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chrumbelievable
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10/1/2012 11:00:34 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
To continue compiling feedback for my "best/worst of" lists, I would like to ask you what you think are some of the best novels of all time.

As an English major, I already have a long mental list of some of these books. However, I would love to standardize it into an ultimate "Must Read" list, for myself and others.
AlwaysMoreThanYou
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10/1/2012 11:01:48 AM
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Catch-22 is one of the best books that ever was.
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10/1/2012 11:03:43 AM
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Frankenstein - Marry Shelly. Remarkable writing quality.
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10/1/2012 11:24:45 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/1/2012 11:01:48 AM, AlwaysMoreThanYou wrote:
Catch-22 is one of the best books that ever was.

Very true. Though sadly, The Stranger far surpasses it.
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AlwaysMoreThanYou
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10/1/2012 1:53:50 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/1/2012 11:24:45 AM, socialpinko wrote:
At 10/1/2012 11:01:48 AM, AlwaysMoreThanYou wrote:
Catch-22 is one of the best books that ever was.

Very true. Though sadly, The Stranger far surpasses it.

Really? What's that about?

I've never read it, in fact I've never even heard of it.
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10/1/2012 4:54:21 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/1/2012 11:01:48 AM, AlwaysMoreThanYou wrote:
Catch-22 is one of the best books that ever was.

You liked that book?

It started out so boring!

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Ren
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10/1/2012 5:25:11 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/1/2012 4:54:21 PM, Ren wrote:

"Conpermisso!!!! BWAHAHAAAA!!!"

Lmfao, owait, that was "Don't Stop The Carnival."

Lol, read them at the same time. xD

Clearly, I liked the latter more. :P
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10/1/2012 5:37:07 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Dream of the Red Chamber, Heart of Darkness, Don Quixote, War and Peace (a standard choice, but eh....), The Sound and the Fury, etc.
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10/1/2012 5:40:27 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I might also add The Trial by Franz Kafka and Moby Dick. :)
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ObiWan
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10/1/2012 6:51:04 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay is a must read book, especially if you're feeling a bit down or unmotivated.

I also really liked the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon is the first book, please don't be deterred by the crappy movie).

If you like historical fiction then I definitely recommend reading Fall of Giants by Ken Follett as well.

Finally if you're looking for something a bit less intense the original Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne are fantastic, even for older people, they're kinda fun.
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jat93
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10/2/2012 8:07:52 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Here's my current must-read/best novels list:

- Les Miserables by Hugo
- War And Peace by Tolstoy
- Atlas Shrugged by Rand
- Ulysses by Joyce
- Dune by Herbert
- Brave New World by Huxley
- Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut
- Lolita by Nabokov
- As I Lay Dying by Faulkner
- The Sound And The Fury by Faulkner
- Grapes Of Wrath by Steinbeck

Most of these I should have read already due to their cultural and literary significance but I have a tendency to stick to non-fiction most of the time hence I haven't read most of the novels considered to be the greatest of all time.
DanielChristopherBlowes
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10/16/2012 5:49:24 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/1/2012 11:00:34 AM, chrumbelievable wrote:
To continue compiling feedback for my "best/worst of" lists, I would like to ask you what you think are some of the best novels of all time.

As an English major, I already have a long mental list of some of these books. However, I would love to standardize it into an ultimate "Must Read" list, for myself and others.

Orwell's 1984 and Golding's Lord of the flies are my hands down favourite novels.
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6/14/2014 9:42:53 PM
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The Diary Of a Young Girl; Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

1984, by George Orwell

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

There are many more that I haven't read yet,
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