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    Bug's guide to essential novels.

    I'll start with these ten, in no particular order. This is of course completely subjective so post yours here. The subject matter is not important. We like what we like.

    Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain.

    For Whom the Bell Tolls. Ernest Hemingway.

    To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee.

    A Tale of Two Cities. Charles Dickens.

    2001: A Space Odyssey. Arthur C. Clarke.

    Animal Farm. George Orwell.

    War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy.

    Catch-22. Joseph Heller.

    The Drifters. James Michener.

    The Red Badge of Courage. Stephen Crane.
    Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
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    You know, I read a lot of classics throughout high school and college. I've only read two on your list - To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn. To Kill a Mockingbird is a fave

    Other classics in my book:

    The Stranger - Albert Camus

    The Odyssey - Homer

    The Little Prince - St. Exupery

    The Telltale Heart - Edgar Allen Poe

    Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different. -Hippocrates

    "We who choose to surround ourselves with lives
    even more temporary than our own
    live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.

    Unable to accept its awful gaps,
    we still would live no other way.

    We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
    never fully understanding the necessary plan..."
    (The Once Again Prince, Separate Lifetimes, by Irving Townsend)

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    Quote Originally Posted by desdemona View Post
    You know, I read a lot of classics throughout high school and college. I've only read two on your list - To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn. To Kill a Mockingbird is a fave

    Other classics in my book:

    The Stranger - Albert Camus

    The Odyssey - Homer

    The Little Prince - St. Exupery

    The Telltale Heart - Edgar Allen Poe

    Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    I've read The Telltale Heart, Moby Dick and parts of The Odyssey.

    War and Peace can be a difficult read, not because you have to be all that smart to read and understand it, but because of its length. Depending on the edition it runs 1,125 to 1,475 pages. My intrest in Russian and military history helped get me through it but I'll never try to read it again.
    Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
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    Aw, come on!

    How can you have a must-read without Lord of the Rings?

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    Heres a few to add to the mix.

    Centennial - James Michener

    The thin red line - James Jones

    Cry the beloved country - Alan Paton

    The Choirboys - Joseph Wambaugh

    Bonfire of the vanities - Tom Wolfe

    Dune - Frank Herbert

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson

    Lord of the flies - William Golding

    On the beach - Nevil Shute

    On the road - Jack Kerouac

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    All I can bring to the list are

    Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein (Please never mention the movie in my presence. I get physically ill.)

    Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

    Dragon Lance - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

    Everything else I have read you could do without.

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    I definitely agree with a lot of those, but have to add on a few of my own!

    Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
    Emma - Jane Austen
    Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
    Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons - Bill Watterson
    Also Chuck Palahniuks social commentary is phenomenal and makes me wish I was smarter. John Irvings books are brilliantly written, plus I love that he never leaves you wondering what becomes of a character.
    This above all, to thine own self be true and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
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    "The Plague Dogs" by Richard Adams.
    "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath.
    "The Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut.
    "The Pigeon" by Patrick Süskind.

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    Some of my favorite novels that I haven't seen on here yet:

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    The Call of the Wild by Jack London

    The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson

    Henry V, Hamlet, & Othello by William Shakespeare

    Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger



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    Also one that I just read and is a bit out there but just as important:

    Savushun by Simin Daneshvar

    A really wonderful best selling classic from Iran that really gives you a new prospective on the country and the region. Takes place during the British occupation of Iran. If you can find the English translation its a must read!

    *Also Chapter 14 has a Very brief F/F pedicure tickle scene, just in case you needed a little more enticing*



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    1984 by George Orwell

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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