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What books do you think everyone should read?

Post Number:#1  Postby Spoons » 10 Apr 2008, 12:07

I dont think there is a thread on this apologies if there is.

I am curious as to what books you all think that everyone should read. I know everyone has different tastes. But what are the books that you feel everyone should atleast read once.

1984 is often suggested to me, and i cant believe that i still have never read it, but are there any others you could suggest?

any responses appreciated.

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Post Number:#2  Postby Tracey Neal » 10 Apr 2008, 13:06

You know Spoons that is an excellent question, I have a few I think people should read at least once :D

Umm, for the lovelorn romantic, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Wuthering Heights...are just a few :wink:

Watership Down, which I just recently finished...beautiful read :)

The Memory of Running

Breakfast of Champions

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Dubliners

The Color Purple

Of Mice and Men

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which is also in King's 1982 novella collection called "Different Seasons"

Also to note the movies Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me were adapted for the screen from two of King's stories in the collection "Different Seasons", which obviously Shawshank Redemption would be the first, Stand by Me from the story "The Body"
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Post Number:#3  Postby knightss » 10 Apr 2008, 13:37

hmmm... i don't think i can narrow it down to just one.

i'm glad you liked Watership Down.. that book holds a special place in my heart.

1984 (a must, especially if you're interested in government)
Anthem by Ayn Rand (along the same lines, quick read)
Breakfast of Champions
The Canterbury Tales
The Decameron
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Post Number:#4  Postby KaeMartyndale » 10 Apr 2008, 14:21

Star wrote:A Tree Grows In Brooklyn


I loved that book! I didn't even know other people had even HEARD of it!
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Post Number:#5  Postby Tracey Neal » 10 Apr 2008, 14:33

KaeMartyndale wrote:
Star wrote:A Tree Grows In Brooklyn


I loved that book! I didn't even know other people had even HEARD of it!


OMGosh Kae yes! I'm part Irish, I read this book when I was a wee little girl, I cried.
Francie Nolan! There is so much of myself in her! How she loves her father, and her father reminds me of my own dad! My dad is a big dreamer...excellent storyteller. I just love this book. It hit very close to home for me in so many ways.
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Post Number:#6  Postby Gard » 10 Apr 2008, 15:29

Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell

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Post Number:#7  Postby IanBookMan » 10 Apr 2008, 15:42

Catcher in the Rye.
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Post Number:#8  Postby Scott » 10 Apr 2008, 17:13

Of what people already said, I was going to say Catcher in the Rye, 1984, and Of Mice and Men.

Though it is less known than most of the books already declared, I would also encourage people (at least those from the U.S.) to read Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen.

knightss wrote:Anthem by Ayn Rand

I'll go with Atlas Shrugged instead of Anthem. But it's all Ayn Rand, and all intellectually stimulating.
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Post Number:#9  Postby sleepydumpling » 11 Apr 2008, 04:38

Ahh so many!

But I would be very happy if everyone read Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.
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Post Number:#10  Postby Libellus » 11 Apr 2008, 05:06

More of the usual suspects ....

Classic stuff - The Aeneid, The Odyssey
What a waste stuff - Good-bye to All That, Counter-Attack (OK its not a book)
Fantasy stuff - Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Foundation Trilogy
Funny Stuff - Catch 22, Hitchhiker
LittleRead stuff - Old Man and the Sea
You-cant-have-such-a-list-without stuff - The Picture of Dorian Gray (This is just indulgent prejudice on my part)
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Post Number:#11  Postby Erasmus_Folly » 11 Apr 2008, 06:50

sleepydumpling wrote:I would be very happy if everyone read Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.


You have mentioned this book so many times you've finally convinced me! :D I just ordered from Amazon. :) :)
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Post Number:#12  Postby sleepydumpling » 11 Apr 2008, 07:25

Erasmus_Folly wrote:
sleepydumpling wrote:I would be very happy if everyone read Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.


You have mentioned this book so many times you've finally convinced me! :D I just ordered from Amazon. :) :)


Ahh you've made an old librarian very happy!

I think I'd like everyone to read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams too.
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Post Number:#13  Postby knightss » 11 Apr 2008, 13:22

Libellus wrote:
Funny Stuff - Catch 22


I was going to add that to my list but it seemed too long as it was =x
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Post Number:#14  Postby hotrod marlin » 12 Apr 2008, 21:27

Scott Hughes wrote:
knightss wrote:Anthem by Ayn Rand

I'll go with Atlas Shrugged instead of Anthem. But it's all Ayn Rand, and all intellectually stimulating.

I second Atlas Shrugged
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Post Number:#15  Postby Hope » 15 Apr 2008, 11:56

The Prophet.

A book that must be read by all man-kind. It helps us understand life in a better way. Such a priceless book. Beautifully written, wisely put. Every single line in that book, could inspire.

Truly truly beautiful.
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