TGP's "Must Read" List

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  1. AZChilicat

    AZChilicat Member

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    Put your five top title/author choices in your post. One day, if I'm really energetic, I might even compile the top five voted for books.

    In no order mine would be:

    Dune by Frank Herbert
    LoTR by Tolkien
    The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
    Brave New World by Huxley
    MacBeth by the Bard


    I really wanted to put 1984 in there too but I was already at three SciFi books.
     
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    The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
    Dune - Frank Herbert
    The whole Discworld series (sorry) - Terry Pratchett
    Imaginings of Sand - Andre Brink
    Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
     
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    "Keep The Aspidistra Flying" by George Orwell
    "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
    "The Autobiography of Malcom X" as told to Alex Haley
    "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote
    "Hiroshima" by John Hershey
     
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    Karl Ove Knausgård - My Struggle.
    Marcel Proust - À la Recherche du Temps Perdu.
    East of Eden - Steinbeck
    Ubik - PKD
    Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky.
    Ulysses - Joyce
     
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    I'm assuming you want one book per author.
    My favorite authors are short story masters, Chekhov and Luis Borges. So, as for novels:

    Don Quixote- Cervantes

    The Brothers Karamazov- Dostoevsky (I had to pick just one darn it).

    A Soldier of the Great War-Mark Helprin

    Little Big Man- Thomas Berger

    Jude The Obscure- Thomas Hardy
     
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    Infinite Jest - Foster-Wallace

    American Pastoral - Roth

    To Kill a Mockingbird - Lee

    Portnoy's Complaint - Roth

    Blood Meridian - McCarthy
     
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    fountainhead
    crime and punishment
    death in venice and other short stories
    new brewing lager beer/noonan
    the complete sherlock holmes vol1 and 2
     
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    The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell
    The Hidden Dimension. Hall
    The Shining. King
    The Star Rover. London
    From Beyond. Lovecraft
    March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem. Kerr
    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Blake
    L'été. Camus
     
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    I'm seeing mostly fiction here.

    Fiction

    1984 George Orwell
    Dune Frank Herbert
    Hobbit/LOTR Tolkien
    Lord of the Flies Wm Golding
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey

    NonFiction

    Outliers Gladwell
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat Sacks
    Brain Rules Medina
    The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money Keynes
    The Art of War Sun Zi
     
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    1.Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy
     
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    Not necessarily the best books I've read, but ones which had a major impact on me at different periods of my life (in the order I read them):

    To Brooklyn With Love by Gerald Green
    The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
    Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
    The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
    Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
     
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    Fiction:

    AC Clarke-Childhood's End

    Walter Miller-A Canticle For Leibowitz

    PK Dick-Radio Free Albemuth

    JG Ballard-Complete Short Stories

    WS Burroughs-Cities Of The Red Night(I would actually suggest The Job, but it's neither fiction nor non-fiction).



    Non Fiction(my faves here change all the time)

    John McPhee-Place De La Concorde Suisse or Encounters With The Archdruid

    Salvadori/Salvadori&Levi- Why Buildings Stand Up, Why Buildings Fall Down

    Eric Schlosser-Command and Control

    JG Ballard-Miracles Of Life

    Richard Feynman-any of his collections of short works
     
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    This is always tough, because all 5 (and more) would be from Shakespeare. And it's cheating to say the collected works as one choice. So my choices will be in addition to the collected works by Shakespeare.

    Ulysses, James Joyce
    In Search of Lost Time, Proust
    Don Quixote, Cervantes
    Moby Dick, Melville
    War and Peace, Tolstoy
     
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    catch 22
    tropic of cancer
    naked lunch
    fear + loathing in las vegas
    a clockwork orange
     
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    "Hell, I was there" Elmer Keith
    "No Second Place Winner" Bill Jordan
    The entire "Tracker" & Grandfather" series by Tom Brown
    "The old man and the sea" Hemmingway
    "Only Cowgirls Sing The Blues" Tom Wolf
    "Unlikely Warrior" Robert Lovell
     
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    Kafka On The Shore - Murakami
    Barrabas - Lagerkvist
    One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich - Solzhenitsyn
    One Hundred Years Of Solitude - Gabo
    Gravity's Rainbow - Pynchon


    For starters.
     
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    Flannery O'Connor - The Complete Stories
    Faulkner - As I Lay Dying and Absalom, Absalom
    Garcia-Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Zinn - People's History of the United States
     
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    Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
    Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
     
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    twilight series - stephanie meyer

    harry potter series - j.k. rowling

    50 shades of grey - e.l. james
     
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    NonFiction
    Team of Rivals
    Written in Stone
    Shipwrecks of North Carolina from Hatteras Inlet South
    The Mother Tongue
    In Tune


    Fiction
    The Lord of the Rings
    From Hell
    Way of Kings (or Game of Thrones)
    Shogun
    How The World Was
     

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