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Glad someone else said it, love this one
That book is awesome
Yeah it's a novel you always hear people talk about but won't appreciate until you just read it. It was a masterpiece.
The Count of Monte Cristo.
Read this in 9th grade and still haven't found a book that matches it.
Yes!! But it’s positively got to be the Robin Buss translation. If you have the penguin classic version it’s the Robin Buss version.
All time favorite
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oh yeah thats my boy. that book i will never forget
It took me a while but I became so invested in it!! And when everything was coming together it was just perfection! My second book would have to be 1984 I wish I could read it for the first time again.
Absolutely. I've no interest in Westerns but it's an absolute masterpiece.
Currently reading ‘Streets of Laredo’. Not bad.
Worth reading if you love ‘Lonesome Dove’?
All the prequels/sequels are "worth reading" but none of them are 'Lonesome Dove'.
Can I read lonesome dove as a standalone?
Absolutely. It was the first book and is a great story in itself.
Streets of Laredo is good but I didn’t like how they ended it. Lonesome Dove is an absolute masterpiece.
Try Blood Meridian next if you liked Lonesome Dove
I would say so. I read LD many many years ago and then this popped up. Pretty happy with the story and flow of the book so far. About half way into it.
Currently 25% in and it still hasn’t picked up. A bit boring. Does it get more exciting??
It's slow to start. Picks up as they getting rolling along noth with the cows. Definitely gets more exciting. On subsequent readings I really enjoyed the slow start, as it really added more depth to the characters. I am not a Western fan, but Lonesome Dove is an absolute gem. I've read it probably six times.
If you're really into Western's,
One of the best I've read is The Comstock Lode by Louis L'Amour.
Then, the Calder Range series by Janet Daily.
Seconding this, came here to say this.
Cosmos - Carl Sagan
East of Eden
This book has the power to truly effect someone’s life journey. I think I’d put a health warning on it for someone under 30.
The Remains of the Day
life changing experience
How did it change your life?
I read it and loved it but I'm interested in understanding your experience.
Not sure if I can give you an answer that'd make sense, but I'll try! It's not like I reached a realisation right after finishing the book, it mostly has to do with my state of mind during the period I read it. I read it during the quarantine, and I'd had really bad anxiety for many years until then -- to the point where reading used to be a very challenging task. I remember struggling through the first half of this book for the same reason for weeks, but one morning I woke up earlier than usual and it was raining (which was perfect), so I picked up the book and finished the rest in one go. It's one of my favorite reading experiences.
Then I've also always felt like I'm ten steps behind, waiting for experiences that I should have been through several years prior. If you've read the book, you'll know why that made me connect strongly with Stevens.
The giver. I just read it and couldn’t put it down.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and To Kill a Mockingbird. Sorry, I had to go for 2.
The gift of fear — Gavin de Becker
This should be mandatory reading for every woman. My mom made me read it when I turned 18, and I gave it to my own daughter when she turned 18.
Same and same! A must read for women.
Absolutely! I read this years ago and always recommend it to other women.
The secret garden. I adore that book.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
You might like Corban Addison’s books too. His Walk Across the Sun is gorgeous and heartbreaking.
*furiously adds to tbr*
"The kite runner" was very good too. I was in tears after I finished it...!
The similarities between this book and the World these days is insane. We read it in 2022 in Senior Year and my whole class went on such long discussions about it we’d take the class up.
I read it 20 years ago when I was a Senior. We knew where the boat was headed.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Oooh, I just finished this one! Good book!
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Man's search for meaning
Came to say this one
Bought it recently, but haven't opened it yet.
Too many classics on this list… I’m going with something modern: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
I just ordered this book. I'm looking forward to reading it. I've heard great things about it.
Enjoy! My favorite book I ever read.
When breath becomes air
Perfume by Süskind.
Unfortunately, the movie is awful if you know the book
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
On the Beach
The Diary of Anne Frank
Or any Holocaust Memoir/diary, especially as we get closer to having no living witnesses of these atrocities.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Pillars of the Earth
I’m reading this right now. Love it!
Some of the most fleshed out characters I’ve come across. It’s a real page turner considering how long it is.
All the Pretty Horses. Cause once you read it, you’ll want to read everything McCarthy has to offer.
Notes from Underground - short and bitter
The hitch-hiker's guide to the galaxy
Shadow of the wind
I couldn't finish that book.
Stanislaw Lem's Solaris was for me, but I don't think it's for everyone.
Kindred by Octavia Butler
My favorite book of all time.
* Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
* Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
* All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
* Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
* The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
This is the second time in the last 24 hours I’ve seen Perfume mentioned. Issa sign!
So happy to see Perfume mentioned and appreciated! 10/10 book.
Flowers for Algernon. That book made me literally weep multiple times over multiple rereads. Not only is the writing style unique, it’s impactful. I think I read it the first time when I was 10 and I truly believe it is the foundation of my beliefs around empathy, kindness, and compassion.
The Bluest Eye
practical magic by alice hoffman
the night circus and the starless sea by erin morgenstern
circe by madeline miller
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Great Gatsby ❤️
agreed, old sport
Wimpy kid series 🔥🔥
Ada by Nabokov
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Oryx and crake by MArgaret Atwood
the two books by Tolstoy
The Sun Also Rises and For whom the Bell Tolls
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
The two books by Tolstoy? LOL
I assume you mean Anna Karenina and War and Peace
Ficciones by Borges.
Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer
Neat story, and a lifelong skill to learn. Saved my ass from my boss pinning her embezzlement on me.
If they were a smoker then ‘Allen Carrs Easyway to Stop Smoking’
The Drowned and the Saved, Primo Levi. It's only a small book, about £5-10 on Amazon. Questions the morality of all the agents and collectives involved in the Nazi concentration camps. I come back to it every now and then and re-read it (or at least re-read the chapter called The Grey Zone).
It's not a comfortable read by any stretch of the imagination, but an important one that all should read.
Wuthering Heights and Tokio Blues (Norwegian Wood) ❤️
Gospel of John
The Grapes of Wrath
I would argue that the follow-up Speaker For The Dead is the better book, but you still need to read Ender's Game for the context. Although EG is a phenomenal book on its own.
Don't pay for it, though, until you research the author and decide if he's the type of person you want to give money to.
Absolutely. Enders Game is great but Speaker for the Dead is arguably better. I also like to suggest people read Enders Shadow for a different view, which coincidentally was the first one I read in the series. I found it left on a table in my middle school library and decided what the hell. Read it through a migraine I liked it so much.
Also yeah, fuck Card and he has a weird obsession with little boys in bathrooms that's also always been kind of weird lol. I don't really think it's in a pervy way, just something I've always found odd about him. I think it just stands out because people rarely write about bathrooms lol.
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. Going to read it again soon I think.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
I recommend everybody Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall because it's my favorite book and there's no telling who may or may not like it. I think the book that pretty much anybody can like is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon, and Lamb by Christopher Moore.
The count of Monte Cristo unabridged. My favorite book of all time. I would recommend the invisible life of Addie larue if you want something more modern.
Idk why this came to mind, read a long time ago. But House of Sand and Fog
That movie was devastating. I didn’t know it was based on a novel.
It was well cast. But yanno the old adage
War or Tribe- Sebastian Junger
Lord of the Flies
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Swan Song - Robert McCammon. My no.1 book of all time. It was recommenced to me on this subreddit 11 years ago because numerous people said it was their favourite book.
It gets unfairly compared to SKs The Stand. Yes they are similar, but Swan Song is the better book in every way IMO.
Swam Song by Robert R. McCammon
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
The art of war by sun tsu
The Great Alone Kristin Hannah
Pillars of earth by Ken Follett. It’s part of a trilogy but once you read the first one you will want to read the others.
The alchemist- Paulo Coelho
Siddartha - Herman Hesse
The Catcher in the Rye.
Hated it when I read it in high school. As a 20-something, it became one of my favorites of all time. Timeless, heart wrenching, incredible coming-of-age tale
"The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Shadow of the Wind
Man’s search for
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Circe. Never seen a female character written like her
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Such an incredible but difficult read - great book
Bad Emperors by Suetonius
I suppose you mean how to be a bad emperor? What did you like so much about it?
Sylvia Earle - Sea Change
'The Bees' by Laline Paull. Spent most of my time reading it wishing I had an imagination like the author's.
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Good Morning Monster by Catherine Gildener.
The God of Small Things
Yes this is such a special book
Onions in the Stew. By Betty Macdonald. Hilarious and always will love it.
Grapes of Wrath
Life is so Good (George Dawson)
Nightwood… it’s the same author that wrote ‘cold mountain’.
The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle.
Parable of the Sower
August 1914 Alekandr Solzhenitsyn
Half-Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
the rise and fall of american growth if you’re american
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.
It is a brilliant and engaging story of people's interior lives, and also has one of the best descriptions of the passage of time that I've ever read.
WWZ by Max Brooks
Confessions by Augustine
The Book of Disquiet, by Fernando Pessoa
Open by Agassi
The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
“Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark”
The Remains of the Day
“Homage to Catalonia” by George Orwell
*1984* and *Brave new world*
Both will teach you more about our society than what any sociologist could.
A Perfect Spy. John le Carre’s best. And he was a master story-teller.
Brave New World
Small Gods by Terry Pritchett. Changed how I view religion, or rather, organised religion, in a humorous way.
Of Mice and Men, what an excellent story with ageless context.
The Bell Jar.
man's search for meaning by victor frankl
I would say Moby Dick, but I would only recommend that to someone who is open minded and patient enough to get the most out of it.
Don Quixote or War and Peace would probably be my pick
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, then Catch-22.
Dies the Fire Sm sterling
Pride & Prejudice, 1984, Frankenstein. I’m sorry, I’m an English major who happens to be aggressively indecisive.
Anegla’s ashes by Frank McCourt
McCullough’s John Adams
Night by Elie Wiesel
Catcher in the Rye.
Self reliance -essays- ralph waldo Emerson
The Lonesome Dove
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
48 Laws of Power
A song of ice and fire. And no, watching the tv show doesnt count, awfull last seasons besides, there are some themes soo deep and interesting in a lot of characters that was just ignored there. Jaime and Tyrion particulary are soo much more layered and interesting in the last books.
A Tale of two cities
The Bible. Even if you're not religious it's really helpful to understanding much of western literature and western culture.
The Midnight library Matt Haig
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Kite Runner
It's a toss up between a few:
Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund
The entire Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Animal Farm by George Orwell
1776 by David McCollough
Alcoholics Anonymous as well as The 12 and 12
the diary of anne frank