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Undiscovered Classics to Read

Description: This list is for tracking the less well-known or "modern" classics that I would like to read, those that don't appear on every 100 best books list or are typically taught in college classrooms. If you have suggestions, please add them to the list.

Members: 15 participating members (show all)

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1
5,417 members, 213 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
2
2,001 members, 109 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)
3
7,403 members, 172 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
4
1,724 members, 47 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Explanations:

aulsmith (4): I don't remember this well, but I enjoyed reading it.

5
14,952 members, 413 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)
6
4,801 members, 156 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Explanations:

ahef1963 (3): This is particularly good. I remember it clearly despite having read it over three decades ago.

7
4,547 members, 104 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
8
2,755 members, 126 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Explanations:

ahef1963 (6): A very brief read, but very good. Incredibly atmospheric.

9
25,560 members, 350 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Explanations:

aulsmith (1): I really liked this

10
9,502 members, 238 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Explanations:

aulsmith (2): One of my all time favorites

11
5,455 members, 143 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
12
4,975 members, 140 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)
13
3,474 members, 58 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Explanations:

ahef1963 (4): Hilarious! Greene at his funniest.

14
3,188 members, 55 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: inge87, cej1027

15
2,176 members, 53 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
16
2,124 members, 31 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)
17
2,112 members, 151 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
18
1,961 members, 63 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
19
1,954 members, 63 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)
20
1,420 members, 74 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)
21
1,359 members, 23 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Explanations:

bluepiano (1): But I'd recommend The Unclassed just as strongly, and The Whirlpool is my current favourite Gissing

22
1,224 members, 30 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)
23
969 members, 18 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
24
627 members, 14 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)
25
550 members, 11 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)
26
12,929 members, 200 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I read it in high school, but remember it as light weight. If you haven't read other Verne, I wouldn't start here.

ahef1963 (7): Funnily enough, it's the Verne I'd most recommend starting with. It's a bit hokey, but a lot of fun.

27
12,542 members, 268 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: dara85

28
8,103 members, 182 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: ahef1963

Explanations:

ahef1963 (8): Great story-telling.

29
5,848 members, 190 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: pitjrw

30
4,525 members, 141 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: craso

31
4,444 members, 97 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: pitjrw

32
4,389 members, 93 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: pitjrw

33
3,634 members, 92 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, amanda4242

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): This is certainly the best of the series, but not a classic

ahef1963 (5): The whole series of Brother Cadfael mysteries are well-written, entertaining, and worth reading.

34
2,617 members, 117 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: alvaret

35
2,370 members, 47 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: kulujian

36
2,255 members, 30 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: pitjrw

37
1,654 members, 62 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: craso

38
1,601 members, 33 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: alvaret

40
1,239 members, 18 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

41
1,189 members, 43 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: dara85

42
1,157 members, 53 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

43
855 members, 29 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: pitjrw

44
829 members, 38 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: pitjrw

45
757 members, 23 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

46
621 members, 20 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: pitjrw

47
612 members, 27 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

48
561 members, 24 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

49
530 members, 7 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: pitjrw

50
510 members, 5 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

51
332 members, 14 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: inge87

52
327 members, 5 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

53
140 members, 4 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: inge87

54
137 members, 1 review
3.46 stars (3.46 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

55
123 members, 2 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

56
72 members, 3 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: inge87

57
60 members, 2 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: inge87

58
33 members, 0 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

59
30 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: inge87

60
25 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

61
8,468 members, 265 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I like this for a lot of reasons, but the plotting is week and its pretty misogynist.

62
7,992 members, 133 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): Amongst the dullest works I've read. I got through it, but did not enjoy it.

63
4,851 members, 102 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): A good mystery, but the misogyny is pretty thick. Ross MacDonald is a lot like Chandler but easier to read.

64
1,716 members, 32 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Thumbs down: amanda4242

Explanations:

amanda4242 (0): There are not enough words to describe my hatred of this book.

65
1,671 members, 41 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: kulujian

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): I personally found this rather tedious.

66
1,275 members, 62 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: amanda4242

Thumbs down: bluepiano

Explanations:

bluepiano (0): Tedious. Couldn't be bothered to finish it.

67
17,147 members, 321 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Thumbs down: amanda4242

Explanations:

amanda4242 (0): Not her best work. Try her collection of folktales instead.

68
8,104 members, 132 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Thumbs down: amanda4242

Explanations:

amanda4242 (0): Outside of Fahrenheit 451, I wouldn't recommend anything by Bradbury.

69
2,413 members, 31 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Thurber's getting a little old for modern tastes. I think the cartoons, the fables and "The Macbeth Murder Mystery" are hilarious, but you might not want to read it cover-to-cover.… (more)

70
1,290 members, 27 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): This was fun in a dark way, but I don't think it's a classic.

71
1,231 members, 22 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I didn't get past page one. I'm told it gets easier as you go along.

72
14,730 members, 190 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Thumbs down: merrystar, ahef1963, aulsmith

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): As I was reading this novel independently, I found it impossible to understand. I gave it up.

aulsmith (0): This was tough going. I wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't for a class. Still, it's an interesting and important book.

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Started by: sturlington (March 2015)

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