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As per title.

Alright, here's a shortlist of a couple of books I've read and enjoyed.

1984
His Dark Materials Trilogy
The Hobbit
Anna Karenina
Animal Farm
Don Quixote
Short History of Nearly Everything
Lolita
Farewell to Arms
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Old Man and the Sea
Lord of the Rings
Catch 22
Sophie's World
Broken Bridge
Butterfly Tattoo


Suggest away.
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#2
Read some Dan Brown books like Angels and Demons, or if you want a different read try to get into some Steinbeck, really amazingly written stuff, and I'm into Bukowski at the moment so try reading some of his stuff
#6
If you're into his style, Stephen King. Awesome writer.

Try Insomnia or The Last Stand.
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Read some Dan Brown books like Angels and Demons, or if you want a different read try to get into some Steinbeck, really amazingly written stuff, and I'm into Bukowski at the moment so try reading some of his stuff


Read em all. Pretty alright.

Read Grapes of Wrath. Thought it was decent. Well, quite good. Bukowski? Recommend some books from him. :p
#9
If you enjoyed Tolstoy try War and Peace.
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#10
Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange, Aldous Huxley - Island and if you're gonna read The Hobbit you may as well read the Lord of the Rings trilogy after.
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Black Hawk Down?

I'm reading it atm, and its pretty interesting.


Alright. I'll add that to my list. That and Glue.

I've got Fight Club. And I don't think I'm into Stephen King. Been a long time since I tried though. Suppose I should look into it.
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Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange, Aldous Huxley - Island and if you're gonna read The Hobbit you may as well read the Lord of the Rings trilogy after.


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As per title.

Alright, here's a shortlist of a couple of books I've read and enjoyed.

The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings


What what?
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Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky (sp?).


Added to list.

I've read War and Peace. Preferred Anna Karenina.

Yep, I've read LOTR too. Thanks for the other suggestions though. Mmm. Filling up nicely, my list is.
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Fight Club.


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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.

The entire series of books are great.
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Fight Club.



If you havent seen the movie yet, dont bother with this, because the movie does the twist a hundred times better and has a better ending IMO.
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You have a pretty good list going on there! I recommend some classic English literature, such as Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, okay they're a bit cliched but they're such classics you have to read them Personally I also love the Gormenghast series, Titus Groan etc, and some more modern ones like Life Of Pi and We Need To Talk About Kevin are also utterly fantastic.

Bukowski is okay but too much is made of him IMO. Same for Fante, overrated.
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#21
Dan Brown is awful, I can't stand his writing.
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#22
I couldnt finish Wuthering Heights...


I could really start it either. What I read of Pride and Prejudice (not much) was miles better. Still didnt do much for me though.
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You have a pretty good list going on there! I recommend some classic English literature, such as Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, okay they're a bit cliched but they're such classics you have to read them Personally I also love the Gormenghast series, Titus Groan etc, and some more modern ones like Life Of Pi and We Need To Talk About Kevin are also utterly fantastic.

Bukowski is okay but too much is made of him IMO. Same for Fante, overrated.


Thanks. Read them too. IMO too much is made of Pride and Prejudice. Wuthering Heights was pretty epic though.

Mmm, nice books. Will check them out. Thanks.
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I couldnt finish Wuthering Heights...


I could really start it either. What I read of Pride and Prejudice (not much) was miles better. Still didnt do much for me though.

I suppose it's not for everyone. I had to read Wuthering Heights for my English GCSE and I absolutely loved it from the word go. I live like a mile from where it's set as well which is pretty cool! (Up in ye olde moors of Englande)

Oh, another modern classic I absolutely love is To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Maybe one of my favourite books of all time.
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Robert Harris.

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I misread the title as Recommend Me Some Boobs.

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You have a pretty good list going on there! I recommend some classic English literature, such as Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, okay they're a bit cliched but they're such classics you have to read them Personally I also love the Gormenghast series, Titus Groan etc, and some more modern ones like Life Of Pi and We Need To Talk About Kevin are also utterly fantastic.

Bukowski is okay but too much is made of him IMO. Same for Fante, overrated.



If you want good literature, completely avoid classic women writers and 19th Century English writers.

My opinion, of course ¬_¬
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I thought the book was ****. I generally dont like people who always think the book is better than the movie by default. I think Chuck Pahlalalalanukikikikalakaikukikaluhick is really pretentious.



I suppose it's not for everyone. I had to read Wuthering Heights for my English GCSE and I absolutely loved it from the word go. I live like a mile from where it's set as well which is pretty cool! (Up in ye olde moors of Englande)



I had to do it for A-level, probably didnt help that our teacher was more concerned with getting her phd than teaching us.


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+1. A book that is better than the movie. And I hate saying that.


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Calm, calm me more; nor let me die
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If you want good literature, completely avoid classic women writers and 19th Century English writers.

My opinion, of course ¬_¬

They're classics!

Isn't it a bit harsh to say 'avoid all 19th Century English writers' ? What about Dickens? I always liked his works at least :$ Anyway I know you study English and all, okay maybe there's better, but they're still a bloody good read.
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They're classics!

Isn't it a bit harsh to say 'avoid all 19th Century English writers' ? What about Dickens? I always liked his works at least :$ Anyway I know you study English and all, okay maybe there's better, but they're still a bloody good read.

I despise Dickens
The literature of the era picks up a little as you approach Edwardian times, but generally I find it all terribly prolix and dull. The poetry is good, the plays are good, there are of course exceptions to the rule. But I've never enjoyed the austerity and pomp that seems to go hand in hand with Victorian novels D:
The will to neither strive nor cry,
The power to feel with others give.
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#38
I read a lot of literature, British, American, European, etc.... I love almost everything I have read, but did not like wuthering heights. anywho,

Seems like english class reading on your list, I'll start by recommending Hermann Hesse, because his works combine realist modern novels, with fantastic elements and that covers everything in your list well. Read any novel by him and you will not be disapointed. I'd also recomend any novel by: Faulkner, Steinbeck, Goethe, Kafka, Cather, or Dostyoevsky. Every book written by these folks (and Hesse) is a classic.

Some individual books I think everyone can easily enjoy (and also look good in your completed readings list): Death in Venice, The Natural--this is about so much more than baseball--the once and future king, maybe Frankenstein.

For something a little different here's a few things I'm reading/planning to read this summer: The heart of Darkness, Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses.

If you like kind of sci-fi, kind of fantasy children's lit like His Dark Materials, you might also try the Wrinkle in Time series, I'm gonna give that a go this summer as well. And if you like the hobbit, need I say it? You should read the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion.

Everything I posted except for Tolkien is considered "literary," but is also especially easy to enjoy and read (except for Faulkner and Rushdie, which can be a bit difficult at times).

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I despise Dickens
The literature of the era picks up a little as you approach Edwardian times, but generally I find it all terribly prolix and dull. The poetry is good, the plays are good, there are of course exceptions to the rule. But I've never enjoyed the austerity and pomp that seems to go hand in hand with Victorian novels D:


I almost took offense, but the Arnold quote redeams your Victorian street cred. Some of the poetry, Like Tennyson's, often basically forms a novel and I like that, but I kind of agree overall. ...*suddenly considers why they have us read so few novels in Victorian classes*
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