Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

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Little WomenLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have seen so many versions of the movie, and each was a little different. I wanted to read the book to see how the story actually goes.

I enjoyed the book a lot, but I realized how so many of the stories in the book were missed in each of the movies. Some of the movies combined several stories. This is understandable, since the book was so long. The story in the book makes a lot more sense.

The book is definitely worth reading, but it does take a long time to get through.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

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Alice's Adventures in WonderlandAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This quick read was fun. I hadn’t realized that I was familiar with the whole story. I thought I only knew the part that Disney had covered. It was a wonderful book, full of imagination, and I could see the images in the book as I read.

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Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

I didn’t read Jane Eyre until I was an adult.

I read this book for the first time this year. It showed up on several lists, including the PBS list, Classics, the age list, the BBC list, and many more.

I loved the book, but I loved knowing what all the references meant, after all the years of not really understanding them.

This book should definitely be on a must read list. I loved it.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

This is yet another one that shows up on several lists and posts. I read it because it had been referenced so many times in many settings – books, movies, tv shows, everyday conversation. I enjoyed the book a lot, and now I understand the references. It showing up on so many lists makes it even more enjoyable, since I can check it off the lists.

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Fifty books most people start but never finish

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

Women’s history month tribute

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

This book has popped up on several lists and I’ve posted about it a few times, with the links below.  I’m starting my posts from the newest lists with it, since it’s popping up over and over.  Even though it’s a children’s book, it is definitely worth a read.  I would even go as far as recommending the movies.  It’s a great story, but has an awful sequel.

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Favorite Roald Dahl book

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Stage

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This is a list I found online.  It is done by the same person who did (140+ Classic Books to Read) and I wonder if some of these make up the missing 52 from the other list, since these add up to 146.

1. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
2. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
3. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
4. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
5. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
7. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
8. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
10. Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery
11. The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
12. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
13. Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
14. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
15. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
16. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
17. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
18. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
19. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
20. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
21. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
22. The Odyssey – Homer
23. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
24. Night – Elie Wiesel
25. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
26. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
27. Beowulf
28. The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
29. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
30. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
31. 1984 – George Orwell
32. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
33. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
34. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
35. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
36. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
37. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
38. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
39. The Giver – Lois Lowry
40. Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis
41. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
42. Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
43. Animal Farm – George Orwell
44. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
45. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
46. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
47. A Passage to India – E. M. Forster
48. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
49. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
50. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
51. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
52. The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain

1. The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli
2. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
3. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
4. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
5. Utopia – Thomas More
6. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
8. Candide – Voltaire
9. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
10. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
11. Middlemarch – George Eliot
12. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
13. Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
14. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
15. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
16. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
17. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
18. Complete Works of Shakespeare – William Shakespeare
19. The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
20. Emma – Jane Austen
21. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
22. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
23. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
24. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
25. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
26. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
27. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
28. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
29. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
30. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
31. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle
32. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
33. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
34. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
35. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
36. Paradise Lost – John Milton
37. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
38. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
39. Beloved – Toni Morrison
40. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
41. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
42. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
43. Ulysses – James Joyce
44. The Call of the Wild – Jack London
45. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
46. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
47. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
48. To the Lighthouse – Vriginia Woolf

1. Anthem – Ayn Rand
2. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
3. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokova
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
5. The Stranger – Albert Camus
6. The Woman in White – WilkieCollins
7. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
8. Barchester Towers – Anthony Trollope
9. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
10. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
11. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee
12. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
13. The Iliad – Homer
14. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
15. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
16. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. – Washington Irving
17. Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Edgar Allan Poe
18. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
19. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
20. Dracula – Bram Stoker
21. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
22. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
23. Little Lord Fauntleroy – Frances Hodgson Burnett
24. The Adventures of Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
25. What Katy Did – Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
26. Westward Ho! – Charles Kingsley
27. Sons and Lovers – D. H. Lawrence
28. Ivanhoe – Walter Scott
29. Lorna Doone– R. D. Blackmore
30. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
31. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
32. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
33. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
34. Aeneid – Virgil
35. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
36. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
37. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
38. In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
39. The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
40. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
41. Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
42. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
43. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
44. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
45. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
46. The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durell