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Hi! If you're hungry for good literature, you've stumbled across the right page! There are several lists floating around these days of the 100 best books of all time. Some of these books have changed society and the world as we know it. These lists are varied based on who is determining them and they contain everything from Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to "Bridget Jones Diary" and the Harry Potter series. What's amazing is that the average person has only read about 4 books from any of these given lists. My desire is to find other individuals who are hungry for some good literature accompanied by good friends and maybe some good food and wine, to discuss some of these literary works of art. There are plenty of options to choose from and something sure to fit just about any preference. There's nothing like diving into a good book, but it's even better when you have people to discuss it with.

Interested? Join the group, check out our current selection, and get started reading!

Thanks for visiting!
Rachel

Books we've read so far (2010 - January 2021)

Books we've read so far:
117. The Tale of Genji
116. Anne of Green Gables
115. Watership Down
114. Noli Me Tangere
113. The Death of Artemio Cruz
112. No Longer Human
111. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
110. Tropic of Cancer
109. The Diary of Anne Frank
108. Flowers for Algernon
107. Reading Lolita in Tehran
106. Anna Karenina
105. Wolf Totem
104. Turn of the Screw
103. Angela's Ashes
102. The Slap
101. Fahrenheit 451
100. If We Dream Too Long
99. Little Women
98. The Stranger
97. Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
96. The Fat Years
95. The Count of Monte Cristo
94. Huckleberry Finn
93. Slaughterhouse 5
92. Solaris
91. For Whom the Bell Tolls
90. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
89. The Good Earth
88. A Room with a View
87. Remains of the Day
86. Beloved
85. Brave New World
84. Dream of the Red Chamber
83. Left Hand of Darkness
82. The Stepford Wives
81. Jude the Obscure
80. The Leopard
79. Please Look After Mother
78. Roots
77. Jane Eyre
76. Zorba the Greek
75. Catcher in the Rye
74. Dangerous Liaisons
73. Middlemarch
72. Emma
71. Carrie
70. House of the Spirit
69. Their Eyes Were Watching God
68. Spring Snow
67. And then there were none
66. Half of a yellow Sun
65. The Bell Jar
64. The Name of the Rose
63. A Handmaids Tale
62. A Suitable Boy
61. The Heart of Darkness
60. Phantom of the Opera
59. Grapes of Wrath
58. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
57. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
56. The Iliad
55. Lolita
54. The Trial
53. Mrs Dalloway
52. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
51. Gone With the Wind
50. Unbearable lightness of being
49. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
48. Pride and Prejudice
47. Dune
46. Brothers Karamazov
45. Tess of the D’Ubervilles
44. Perfume
43. Wine Up Bird Chronicle
42. Moby Dick
41. Midnight’s Children
40. War and Peace
39. Things Fall Apart
38. Master and Margarita
37. All Quiet on the Western Front
36. A Tale of Two Cities
35. Love in the Time of Cholera
34. A Clockwork Orange
33. Steppenwolfe
32. The Godfather
31. The Scarlet Letter
30. In Cold Blood
29. Les Miserables
28. A Passage to India
27. Frankenstein
26. Dr Zhivago
25. Thus Spoke Zarathustra
24. Atonement
23. The Colour Purple
22. Ulysses
21. Norwegian Wood
20. The Motorcycle Diaries
19. Nostromo
18. Don Quixote
17. The Idiot
16. Dracula
15. Catch 22
14. The 3 Musketeers
13. Vanity Fair
12. 100 Years of Solitude
11. 1984
10. Lord of the Flies
9. The Fountainhead
8. God of Small Things
7. The Picture of Dorian Grey
6. Great Expectations
5. Diaries of a Madman
4. Madam Bovary
3. A Farewell To Arms
2. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
1. The Great Gatsby

Upcoming events (2)

"The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson

Online event

Title: The Haunting of Hill House
Author: Shirley Jackson
Country: USA
Written in: 1959
Pages: 246

I know ghost stories aren't everyone's cup of tea, but it's Halloween so do we really even have a choice?

From Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Haunting_of_Hill_House

The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 gothic horror novel by American author Shirley Jackson. A finalist for the National Book Award and considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the 20th century,[1] it has been made into two feature films and a play, and is the basis of a Netflix series. Jackson's novel relies on terror rather than horror to elicit emotion in the reader, using complex relationships between the mysterious events in the house and the characters’ psyches.

And a summary from Good Reads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/89717.The_Haunting_of_Hill_House

It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
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New to the Hungry Hundred Book Club? Here's what you need to know:

1. Read the book (If you don't manage to finish it by the meetup date, don't worry. As long as you're not going to be too disappointed by spoilers, you're still welcome to join.)

2. Come to the meeting, usually (but not always!) on the last Sunday of every month.

3. Be prepared to order food/drink at the venue to show our appreciation for letting us use their space. This is a requirement. A lot of time and effort has been put into finding a place that will accommodate our group without an outrageous minimum charge or rental fee, and you'll never be asked to contribute to organiser fees, so please show your respect and support for the restaurant that's letting us use their space.

4. Discuss! It's a casual conversation, so don't be afraid to ask questions and let us know what you think.

"Treasure Island" by Robert Lewis Stevenson

Charlie's Paradiso

Title: Treasure Island
Author: Robert Lewis Stevenson
Country: Scotland
Written in: 1893
Pages: 292

One of the benefits of reading the literature Greats is finally understanding references, quotes and imagery commonly used today. This is a gift Stevenson gave us when he wrote Treasure Island, which has forever shaped in our minds visions of swashbuckling, treasure hunting pirates with peg legs and parrots and bottles of rum.

If you're not sure if you should read this book (answer- you should), here's a book review to convince you:
http://www.editoreric.com/greatlit/books/Treasure-Island.html

No one needs to be told what Treasure Island is about. Robert Louis Stevenson's novel has defined the pirate story, not to mention the treasure-hunting story, the mutiny-on-the-seas story—and the adventure story in general for both children and adults. At least a dozen films have been made of Treasure Island, not to mention television shows, cartoons, spoofs and sequels.

But what makes this story a perennial favourite?

It's a superior adventure of course. Jim Hawkins and his mother find a treasure map among a dead pirate's chest at their inn. Evading a gang of cutthroats who come after the map, young Jim and his benefactor Squire Trelawney set sail to find the treasure. However, their crew of pirates led by the one-legged Long John Silver try to mutiny to go after the treasure themselves. So begins a battle on board that carries on to the island. Exciting stuff, with mystery, murder, greed, skullduggery and heroism—with good ultimately triumphing, of course. A ripping good yarn, as they say. And told so well. All the details of character, plot and dialogue create about as scary and suspenseful an atmosphere as you could imagine.
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New to the Hungry Hundred Book Club? Here's what you need to know:

1. Read the book (If you don't manage to finish it by the meetup date, don't worry. As long as you're not going to be too disappointed by spoilers, you're still welcome to join.)

2. Come to the meeting, usually (but not always!) on the last Sunday of every month.

3. Be prepared to order food/drink at the venue to show our appreciation for letting us use their space. This is a requirement. A lot of time and effort has been put into finding a place that will accommodate our group without an outrageous minimum charge or rental fee, and you'll never be asked to contribute to organiser fees, so please show your respect and support for the restaurant that's letting us use their space.

4. Discuss! It's a casual conversation, so don't be afraid to ask questions and let us know what you think.

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"The Story of Layla & Majnun" by Nizami Ganjavi

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