

I read many. Over 20. I lost count. Does it count as two if I read “The Little Prince” and “Le Petit Prince”?!?!

wolfsong Full time animal lover
06/11/18 6:37 pm

I've read 7, I'm still pretty young though and haven't gotten into the more subtle writing though

WorstGooEver Nuke the Hurricanes
06/11/18 6:23 pm

24 off that list. I’m wondering how The Sirens of Titan became the one Vonnegut book on the list over Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 6:27 pm

A lot of people questioned why so many authors did not make the list.

WorstGooEver Nuke the Hurricanes
06/11/18 6:34 pm

I saw that they went for variety and it’s not a straight up popularity contest, but I thought it was weird that they named it “most beloved” and then skipped over the author’s two wildly popular books.

06/11/18 3:29 pm

42 from that list (several are trilogies but only count as 1)

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 5:32 pm

You must be reading the wrong books because you always have one in your hand! What are you reading now?

Kay41 the Midwest
06/11/18 6:39 pm

Nothing right now since we are traveling. But, I'll be at the library as soon as we return home!

commonsense America isnt racist
06/11/18 2:44 pm

I’ve read 8 books or series’.
The rest seem very old and boring. 😄

Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
06/11/18 2:34 pm

31 but I didn’t finish the Outlander series.

shygal47 Florida east coast
06/11/18 5:59 pm

Since I read a lot of classics, I had expected the number to be higher. Oh well.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 6:19 pm

At the risk of sounding like a prude, I did not read Shades of Grey. I heard from many that it was very poorly written. IMO and from what I know of the book, it should not be on this list.

shygal47 Florida east coast
06/11/18 7:13 pm

I didn’t read it either. There is too much quality work out there readily available to spend time with soft porn.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 7:16 pm

Anything you can recommend that’s out now?

shygal47 Florida east coast
06/11/18 8:32 pm

Authors I read are Ken Follett, George Eliot (a personal favorite), Thomas Hardy, Dickens, Solzhenitsyn, ... still mostly classics with fun contemporary waiting-room mysteries - love a good mystery.

shygal47 Florida east coast
06/11/18 8:34 pm

One needs a mix of literary work to read. Good stuff, fun stuff, and good fun stuff.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/11/18 1:11 pm

22, unless I've forgotten some. Some of those 22 would certainly not be on my list of favorites, and none of my very top picks is on their list.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
06/11/18 12:02 pm

Catcher in the Rye is on the list? Bleh

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 1:42 pm

Some of these were required reading in school that kids didn’t want to read in the first place.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
06/11/18 2:56 pm

Required book to have on your person if you assassinate a radically popular musician or among the books in your hotel room should you assassinate a President, Mr. Caulfield.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
06/11/18 11:54 am

33 not including the additional Tolkien or Rowling books.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 1:36 pm

That’s a lot. Some I don’t think of as “America’s favorites.”

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 1:38 pm

Did you read Watchers? That was really good.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
06/11/18 2:53 pm

Nor do I. No, I didn’t read Watchers. Many were required reading for middle and high school and university classes.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 5:30 pm

Watchers is Steven King like. Very intense thriller. Excellent story about a dog.

bnnt Los Angeles
06/11/18 11:10 am


I’m actually surprised. Was expecting a lot less.

outlaw393 Wisconsin
06/11/18 11:10 am


About 3 are series.

omniku dot com
06/11/18 11:09 am

I hit 20 in the G’s and stopped counting.

EarthMunkey The Golden Rule. Always.
06/11/18 10:24 am

Only 13ish if you count the series as one book. I have read 3 series listed...

KellyDimples NJ
06/11/18 10:17 am

17, but a few were multiple books. I'm surprised it was that many because I'm not a huge fiction reader.

katerina13 stuck in the middle
06/11/18 9:50 am

Eleven, so far. I watched the show on PBS and have the list printed. I’ve read The Sun Also Rises, but bc it’s the hubs favorite, and I don’t remember it being that great, I’m rereading it. I’ve no interest in many of the books, but intend to read the ones about which I’m curious. I think it’s gonna take a while.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 1:37 pm

I know I wouldn’t like most of these books!

06/11/18 9:44 am

I believe I have read 8 of those. Guess I’ve got some reading to do!

Sentinel Ya ie wa noh
06/11/18 9:44 am

To be honest, I have read a great many of the listed authors & titles, the newer titles though not so much, due to interest or are on my list to be read, but have yet to do so.....

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 11:19 am

I’ve seen the movie version of some but not read the book.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/11/18 9:37 am

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