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1Darth-Heather
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Children's Fiction 37/50
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales Fully Illustrated by Jacob Grimm
The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Golem by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Just-So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
Nobody's boy by Hector Malot
Perrault's Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter
The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The War of the Buttons by Louis Pergaud
Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Penguin Top Classic Fiction 45/100
A Room With A View by EM Forster
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Beowulf (translated)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Brothers Karmazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
Candide by Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Dangerous Liasons by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Emma by Jane Austen
The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Haunting of HIll House by Shirley Jackson
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Herzog by Saul Bellow
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Howards End by E. M. Forster
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
My Antonia by Willa Cather
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Odyssey by Homer
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years of Solitude by G G Marquez
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
The Plague by Albert Camus
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
The Republic by Plato
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Tales from the Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
Ulysses by James Joyce
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Waverley by Walter Scott
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Contemporary Fiction 38/60
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Bridget Jone's Diary by Helen Fielding
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Couples by John Updike
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
It by Stephen King
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Kiterunner by Khaled Hossini
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
Perfume : The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Requiem for A Dream by Hubert Selby Jr
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Things Fall Apart by China Achebe
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
The World According to Garp by John Irving

Science Fiction & Fantasy 45/100
1984 by George Orwell
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K Dick
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
The Belgariad by David Eddings
Blood Music by Greg Bear
Brain wave by Poul Anderson
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke
Chrysalids by John Wyndham
City by Clifford D. Simak
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Contact by Carl Sagan
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
The Crystal World by J. G. Ballard
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
The Dispossesed by Ursula K LeGuin
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Downbelow Station by CJ Cherryh
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dwellers in the Mirage by A. Merritt
Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Grass by Sherri S Tepper
The Green Child by Herbert Read
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Hothouse by Brian W. Aldiss
Hyperion by Isaac Asimov
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
Inverted World by Christopher Priest
The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Lest darkness fall by L. Sprague de Camp
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Man In The High Castle by Philip K Dick
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven
The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Necroscope by Brian Lumley
Neuromancer by William Gibson
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
The Once And Future King by T.H. White
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
The People Trap by Robert Sheckley
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
The Pride of Chanur by CJ Cherryh
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke
Ringworld by Larry Niven
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner
Slan by A. E. Van Vogt
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
A Song For Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Sphere by Michael Crichton
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harison
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
The Time Machine by HG Wells
The Time Traveler's Wife by AUdrey Niffenegger
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer
The War of the Worlds by HG Wells
Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Leguin
Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Thrillers and Mysteries 15 /50
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Above the Dark Circus by Hugh Walpole
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror And The Macabre by HP Lovecraft
Carrie by Stephen King
The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Deadlock by Sara Paretsky
The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John LeCarre
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey
The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Murder Room by P.D. James
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condor
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain
The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley
Psycho by Robert Bloch
Quiet as a Nun by Antonia Fraser
A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes
A Red Death by Walter Mosley
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
The Shining by Stephen King
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Sleeping Car Murders by Sébastien Japrisot
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Steam Pig by James McClure
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre
Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Trial and Error by Anthony Berkeley
Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell
We Have Always Lived In The castle by Shirley Jackson
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Science and The World 9/35
A Passage to India by EM Forster
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne
A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne
Countdown by Alan Weisman
Elegant Universe by Brian Green
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
The Greatest Show on Earth by Charles Dawkins
Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein
Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
The Journals of Captain Cook by John Cook
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
On The Origin of The Species by Charles Darwin
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
The Principia by Issac Newton
Riddled With Life by Marlene Zuk
A Short History of Almost Everything by Bill Bryson
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Source of the Nile by Richard Burton
Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
The Valley of the Assassins by Freya Stark
Wanderlust by Elizabeth Eaves
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

History and Sociology 5/25
The Age of the Cathedrals: Art and Society, 980-1420 by Georges Duby
All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
Daily Life in Ancient Rome by Jerome Carcopino
The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler
The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
Frozen Desire by James Buchan
The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
Hiroshima by John Hersey
The Histories by Herodotus
A History of Warfare by John Keegan
The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War by Martin Gilbert
Islam in History: Ideas, People, and Events in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis
Illusions by Richard Bach
The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch
Millennium by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Pax Britannica: the Climax of an Empire by James Morris
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century by John Brewer
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence
The Trial of Socrates by I. F. Stone
The Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles

Memoirs, Profiles & Biographies 21/50
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Abbey's Road by Edward Abbey
The Agony And The Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Autobiographies: The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats, Volume III by W. B. Yeats
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette
Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
Brief Lives by John Aubrey
The Color of Water by James McBride
The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson
De Profundis by Oscar Wilde
The Diaries of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Diary Of Alice James by Alice James
Doc by Maria Doria Russell
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments by Edmund Gosse
From My Life: Poetry and Truth, Parts 1-3 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 by Victor Klemperer
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Hannah Green
Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton
Journal of Katherine Mansfield by Katherine Mansfield
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Letters by Pliny the Younger
Memoirs by Pablo Neruda
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
My Left Foot by Christy Brown
Night by Elie Wiesel
Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
Out of Darkness: The Story of Lous Braille by Russell Freedman
Paula by Isabel Allende
Pentimento by Lillian Hellman
Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson by Nigel Nicolson
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillebrand
Siddhardha by Herman Hesse
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Way I See It by Temple Grandin
The Words by Jean-Paul Sartre

2Darth-Heather
Aug. 15, 2016, 2:02pm

I have read 58 of these already. Plus other works from some of these authors. I clearly have a long way to go with "thrillers" and "travel". There doesn't seem to be a lot of Historical Fiction here.

3Cecrow
Aug. 15, 2016, 2:24pm

Great to see a new face around here! You're starting approximately the same place I did when I began, and even in almost the same proportions per category, too. I haven't been knocking these off very quickly so if you're fast and dedicated you'll find I'm easy to surpass, lol.

I'll probably get around to Wuthering Heights and maybe the Hemingway next year, and I've got a copy of the Vonnegut somewhere that I haven't read yet.

4Darth-Heather
Aug. 15, 2016, 3:19pm

there are quite a lot of these that have been on my wishlist for some time, so maybe it will encourage me to get on it already. at least, in the fiction list. that is a LOT of memoirs there...

5Cecrow
Aug. 16, 2016, 8:47am

Some of the memoirs are by authors who have other work in the list (Kafka, Mansfield, Nabokov ...). I'm taking the approach of reading their work first, then their memoir. I guess it could work the other way too.

6Cecrow
Aug. 17, 2016, 8:35am

Found some mistakes for all of us to correct:

Add:
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (CLASSIC)
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe (CLASSIC)
Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar (MODERN)

Move:
The Pilgrim's Progress (should be CLASSIC)

Edit if you Want (all MODERN):
Official List: Tales of Odessa / Your List Says: The Collected Stories of Isaak Babel
Official List: The Outsider / Your List Says: The Stranger
Official List: Le Grand Meaulnes / Your List Says: The Wanderer or The End of Youth
Official List: Declares Pereira / Your List Says: Pereira Declares
Official LIst: Confessions of Zeno / Your List Says: Zeno's Conscience

7Darth-Heather
Aug. 17, 2016, 9:18am

got it! although i've combined Classic and Classic Fiction together just to streamline a bit. i'm sure we will collectively add to this list over time, so let us know if you think of any others that should be on here. is it still 501 now?

8Cecrow
Aug. 17, 2016, 9:47am

Yes, the 501 has never been updated (no new editions unfortunately) so it's a static list (won't be adding to it). But these errors were in my LT list that everybody's copying from. The total was only 498, so I've figured out what was missing, and spotted those discrepancies while I was doing it. ;)

9.Monkey.
Aug. 17, 2016, 3:12pm

*coughs* See my comments on my thread! xP

10Darth-Heather
Aug. 9, 2019, 4:33pm

ok, I've officially surrendered on this challenge. There are just so many sections that I'm not very interested in, so I don't think it is quite the right challenge for my tastes.

I am still doing a 501 challenge though, but I have adapted the listings to categories that I would actually like to explore further.

so, be forewarned, anyone who is thinking of doing the ACTUAL 501 book challenge! Do not copy my lists; they are no longer accurate for the Must-Read Challenge.

11Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Sept. 9, 2019, 9:19am

I've been keeping a running spreadsheet of other titles I think of as "another 501 books to read", up to about sixty in that list so far. But again, many of which I may never read myself, just titles I think sound worthy.

It would be a bit of work to parse out which titles you've added here; can you post that separately, maybe in a new topic, just for fun?