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There is the 100 best books of the 20th century, the 1001 books to read before you die.   What we would like to do is just read some classics.   So we thought we would start with what people suggest.  So suggest something for us would you please?

Raine

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  1. Hmmm . . . I am rereading Jane Austen this year. I like her. She's delicate and although I typically loathe romance novels, I have fun losing myself in Jane Austen.Winnie-the-Pooh is a classic and I can't even read the last story (in The House at Pooh Corner) without getting tears in my eyes.Lord of the Rings is an obvious classic in my eyes. East of Eden has my absolutely favorite character of all time in it. I love E M Forster and D H Lawrence but I don't know if these would be books I'd say one must read. Kobayashi Issa My Spring is a lovely memoir written in haibun, marvelously accessible. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez breaks almost every traditional writing rule and does so beautifully. My mother prefers Love in the Time of Cholera but I haven't read it.I'm a sucker for Shakespeare and The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu is considered the first novel ever written. Not necessarily an easy read but I am about halfway through it and like it well enough to mention it. But it is a challenging novel to read.It might be fun to read classic and contemporary novels. Like Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours or Little Women and March or Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea.Clearly I could go on and on. I'll stop now.

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