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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

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As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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What's your favorite classic? 4 months ago

oddsalem 4 months ago

Amy AClassic Novels 8 & 9

8. The Time Machine/H.G. Wells – I’ve seen several movies based on this book, but I’d never actually read the classic. A good read, I’m glad I read it as an adult, it probably wouldn’t have been as enjoyable to me when I was 17 or so.

9. The Moving Finger/Agatha Christie – more in the Miss. Marple series. Enjoying them and the new characters that are coming along. 7 months ago

davidd5 May 2014: Number Completed: 0

Number of novels read since compiling my list nine months ago: 0 7 months ago

Amy AClassic Read #7 - The Bell Jar/Sylvia Plath

I read the 25th Anniversary Edition. Interesting, not as difficult a read as I thought it might be based on some comments I’ve seen. I’m glad to have finally read it and that I didn’t put it off again. 9 months ago

Amy AClassic Novels #5 & #6

5. A Body in the Library (Miss Marple)
Agatha Christie
P. 207
Completed: 1/4/14

I’m warming up to this series more with each book.

6. Mansfield Park
Jane Austin
P. 507

I didn’t really like any of the characters in this book, but it was an interesting read. 10 months ago

Amy AClassic Novel #4 - The Thirteen Problems/Miss Marple by Agatha Cristie

Read this right at the end of the month. Waited FOREVER to get it as an interlibrary loan. I enjoyed it, it was more like reading a collection of loosely related short stories all featuring Miss Marple.

I’m currently reading The Body in the Library! 11 months ago

davidd2 January 2014: Number Completed: 0

Number of novels read since compiling my list five months ago: 0. 11 months ago

Amy AClassic Novel #3 - Pride and Prejudice/Jane Austen

I’m also trying to read all of Jane Austen’s novels…I never read any in my teens and was never required to read any when I went to college.

I enjoyed this one more than Sense and Sensibility…but it’s still kind of tedious. I now understand some references that I’ve seen and heard in popular movies and other novels. So, that alone makes it worthwhile. :-) 12 months ago

Amy AClassic Novel #2 - Murder at the Vicarage (Miss. Marple) by Agatha Christie

My goal is to read the whole series. This is the first one, and I think it fits this goal as well as my read 1000 books goal.

The language and some difficulty identifying with the social structure of the time made this somewhat difficult to get into but overall enjoyable. 14 months ago

daviddGates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

I borrowed “Gates of Fire” by Steven Pressfield from the library a couple of weeks ago. I read a chapter or two, by which point it was already gory and teenaged girls were being raped. I’m afraid that a lot of the so-called “classic” literature will be filled with unsavory stuff. Anyway, I got busy with work and didn’t make it past the first couple of chapters before I had to return the book to the library.

I was initially planning to read the books on my list in chronological order starting with the oldest, anyway, so I don’t consider this a failure; more of a false start. 14 months ago

Darwin101Onto book number 22

The books so far18 months ago

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Jill LaSala 20 months ago

Amy AClassic Novel #1 - Animal Farm by George Orwell

Well this is my first one in this grouping. I somehow missed out on reading this in high school, but my daughter read it for her English class, so I thought I’d give it a go. I can see why it’s one of those books you’re expected to read as a matter of course. and I enjoyed it. 21 months ago

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Amy A 22 months ago

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7. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

8. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 1 year ago

Darwin101 2 years ago

lillja 2 years ago


5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 2 years ago


3. Naomi by Junichirō Tanizaki

4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 2 years ago


My second classic for this goal was I Am a Cat by Sōseki Natsume. 2 years ago


My first classic novel for this goal was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and what an incredible novel it was. 2 years ago

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