What’s Wrong With This Bookmark?

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This morning enroute to my job at the Cinecave, I stopped into the nearby Barnes & Noble and bought a nice engraved metal bookmark purporting to hold a list of the “50 books to read before you die.” Six bucks, but a nice feel, and bookmarks make me feel classy, although remind me not to take this one on an airplane. Here’s the list of books – you tell me what’s wrong with the “50 books” bookmark, right?

THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY – J.R.R. Tolkien
1984 – George Orwell
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – Jane Austen
THE GRAPES OF WRATH – John Steinbeck
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – Harper Lee
JANE EYRE – Charlotte Bronte
WUTHERING HEIGHTS – Emily Bronte
A PASSAGE TO INDIA – E.M. Forster
THE LORD OF THE FLIES – William Golding
HAMLET – William Shakespeare
A BEND IN THE RIVER – V.S. Naipaul
THE GREAT GATSBY – F. Scott Fitzgerald
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE – J.D. Salinger
THE BELL JAR – Sylvia Plath
BRAVE NEW WORLD – Aldous Huxley
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK – Anne Frank
DON QUIXOTE – Miguel De Cervantes
THE BIBLE – Various
THE CANTERBURY TALES – Geoffrey Chaucer
ULYSSES – James Joyce
THE QUIET AMERICAN – Graham Greene
BIRDSONG – Sebastian Faulks
MONEY – Martin Amis
HARRY POTTER SERIES – J.K. Rowling
MOBY DICK – Herman Melville
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – Kenneth Grahame
HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY – Philip Pullman
ANNA KARENINA – Leo Tolstoy
ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – Lewis Carroll
REBECCA – Dauphne du Maurier
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME – Mark Haddon
ON THE ROAD – Jack Kerouac
HEART OF DARKNESS – Joseph Conrad
THE WAY WE LIVE NOW – Anthony Trollope
THE OUTSIDER – Albert Camus
THE COLOUR PURPLE – Alice Walker
LIFE OF PI – Yann Martel
FRANKENSTEIN – Mary Shelley
THE WAY OF THE WORLDS – H.G. Wells
MAN WITHOUT WOMEN – Ernest Hemingway
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS – Jonathan Swift
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Charles Dickens
HUCKLEBERRY FINN – Mark Twain
ROBINSON CRUSOE – Daniel Defoe
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST – Ken Kesey
CATCH 22 – Joseph Heller
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO – Alexander Dumas
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA – Arthur Golden
THE DIVINE COMEDY – Alighieri Dante
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY – Oscar Wilde

Figure it out?

3 thoughts on “What’s Wrong With This Bookmark?

  1. I hadn’t even thought about the books in the Bible.

    When I read down the list, it was the trilogies and the Harry Potter series that got me. Those alone boost this from a list of fifty books to a list of sixty.

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