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I was given Stephen Fry's autobiography (The Fry Chronicles, would recommend) as a Christmas present and have since decided that I quite enjoy reading and it is something I want to do more of.

So which books (fiction, non fiction, whatever) does the Pit recommend? Keep in mind I haven't read any of even the most famous books so don't leave out obvious options.

I'm particularly interested in music and politics as well as any good fiction. Spend my christmas money for me Pit!
#2
LOTR, various Chuck Palahniuk.
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#3
First and foremost, I will always recommend the Harry Potter series to anyone looking to read more. If you think Stephen Fry kickstarted your interest in reading, just wait and see what Harry can do for you.

Also, if you're into biographies, I highly recommend Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis.
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So you are 17 and you have just discovered books?
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#8
Well if I'm allowed to name a few of the more obvious ones, All Quiet on the Western Front is a great book about WW1. In Cold Blood is a good book by Truman Capote. Two of my favorites.
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I've just discovered that I like to read. Yes.
#10
God hates us all (Californication (show) fiction book) Awesome read.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
A must read by anyone
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If you had opened a book before, you would know that.
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Nope, only what you don't like to read, unless you hit your preference on the first try.
#13
Star Ship Troopers - Robert Heinlein, way better than the movie and a classic
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#14
Dr. Seuss writes some good books,
they're usually witty with clever hooks.
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#16
1984 by George Orwell.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Dunno if you'll like them, but I do.
#17
I recommend Stephen King. The Long Walk is one of my favorite books. I also enjoyed the Hunger Games series.
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Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis.


Currently reading this, seriously blitzing through it, it's such an interesting read! (Though it helps that getting it happened to coincide with my RHCP binge ).

If you're into crime dramas James Ellroy is great, been reading through his L.A Quartet (The Black Dahlia, The Big Easy, L.A Confidential and White Jazz) and they're real cool.

Generally classics like the Great Gatsby are quite good if not a little out dated.
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That's a tough one to get through. I chose to read it for my exams and it took me a long time before I decifered all the Russian words so I could actually start comprehending it.

But if you have what it takes, go for it !
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That's a tough one to get through. I chose to read it for my exams and it took me a long time before I decifered all the Russian words so I could actually start comprehending it.

But if you have what it takes, go for it !


I was close to suggesting it in my post too to be honest, I think it's a good book, the only problem is, as you said, it's a bit hard to understand at first.

But once you have a few books under your belt, it's definitely worth reading.
#22
The God Delusion.

LOTR as previously mentioned.

Also I strongly recommend His Dark Materials, by Phillip Pullman. Absolutely amazing. Starts off with Northern Lights, then The Subtle Knife and finishes with The Amber Spyglass.
#23
Chuck Klosterman - Fargo Rock City, if you want something about music. This is about Glam Rock/Hair Metal.

Alexandre Dumas - Count of Monte Cristo. Its one of my favorite books, but its sort of a longer read.

I highly suggest Stephen King.
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#24
get Ubik by Philip K Dick
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme
if on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino

#25
The Illustrated Book of Great Composers by Wendy Thompson. It's basically a book about notable composers, with a few pages for each of them. I got it for 50p from my local library.
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#26
Don't read LOTR unless you're really into fantasy, it's super boring and remains the only book I couldn't finish reading to this day.
#27
Fantasy
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin
The Second Apocalypse series by R Scott Bakker
The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (historical fiction but I don't want to make more boldy stuff)
Dune by Frank Herbert
Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams
and Tolkein of course

Lit Fiction (otherwise known as srs bznz books)
Blood Meridian or Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
East of Eden or the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Call of the Wild or White Fang by Jack London (dunno if this qualifies but w/e)

Science/Philosophy

The Selfish Gene (for biology) or The God Delusion (for religion) by Richard Dawkins
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking/Leonard Mlodinow
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin
#28
Read The Forever War. Best sci-fi novel ever written
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#29
I don't know if it'll turn you on to other reading, but look into Kurt Vonnegut. I started with Cat's Cradle, but any of his I've read, Slaughter-House Five, Mother Night, and Breakfast of Champions, would be good starting points.
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Don't read LOTR unless you're really into fantasy, it's super boring and remains the only book I couldn't finish reading to this day.


I agree for the most part. I love LOTR just because of the depth of all the characters and the history. I've read it maybe 3 times and it usually takes me roughly 1 month and a half (I read about an hour each day).

If you can persevere the ridiculously extended talking sections and overlook the dodgy way the storylines are told then it's really worth it in my opinion.
#32
I recommend the Mistborn trilogy by Bradon Sanderson.

Or, for something dafter, Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld
#33
The Catcher In The Rye.
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#34
Seven Roads to Hell

DO IT.

WWII bio that takes place amidst the Battle of the Bulge.
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First and foremost, I will always recommend the Harry Potter series to anyone looking to read more. If you think Stephen Fry kickstarted your interest in reading, just wait and see what Harry can do for you.

Also, if you're into biographies, I highly recommend Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis.


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Scar Tissue
Harry Potter Series
The Watchmen
Moby Dick

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#37
Lady Chatterly's Lover is well worth reading.
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#39
Some were already mentioned, but bear repeating:

1984
LOTR, Hobbit
Dune series
Hitchhiker's Guide series
A Clockwork Orange
A Brief History of Time
#40
The Hunger Games series is apparently really good.
The Shining book is better than the movie.
Harry Potter series
Jurassic Park

They are all movie related but are still very good.
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