100 books to read before you die. What do y'all think?


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Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:19am PT
A good list or at least a good rough draft of such a list, Iíve read eighty some of the op list, my list, or any bodies, would be different, but itís a good staring point and you canít. Go too far wrong with it.

This seems like a good place to talk about Harry Potter. I wouldnít have any of those books on my own list. However, though they donít work for me, I am still a JK Rowling fan, for what she has done.. Just because they didnít click with me is not to say that she isnít on to something that seems to really work for her fan base and much to her credit she has gotten millions of kids to actually read big dense books! Good on her! When I was a kid I was immersed in the Oz books, Edger Allen Poe, a wrinkle in time, then Tolkien, all of which inspired me to find my way into Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kerouac, Steinbeck, Burroughs, Hemingway etc.

if that series works for kids today and inspires the inspiration to explore and puts them into the wider questioning world, then they have done something magnificent!
don't have one

Sep 14, 2018 - 09:39am PT
I remember feeling somewhat reluctant or obligated sitting down with the first Harry Potter, only to find myself pleasantly surprised and blasted through it; found the first three books to be entertaining, fun and funny, and it provides an easy parent-child connection that not many other books can do in terms entertaining both parent and child simultaneously. The audibles are great as well, and the movies take the usual 3rd place, but are fun and -- from the parenting point of view -- much better than something like Star Wars or anything Disney.

But if you're a crusty muggle climber who gets stressed out by money, politics, and bolts, and middle-age has zapped your imagination, HP will be hard to grasp. ;-)

When I look at that top 100, I can see ditching about half of the list before HP (although seems like HP should be grouped into one book as Lord of the rings did). Half of that list looks like books I remember reading in school. Yawn.

I'd add...
Lonesome Dove if you like cowboy fiction.
Hampton Sides Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder.
Gregory Crouches book Bonanza King is $.
Jebus H Bomz

Sacramento, CA
Sep 14, 2018 - 11:26am PT
Sep 12, 2018 - 01:07pm PT
A must read about the Vietnam War is "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien

It's good reading. He makes an era I didn't know palpable.

Jingus Newroutaineer
Sep 14, 2018 - 11:31am PT
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" --Hemmingway

and particularly for the st00pid topo crowd "Men Without Women" a collection of Hemmingway short stores....all the st00pid sh#t men do without a woman around to keep us from our more destructive selves.

Social climber
Location: It's a MisterE
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:02pm PT
The 5 Agreements

Trad climber
Sep 15, 2018 - 08:26am PT
The Road
Eiger Dreams
The Fifth Revolution
Into Thin Air
Into the Wild
...just adventure stuff ;)
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