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100 Books You Can't Do Without

Name the authors of these books listed in The Guardian's list of books you can't do without.
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  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Apr 07, 2015
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Book
Author
Pride and Prejudice
The Lord of the Rings
Jane Eyre
Harry Potter series
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Bible
Wuthering Heights
Nineteen Eighty-Four
His Dark Materials
Great Expectations
Little Women
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Catch-22
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca
The Hobbit
Birdsong
Catcher in the Rye
The Time Traveler's Wife
Middlemarch
Gone With The Wind
The Great Gatsby
Bleak House
War and Peace
The Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy
Brideshead Revisited
Crime and Punishment
The Grapes of Wrath
Alice in Wonderland
The Wind in the Willows
Anna Karenina
David Copperfield
Chronicles of Narnia
Emma
Persuasion
The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe
The Kite Runner
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Memoirs of a Geisha
Winnie the Pooh
Animal Farm
The Da Vinci Code
One Hundred Years
of Solitude
A Prayer for Owen Meaney
The Woman in White
Anne of Green Gables
Far From the
Madding Crowd
The Handmaid's Tale
Lord of the Flies
Atonement
Life of Pi
Book
Author
Dune
Cold Comfort Farm
Sense and Sensibility
A Suitable Boy
The Shadow of the Wind
A Tale of Two Cities
Brave New World
The Curious Incident of the
Dog in the Night-time
Love in the Time of Cholera
Of Mice and Men
Lolita
The Secret History
The Lovely Bones
The Count of Monte Cristo
On The Road
Jude the Obscure
Bridget Jones's Diary
Midnight's Children
Moby Dick
Oliver Twist
Dracula
The Secret Garden
Notes From A Small Island
Ulysses
The Bell Jar
Swallows and Amazons
Germinal
Vanity Fair
Possession
A Christmas Carol
Cloud Atlas
The Color Purple
The Remains of the Day
Madame Bovary
A Fine Balance
Charlotte's Web
The Five People You Meet
In Heaven
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Faraway Tree Collection
Heart of Darkness
The Little Prince
The Wasp Factory
Watership Down
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Town Like Alice
The Three Musketeers
Hamlet
Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory
Les Misérables
Answer Stats
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(45)
This is a ridiculous list. Two cases where one of the books is a part of another "book" listed (Lion, Witch and Wardrobe/Narnia; Hamlet/Complete Works of Shakespeare), two that have no answer (!!)- would be better if you stripped the list down to 50 or so, said that all the books appeared on the list/meme in question and gave less time.
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Dec 5, 2010
(70)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is part of the Chronicles of Narnia series. It, and the other six in the series, were all originally published as stand-alone books, even if today they're sometimes packaged together in a single volume.
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Sep 1, 2015
(7)
I agree. Not to mention there are way too many unheard of books that next to no one gets. I love reading, but I couldn't even get half.
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Dec 6, 2010
(44)
These are all bestsellers, every last one of them. If they are "unheard of" to you then you just have no idea what people are reading. I will concede that a few of them are Oprah's-book-club type books, which skews the list a little toward women, but their long-standing popularity is a testament to their appeal. And women read more fiction than men do anyway. Maybe I'll do a similar quiz of nonfiction books.
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Aug 15, 2014
(75)
I got 53/81. Also 13 more of the books/authors are ones I've heard of, but couldn't combine. So that leaves.. 15 that I am completely unfamiliar with. Not that many really on a big list like this, I miss more when it's about music.
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Aug 6, 2016
(28)
Or rather, that the list is more evenly spread among nationalities and times. There's books from Dickens up to 2 years ago, and writers from America, Canada, and France, among others. It's an odd list (Dan Brown?!?!), but just because you don't know the books or authors doesn't make it a bad one.
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Mar 21, 2011
(66)
It's one of the very few book lists on this site that dares list some non-English-speaking literature.
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Mar 28, 2014
(56)
Make this into 2 quizzes or give more time
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Jun 2, 2011
(18)
Stop complaining! This list is wide reaching. Despite the fact that I only got 31, I thoroughly enjoyed this quiz. Thank you, Quizmaster.
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Jun 21, 2011
(43)
I agree, i got just over half and really enjoyed the challenge, as well as the ideas for more books to read.
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Feb 22, 2014
(7)
8/81 isn't bad considering i don't read much and i didn't use all of my time :/
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Jul 10, 2011
(43)
its still pretty bad
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May 22, 2013
(15)
I got 62 of them and gave up before time ran out. Some of these books are things I've never heard of, but for the most part I just couldn't remember the author's name. If you feel like you haven't heard of any of these, then it might be time to read more instead of taking a quiz about books.
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Sep 2, 2011
(8)
GOD wrote the Bible!
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Nov 27, 2011
(66)
Sure.
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Mar 28, 2014
(63)
Well, technically, the men wrote it with their own hands.
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Apr 13, 2014
(50)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.
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Jun 21, 2014
(69)
common misconception
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May 14, 2015
(70)
kalbahamut, I think you meant "misconceptions." (Plural)
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Sep 1, 2015
(55)
The Bible was written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
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Dec 6, 2011
(77)
And Moses, Daniel, Ezra, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul, James, Jude... and we're still not to half of the authors. I suppose you could say they were all ghost writing for God...
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Aug 23, 2012
(16)
If God talks to me, can I add to the Bible? I'm a really good story teller.
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May 17, 2015
(44)
How great is Atonement? I love it...
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Jan 6, 2012
(20)
I'm surprised how few people got Life of Pi and the Kite Runner. 'course, I just read them both this year...
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May 22, 2012
(71)
Kite runner is fantastic. And the movie didn't get NEARLY enought credit.
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Jul 17, 2013
(43)
I didn't know there was a movie!
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Feb 22, 2014
(69)
1000 Splendid Suns was better
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May 14, 2015
(41)
Count of Monte Cristo is a great read
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May 22, 2012
(68)
So true! This might be my all-time favorite book.
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Dec 5, 2014
(45)
sad only 3% knew Toole and Tartt. Two great writers. Good quiz
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Dec 29, 2012
(71)
I thought it was a great quiz, but I did used to work in a bookshop, so that makes it easier. I got 65/80 and there were another half dozen that were on the tip of my tongue but my brain froze.
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Oct 7, 2013
(23)
Coming from Canada, I was surprised as to how much Canadian lit there was (Anne of Green Gables, Life of Pi, The Handmaid's Tale). It seems Canadians do produce good novels after all!
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Apr 9, 2014
(56)
Having confirmed that this list really was published in the Guardian, I'm incredibly confused. No sane literarily serious person could really think that something like The Da Vinci Code is a book that "you can't do without." A lot of really wonderful books on here, however, despite some significant oddities (Bridget Jones's Diary? The Five People You Meet in Heaven? Um....no.).
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May 2, 2014
(68)
Um... Yes, actually! Bridget Jones Diary and Five People You Meet in Heaven are both brilliant.
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May 14, 2015
(23)
Completely agree, I loved Five People you meet in Heaven.
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Aug 31, 2015
(69)
Agree there certainly is a lot of crap on this list amidst the brilliant stuff.
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May 14, 2015
(32)
I'm fairly well-read and I only got 45. I would've gotten 46 if I remembered that Thackeray was spelled with an "ay" at the end rather than just a "y." Still, I'm okay with my result, because I tend to stick to the classics and not knowing the author of books like The Lovely Bones is fine by me.
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May 20, 2014
(75)
But The Lovely Bones is a great book! I shared your score, 46, but I suppose I had more modern ones in there.
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Jun 12, 2014
(75)
Got 50 now I redid it. And I just couldn't remember who wrote Moby Dick! Missed about 5 more that I know/should know.
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May 13, 2015
(37)
Got 45. Couldn't spell Du Maurier...
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Jun 28, 2014
(41)
57. Very English list.
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Aug 9, 2014
(35)
Fun. I got 46. Could have got more if I had more time. If you read a lot or at least read reviews and such, I think you would have heard of most of them.
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Mar 29, 2015
(63)
Pride and Prejudice? C'mon...
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May 13, 2015
(71)
My favorite book ever. Groundbreaking for its day.
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May 13, 2015
(55)
Jane Austen is great literature!
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Jan 11, 2016
(70)
I'm happy that my favorite book made the list. A Prayer for Owen Meany is amazing!
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May 13, 2015
(66)
Not a completely wrong list, but there are odd inclusions. So you can't do without at least two Narnia books but Kafka, Dante and Goethe don't matter (at least the first one should be understandable to a broader readership)? And Rebecca, The Da Vinci Code and Dracula have been made into films that capture what the book wanted to say. If you want to know what people are talking about, you can watch the movie, in this case. They're not unfilmable high literature like War and Peace.
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May 13, 2015
(47)
Da Vinci Code, Bridget Jones Diary, two books of Narnia series but not Don Quixote, the Divine Comedy or Metamorphosis? Who the hell made this list?
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May 13, 2015
(60)
Why are "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" and "Hamlet" listed as two different entries?
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May 13, 2015
(71)
Loved this quiz. But would you consider accepting Lucy Maude Whats-her-name for Anne of Green Gables? ;)
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May 13, 2015
(54)
This would be so much better if you had to guess the book, not the author. I know many of the books here but less than half of the authors
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May 13, 2015
Knowing what I do about JetPunk stats that seems unlikely.
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May 13, 2015
(66)
"The Catcher in the Rye," the most overrated book in history. Absolute garbage.
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May 14, 2015
Nobody asked me, but my personal vote for most over-rated book is "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Never has a book gotten so much mileage out of a great title. Many people claim to like it. Fewer have read it. Even fewer can explain it (probably because it's mostly nonsense).
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May 14, 2015
(61)
Robert Persig! Do I get an extra point??
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May 15, 2015
(69)
I'd probably go with The Bible or the Koran. Impossible for a book to be rated more highly than those too, and at the same time, very difficult to write a book worse than either. Even Dan Brown would be hard pressed. And it fits what you said about "Zen." Many (to the tune of billions) claim to not only like the books but that they are perfect, peerless, documents so amazing that they could not possible have been written by mortal men. Almost none of those making this claim about the Bible have actually read more than a couple verses. Those making the claim about the Koran usually have read it, but usually not in a translation that they can understand. And they are both full of nonsense (and much worse).
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May 14, 2015
(69)
those two*
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May 14, 2015
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In a very literal sense, that is true. Very hard to get more overrated than those two. I would say if we're assessing them on literary merits the Bible is probably worse than the Quran. Mainly because the Quran at least has a certain amount of commonality of tone and purpose. The Bible is a bizarre, messy collage which alternates between mindbogglingly inane genealogies; long lists of strangely specific, nonsense rules; fairly bland stories that would hardly rate on online collections of amateur fantasy; and obvious, commonsense morality plays. The New Testament improves somewhat on the Old's feckless rambling, but nonetheless doesn't offer much apart from a generic rehashing of older Messianic myths. Now the Quran ain't great, but it is at least a little more focused and consistent.
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Sep 20, 2016
(59)
I agree with you JesusPotter. One of the worst books I've ever read. Although The Great Gatsby is right up there with it.
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May 14, 2015
(61)
Missed 18 for a 78% pass rate, which surprisingly beats 98% of takers!

Did The Guardian really list Hamlet separately from the Complete Works? Old Billy Shakes is the only name with an extraneous final letter that you require to type in. Ironically some of the ones I couldn't remember are ones I've actually read (Curious Incident, Capt Corelli).
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May 15, 2015
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70/81 I should've done better
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May 22, 2015
(67)
I think I'd be just fine doing without Dan Brown. That said, I think overall it's a good list. Is it exactly the list I would have chosen? No, but on balance, not bad.
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Sep 20, 2016
(65)
Why can't I do without Hamlet if I already have Complete Works of Shakespeare? The most mind-boggling question about this list.
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Jan 2, 2017
That's Facebook memes for you. :)
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Jan 2, 2017
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