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Posted 12/17/14
Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
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Posted 12/19/14
The Giver. I know this book is a hit or miss kinda thing, but it opened my eyes to a lot of things just by giving a perception from removing things we take for granted in real life. I read it when I was a child, and I still thought it's awesome. It's the turning point in me as a 10-year-old.

The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo for all aspiring journalists. It's just, wow. Besides, the first book might be a little slow in the first half but it picks up pace and soon enough you'll breeze through the series. As an aspiring journalist myself, it's quite interested and somewhat relevant, so yes.
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29 / M / Distant Blue Yonder
Posted 12/28/14
Anna Karanina and 1984.
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Posted 27 days ago
The only two novels I will adamantly recommend are Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (not to be confused with The Invisible Man, I can't vouch for that) and The Stranger by Albert Camus. Camus' work is probably well known, but Ellison's is an incredibly vivid (read: painful) and thorough examination of the racism that plagues our world at the protagonist's every turn.

As for poetry collections, Li-young Lee's Rose and Billy Collin's Ballistics deserve acknowledgement, but any of their works would suffice. There was a distinct lack of poetry on this list of "must reads" (yes, yes, I know Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare and the like wrote in verse but the suggestions I recall seeing here are of major [in some cases, epic] titles, not like a collection of Shakespeare's sonnets or Chaucer's "Parliament of Fowles" [though Emily Dickinson was mentioned, kudos]) so consider this a meager measure of antidote.

Oh, and I'm slightly curious; Toni Morrison was always talked up by my professors and fellow classmates, yet I haven't seen any of her works recommended here (forgive me if I happened to miss them, I gave up re-checking). Is this just the wrong audience, or is her appeal to specifically inclined audiences? I've only read The Bluest Eye, but wasn't exactly in awe of it.
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My apologies if I repeat any previously mentioned books.

Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, The Sirens of Titan, Piano Player, Breakfast of Champions, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, and Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut. He has to be my favorite author of all time! Existential crises wrapped in a slew of novels that are amazing!
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. This is my favorite novel!
Candide by Voltaire. A clever and witty story of naivety and the horrible world of humanity.
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (and along with A Modest Proposal which is not a book but one of the best reads I have experienced)
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Took me forever but I don't regret it one bit!
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Hellbound Heart, Cabal, and The Books of Blood by Clive Barker
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Animal Farm by George Orwell

I am sure there are a good amount I am spacing out on but these are books I think everyone should check out at least once.
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Posted 23 days ago
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Such a brilliantly written book you have to be mad not to read it.
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