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    So I've been taking literature classes and we've read a variety of books this term, most very good. One terrible but hey 4 out of 6 with one push isn't bad. So I want suggestions from others. What are some good books that you have read. They can be classics or contemporary, mass produced or hard to find. I'll start with what I've read this quarter and other recommendations.


    1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A good book, a bit wordy in parts but a very good story that flows well.
    2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway: One of my favorite books. A great story with very in depth characters.
    3. Written On the Body by Jeanette Winterson: Not worth the paper it's printed on. It is a love story featuring nameless genderless characters. Basically it's well written high class smut.
    4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell: GREAT story. I highly recommend this book. It has a very good plot and tells two stories simultaneously. It begins a bit slowly because there are so many characters that you meet simultaneously, but once you meet them all the plot moves very quickly.
    5. SlaughterHouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: I hated the first eight chapters, tolerated the ninth and enjoyed the tenth. It is a short read but a VERY difficult story to follow. Based on Vonneguts experience of surviving the bombing of Dresden.
    6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: I'm still reading it. It does not appear to be a terrible but but I am not prepared to endorse it.


    Here's some books that I've finished recently.
    1. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. GREAT story about operation Red Wing.
    2. Alaska by James A Michener, if you like historical fiction this is a great book. It tells the story of the state of Alaska from the Ice Age to the mid 1970's.
    3. The Shack by William P. Young, if you are a Christian then this is a pretty good read. It starts out very fast and finishes fast as well. The middle bogs down quite a bit and becomes more of a theological illustration than a story.
    4. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, I know it's not a fiction but the story is very captivating. It's a different kind of story from his previous two (Into Thin Air and Into the Wild) but it still had Krakauer's signature writing style.


    So what other recommendations do you guys have? I need a summer reading list. . .

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    I don't read much "literature" but I really enjoyed For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    So I've been taking literature classes and we've read a variety of books this term, most very good. One terrible but hey 4 out of 6 with one push isn't bad. So I want suggestions from others. What are some good books that you have read. They can be classics or contemporary, mass produced or hard to find. I'll start with what I've read this quarter and other recommendations.


    1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A good book, a bit wordy in parts but a very good story that flows well.
    2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway: One of my favorite books. A great story with very in depth characters.
    3. Written On the Body by Jeanette Winterson: Not worth the paper it's printed on. It is a love story featuring nameless genderless characters. Basically it's well written high class smut.
    4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell: GREAT story. I highly recommend this book. It has a very good plot and tells two stories simultaneously. It begins a bit slowly because there are so many characters that you meet simultaneously, but once you meet them all the plot moves very quickly.
    5. SlaughterHouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: I hated the first eight chapters, tolerated the ninth and enjoyed the tenth. It is a short read but a VERY difficult story to follow. Based on Vonneguts experience of surviving the bombing of Dresden.
    6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: I'm still reading it. It does not appear to be a terrible but but I am not prepared to endorse it.


    Here's some books that I've finished recently.
    1. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. GREAT story about operation Red Wing.
    2. Alaska by James A Michener, if you like historical fiction this is a great book. It tells the story of the state of Alaska from the Ice Age to the mid 1970's.
    3. The Shack by William P. Young, if you are a Christian then this is a pretty good read. It starts out very fast and finishes fast as well. The middle bogs down quite a bit and becomes more of a theological illustration than a story.
    4. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, I know it's not a fiction but the story is very captivating. It's a different kind of story from his previous two (Into Thin Air and Into the Wild) but it still had Krakauer's signature writing style.


    So what other recommendations do you guys have? I need a summer reading list. . .
    A good secular fiction book with an interesting religious theme running throughout is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
    Two of the statemetns regarding religion stay with me to this day.

    1. You don't need a miracle to have faith, faith itself is a miracle.
    2. Doubt is the essense of true faith. If you can doubt everything and still believe, that is true faith.

    For those who don't know it, Irving was a wrestler and a coach and two of his books have wrestling as a major theme and I enjoyed them even more. They are the World According to Garp and The 158-lb Marriage.

    A somwhat challenging book, but very worthwhile is The Life of Pi.

    I have been trying to read all the Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction. I find them very well written and generally more readable and enjoyable than other prize-winning books. I am about 1/3 done and am going to read American Pastoral by Phillip Roth next.

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    A few recommendations:

    Charles Dickens was one of the greatest storytellers in the English language. A few non-obvious choices you might want to try, which I highly recommend:
    --Nicholas Nickleby
    --Our Mutual Friend
    --Hard Times

    Zora Neale Hurston: "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

    Mark Twain

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    Fahrenheit 451 -Ray Bradbury

    Lord of the Flies-William Golding

    1984 - George Orwell

    Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck

    Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson

    Dracula- Bram Stoker

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

    War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
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    I know The Sun Also Rises was one of your favorites in theat list. Here are some other from Hemingway that you won't be able to put down.

    A Farewell to Arms
    The Fifth Column
    Green Hills of Africa
    To Have and Have Not (book is better than the Bogie movie)
    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    Men at War
    The Old Man and the Sea ( the Spencer Tracy movie is one of my favorities)
    Islands in the Stream

    Also, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is one not avoid.
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    I loved The Great Gatsby, along with All Quiet on the Western Front

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    These aren't all classics but some I'd highly recommend:

    The Stand and Carrie- Steven King
    The Oath- Frank Peretti (for the religious minded)
    Call of the Wild and White Fang- Jack London
    Old Man and the Sea- Hemmingway

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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    These aren't all classics but some I'd highly recommend:

    The Stand and Carrie- Steven King
    The Oath- Frank Peretti (for the religious minded)
    Call of the Wild and White Fang- Jack London
    Old Man and the Sea- Hemmingway
    I enjoyed The Oath but I preferred Visitation. Have you read his newest book Monster?

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