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some of the more recent ones i've read are: "catcher in the rye" (you have to re-read this, it's different after high school and you know exactly who the phonies are...) "perks of being a wallflower" was a great book. i felt like i knew the main character, plus he reads so many great books that i now have another list of novels to catch up on. i'm reading "galapagos" by kurt vonnegut now and so far it's great. his satiric outlook on society and people in general is amusing and disheartening at the same time.
1. The Bluest Eye, or anything actually, by Toni Morrisson- covers Women's Lit, Black History, and Nobel prize winning authors
2. Junky by William S. Burroughs (especially you KnightS) covers the beatniks, in its truest messed-up form.
3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers- it is what it says it is- also won an award, Eggers also edits Mc Sweeneys, an acclaimed lit. mag based in San Fra (subscribe)
4. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahunik- not for those of the weak stomach or mind, covers modernism
5. The Stranger, by Camus- existensialism at its finest
I'm going to add anyything by Shakespeare, but that's a given right? Titus Andronicus is a little known work that I personally love, but I like the twisted stuff.
I'd also appreciate lists for others, as my family has now realized that books are my life, and have all gotten me B&N gift cards for the holidays, they are burning a hole...
so i picked up factotum by bukowskiinstead and stranger by camus. but i'm still working on galapagos.
hkdonbks wrote:The Godfather by Mario Puzo
i read this book last year for my government class at school and i thought it was exceptional. have you read the family by him? i heard that it was good but i haven't gotten around to it yet.
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Perks of being a wallflower - Steven Chbosky
The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time - Mark Haddon
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Lullaby - Chuck Palahniuk
That's about it for now.
Ok, I do have a top runner. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham is the one book I can read over and over and over and never get bored with. When I'm not sure what I want to read, I trot that one out. So it's my clear favourite.
But after that I have no real clear "next". Other favourites include:
Cloudstreet - Tim Winton - I heartily fell in love with this book. Not just enjoyed it - I fell in love. The characters are beautiful, particularly Quick and Rose. Winton has magical characters and descriptions that transport you instantly to the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations of his books.
Anything by Douglas Adams. He was a genius.
A Man's Got to Have a Hobby by William McInnes. My favourite actor writes beautifully, I peed myself laughing for the first 3/4, bawled my eyes out for the last quarter!
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen. She does wit like no other. And I do love the Regency period.
Oh I probably have a dozen or more others but those are the ones popping to my head right now.