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Life of Pi is fantastic.
Also, the perks of being a wallflower.
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Come to think of it, most of the required readings in high school had really valuable themes... I'd recommend any of those books to be honest.
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The Art of War - Sun Tzu.
The Unabridged Tales of the Bothers Grimm.
The Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks.
20,000 Leagues under the sea - Jules Verne.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson.
Frakenstein - Mary Shelley.
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy.

Those are just a random few, as I have too much of a collection in my study.
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Dead Poets Society
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Almost anything by Haruki Murakami. I read Norwegian Wood, but I still have as of yet to read 1Q84. I know it's going to be fantastic, though.
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BIBLE
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The Bible
Jane Eyre
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35 / New York
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Non-fiction.

People read too much fluff.
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The Collector -- John Fowles
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I love when people are proud of their reading habits...then you see their collection. Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey, Vampire Diaries, Harry Potter, Superman comics, Manga, etc...
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Love the authors on this list and especially love Angela Carter, although The Bloody Chamber is my favorite of hers, probably followed by Love.


And I love this list as well, but I'm biased because I've read most of them and enjoyed them all. Haven't read The Night Angel Trilogy but it sounds really good. You must have an awesome library.

This kind of thread is always so nice because I get ideas of what to read from other folks, but it's hard because it's more like the 10,001 books that "must" be read and 9, 900 remaining that I have yet to get to, with time being the rate-limiting factor. And I'm a slow reader. Anyway, my random list is skewed toward American and European books because that's mostly what I've read, and it might include:

The Bible
Any complete Shakespeare
Any complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
These four make great reading on their own, but they also make interpreting other works and numerous cultural references easier.

A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle
Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre
Divine Comedy, Dante
Dracula, Bram Stoker
East of Eden, John Steinbeck (his whole collection, actually)
Le Morte d'Arthur, Sir Thomas Mallory
Love In the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Neuromancer, William Gibson
On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
Songs of Innocence and Experience, William Blake
Stranger In a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
The Art of War, Sun Tzu
The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin (and her other stuff)
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J.R. R. Tolkien
The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

And I agree that the required middle and high school literature is actually really good. Others have already mentioned these so I won't get into it here. There are some authors where I can't list individual works because their whole oeuvre is amazing and constitutes self-imposed "must read:" H.P. Lovecraft, Angela Carter, Italo Calvino, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, E. M. Forster, Sigmund Freud, Neil Jordan, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Carson McCullers, Charles Bukowski, Maurice Sendak, William Carlos Williams, Jane Austen, all the Brontes, Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman...oh, it's endless so I'll stop. And I can't even get started on the poets.

And yes, I have these things right alongside my smut, Spawn comics, and manga. Even the don't-know-when-I'm-gonna-read Twilight box set that someone got for me because they thought if I like Dracula and "The Lady of the House of Love" from The Bloody Chamber, then I must be dying to read Twilight. Maybe someday.

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26 / M / La Jolla
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
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Not my usual taste, but don't let me go is pretty impressive.
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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
About the Battle of Gettysburgh, first book that ever made me cry.
Gets across the horror of war better than any other book I've ever read.
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The graveyard book-Niel Gaiman

God this book is so damn good!
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Any of Hideyuki Kikuchi's books...
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