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Please Help Me Add To The Greatest Book List Ever

Discussion in 'Book Search & Suggestions' started by undone_33, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. undone_33

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    I am sure that many people would take out some of the titles I have chosen so far, but please only recommend! :)

    I am really interested to find books that completely change my life, give me completely new perspective, expand my mind, and of course, if possible, entertain.

    Think of this as my quest...

    Thanks!!




    The Books I Have

    1984 by George Orwell
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    Choice Theory by Dr. William Glasser
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
    Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

    The Books I Want

    A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
    And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    Arcadia: A Play by Tom Stoppard
    Be Here Now by Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert)
    Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson by G.I. Gurdjeiff
    Blink! by Malcolm Gladwell
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction by Luke Davies
    Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
    Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
    Critical Path by R. Buckminster Fuller
    Cynic's Dictionary by Richard Bayan
    Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
    Diary: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
    Dogrun by Arthur Nersesian
    Dune by Frank Herbert
    Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance by Irvine Welsh
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Fake Liar Cheat by Tod Goldberg
    Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
    Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
    Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
    I, Claudius by Robert Graves
    Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
    Jesus Saves by Darcey Steinke
    Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
    Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
    Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
    Libra by Don DeLillo
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
    Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
    Neuromancer by William Gibson
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Garcia Marquez
    Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
    Poker Without Cards: A Consciousness Thriller by Ben Mack
    Rabbit, Run by John Updike
    Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
    Sex, Drugs, and Cocopuffs by Chuck Klosterman
    Siddartha by Hermann Hesse
    Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
    Survivor: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
    Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
    The Art of War by Sun Tzu
    The BFG by Roald Dahl
    The Celsestine Prophecy by James Redfield
    The Complete Illustrated Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
    The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett
    The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley
    The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
    The Etruscan by Mika Waltari
    The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
    The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    The ****-Up by Arthur Nersesian
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    The God delusion by Richard Dawkins
    The Godfather by Mario Puzo
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    The Human Effect by Akmal Shebl
    The Innocent Man by John Grisham
    The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution by Grant Morrison
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
    The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
    The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    The Politics of Ecstasy by Timothy Leary
    The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    The Rum Diary: A Novel
    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The Shadow of the Wind: A Novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kuzweil
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John LeCarre'
    The Stranger by Albert Camus
    The Teaching of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowlede by Carlos Cataneda
    The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Neiffenegger
    The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
    Thundersqueak by Liz Angerford
    Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
    Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, & Art by Lewis Hyde
    Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susan
    Watchmen by Alan Moore
    Watership Down by Richard Adams
    Way of the Peacefull Warrior by Dan Millman
    White Noise by Don DeLillo
    Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
     
  2. Anamnesis

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    Very diverse list. I'll have to use this when hunting for books at the bookstore and/or library. If you want more recommendations . . .

    -Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite

    -Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

    -Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

    -Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

    -The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin (also, check out his book Tales of the City)

    -Dry by Augusten Burroughs

    -Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Keysen
     
  3. abecedarian

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    Don't leave out The Bible! Besides its history of changing lives, so much of western literature draws from it.
     
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    Even Harry Potter - I had to chuckle when JKR quoted "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death". I wonder how many people who may find that so profound realise its source? :)
     
  5. undone_33

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    Hey!! Thanks for the suggestions so far! And I realize I didn't include the Bible, but thats because I am a Christian and read it all the time. I think of it as more than just literature, I guess. But I really appreciate the help so far, and once I decide I've added enough books for a while, I will post again with my entire list so everyone can use it. Thanks a lot! :)
     
  6. abecedarian

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    I know! The series is peppered with hints of Rowling's faith, but this last book is positively saturated. But I still have well-meaning friends who like to tell me about the book they read detailing her alignment with Satanism and Wiccan practices. I guess it sold a few books in that direction, so it must be true, eh?
     
  7. PhilW

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    I bet they still play their old Pink Floyd albums backwards too! I remember years ago, I had the ELO vinyl album - 'Face the Music'. Side 1, track 1 (all you teenies out there will be thinking 'WHAT?') there was a passage where Jeff Lynne is speaking backwards. So I recorded it on my old reel-to-reel deck (try and keep up, teenies) and played it the other way to figure out what he was saying...oooo, very spooky. Or maybe not -

    "The music is reversible, but time is not; turn back...turn back..."

    was what he was saying. Profound? I don't think so :D
     
  8. abecedarian

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    :D If one ingested the right meds, that might be profound(even the teenies can understand that!):D
     
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    The Road to Character; David Brooks
    Notes from Underground; Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    The Brothers Karamazov; Fyodor Dostoyeveksey

    Fathers and Sons; Ivan Turgenev

    Lolita; Vladimir Nabokov

    The Art of War; Sun Yat-Sen

    The Prince; Niccolo Machiavelli

    Will add more later, just key ones off the top of my head.
     
  10. GERBAM

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    Most Interesting Lists Indeed

    Off the top of my head I'd have to to with:

    McCullers
    Fitzgerald
    Hemingway
    Steinbeck
    Brautigan
    Hammett
    Chandler
    Lessing
    Didion
    Oates
    Morrison
    Rand
    Woolfe
    Woolf
    Christie
    DeLillo
    Nabakov
    Buck

    Can't think anymore ... but I will be back ;)

    ENJOY
    GERBAM
     
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    If you want to be amused, add Carl Hiaasen. His books won't change your life or make you smarter, but they will make you laugh.

    I believe all things to do with Floyd tend to be more profound when the "right meds" are involved. Ever watched The Wizard of OZ with The Dark Side of the Moon playing (AKA Dark Side of OZ)? Boring. I wonder if I would have felt the same at seventeen? Doubtful. Perhaps we could have piggy backed it with The Wall, which we all considered the greatest film ever. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Stewart

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    Meagre.

    Extensive. Get them first before the mountain becomes too much.

    Or help yourself to this list
     
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    Stewart,

    Thank you for the criticism. But, The books on the "Books I Have" list are of course not the only books I have. They are just the only books I have from the list I have compiled in the last few weeks. And, I have purchased all of them in the last two weeks.

    I have decided to create this list, b/c I know I will want to purchase a new book every time I step foot in a bookstore. Matter of fact, last time I left the store with five.

    I understand that I already have a mountain of books to collect. But I also have a mountain of time left to collect and read them, considering I live to an average ripe, old age.

    As I mentioned, this is to some extent... "a quest". In no novels have I read that King Arthur started by pulling knives out of rocks before pulling out a sword.

    Anyways, I apologize for what seems to be a combative reply. I very much appreciate those who want to help with my list. I just do not appreciate those who simply want to begin arguments, steer the thread off topic, or sling their weight around, whether it is ego or wisdom. Thanks for all intended help.

    And thanks to all who have made suggestions.
     
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    Oh, i forgot to mention! I do appreciate the link to the 1001 books you must read before you die. I have seen it before, but I really appreciate it. The list I have made hasnt been made by simply putting every book I hear about on it. I first look for lists and when I see a book that appears on several lists, I research it. If it seems interesting, or if it seems important for me to read, I add it.

    So thanks!
     
  15. Stewart

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    In that case, I'll add Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon to your list.
     
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    Make that two votes for Sunset Song. Great book. Also try The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle. You'll swear you know these people!
     
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    Booklit

    Stewart thank you for the book link ... right up my alley.

    ENJOY
    GERBAM
     
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    The Lucifer Effect Philip Zimbardo

    Eden's Atlantis Dawn Bergemann

    Taming the Beast Emily Maguire

    Gene Stel Pavlou


    I will be back with more............................................
     
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    Funny funny guy......i'm not that old, but I did have ELO on Vinyl! that's awesome.

    Thanks for the Chuckle
     
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    I think you can get some worthwhile reads from books that don't always appear on several lists. In other words, you want to read books only that appeal to the masses.

    For example, my favourite Vladimir Nabokov book is Pnin, but rarely would you see that book on a 'list', whose creators prefer, instead, to include the more well-known Lolita.

    Asylum, Patrick McGrath
    The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy
    Everyman, Philip Roth
    Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
    The Cider House Rules, John Irving
     

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