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Treasure Island by Stevenson. I don't know why this is my must read book. But I just love it.

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My top 10:

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
3. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
6. Property Of by Alice Hoffman
7. Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson
8. Night by Elie Wiesel
9. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
10. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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The Catcher in the Rye, as mentioned a number of times
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (wartime europe, beautifully written. unlike anything)
The Bronze Horseman Trilogy - Paullina Simmons (addictive storyline, wartime Europe)
Looking For Alaska - John Green (interesting storyline, teenagers in boarding school)
Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan (a french summertime)
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (how could i not add this)

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The Gods of Newport-John Jakes
the Millenium trilogy-Stieg Larsson
Au Bonheur des Dames-Emile Zola
No Country for Old men-Cormack McCarthy
The Crucible-Arthur Miller
Lolita-Vladimir Nabokov
L'irrégulière-Edmonde Charles-Roux (Coco Chanel biography)


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first of all: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov my favorite forever.

The church of the dead girls by Stephen Dobyns
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Fragile things by Neil Gaiman
Misery, Skeleton Crew, Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
all Harry Potters
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
American psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
In cold blood by Truman Capote

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I don't understand why so many people like "Lolita"

some books I liked:

Afterdark by Haruki Murakami
Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

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why, you don't like Lolita?
i think it's just perfect, Nabokov was a genius, not so many people can write on that high level like him.

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I don't hate it, but I also don't really like it. in some places it was quite nice, but there were also many boring moments.

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Mystic River is a must read. So decadent for drama lovers.
Mysterious Skin, The Memory Keeper's Daughter and of course The Catcher In the Rye.

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off the top of my head...

Lolita
The Crucible
Hamlet
Pride and Prejudice
Woman in White
Brideshead Revisited
1984
Revolutionary Road

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Books which will always belong on my list (also I never realized until now that almost all of my favorites are classics!):

Harry Potter series
Pride and Prejudice
The Catcher In The Rye
Little Women
I Capture The Castle
The Little Prince
The Bell Jar
The Great Gatsby
Anne Of Green Gables (from my childhood... they are just perfect and I think every little girl/grown women ought to read them)

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i adored the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, it's really cute and kinda witty. Good British humor I think.

and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Theres a bit of animal abuse in it, thankfully nothing graphic, but still heartbreaking. And it's about a travelling circus in the 1930's, just after the Great Depression. really great book.

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The neverending story by Michael Ende (beautiful story about how important both fantasy and reality are, that you should love and accept yourself for who you are, how wishing is impossible without personal change, how personal glorification is empty...and so much more)

Momo also by Michael Ende (little girl has to fight the grey men who want people to save time for later which means life becomes sterile, devoid of all things considered time-wasting, like social activities, recreation, art, imagination, or even sleeping)

although these books are considered childrens books they're just as enjoyable for adults. Ende always criticized modern society and the main themes of the power of stories, friendship, compassion and the value of the small but pleasant things that make life more worth living come through in both of these books, they teach kids great values and remind adults to enjoy every day

The pillars of the earth by Ken Follett (big book, but worth the time. England in the twelfth century. there's love, hate, revenge, religion and architecture. maybe the first few hundred pages are a little slow but after that it's amazing and i couldn't put it down)

Harry Potter series

there are so many more, but i'm too tired to list them right now

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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack.

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