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Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Franny and Zooey - J.D Salinger
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

deffo my must reads

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Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier
Gone with the Wind - (Crying Diamonds we have great minds)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pride and Prejudice
Your number three is one of my number ones also!
And I haven't read your number four fully - I need too!!

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

These 3 books absolutely changed my life and perspective.

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The Way The Crow Flies/Ann-Marie MacDonald....it's in paperback now. It's 820 pages long and I read it in 3 days. I could not put this book down.

I'm heading to the bookstore tomorrow to pick up her other bestseller "Fall On Your Knees"

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One of my favorites...

Feeling For Bones - Bethany Pierce

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Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke is definitely one of those books that one must read before they die . There's so much compassion and love in it. I always feel peaceful and hopeful after reading it.

Nikolai Gogol's short stories, particularly "The Overcoat" and "The Nose". Also his book Dead Souls.

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. You MUST read that.

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history of love, by Nicole Krauss.

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Erich Maria Remark "Heaven has no favorites"

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catcher in the rye (jd salinger) i've read this book at least twice a year since i discovered it when i was 14
I absolutely agree. I read it last year and absolutely loved it. How I love Holden Caulfield.

I definitely agree with To Kill a Mockingbird. Fantastic book, great themes and motifs. The part in which Atticus left the court after Thomas Robinson's trial has me in tears everytime. Harper Lee depicts the themes of 'loss of innocence' and 'racial injustice' so well. I think that everyone, young and old, should read this book. It changed my life.


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A few that I don't think have been mentioned, that aren't that well known, but are amazing.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard. I may be a little biased because Hamlet is a very high contender of my favorite book ever, but Stoppard is genius and this play is hilarious!

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet. I usually hate mystery novels but this one is like a noir film in a book.

La Jongleuse by Rachilde. Such a strange strange plot, and equally strange style of writing, but I love it. It's a little like Heart of Darkness meets Age of Innocence (two of my favorites) if that's possible at all.

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my favorite book of all time is:

you can find inspiration in everything by paul smith...a must-have for would-be fashion designers

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Wow - I'm so glad to see all of the Ayn Rand fans, as her books seem to be met with such resistance! ^^ I concur to:
- Atlas Shrugged
- The Fountainhead
- We the Living
all by Ayn Rand, as well as "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand" by her "intellectual heir" Leonard Peikoff.

Atonement by Ian McEwan is one of the most complex and well-written books (albeit one of the most depressing), and I think anyone with a love for the English language would enjoy it.

I also love:
- Ninety-Three by Victor
- Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow (& rest of the series) by Orson Scott Card
- His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

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The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
Notre-Dame de Paris - Victor Hugo

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collected short stories by flannery o'connor

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collected short stories by flannery o'connor
Oooh yes, I second this recommendation, particularly A Good Man is Hard to Find.

I'm going to buy The Master and Margarita tomorrow (motivated in part by this thread ). Can someone suggest which is the best english translation, in terms of tone, etc.? Thanks.


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