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5/24/2016 2:29:03 AM
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Current reading list is running at around 600 titles... another 100 can't make much of a difference.
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5/24/2016 6:00:55 AM
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At 5/24/2016 1:39:08 AM, YYW wrote:
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I've read 36 out of 100.

I had 36, too. Interesting...
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5/24/2016 6:07:56 AM
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Interestingly, I've read 13. I expected 0.
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5/24/2016 5:03:59 PM
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I got exactly 25. I haven't even heard of some of these, but then again, that list is the top 100 most difficult novels; not necessarily the greatest.
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5/24/2016 5:28:51 PM
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Why isn't Neuromancer on this list? That one was rough.
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5/25/2016 2:21:07 AM
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At 5/24/2016 1:39:08 AM, YYW wrote:
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I've read 36 out of 100.

Only one I've read was Count of Monte Cristo, those last 200 pages were all shades of cray cray.
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5/25/2016 3:01:37 AM
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Not-So-Fun Facts: Only 13% of Americans can read at a proficient level, and almost 1/3 haven't read a book in the last year.

I've read 20 of the 100 and I'm shocked. I read constantly but not much fiction at all.

I mostly read political science, economics and some physics, particularly theories of time. Most of the novels I read are philosophical novels and some of those were mentioned on this list (like The Stranger by Camus, the stuff by Ayn Rand, etc.).

The real question is how many of these books have people read without being forced to in school :P
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5/25/2016 3:04:45 AM
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Eight, although I wouldn't consider the ones I've read/am reading "difficult", though some were tedious. Wuthering Heights was actually a really fun read, and I liked Cloud Atlas (I'd love it if it weren't for that agonizingly slow beginning) and The Scarlet Letter well enough; books like Frankenstein were an absolute chore. I despise that book; it's absurdly over the top.
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5/25/2016 3:16:26 AM
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All of mine but Atlas Shrugged and Cloud Atlas were required school reading. I used to prefer literature I could skim read and be in the action with- I read the last Harry Potter book in one night. I retained absolutely none of it, but it was a fun experience. I find I've actually slowed down as my age increases; I've been a lot more meticulous with GoT. I probably spend 90 seconds on each page, but I also have actually retained the info. It's noticeably helped my schoolwork, as I now know what to write about and then find quotes, rather than the other way around.
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5/25/2016 7:13:48 AM
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At 5/25/2016 3:01:37 AM, Danielle wrote:
The real question is how many of these books have people read without being forced to in school :P

Twelve. I only read one due to school--The Count of Monte Cristo. :p
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5/25/2016 11:10:17 AM
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At 5/24/2016 1:39:08 AM, YYW wrote:
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I've read 36 out of 100.

I've read.....none of them, and I really don't feel like reading any of them to begin with.
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5/26/2016 4:17:10 AM
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At 5/24/2016 1:39:08 AM, YYW wrote:
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I've read 36 out of 100.

Nausea, Fountainhead, Les Mis, Karamazov, Atlas, and Stranger don't seem particularly difficult - especially not "top 100" level.
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5/26/2016 11:13:30 AM
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At 5/26/2016 4:17:10 AM, ShabShoral wrote:
At 5/24/2016 1:39:08 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.listchallenges.com...

I've read 36 out of 100.

Nausea, Fountainhead, Les Mis, Karamazov, Atlas, and Stranger don't seem particularly difficult - especially not "top 100" level.

Lots of the books are probably on the list because they're long... Atlas, for sure.

Lots are simple reading but have complexity to them if you know how to read them correctly. That's the only reason I can fathom Hemingway being on the list.

I'd say the hardest book I read on the list was Ada. It was worth it, though. I don't generally find difficult books fun but that one was an exception.
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5/26/2016 11:51:43 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/26/2016 11:13:30 AM, FourTrouble wrote:
At 5/26/2016 4:17:10 AM, ShabShoral wrote:
At 5/24/2016 1:39:08 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.listchallenges.com...

I've read 36 out of 100.

Nausea, Fountainhead, Les Mis, Karamazov, Atlas, and Stranger don't seem particularly difficult - especially not "top 100" level.

Lots of the books are probably on the list because they're long... Atlas, for sure.

I agree with this. The Count of Monte Cristo is a simple, fast-paced book, but the edition I read had just over 1,000 pages.
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5/26/2016 12:49:20 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/26/2016 4:17:10 AM, ShabShoral wrote:
At 5/24/2016 1:39:08 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.listchallenges.com...

I've read 36 out of 100.

Nausea, Fountainhead, Les Mis, Karamazov, Atlas, and Stranger don't seem particularly difficult - especially not "top 100" level.

The Fountainhead is a very complex book. There's a lot going on there. Same with Atlas Shrugged.

The Brothers Karamazov is challenging simply because of the way Dostoevsky writes, the numerous colloquial Russian nicknames used for all the different characters, and the sheer density of Dostoevsky's prose.

I'm not a fan of Camus though...