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Books That Should Earn You Extra Credit on "List Challenges"

If "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Anna Karenina" are on the same "ListChallenges" list, they have equal value. That's not fair. You can finish "Hitchhiker's Guide" in three trips to the bathroom (even if you get enough fiber) whereas you'll need to take two weeks off work to get through "Anna" (one to read, one to recover). Difficulty is, of course, not always a function of length. "Finnegan's Wake" for example, is 100 pages shorter than "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell," but Susanna Clarke wasn't trying to invent a new language in the latter. I've read several of the following books, but some I know by reputation. And whatever your score on this list, feel free to double it.
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avg. score: 6 of 50 (13%)
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120 Days of Sodom
120 Days of Sodom
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Absalom, Absalom!
Absalom, Absalom!
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An American Tragedy
An American Tragedy
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Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
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As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
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Ariel
Ariel
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Being and Time
Being and Time
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
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The Castle (Franz Kafka)
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
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Child of God
Child of God
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The Fairie Queen (Edmund Spenser)
The Fairie Queen (Edmund Spenser)
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Finnegan's Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegan's Wake (James Joyce)
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Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
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The Girl Next Door
The Girl Next Door
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Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
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Hopscotch
Hopscotch
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House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
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If This Is a Man
If This Is a Man
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In the Miso Soup
In the Miso Soup
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In Watermelon Sugar (Brautigan)
In Watermelon Sugar (Brautigan)
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Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
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Labyrinths
Labyrinths
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The Magic Mountain
The Magic Mountain
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Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
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Last Exit to Brooklyn
Last Exit to Brooklyn
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Light in August
Light in August
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The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
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Music of the Ghosts (Vaddey Ratner)
Music of the Ghosts (Vaddey Ratner)
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Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
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Native Son
Native Son
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Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
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A Problem From Hell (Samantha Power)
A Problem From Hell (Samantha Power)
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Off Season (Jack Ketchum)
Off Season (Jack Ketchum)
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The Public Burning (Robert Coover)
The Public Burning (Robert Coover)
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The Recognitions (William Gaddis)
The Recognitions (William Gaddis)
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Remembrance of Things Past
Remembrance of Things Past
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Requiem for a Dream (Hubert Selby Jr.)
Requiem for a Dream (Hubert Selby Jr.)
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The Rise of Silas Lapham
The Rise of Silas Lapham
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