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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysRamadan · 1 decade ago

What are some good books to read in my spare time?

I'm into classical literature or complex realistic fiction.

I would like to make a summer reading list and I'm interested in some suggestions.

Update:

Wow 137733: that is an awesome list. I'm saving it onto my comp. thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    ULYSSES by James Joyce

    THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

    LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

    BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

    THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

    CATCH-22

    DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler

    SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence

    THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

    UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

    THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler

    1984 by George Orwell

    I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

    TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

    AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser

    THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

    SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

    INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

    NATIVE SON by Richard Wright

    HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow

    APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O'Hara

    U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos

    WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson

    A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster

    THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James

    THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James

    TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell

    THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford

    ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

    THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James

    SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser

    A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh

    AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

    ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren

    THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder

    HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster

    GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

    THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene

    LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

    DELIVERANCE by James Dickey

    A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell

    POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley

    THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

    THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad

    NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad

    THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence

    WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence

    TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

    THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer

    PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth

    PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov

    LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

    ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

    THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

    PARADE'S END by Ford Madox Ford

    THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton

    ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm

    THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

    DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather

    FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones

    THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever

    THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

    A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

    OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

    HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

    MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis

    THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton

    THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell

    A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes

    A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul

    THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West

    A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

    SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh

    THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark

    FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce

    KIM by Rudyard Kipling

    A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster

    BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

    THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow

    ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner

    A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul

    THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen

    LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad

    RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow

    THE OLD WIVES' TALE by Arnold Bennett

    THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

    LOVING by Henry Green

    MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

    TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell

    IRONWEED by William Kennedy

    THE MAGUS by John Fowles

    WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys

    UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch

    SOPHIE'S CHOICE by William Styron

    THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

    THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain

    THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy

    THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington

    ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand

    THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand

    BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard

    THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

    1984 by George Orwell

    ANTHEM by Ayn Rand

    WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand

    MISSION EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard

    FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard

    ULYSSES by James Joyce

    CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

    THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    DUNE by Frank Herbert

    THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert Heinlein

    STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert Heinlein

    A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute

    BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

    THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

    ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

    GRAVITY'S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon

    THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

    SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

    GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

    LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

    SHANE by Jack Schaefer

    TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM by Nevil Shute

    A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving

    THE STAND by Stephen King

    THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN by John Fowles

    BELOVED by Toni Morrison

    THE WORM OUROBOROS by E.R. Eddison

    THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

    LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

    MOONHEART by Charles de Lint

    ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner

    OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

    WISE BLOOD by Flannery O'Connor

    UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

    FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Da

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1377 girl gave a really good list. Out of her list I would suggest reading Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut first. He is an amazing writer and his sense of humor is just...funny lol. Also any of the Ayn Rand books, Also 1984 by George Orwell is a good and quick read. Catcher in the Rye is one of my favorites. The great gatsby was wonderful, but boring in some parts. Oh and Catch 22! Ok, I'll stop now.

    EDIT- If you want some modern suspense/mystery read any Dean Koontz books, or James Patterson, Lee Child, Robert Crais.

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  • Reyna
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    4 years ago

    Not sure how old you are, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is freakin' awesome. The books and stories are captivating. If you're 15 or older and you like freaky stuff that's a little bit dark, this series is for you. You would probably also like to read The Stand, by Stephen King. I read it at 16 and loved it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    As for complex realistic fiction, I suggest the Otherland series (4 book series) by Tad Williams. Someone gave me this set a few months ago, and it's really good. It's about a slightly futuristic world (mostly through communications technologies) and a group of people that have to save children from being killed by a program. It's really good, I'd read it!!

    Source(s): Me!!!! Good luck!
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well a person suggested A thousand Splended Suns and Kite Runner i suggest not to read that, because it makes Islam look bad and the guy i dont even know if he;s muslim.he changes alot whether he likes islam in his book or he hates it.

    He makes out that Muslim men beat their wives and treat them like dirt, that was i a thousand splendid suns, but the writting style and english is very good(sorry im an english nerd)

    apart from that i didnt like it very much

    But a nice book is The Queens Fool by Phillippa Gregory

    And her other books, theyre very good its not 100% real but its about English History mixed with her own imagiantion added to it.

    Very good.

    And then there's always Islamic Books, and Al Quran

    my Husband would suggest them more then Dunya Books because you learnnothing from those books, it doesnt benifit you in the Hereafter.

    hehe he's very religious lil boy

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  • Brothers and sisters, I highly recommend to get a copy of:

    "Explanation of the Three Fundamental Principles of Islaam"

    Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen

    http://www.troid.org/store/product.php?productid=1...

    Summary: This work is the English translation of Sharh Thalaathatul-Usool, which is an explanation of the booklet Thalaathatul-Usool (The Three Fundamental Principles) written by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab. The original booklet was written to convey to every Muslim that which is obligatory to know-in fact the “three principles” are based on the three questions that we will be asked in our graves. As such, this book will be beneficial for everyone inshaAllah.

    This book is an amazing read and the translation is really clear. I especially like Shaykh 'Uthaymeen's teaching style. He is known in his works for teaching in a manner that makes it easy for the average person to understand important Islaamic concepts. I really believe this book, inshaa-Allaah will change someone's life, it certainly has for me.

    It is based on learning what we need to know to answer correctly the three questions of the grave:

    1) "Who is your Lord? (who did you worship?)"

    2) "What is your Religion?"

    3) "Who is your Prophet?"

    ::EDIT::

    I also recommend the links from brother Ismail, there are downloadable (free) books there. Also see http://www.al-ibaanah.com for free Islaamic books and articles.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ignore the kid up there, dont read any Khaled Hosseini books, that man is warped and he's a loser.

    I honestly dont know any good books. The book recommended by Na2sa is quite the eye opener though.

    Hanifa- HAHAHAH ok, but I dont like the books. I had to read the first one for school, and the kid gets raped. Who wants to read that?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Wazzat?

    You should read A Thousand Splendid Suns or The Kite Runner if you haven't done so already.

    Source(s): @sunnipersian: Yeah yeah I know..it's sad :(
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  • 1 decade ago

    This is not a classical literature or a complex realistic fiction.. but its still a MUST READ:

    (pdf file)

    http://www.ifol.org/e_library/Al-Khutoot_Al-A%27re...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Other than Quran....hmmm....The Metamorphosis. Plato's Republic. The Great Gatsby. Mein Kampf (I think that's the name).

    Salams.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    James Joyce and H.P. Lovecraft

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