books "you have to read"?

May 16th, 2008

This list of 100 books to read showed up on reddit today. I leafed through it and thought I'd do the general public a service by giving some annotations ;)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald :)

1984 by George Orwell :star:

The Republic by Plato :)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley :thumbup:

The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer :) :nervous:

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller :yawn: :nervous:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding :lala: :cap:

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka :)

Ulysses by James Joyce :/

Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky :star:

The Art of Warfare by Sun Tzu :)

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra :thumbup:

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri :/

Animal Farm by George Orwell :star:

Hamlet by Shakespeare :neutral: :nervous:

A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway :yawn:

The Stranger by Albert Camus :neutral:

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson :thumbup: :cap:

Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco :yawn:
Absolutely not. Go read The name of the rose instead, it's a masterpiece.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas :/ :cap:
If you find the novel too slow paced, see the mini-series with Gerard Depardieu, it's fantastic!

:cap: A children's book.
:nervous: I saw the movie or the play, didn't read the text itself.

:star: Stellar, unforgettable, a must read.
:thumbup: Highly recommended.
:) Well worth a look, but doesn't leave a lasting impression.
:neutral: Mediocre.
:yawn: Interminable.
:/ Gave up, the author could not convince me it was worth reading in a reasonable amount of time.

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1 Responses to "books "you have to read"?"

  1. erik says:

    I've got one for you: "Making History" by Stephen Fry. It's on my nightstand at the moment.