Project 4

Announcing Reading Week! (Again)

Okay, let’s face it. I’ve sucked at reading in the past month. Actually, I haven’t finished a single book this month. It’s mostly due to starting a new job, I haven’t entirely found my rhythm. Some nights I come home and immediately crash.

So in the most DJ Khaled way, I’d like to announce a reading week next week. Anotha one! From July 13 to July 17, there will be a new book review every single day!

Don’t worry, I’m not completely unprepared. It’s not like I haven’t read at all this month, I’ve got a few books that are partially complete. I’ll finish them all and deliver the good (or bad) news to you!

It’ll definitely be a challenge, since the first reading week was filled with the shortest books on the list, whereas this one has some longer reads. In fact, why not just announce it now? I’m almost finished with the longest book on the list: Les Miserables.

As for Abbey, I’ve picked a few books that she’s already read, but work has been busy for her too. She hasn’t promised anything, but there will definitely be a few of her reviews present too next week.

I would announce the books, but frankly, I’m not entirely sure which ones will make it and which ones won’t, so I’ll let it be a surprise for all of us! I suppose I’m open to recommendations, which classics should I read for next week?

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Book Reviews, Project 4

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Book No. 15

71. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)

Dates: 5/21/20 – 5/22/20 (2.5 hours)

Plot: Fantastic confectioner and inventor, Willy Wonka, invites 5 children – chosen by his famous Golden Ticket system – to tour his chocolate factory.

Experience Before Reading: As a child, Roald Dahl was one of my favorite authors. I’ve read most of his books and took the stories with me well into adulthood.

Takeaway: Maybe it’s because I just finished Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that I felt the need to read another English children’s classic. I’m not sure. But I’m glad I did. It’s just as whimsical as I remember. Roald Dahl has a unique writing style in that he almost writes like a child, rambling on like only a child would:

And what a palace it was! It had one hundred rooms, and everything was made of either dark or light chocolate! The bricks were chocolate, and the cement holding them together was chocolate, and the windows were chocolate, and all the walls and ceilings were made of chocolate, so were the carpets and the pictures and the furniture and the beds; and when you turned on the taps in the bathroom, hot chocolate came pouring out.

Chapter 3

Additionally, Dahl shows and doesn’t tell. The story moves quickly. Willy Wonka himself picks up the pace by telling his guests that they need to hurry up. There’s never a moment to digest the craziness, it’s just a plethora of ideas.

These impossible ideas are thrown at you from every direction – on the tour they pass rooms with fantastical names that they just walk (or run) right on by. I absolutely loved the absurdity of some of these rooms. I won’t spoil them for you, read them for yourself with an absolute grin on your face.

The whole book is just fun. It makes sense why it has survived all these years: Dahl has the imagination of a child. As adults, our brains often strike down ideas that we believe to be impossible, but Roald Dahl embraces this and pushes his creativity to come up with such crazy notions. When paired with actual lessons and commentaries from why television rots children’s brains to how resisting temptation may lead to rewards, it becomes a book that children of every era can enjoy.

I’ll end this review with the best review of the book I saw. I think it sums up my experience well:

I responded to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it respected the fact that children can be adults.

Tim Burton

Would I Recommend It?: To every child, whether they’re “grown-up” or not.

Abbey’s Review

Dates: 5/31/20 (2 hours)

Experience Before Reading: I read this book as a child and remembered thinking it was a bit too weird for my tastes. Obviously I watched the movie(s) – let’s not talk about the Johnny Depp one. In addition to being vastly underwhelming, it is the source of an embarrassing moment when my brother mentioned he thought it was a dark film and I responded, “I agree, it was kind of hard to see a lot of it.” His subsequent laughter has haunted me to this day. I’ve never liked the movie and this may be part of it. I would like to say in my defense that I was 10, so cut me some slack.

Takeaway: People always give Grandpa Joe sh*t for being in bed and then when suddenly presented a golden ticket he’s fine to go out, but like he’s 96. My grandma can barely get out of her chair, but I’ve seen her walk nearly a mile to get to a “lucky” slot machine and she’s 88. Give Grandpa Joe a break! Also why is gum chewing so bad?

Important Note: While tasting the wallpaper, Willy Wonka says to try the snozzberries. In a later work, Roald Dahl uses snozzberry to refer to, well, Roald’s little Dahl. Thought this was important for all readers to know. Also, the fact that Roald Dahl wrote an erotic novel is ludicrous. I heard he was a big sult actually. (Not sult shaming, just sult surprised)

Would I Recommend It?: If you liked Alice in Wonderland, I would totally recommend this. It has the same sort of nonsensical fun that children always enjoy. I think I probably liked this better than I did as a child. I am definitely going to be watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory tonight!

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Book Reviews, Project 4

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Book No. 14

This book review is a part of Reading Week. To read more reviews, click here!

78. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

Dates: 5/9/20 – 5/10/20 (3 hours)

Plot: Poor young little Alice wanders into a rabbit hole where she falls into Wonderland. She ends up exploring a crazy world filled with nonsense.

Experience Before Reading: I’ve seen the Disney movie once or twice and was fairly familiar with the plot.

Takeaway: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an absolute fever dream. I’ll admit that once I finished, I wasn’t really sure what the message was – was it to remain a kid forever? Or maybe to nourish your imagination? But then I realized that that was exactly the point: it’s whatever you want it to be.

Just like many other artistic mediums, it serves whatever purpose you need it to. Named a work of “literary nonsense” (apparently this is an actual genre!), it takes a while for the reader to realize that Wonderland has no real rules. I know this is something I often hate on – see my Time Machine review – but since here it was the whole point, I appreciated the wackiness in all its glory.

It also made my research quite fun. As humans we look for meaning when there appears to be none, from chaos theory to entropy we like even our disorder to have some semblance of order. I read theories about how the entire piece was riddled with mathematical references (Carroll himself was a mathematician), theories about how to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddle, and whether the book was actually about drugs.

I think sometimes it’s okay to accept that there really was no meaning. Just because this story doesn’t follow our normal conventions doesn’t make it any less valid – it was a fun journey to Wonderland while it lasted. Let the journey take you where you need it to go. And to those who can’t stand the madness: just remember we’re all mad here.

Would I Recommend It?: Yes. Be sure to have the pictures too!

Abbey’s Review

Dates: 5/9/20 (1 hour)

Plot: Alice follows a rabbit down a rabbit hole and into the peculiar world of Wonderland.

Experience Before Reading: I have never read this book before, but did know the plot of it, most likely from movies adaptations which I do not remember seeing, but am sure I did at one point.

Takeaway: This is a wonderful portrayal of a child’s imagination. I loved how Carroll wrote Alice to be uncouth in her meetings with the citizens of Wonderland, since children often say what they think without filter. In the end, this book tries to convey the importance of holding onto your childhood, and though I have never read it, left me with a feeling of nostalgia. 

Would I Recommend It?: I so wish that I would have read this book as a child, because I can tell it would have made lasting marks. As it is, I can’t wait for my brothers to have children, so I can read this with them and have some incredibly aptly themed tea parties (a favorite pastime of mine as a child).

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Book Reviews, Project 4

All’s Well That Ends Well – Book No. 13

This book review is a part of Reading Week. To read more reviews, click here!

43. All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (1623)

Dates: 5/9/20 (1.5 hours)

Plot: A young woman is given the opportunity by the king to marry who she wants. She chooses the man she’s in love with and he gives her conditions for his love. Oh, also it’s a play.

Experience Before Reading: Nothing really. Besides the infamous prose of Shakespeare, I was unfamiliar with the plot.

Takeaway: Okay, Shakespeare is just not my thing. It’s also not Abbey’s thing. When creating our list, we went for one that neither of us knew anything about. I’m glad we did that because I really did enjoy the plot of the play.

All’s Well That Ends Well gets a lot of heat because the leading lady is allowed to choose her husband and she chooses a man that’s a bit unlovable. Initially, I really enjoyed watching the woman have a little power, something that especially wasn’t common in earlier Western literature. However, when you realize just how unlikable her man is, you wonder why she picks him.

This could be a byproduct of it being a play. it’s difficult to read a play without context because it feels like you’re only presented with part of the story. You miss the narration that you’d otherwise see in a theatre. The lack of these stimuli make it difficult to contextualize the story. Maybe in some of the productions her man has a little personality.

I don’t think context was the only thing that went over my head though. As always, I did research once I finished. I remember some things from high school from Shakespeare – a little iambic pentameter anyone? – but not a lot. Some things most definitely go over my head: I’m not really sure why Helena’s lines rhymed when she was talking to the King and I’m not really sure I understood all the jokes. Doing research didn’t make it much clearer either. And for that reason, I had to take some points off.

Criticism aside, I know that there are people who enjoy Shakespeare’s work and I completely understand why. The story is creative and as a comedy it’s quite funny (if you can decode the language). I really liked the story and it’s not one I’ve heard before. It’s crazy to think that this story hasn’t been done over and over again like the likes of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. But then again, this is why Abbey and I chose this: it’s not one of his more well-known plays.

Would I Recommend It?: Probably not unless you like other Shakespearean stories.

Abbey’s Review

Dates: 5/9/20 (1.5 hours)

Plot: Helena, a poor maid, is in love with the Countess’s son. After a favor to the king she asks to marry the Countess’s son, but must bear him a child and wear his family ring before he relents to marrying her.

Experience Before Reading: None. I have read many Shakespeare plays when I was in high school, but it has been a long time since I have cracked one open.

Takeaway: This is certainly not one of Shakespeare’s best plays. When I was in school I read three of his tragedies and two of his comedies, and I find this play to be lacking. I think the main conflict setup was a stretch, and the change of heart of Bertram seems very sudden.  At least I got a great new insult out of it: “Your old virginity is a withered pear” is a new favorite line of mine.

Would I Recommend It?: Honestly if you are new to Shakespeare, don’t start here. This is one of his lesser know works, clearly for a reason. I don’t feel that his characters were as fully developed as his others (I loved the characters in Much Ado About Nothing and honestly would recommend that far over this play.) However, it should be said that since this is a play, much of the characterization I am missing would come out in the actors portrayals.

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Book Reviews, Project 4

Animal Farm – Book No. 12

This book review is a part of Reading Week. To read more reviews, click here!

58. Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

Dates: 5/9/20 (3.5 hours)

Plot: Animals rebel and take ownership of a farm. They adopt some methods of leadership similar to ones you may know.

Experience Before Reading: It’s funny because I told Abbey that all I knew about the book was that it was an extended metaphor for something and it definitely did not have talking animals. Whoops.

Takeaway: Since this book is an extended metaphor, I can’t fairly review it without talking about it. If you don’t want the book spoiled, stop right here and come back when you’ve read it!

This book is an allegory for the dangers of communism – particularly Joseph Stalin’s rise to power. This isn’t my first politically-charged book of the project, but it is the first one where the only takeaway is political. Typically I’m apprehensive to political commentary, but this one’s just so damn good.

There’s symbolism in almost everything: from the events that happen in the book to which animals do what. I suppose it’s no coincidence that the sheep follow blindly? Orwell adds an additional layer to the animals by making them inherently “unequal.” Some animals are better at reading, others at plowing the fields, and some don’t have any true skills. It’s definitely left me thinking what he meant by delineating between animals. I don’t want to ruin it, but I’d love to have a discussion about it down in the comments – for those of you that have read it, what do you think?

Anyway, I’m always a little uncomfortable with political commentary since it’s very polarizing. However, I didn’t mind it here. I think it’s because Orwell works hard to not explicitly express feelings towards any of the events in the story: he lets you decide how to feel. By using animals instead of people, he kind of – excuse the pun – leads the horse to the water by showing the absurdity of the situation.

After doing more research into the book, I’m shocked at how many of the characters represent real Soviet figures. The story line even correlates to specific events and ideas. This isn’t just an allegory, it verges on a retelling of history that switches out the names and places. That being said, if you do choose to read this book, please follow it up with research. It enriches the story and leaves you awestruck.

Lastly, I’d be mistaken not to mention the ending of this book. Without spoiling it, this is an ending that leaves you in silence. I was stunned by the power of the last few words. Any perfectionist can find instant satisfaction in knowing that every word is deliberately placed in furtherance of the theme. Honestly, I think that alone is a good enough reason to read this book.

As always, I’d love to hear thoughts and opinions on this book, especially since this review is so one-sided.

Would I Recommend It?: Yes. This is a must-read classic.


Abbey’s Review

Dates: 5/9/20 (1.5 hours)

Plot: Mr. Jones’ animals come together in an uprising following the teaching of Animalism by Major the wise old pig. The novella details the inner working of a farm run by Animalism, and shows the successes and failures that come about.

Experience Before Reading: I read Animal Farm once before when I was in 6th or 7th grade. I remember the plot fairly well, but missed on some of the major takeaways. 

Takeaway: Basically this book is a critique on communism in The USSR under Joseph Stalin and its failings. I think one of the major areas of concern is about the importance of having fully realized political opinions. One of the major issues in the book is that some animals are not able to grasp the concepts being taught to them and “agree with whomever is talking at the moment.” Also, I’m glad I read The Art of War before this because you actually can see some of the tactics in the Battle of the Cowshed.

Would I Recommend It?: This is one of those books I think everyone should read. Regardless of your political beliefs this is an interesting commentary on political systems and the greed of man (or animal?).

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Book Reviews, Project 4

The Art of War – Book No. 11

This book review is a part of Reading Week. To read more reviews, click here!

22. The Art of War by Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) (Our version was the one translated by Lionel Giles)

Dates: 5/9/20 (1.25 hour)

Basic Plot: Military strategist Sun Tzu writes about how to win wars.

Experience Before Reading: Not much other than it’s about military strategy.

Takeaway: I found that I enjoyed this book (treatise?) quite a bit. Since reading The Prince by Machiavelli, I came into The Art of War with a little idea of what it would entail. Many of the themes are consistent and they speak of similar ideas. Seeing as The Prince came about one thousand years later, I wonder how much of Machiavelli’s strategies were directly and indirectly influenced by Sun Tzu.

I will be completely honest and say that I enjoyed The Art of War much more. I think it has to do with the styles of the works. The Art of War is much more direct and reads like proverbs and rules whereas The Prince is more prose driven.

However, I do think it’s important to separate the two from one another because they are their own ideas. Some of the ideas and classifications Sun Tzu presents are pretty thought provoking. As I was reading, I made note of one particular passage and turns out it resonated similarly with Abbey. I’ll let her tell you about it.

I will say that I firmly believe you have to read this more than once to absorb it all. Military strategists have been studying this work for centuries and I understand it takes meticulous attention to detail to acquire all of this information.

Would I Recommend It?: Yes, especially if you play strategy games. Go ahead, go and win Risk. Thanks, Sun Tzu.

Abbey’s Review

Dates: 5/9/20 (1 hour)

Plot: Just a list of war tactics.

Experience Before Reading: I had heard of this but it never peaked my interest.

Takeaway: Meh. This book doesn’t have any plot whatsoever and is literally just a list of war tactics. If I had to choose one thing I enjoyed it was just the discussion of how the faults of generals are recklessness, cowardice, a hasty temper, delicacy of honor, and over solicitude for your men. I think this is true not just of generals, but of all people. Even in a work setting these are all things to avoid.

Would I Recommend It?: I know a few people that would enjoy this. If you are interested in military thinking, this is definitely for you. Overall, just not my cup of tea.

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Book Reviews

The Time Machine – Book No. 10

This book review is a part of Reading Week. To read more reviews, click here!

64. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)

Dates: 5/9/20 (4 hours)

Basic Plot: A Victorian scientist discovers a way to travel through time and heads to the year 802,701. He tells his story to his friends.

Experience Before Reading: I knew that this was the book that brought time travel to pop culture. I can’t remember if I had to read it for school. I don’t think so since the story wasn’t overwhelmingly familiar.

Takeaway: This book is a mash-up of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and an episode of The Twilight Zone. Told by a Victorian narrator, the story includes theories on the human condition which were very enjoyable to me. And like The Twilight Zone, the conceptions of the future were a bit absurd.

I’m a little biased because I don’t particularly care for futuristic novels. I typically don’t respond well to any notions of the future because they often age poorly. If there’s even a single element of a futuristic world that’s implausible I instantly get pulled out of the story. Especially when the introduction to the book is so realistic, to dive into a not-so-realistic future isn’t really my cup of tea.

That being said, I can see why people would like this book. It’s fun and has a whole bunch of radical ideas. In terms of pacing though, it seems like some elements of the story were an afterthought and others were so meticulously thought through. I do wonder if pacing were different how I may have responded to the book.

The concept of time travel is a fun one and a lot of our ideas of time travel originate from this book. The machine itself kind of gave me TARDIS vibes – though I never really watched Doctor Who so I’d be curious to hear other people’s opinion who know more than I do!

Would I Recommend It?: All in all, it was fun. If you’re a sci-fi fan or like a bit of adventure, give it a shot. It’s short enough that it’s bearable even for the non-fans.

Abbey’s Review

Dates: 5/9/20 (2 hours)

Plot: Our narrator writes down the story of a time traveler’s escapades into the future. There he encounters the evolutions of humans.

Experience Before Reading: I had literally never heard of this book before.

Takeaway: I loved the writing in this, and the story was incredible. I felt the set up in the beginning was believable enough, and the epilogues lasting picture of the two flowers leftover from the time travelers experiences are very poignant and show that while cultures can have huge barriers, generosity and kindness are a language of themself.

Would I Recommend It?: This was a great book and a very quick read. I think if you are looking for a book that will make you think, you’d probably like this one.

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Project 4

Announcing Reading Week!

Following on the coattails of yesterday’s good news – I’m now a dot com! – I come with even more announcements!

Next week, 5/11 – 5/15, there will be a new book review every day!

Since I finish school tomorrow, I’ll have plenty of time to sit down and crank some books out.

Reading Week will include book reviews from both myself and Abbey. Her reviews haven’t yet been shared because she hasn’t read any of the same books as I have. I intend to update the posts retroactively to include her opinions. It should be noted that her opinions are often fairly different than mine. I’ve been excited to share them with you all and get a conversation going.

We’ve both agreed to read the same books – many of them on the shorter end of our list. For those of you looking to play along at home, this will include The Time Machine, The Art of War, Animal Farm, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. If we finish those, we’ve got more backups to keep Reading Week going.

We look forward to sharing our thoughts and diving deeper into Project 4!

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Book Reviews, Project 4

A Clockwork Orange – Book No. 9

18. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

Dates: 4/20/20 – 4/23/20 (3 days)

Basic Plot: In a futuristic society where young gang members are active at night, the narrator, Alex, finds himself indulging in “ultraviolence” which leads to potential reform.

Experience Before Reading: I was technically assigned this book alongside One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in high school. I didn’t really read either and just read enough Sparknotes to get by. I think my knowledge on the plot was blended with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, because there were moments I thought were in the other book and moments I expected to turn out differently. Regardless, the one thing I remembered was a feeling of staunch hate for the book.

Takeaway: I didn’t like it. However, I’m not going to completely bash this book because I can see why others would enjoy it. There are certainly good elements to this story. Anthony Burgess is a talented storywriter and I do feel there is a clear theme that could strike people. (Slight spoiler warning) The message that it is our ability to choose that makes us human is very interesting and I do feel it was unpacked in a way that was different from other philosophy books.

A Clockwork Orange is set in a futuristic society where gangs run rampant at night. Many of these gang members use heavy slang known as nadsat talk. I think this is where the book leaves a bad taste in my mouth (or in nadsat: leaves a baddiwad taste in my rot). The slang is so thick it’s often difficult to tell exactly what’s happening. While I recognize that it’s used to hide the graphic scenes and portray his youth – since not all characters use the slang – it was too much for me. For instance, take this scene where he describes a beautiful woman he sees:

O my brothers, to viddy. That is to say, she had real horrorshow groodies all of which you could like viddy, she having on platties which came down down down off her pletchoes. And her nogas were like Bog in His Heaven, and she walked like to make you groan in your keeshkas, and yet her litso was a sweet smiling young like innocent litso.

p.142

While context clues can give you a sense that he likes what he sees, even after reading the entire book, I’m not sure exactly what he’s saying. Personally, this slang created a massive barrier to relating to the narrator, Alex. I couldn’t find much to his personality besides the fact that he likes “ultra-violence” and classical music. Because his personality was centered around, well, bad, I found him forgettable as a character. Maybe there was more, however, I couldn’t decipher it from the nadsat madness.

The slang itself is massively creative and I do want to applaud that. Much of it is Russian-based but other elements are rhyming slang or other linguistic techniques. Basically, each word really does have a reason that it exists which I very much like. I appreciate the effort that went in to creating a cohesive universe.

Lastly, I do want to call attention to the book’s title. I don’t want to spoil the meaning for someone that intends to read the book, but the title is full of symbolism. It was very creative and well-crafted, so again, props where props are due.

Would I Recommend It?: Unfortunately, I think this is a skippable classic. While you may find it entertaining, I think the message of the book is not strong enough in relation to the amount of work you have to put in to decode it.

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Project 4

Word Counts of Classics

I’ve got exciting news: I’m about to pass the 1 million words mark! Since starting Project 4 at the end of January, once I finish my next book (A Clockwork Orange), I will have read 1,000,000 words!

Abbey and I have compiled the word counts of our entire list to see just how many words we were reading. And, well. It’s a bit shocking. We are reading:

12,327,956 total words

That’s pretty massive, huh? We compiled this list by simple google searches. When a word count didn’t appear, we took the estimated time to read the book and multiplied it by the words per minute (usually 250). So while this word count estimate isn’t perfect, it’s pretty damn close.

Just to make this project a little crazier, since we have a deadline of the first day of my last year of law school (August 23, 2021), that averages out to 21,255 words per day. While I can’t say I’ve been reading that much, I hope that during the summer I can pull some days that are well over that number. But I am proud that I’m almost at my million mark! Abbey is trudging along, but she reads in chunks so once she starts up again, she’ll blow me out of the water.

I thought I share the list with you all too. For a little bit of context, an average fiction book is about 75,000-100,000 words. Here’s the list of word counts, from lowest to highest for the books in our project.

TitleWord Count
The Art of War11450
The Importance of Being Earnest22000
All’s Well that Ends Well24086
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland26432
Beowulf26548
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde26601
Canterbury Tales27130
The Old Man and the Sea29160
Of Mice and Men29160
Animal Farm29966
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory30644
The Prince31026
Night31931
The Divine Comedy32000
The Time Machine32059
The Call of the Wild37058
Heart of Darkness38000
The Alchemist38342
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe38421
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz39295
The Giver43617
Fahrenheit 45146118
Grimms’ Fairy Tales46500
The Outsiders48523
Slaughterhouse Five49459
A Brief History of Time50250
As I Lay Dying56695
Murder on the Orient Express58154
A Clockwork Orange58695
Dracula59000
The Hound of the Baskervilles59392
Lord of the Flies59900
Tales from the Arabian Nights62000
Mrs. Dalloway63422
The Scarlet Letter63604
Swiss Family Robinson63979
Tropic of Cancer64000
Brave New World64531
Around the World in 80 Days66281
The Color Purple66556
Treasure Island66950
To the Lighthouse69264
Little Women70000
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer70570
Catcher in the Rye73404
A Farewell to Arms74250
Frankenstein75380
The Picture of Dorian Gray78462
The Secret Garden80398
Pale Fire81000
Journey to the Center of the Earth85059
Faust88567
Nineteen Eighty-Four88942
The Handmaid’s Tale90240
Paradise Lost93000
The Sound and the Fury96863
Beloved98148
To Kill a Mockingbird99121
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes105071
Gulliver’s Travels107349
Wuthering Heights107945
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest108000
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn109571
Lolita112473
All the President’s Men112500
Madame Bovary115456
On the Road116277
In Cold Blood121890
Robinson Crusoe121961
Pride and Prejudice122189
Atonement123378
The Odyssey134500
A Tale of Two Cities135420
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea138138
The Iliad140000
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn145092
Dr. Zhivago160250
The Godfather163500
Uncle Tom’s Cabin166622
Oliver Twist167543
Grapes of Wrath169481
Catch-22174269
Invisible Man177000
Great Expectations183349
Jane Eyre183858
The Lord of the Rings187790
Moby Dick209117
Crime and Punishment211591
The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe216000
Three Musketeers228402
The Collected Works of H.P. Lovecraft278000
Middlemarch316453
Don Quixote345390
Anna Karenina349736
The Brothers Karamazov364153
Gone with the Wind418053
The Count of Monte Cristo464234
War and Peace561304
Atlas Shrugged591996
Les Miserables655478