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  1. Polskie

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    I think I'm making this thread mostly for me (so I can keep track of the books that I think are phenomenal) and for other bibliophiles, as well. Tell me if this is posted on the wrong section.

    I'm only recommending books that I've actually read, and the books that I'm proud to recommend. Of course, I've read more than a thousand books but half of them are just so-so in content and writing style. If the books you like aren't here, it's either I don't like them, I haven't read them yet, or I've forgotten about them and I just need to update this list. These are all at the top of my head, anyway, so I'll be updating this thread every once in a while in case I remember some really awesome books that should definitely be recommended. I've arranged this by genre and author's last name. Not all of these are fiction. Just in case you want to pass the time and you have nothing else to do during quarantine, maybe you can check them out. I know I'm about to go crazy.

    I was thinking of creating a google drive and upload some of my PDFs but let's see if I become motivated on doing it. I think I'll edit this and include the link here one of these days.


    London, Jack
    1. The Call of the Wild

    Albom, Mitch
    1. Tuesdays with Morrie

    McCourt, Frank
    1. 'Tis

    de Saint-Exupery, Antoine
    1. Le Petit Prince

    Dickens, Charles
    1. A Tale of Two Cities
    2. David Copperfield
    3. Great Expectations

    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
    1. Crime and Punishment

    Doyle, Arthur Conan
    1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Dumas, Alexandre
    1. The Count of Monte Cristo

    Hawthorne, Nathaniel
    1. The Scarlet Letter

    Homer
    1. The Iliad
    The Odyssey

    Hugo, Victor
    1. Les Miserables

    Shakespeare, William
    1. Macbeth
    2. Othello
    3. Romeo and Juliet
    4. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

    Shelly, Mary
    1. Frankenstein

    Stoker, Bram
    1. Dracula

    Tolkien, J.R.R.
    1. The Hobbit
    2. The Lord of the Rings series

    Tolstoy, Leo
    1. Anna Karenina

    Twain, Mark
    1. The Prince and the Pauper

    Wilde, Oscar
    1. The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Salinger, J.D.
    1. The Catcher in the Rye

    Anderson, Laurie
    1. Speak

    Grisham, John
    1. A Time to Kill
    The Chamber

    Larsson, Stieg
    1. Millenium Series

    Atwood, Margaret
    1. The Handmaid's Tale

    Bradbury, Ray
    1. Fahrenheit 451

    Golding, William
    1. Lord of the Flies

    Ishiguro, Kazuo
    1. Never Let Me Go

    Orwell, George
    1. 1984
    2. Animal Farm

    Chagnon, Napoleon
    1. Yanomamo

    Gaiman, Neil
    1. Coraline
    2. Good Omens
    3. Neverwhere

    L'Engle, Madeleine
    1. Time Quintet Series

    Lewis, C.S.
    1. The Chronicles of Narnia Series

    Martin, George R.R.
    1. A Song of Ice and Fire Series

    Pratchett, Terry
    1. Good Omens
    2. Discworld Series

    Riggs, Ransom
    1. Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series

    Sanderson, Brandon
    1. The Stormlight Archive Series

    Murakami, Haruki
    1. Kafka on the Shore

    bell hooks
    1. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (Non-fiction, Feminist)

    Butler, Judith
    1. Bodies that Matter
    2. Gender Trouble
    3. Undoing Gender

    Elam, Diane
    1. Feminism and Deconstruction

    Fausto-Sterling, Anne
    1. Sex-Gender

    Fine, Cornelia
    1. Delusions of Gender

    Foucault, Michel
    1. The History of Sexuality

    Johnson, Allan
    1. The Gender Knot

    Meade, Teresa
    1. A Companion to Gender History

    Follett, Ken
    1. Kingsbridge Series (the last one hasn't been released yet, I think)

    Hemingway, Ernest
    1. For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Zusak, Markus
    1. The Book Thief

    Quinn, Kate
    1. The Alice Network

    King, Stephen
    1. The Dark Towers Series
    2. The Green Mile
    3. It
    4. Needful Things
    5. Pet Sematary

    Rice, Anne
    1. Lives of the Mayfair Witches Series
    2. The Vampire Chronicles Series

    Barry, Peter
    1. Beginning Theory

    Bennett, Andrew
    1. Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory

    Eagleton, Terry
    1. How to Read Literature
    2. Literary Theory

    Albom, Mitch:
    1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    Lee, Harper
    1. To Kill a Mockingbird

    Engels, Friedrich
    1. The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State

    Harcourt, Wendy
    1. The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development

    Machiavelli, Niccolo
    1. The Prince

    Marx, Karl
    1. The Communist Manifesto

    Mill, John Stuart
    1. On Liberty

    Peet, Richard
    1. Theories of Development

    Plato
    1. The Republic

    Russell, Bertrand
    1. The History of Western Philosophy

    Sun Tzu
    1. The Art of War

    Diaz, Junot
    1. This is How You Lose Her

    Eugenides, Jeffrey
    1. The Marriage Plot

    McCullough, Colleen
    1. The Thorn Birds

    Mitchell, Margaret
    1. Gone with the Wind

    Palahniuk, Chuck
    1. Invisible Monsters

    Adams, Douglas
    1. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series

    Murakami, Haruki
    1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    I'd like some book recommendations.
     
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  2. SooYoung

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    I find it funny how your classics are the opposite of mine x)
     
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    What do you meaaaaan :) What's your list
     
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    Ruthless people series if you are of age though
     
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    Like i find it interesting how for example in france what we consider a classic will not be the same than yours

    Like for example if i heard theater, i'll mention moliere before i mention shakespeare etc...
     
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    Ooooh, okay. I just got lazy so I put all books before the 1900s under the same section aka classic :D But, yeah, I think classical books are usually different per country. Like The Catcher in the Rye is considered as an American classic even though it's published in the 1950s. Even Fahrenheit 451. But they're not even taught in some Asian countries.

    I haven't read any of Moliere's works :( He was never even discussed in any of my classes.
     
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    I'm definitely of age hahahaha :D I'll look for a hardcopy once the quarantine's over. I hope there's a free ebook.
     
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    There are.the whole series is amazing
     
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    Yeah is like the french shakespear but his work is more comic than tragic

    Yeah i guess big french author like emile zola, baudelaire etc... Aren't taught in us
     
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    I like a lot of these books here!

    A few of my favourites not in your list include:

    The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Notes from the Underground - Dostoevsky

    Hardboiled Wonderland + the End of the World - Murakami

    1Q84 - Murakami

    Kafka on the Shore - Murakami

    Out - Kirino

    The Gulag Archipelago - Solzhenitsyn

    War + Peace - Tolstoy

    Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck

    Tommy Got His Gun - Trumbo

    Blood Meridian - McCarthy

    Kokoro - Soseki

    Botchan - Soseki
     
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    HOLYSHT WHY DID I FORGET BAUDELAIRE?! HE'S GREAT! I had a professor who would quote Baudelaire once our Fiction-Poetry class was over even though it was not even related to the discussion we had. She was eccentric but she had great taste.
     
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    Thanks <3 I think I'll start with Soseki. A friend of mine kept telling me to read one of his works but I never really got around to doing it.
     
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    I've read Out at least five times
     
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    I was surprised I've read alot of these and haven't been reading much of late.... But then i think it down to the fact I took English literature through out school and college.

    But there are still alot of books here I haven't read. Thanks so much for the recommendations. :omgr:
     
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    Hahaha :) I'm a lit grad and we're so used to seeing these on the syllabus all the time :( I'm still trying to remember some good books but I'm not sure if I should be embarrassed even thinking about recommending them.
     
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    Nice book choice. :omgr:
     
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    That's an excellent list. I've read a few from your list to completion (Hitchhiker's is in my top 10) as I have a bad habit of getting hyped for a book, reading it half-way through then losing interest and dropping it for one reason or another.

    Personally I'd add American Gods (or drop Coraline - it's a good book don't get me wrong but I read it late and it didn't resonate with me as much if I was probably a bit younger) and add Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
     
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    I'm currently reading Plato's "The Republic" and it's nice to see that you included it in your list as well. ;)
    I would also recommend "How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking" by Jordan Ellenberg in the list as well (more like inspirational non-fiction).
     
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    Yehey thanks <3
     
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    I haven’t read American Gods yet, to tell you the truth. That’s why I couldn’t include it there. I’m almost at that number on my list, though.

    Discworld is a magnificent series, isn’t it? Terry Pratchett has this extensive and systematic way of creating a whole new world. Although I haven’t read some of the short stories, I’m glad I read through all the books.

    I wanted to add The Wheel of Time series which I think is as good as Discworld but I’m still at Knife of Dreams so I’ll probably have to finish the rest of the books, first.
     
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