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The Call of the Wild and White Fang, by Jack London
Jurassic Park and The Lost World, by Michael Crichton
Dead Wrong and Dead Certain, by Mariah Stewart
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
The Ugly Duckling, by Iris Johanson
The Nightmare House and The Infinite, by Douglas Clegg
The Puppy Sister, by S.E. Hinton
The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis
Darkness on the Edge of Town, by Brian Keene
Fire Lord's Lover (The Elven Lords), by Kathryne Kennedy
The Dark Griffin series, by K.J. Taylor
Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik
The Body Farm, by Patricia Cornwell
The Hideaway, by Dean Koontz
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The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, but he refers to a lot of his other books through out the 8 books of the series. So, if you've read his other books it's even more enjoyable.
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I would say Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carrolle and The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. They may be "children's books" but you will learn a lot from them.




I don't know about A.A. Milne but if you're interested in the nuts and bolts of "Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass" You should read "The Annotated Alice" by/edited Martin Gardner... You can learn the original version for "How doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail . . ."
(How doth the busy little bee improve each shining hour . . . )
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Don quijote de la mancha by Miguel de cervantes
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Books That I enjoyed:

* Harry Potter
* The Hobbit
* The Lord of the Rings
* A song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones book series)
* The Sword of Truth series (by Terry Goodkind)
* The Old Man and the Sea - by Ernst Hemingway
* King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
* Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

Books I am currently reading:
* The Great Gatsby
* Dante Alighieri - The Divine Comedy
* The Omen Machine - Terry Goodkind>The Sword of Truth series
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MonkeysxMoo35 wrote:

I haven't read a lot of books and I'm also younger than most people on here. I am also very picky when it comes to books. If it's a video game book like Halo or Gears I'll read it. If someone recommends a book I have a really good understanding of it to like it. Then there's manga and light novels...


Nice to meet another person my age with good grammar! It's rare here, haha.
And it really depends on your taste. If you're into something action packed, you could go with something simple like Hunger Games, Divergent series, etc. And so on.
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Wow, I read through all 25 pages! A ton of great books have been listed for certain, and I have garnered some wonderful suggestions too.

No one here has mentioned Anne McCaffrey's series - The Dragon Riders of Pern. This is an older series (started in 1968) and when Anne passed away, her son Todd took over writing the series. There are 22 books in all.
Anne also wrote the Crystal Singer Trilogy. These are a little more adult - wouldn't recommend for teenagers because of sexual content.

Another amazing series that is being made into a television series by Starz next spring - Diana Galbadon's series - Outlander
Hopefully this will turn out as well as Game of Thrones did on HBO! So excited for this!

There has been mention all over this thread of Robert Jordan's series - Wheel of TIme.
Terry Goodkind's series - Sword of Truth
George RR Martin's series - A Song of Ice and Fire

I further recommend:
Marion Zimmer Bradley series - The Mists of Avalon
Anne Rice's series - The Vampire Chronicles, The Lives of the Mayfair Witches (some of these books overlap so recommended to read them all for the complete storyline to unfold). Also since there were a few raving about 50 Shade's of Gray - check out The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy (this is a definite departure from Anne's other works).

And of course all the classics that everyone mentioned:
Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
Little Women
Wuthering Heights
Jane Eyre
Pride and Prejudice
Emma
Tess of the Dubervilles
Rebecca
To Kill a Mockingbird
Catcher in the Rye
A Tale of Two Cities

Ahhh too many good books to list!


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I have read tons of books but a few stand out as modern classics

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
White Noise - Don DeLillo
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Song of Ice and Fire series - George RR Martin
Dune series - Frank Herbert
Gandhi: the story of my experiments with truth
Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
The Stranger - (Albert Camus)
The Trial - (Franz Kafka)
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Thomas S Kuhn)
Guns, Germs and Steel (J. diamond)

Most of these really made me think for days/weeks/months/years afterwards. Give me something deep and It will make my 'best books' list. Not that I have anything against Harry Potter or Hunger games either, they just didn't change how I view the world.

I tend to avoid 'classics' because I find them painful to read and boring beyond belief. If you have testicles, avoid all the cliched 'Novel of manners' books... that would be anything by Jane Austen. I would rather have my fingernails pulled out slowly than read Pride and Prejudice again. Most 'classics' became that was because the majority of the population was illiterate.
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oreotics wrote:

read ALL the suggested books

... except twilight, i regretted reading the whole series


Glad I'm not the only one. I felt like they were a waste of my time and an insult to women.
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I'm just gonna sneak these in:

Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Crichton (so sad he died, he wrote some amazing books).
Salem's Lot by Stephen King or The Dark Tower (only books 1-4).. 5-7 were a bitter disappointment.

I wrote on this subject previously, but I realized I let these beauties slip by.

And I have to once again suggest that broadening your horizons by reading non-fiction works is a good thing, too. Lately, I've been reading quite a bit on the subjects of nutrition and dietary mythos in western civilization as well as the DIY revitalization.


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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami

Incomprehensibly infallible.



^ This. 1Q84 by Murakami as well.

Oh, and pretty much anything ever written by Michael Crichton.


I love Michael Crichton and I would recommend most of his books, but not all. For instance, I particularly did not enjoy Terminal Man, Rising Sun or Airframe. But, I absolutely adored and tore to shreds Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Sphere, and Congo.

And I still haven't gotten around to reading some of his non-fiction stuff.
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I love Michael Crichton and I would recommend most of his books, but not all. For instance, I particularly did not enjoy Terminal Man, Rising Sun or Airframe. But, I absolutely adored and tore to shreds Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Sphere, and Congo.

And I still haven't gotten around to reading some of his non-fiction stuff.

I loved The Terminal Man when I read it, but that was a long time ago. It made me want to become a neurosurgeon. (I did not become, and do not now plan to become, a neurosurgeon, or an other kind of doctor.)

I'm sure I've read a few others by him, Jurassic Park being one, and it mostly a fine way to pass the time but nothing I adored.
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I may have to give Terminal Man another pass then. It was a long time ago when I read it (when I was quite a bit younger), although I read both Jurassic Park and The Lost World when I was 15/16.

I forgot to mention Andromeda Strain (though the ending was a bit of a let down) and Prey.
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I may have to give Terminal Man another pass then. It was a long time ago when I read it (when I was quite a bit younger), although I read both Jurassic Park and The Lost World when I was 15/16.

I forgot to mention Andromeda Strain (though the ending was a bit of a let down) and Prey.

To be fair, I read Terminal Man when I was about 15 or 16, which was a long time ago for me, and while I might have re-read it once since, it's the earlier impression that sticks with me. I don't know how I'd feel if I re-read it today.

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The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, but he refers to a lot of his other books through out the 8 books of the series. So, if you've read his other books it's even more enjoyable.


I really thought the last two books of the series (not including the short stories or the novella that came out earlier this year) were a complete let down.

The first 4 books were awesome, but by the time I got to the last ones, it just became a giant muddled Mary Sue fantasy. :S
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