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It’s the best there is
East of Eden. It is one of those books that I just enjoyed all the way through.
I really want to finish this book but for some reason I lose interest about a quarter to a third of the way through. I'll pick it up again after a few years but I'll have to start over from the beginning because I don't remember what happened. I've read the absurdly long descriptions of the Salinas Valley 6 times now.
Maybe I'll give it a shot in audio format.
I am VERY surprised to find this at the top when I entered this topic. This book is fantastic. I have been wanting to get timshel tattooed on me for a while thanks to this book. But me being Jewish, it's frowned upon so I've been delaying it.
i bought this book like legit 7 years ago and never found time to read it ;-;
*A Short History of Nearly Everything* by Bill Bryson
I'm reading that right now.
What's the a short history of one specific thing?
The staple I used on my homework was made in China and is now bent to hold together my papers.
Holy shit! My favourite book. I even gave a nice hardback copy to my mate when he was building a bookshelf. It shows how we know what we know, but then it goes on to tell you how much we DON’T know, and that’s the tastiest bit because suddenly the world is mysterious and shrouded in fog again. Really exciting read, especially if you’re thinking of getting into a science career
What's it about ?
I actually haven't read it. I've listened to various parts of it, and I've read A Really Short History of Nearly Everything which is the kid's version, but never the original book.
Bill Bryson is an amazing author though. Notes from a Small Island is great too.
Yeah I've got it on audio book and it's the best
Beware though, it's anything but short. It should instead be called
A MASSIVE FUCKING STORY OF LITERALLY EVERYTHING
I read it and enjoyed it - but, its obsolete. The book was written 14 years ago. There are quite of few things in that book that has since been proved or disproved.
The Count of Monte Cristo.
is it worth it to read the unabriged version?
The abridged version is awful by comparison.
I had fun with this one, proceeded to read three musketeers afterwards
Loved this book, anyone know of good books similar to this ?
I think if you enjoyed the Count of Monte Cristo you'd really enjoy The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
Just a forewarning: Lynch has a lot of *colored* language if that's not your thing.
THIS. If you can get past the first 300 pages of exposition, you are golden. The rest of the book makes it so, so worth it.
The Hobbit is a hell of a lot better in book form than the movies.
Also, if you want to read a book you'll never forget, read 1984 or Animal Farm. 1984 is a bit deeper of a book compared to Animal Farm's lighter reading, but both are excellent books. You can finish Animal Farm in a day or two without even trying.
1984 fucking drained me.
nails the fucking hyper-oppressive atmosphere quite nicely.
Absolutely. I've never read a book with as much overwhelming helplessness as 1984
How you *knew* the whole time how it would end but the ending still shocks you. I felt like I was sitting there with Winston in the Chestnut Cafe, my face pressed into my hands, thinking "You poor bastard"
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stomping on the human face - forever."
Yes you do. Winston was happy. He loves Big Brother now!
My two recommended readings for dystopia are always 1984 and A Brave New World. It's terrifying to see the similarities. A Brave New World is the one that scares me the most, though.
Never read BNW, should I check it out if I love 1984 and Animal Farm?
Definitely! It's a different take on the dystopian future. While there are bits and pieces of 1984 that I see in modern society, BNW is.. eerie. I will leave it at that. Every time I read it I see something new from it.
Dystopia is scary because we're afraid of the government. Brave New World is scary because it makes me scared of myself.
Definitely. It's sort of a twisted version of a utopia; everyone's grown in a test tube, assigned a caste before birth, and are kept in line through subliminal messaging and mandatory drug rations.
Here's the thing: Probably 90% of the books I have read are Fantasy / Adventure (Magic, swords, etc...)
I physically cannot finish the hobbit. Tiny little short book and I don't have the will power to go more than 30 or 40 pages into it. I am usually re-reading pages after a couple because I find it so mind-numbingly boring that I lose focus.
So while this book is one of the forefathers of the genre I so love, it definitely is not for everyone.
Edit: Missed a very important comma. (it's late, probably missed other stuff too)
Don't be ashamed to skip pages. I can read the hell out of the Hobbit but I skip pages quite often, or at the very least, skip through them. Tolkien can get a bit carried away describing the lining on a leather pelt belt and the color of a worn satchel. I usually find myself skimming through them quite often. The good parts are *good* but the boring parts are super dry.
Reminds me of reading George RR Martin. Fucking boiled leather and describing feasts... We get it.
Yeah. When Sam gets to the Citadel, there's like a twelve line paragraph describing one of the maesters, who immediately departs for Meereen. I didn't even glance at it, skipped right past it.
[Kafka on the Shore](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4929.Kafka_on_the_Shore) by [Haruki Murakami](https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3354.Haruki_Murakami)
Pretty much any Haruki Murakami. Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki, A Wild Sheep Chase, Wind Up Bird Chronicle... They're all incredible books
Another great Japanese writer is Kazuo Ishiguro - Never let me go and The unconsoled are great novels to try. Their writing is kind of similar to me, but Kazuo is clearly influenced by growing up in England.
The Call of Cthulu and The Whisperer in the Dark by Lovecraft. I just finished a bunch of his stories and I'm in love with them. So far those are two of my favourites.
The Colour Out of Space is my favourite story of his. It’s genuinely scary and is one of the easier works of his to read.
While he was most famous for his cosmic horror stories, the more lighthearted “Cool Air” and “Herbert West - Reanimator” are also fun reads.
I've always had a fascination with Lovecraft and have considered reading The Call of Cthulhu. I have to ask (possible book spoilers): is Cthulhu actually in it or is it based more around the lore surrounding him?
As said above he's in it. Be forewarned though it's probably going to be a lot different from what you expect. It reads almost like a diary, closest comparison I can think of would be Dracula for writing style.
Also Lovecraft for all his genius cannot write conversational dialogue to save his life.
The style of writing framed as letters and diary entries and such is called "epistolary" by the way!
He's in it :)
Read "The Colour Out of Space" next!
The Music of Erich Zann is my personal favorite.
Hm...I like both of those, but I think The Shadow out of Time is his best. I'd follow that up with The Mountains of Madness.
The Book Thief. It’s incorrectly touted as a young adult novel but Zuzak’s writing is nothing short of classic. It’s the story of a young German girl during WWII and its narrated by Death itself. I cry every fucking time I read it.
Had to do a presentation for this in high school. I remember not being able to put it down. I couldn't wait to read more any time I had to stop.
Came here to say this. Was unsure for three or four chapters, then toted that book around with me reading every spare moment I got.
I finished it in a few days and was openly weeping in my eighth grade English class when I got to the end of it.
The writing style is absolutely magical. I get that some people don't like or think it's too flowery, but it just absolutely captivated me. For months after reading that book, everything I wrote had a hint of Markus Zusak's style
Absolutely one of my favorite books. Zusak's other books are very good as well.
I never understood why it's considered YA. Some books are meant to be read by all ages, this is one of them.
I think I liked this book even more when I came back to it as an adult. So good. So much crying.
All of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. The first time I ever laughed out loud reading a book and seriously great fiction.
My favorites? Mort and Reaper Man
I always recommend Mort as the starting point, though Guards! Guards! and Wired Sisters are other strong candidates.
The first Discworld novel I picked up was *Jingo*. I wasn't a big reader back then, hadn't read anything since kids' books when I was a kid, so I didn't really know how books "went," if you know what I mean. I could only think like textbooks, a list of facts. So I opened *Jingo* and read the first page and realized, *this is what imagination can do*.
But since it was part of a series I had to pick a standalone so the first one I read was *Small Gods*.
Also must read: Good Omens
It's not Discworld, but it's great
The service manual for their car.
It’s surprisingly easy to fix most common problems - you learn something new, you save money by doing it yourself and there’s no chance to get swindled out of your money when you do it yourself.
Or the vehicle code. You're driving a deadly machine; you should at least know what your responsibilities are. Gives a lot of confidence to know precisely what the rules are, rather than guessing and doing a lot of stuff dangerously wrong.
While the code itself may seem like a lot of sections, you can skip stuff like *Operation of Pedicabs* and make sure you know cold the important life or death stuff like *Right-of-Way* or where pedestrians/bicyclists should be expected. Amazing how many areas there are where drivers have it completely wrong, but are convinced they have it completely right.
Everyone should read [The Master and Margarita](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Master_and_Margarita) by Mikhail Bulgakov. There are two separate plots. One features Satan and his entourage in 1930s Moscow. The other is set in Jerusalem and has Pontius Pilate as a character.
The wheel of time buy Robert Jordan
It's long as shit and long winded at times, but it's simply amazing and will keep you occupied for a while. It has the most expansive/detailed world of any fictional book I've read and the most unique magic system I've seen in anything. It's definitely a must read if you have the time.
The Godfather. The movies are amazing but the book is a whole different experience. 10/10 would recommend to anyone
Not a fan of the whole vagina surgery arc than spans for 4 chapters though.
Dracula. Basically the reason vampires are sexy now.
Man the vampire craze died out after twilight ended lmao thank god, such a horrible way to ruin one of the OG monsters
I wouldn’t say Twilight ruined Dracula, he’s still awesome and most people hate how those movies messed with the classic lore.
If you ever get the chance you should definitely read the book. Turns out our modern idea of Dracula isn’t accurate to Stoker’s book either.
It should be mentioned that the lore of vampires has changed a lot over the ages. Vampires used to be seducers who would lead "christian men" against their morals, but developed into blood sucking monsters. The term vampire started in 1816, from a writters named George Gordon and Lord Byron.
The story is that George Gordon was a servant to Lord Byron and they were out on a trip with the woman who wrote Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) and her husband and they got stuck in the rain. Board and with nothing to do, they all decided to write horror novels. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein that day, Lord Byron got salty as fuck and didn't participate, and George wrote a story of a Bloodsucking monster who kills people and eats them, then seduces the protagonist of the story.
Lord Byron later stole the story and changed details to villainized the vampyr more (originally it was some dude who just kind of ate people and wasn't super natural at all), and the climax was that the dude that ate people referred to himself as a vampyr.
Prior to Lord Byron popularizing the term Vampire, the idea was frequent in folk lore, but just didn't have a term for it.
Over the ages the concept of vampires has changed from someone who sustains themselves on eating people, to a bloodsucker. From a being usually scene as being homosexual, to just really attractive. From human to inhuman immortal monster.
Honestly taking Dracula as the first itteration of vampires is just criminal, if you want a good book full of old (and newer) vampire stories that shows their progression as they developed check out The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories. It has stories from as early as 1816 to as recent as 1984, and while they fallow a theme, the certainly aren't all the same story.
Oh I know vampire lore is way older than Dracula, it’s just the first think people think of when they think of the “classic” vampires.
I actually find it funny how people typically point to Dracula when they say vampires die in the sun when that was just a movie adaptation. Stoker’s Dracula could walk around in sunlight just fine apart from a temporary power drain.
Brave New World
Flowers for Algernon
La Nuit des Temps
Definitely agree with Flowers for Algernon, it is a real gem that I just finished reading recently (the short story that is)
I'd argue that Brave New World is far more relevant to today's climate than 1984.
e: I'll cite Neil Postman on this one -
> We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.
But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.
> What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions". In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.
> This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.
I wish all the internet people who bring up 1984 had actually read it
Animal Farm and 1984 are two of the best books I was ever required to read in school.
Although it's strange, I just read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for a Humanities assignment and I was actually surprised how much it made sense after I wrote my report on it. So I went and read it again and everything seemed to click.
Another one that I recommend, as you probably haven't read it since childhood, is Indian in the Cupboard. I read that recently and forgot how much I enjoyed it.
My next book is on Hurricane Katrina called "The Great Deluge."
Lies of Locke Lamora
Loved this one! I often find a lot of fantasy novels have generic settings and characters that feel too superhuman to be believable. This is just a funny, exciting, imaginative story about a few misfit thieves in the fascinating fantasy equivalent of old Venice.
My best friend has been on me for months to read these books and I finally read the first one and fell in love. Working on book 2 now, super excited about it. I listen to the audio books if I’m driving and they’re fantastic too.
Goddammit, I love this series. Looking forward to Thorn of Emberlain
Will always recommend this till the end of time. The Princess Bride
Is this a kissing book?
Some day, you may not mind so much.
One of my favourites.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
- Life, the Universe and Everything
I found So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish somewhat underwhelming, but Mostly Harmless was good.
Yeah, So Long and Thanks For All the Fish was a romance where the rest of the books were... Uhh, not romances? Adams probably shouldn't have written it as it was.
I never read the fifth book. I read the sixth one though, which is very confusing because it's built on the end of 5.
I didn’t mind the relationship between Arthur and Fenchurch but focusing the book on them made it not feel like a HHGTTG story. The she disappears in book five and is basically forgotten.
The Stormlight trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
It starts very slow, but the characters are well built and you can imagine another world very easily. The world of the characters is changing slowly and a danger awakens while they are caught in their personal stories.
I thought Stormlight was supposed to run for 10 books.
Yes, that is correct. 5+5 books. Like Mistborn in 3+4.
He claims to publish one every 2 years. If it were any other High Fantasy author like Martin or Rothfuss I would call bullshit but it's Sanderson and we trust in him.
And we get the new stormlight book in 13 days!
You are right and I'm excited. Just saw that. It was stormlight which had three. I just assumed
You referred to Mistborn as Stormlight again.
Came here in search of Stormlight Archives. Halfway though Words of Radiance. This series is SO GOOD!
Additionally, the Mistborn series by him is great as well
Oh man I can't wait for book three this month.
I'd add a caveat though that apparently a lot of Sanderson fans and the man himself say it's the most difficult of his series for newcomers.
I can kind of see why because it is pretty fucking depressing but it's the first series of his I read and I loved it.
The stranger by Albert Camus.
Fucking finally. The experience of reading the stranger was something else.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
Even if you aren't a big fantasy buff, I reccomend it 100%. It's got something in it for everyone. The way it combs through the protagonist's life is incredible. It's got that same peek-into-someone's-life quality as movies like Forrest Gump, but set in one of the most wonderfully formed worlds I've ever read about.
It's a high-scale, heroic fantasy, but it's also the story of a life journey.
I also recommend this but with the caveat that it will hook you in so you quickly read the 2nd book, only to realise the 3rd hasn't been released yet...with nothing in site yet.
Eh, I have more hope for this series than I do for ASOIAF. But... that's not really saying much.
Yeah, at least Pat doesn't look like he'll die before releasing A Dream of Spring.
AFAIK he had much of the 3rd book written years ago. Obviously I appreciate his work so happy for him to take the time he needs to produce it to the high standard expected, it's just a bit painful waiting!
I just bought this on a recommendation from a friend- can't wait!
I got this book as a gift. Read the first chapter or two and got bored. Maybe I'll give it another try.
Same thing happened to me, push through to where he starts telling his story and you'll know whether you'll like it or not
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates , probably would resonate with a lot of people going through change, not so sure the religious crowd would be down though. The KFC drive through scene is impossible not to laugh your ass off to
Or still life with woodpecker
Or anything tom robbins really
Fear and Loathing in Lad Vegas
Ahh the London sequel, where the cheeky nandos is laced with lsd
We can't stop 'ere mate, this is chav country!
Dune. This book is an epic fantasy. Give it a try. Seriously.
Gödel, Escher, Bach.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
How to Win Friends and Influence People. Even if you don't need help with either of these two things, this book is just a treasure trove of wisdom and insightful musings that will change the way you view people and how you interact with them
This is a good book. Ever since I've read it, I've started talking to random strangers and have gotten to know a lot of people to go and do things with.
This is such a weird coincidence. I am a 21 year old painter from Australia. Today at work we had one more job to do before we went home. So my boss and I arrive at the next job to meet an elderly but really talkative man. As I'm painting his door he tells me about himself and I tell him about myself and we chat on. Eventually I'm just about done and he asks "so do you like to read vinrace" which I do so I said yes and he pulled out this very book and gave it to me. It's sitting right next to me now. He said I have to pass it on and he doesn't want it back. I skimmed through it and he has underlined some stuff in there. I'm super excited to read it!
How to Win Friends & Influence People. It's a bit dated but does a really good job at teaching you how to sway a person's opinion while making them think they came to the conclusion on their own.
so A basic guide to perform inception but in real life?
The Kama Sutra
Not a lot of words in that one.
But a picture's worth a thousand words.
A lot of words in that one.
There are actually, and only a small part of it deals with sex
The pictures are less than erotic too. Image Google "Indian Art" and imagine that crossed with one of those half-assed stick figure sex position charts.
It's everyone poops
I shit the bed on that one
The Diary of Anne Frank.
I never understood how the Nazis couldn't find her. I've been to Amsterdam and there's signposts to her house everywhere.
An Anne Frank joke that isn't wildly offensive.
Neil Gaiman's American Gods. It's not all about the ending; sometimes the journey is just as important. An absolutely fascinating masterclass in fiction.
I can honestly say it's one of the few books where I didn't have a clue where it was going, not even for a second. Loved it.
My only problem with this book is theres this whole chunk in the middle where the pacing is really off. Like nothing happens for ages and it feels like ages of scene setting for a chapter right at the end. The payoff isn't worth the build up.
Other than that a fantastic novel.
The Long Walk - Stephen King
I think that was a Bachman book. I remember that novella and The Running Man were in the same collection. I think of them often especially when Fear Factor was really popular and just reality tv games in general. How far are we from things like this I wonder?
Ursula K. Le Guin's *The Left Hand of Darkness*, Umberto Eco's *The Name of the Rose*, everything by Terry Pratchett
Dragonlance, the initial three. A well done epic tale.
And its counterpart White Fang.
I’m reading this in my English class right now. I’m at chapter 5 and honestly...... I don’t get it. My professor just keeps saying “it’s wired huh”.
Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan.
It's an incredibly interesting read.
White Fang. Amazing book.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell
World War Z. I believe it's the most realistic zombie book out there. And more importantly it shows how different cultures deal with catastrophe.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It's just overall an extraordinary work of art.
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Post Office by Charles Bukowski.
Ender's Game. 'Nuff said
Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide are great sequels.
Slaughterhouse 5 and Breakfast of Champions are absolutely amazing.
The belgariad by David Eddings. Absolutely amazing series
The old man and the sea - Hemingway.
Is already on my list. How long took it you to read it?
It's just around a hundred pages, an afternoon :)
I still remember where I was when I read this. I was a member of the YMCA and I started reading this in the hot tub one morning. Never left the gym until I read the whole thing. Such an amazing book!
This comment reads wildly homoerotic.
I'm going to give the same answer as I did when this question was posted yesterday: To Kill A Mockingbird.
Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. The captivating tales of who we are, where we've come from, and what we are to become. Savage insights and important truths every homosapien should know and build from.
The Glass Castle
I completely agree and I would like to add DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE it did not do the memoir justice whatsoever.
Being Mortal, Atul Gawande.
Old Man and the Sea- Papa Hemingway
Gods in Alabama- Joshilyn Jackson
Looking for Alaska- John Green
Days of the Endless Corvette- Man Martin
Dune and Dune: Messiah.
Both are pretty heavy and thorough reads, but they are absolutely a one-of-a-kind experience. I'd highly recommend them, especially if you're into philosophical stuff or serious sci-fi.
Moby Dick- Melville
It took some time to read but was I was happy I finished it. It has a good story, iconic characters, and Melville actually tries to teach about the world of whaling. Great read if you've got the patience.
The art of not giving a f*ck
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Blindness by Jose Saramago.
The boy in the striped pajamas.
Right now I'm reading Ken Follett's Century Trilogy (just started Book 2), and let me tell you, this is how complex, multi-generational epic historical fiction. I originally was basing my own work about the reign of the Catholic monarchs off of *A Song of Ice and Fire,* but Ken Follett does the same thing, but so much better. Plus, the details he goes into is incredible (which makes things more daunting for my own work)
The bible :)
I watched No Country for Old Men recently and picked up the book last week. It's not the longest or most well written book of our age but I'd recommend it if you're into gritty crime novels.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, great read!