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Have you read any of these books? if so what would you rate those particular books?

The Sheltering Sky

by Paul Bowles

The Fox in the Attic

by Richard Hughes

Mrs. Bridge

James Salter, by Evan S. Connell

One Hour

by Lillian Smith

The Makioka Sisters

by Junichiro Tanizaki


by Craig Thompson

O, Juliet

by Robin Maxwell

My Life in France

by Alex Prud'Homme, Julia Child

I Capture the Castle

by Dodie Smith


Philippa Gregory, by Anya Seton

Wives and Daughters

by Elizabeth Gaskell, edited by Angus Easson

The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel

by Alain De Botton

The Lost Diary of Don Juan

by Douglas Carlton Abrams

The School of Essential Ingredients

by Erica Bauermeister

The Magicians

by Lev Grossman

Complaint: From Minor Moans to Principled Protests

by Julian Baggini

The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder

by Stephen Elliott

Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainabilityby David Owen

Stitches: A Memoir

by David Small

Generosity: An Enhancement

by Richard Powers

Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

by Lizzie Skurnick

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future

by Sheril Kirshenbaum, Chris Mooney

Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

by Barbara Ehrenreich

A Friend of the Family

by Lauren Grodstein

The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter

by Jason Kersten

Sag Harbor

by Colson Whitehead

Cutting for Stone

by Abraham Verghese

Love Is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts

Neal Pollack, edited by Michael Taeckens


by Dave Eggers

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism

by Megan Marshall


by Michael Grant

Hunger: A Gone Novel

by Michael Grant

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

by Jeff Kinney


by Kristin Cashore


by Kristin Cashore

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover

by Ally Carter

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean

Little Brother

by Cory Doctorow


by Neal Stephenson

Saturn's Children

by Charles Stross

Zoe's Tale

by John Scalzi

Rhetorics of Fantasy

by Farah Mendlesohn

What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction

by Paul Kincaid

Hate Mail Will Be Graded

by John Scalzi

Spectrum 15

edited by Arnie Fenner, Cathy Fenner

The Vorkosigan Companion

edited by Lillian S. Carl

Acacia: The War with the Mein

by David Anthony Durham


by Felix Gilman

A Fire Upon The Deep

by Vernor Vinge

The City & the Stars

by Arthur C. Clarke

Dark Is the Sun

by Philip Jose Farmer


by A.A. Attanasio

Buying Time

by Joe Haldeman

Consider Phlebas

by Iain M. Banks

Great Sky River

by Gregory Benford


by Greg Bear


by Dan Simmons

The True Game

by Sheri S. Tepper

Wild Seed

by Octavia E. Butler

Carrion Comfort

by Dan Simmons

Master of the Five Magics

by Lyndon Hardy

The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10

by Roger Zelazny

Wizard and Glass

by Stephen King


The Name of the Wind

by Patrick Rothfuss

A Game of Thrones

by George R.R. Martin

The Anubis Gates

by Tim Powers

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Junot Di­az

Sacred Games

by Vikram Chandra

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

by Michael Chabon

Then We Came to the End

by Joshua Ferris

Tree of Smoke

by Denis Johnson

'Salem's Lot

by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

by Stephen King

Bag of Bones

by Stephen King


by Stephen King

Lisey's Story

by Stephen King

Duma Key

by Stephen King

Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

by Stephen King

Alpine for You: A Passport to Peril Mystery

by Maddy Hunter

Arson and Old Lace: A Far Wychwood Mystery

by Patricia Harwin

Candy Apple Dead

by Sammi Carter

High Rhymes and Misdemeanors: A Poetic Death Mystery

by Diana Killian

The Merchant of Menace

by Jill Churchill

Scent to Her Grave

by India Ink

Slay Bells

by Kate Kingsbury

Sticks & Scones

by Diane Mott Davidson

Update 2:

Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth

by Tamar Myers

Vi Agra Falls: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery

by Mary Daheim

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels

by Jasper Fforde


The Dead Zone

The Green Mile



The Dark Tower Novels

Pet Sematary



Different Seasons



Skeleton Crew

The Stand

The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon

Edwin of the Iron Shoes

by Marcia Muller

A Is for Alibi

by Sue Grafton

Indemnity Only

by Sara Paretsky

A Trouble of Fools

by Linda Barnes

Baltimore Blues

by Laura Lippman

Goodnight, Irene

by Jan Burke


by Patricia Cornwell

One for the Money

by Janet Evanovich

Rogue Male

by Geoffrey Household, introduction by Victoria Nelson

A Clockwork Orange

by Anthony Burgess

Falling Angel

by William Hjortsberg, foreword by Ridley Scott, introduction by James Crumley

The Wasp Factory

by Iain Banks

American Psycho

by Bret Easton Ellis

Mixed Blood: A Thriller

by Roger Smith

Britten and Brulightly

by Hannah Berry

Update 3:

Bury Me Deep

by Megan Abbott

The Good Thief's Guide to Paris: A Mystery

by Chris Ewan

If the Dead Rise Not

by Philip Kerr


by Allan Guthrie

The Girl Who Played with Fire

by Stieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland

Boston Noir

edited by Dennis Lehane

The Way Home

by George Pelecanos

Devil's Garden

by Ace Atkins

Dope Thief

by Dennis Tafoya

A Quiet Belief in Angels

by R.J. Ellory


by Reed Farrel Coleman, Ken Bruen

Cover Her Face (1962)

The "Commander Dalgleish" series (14 books)

by P.D. James

From Doon with Death (1964)

The "Inspector Wexford" series (21 books)

by Ruth Rendell

Last Bus to Woodstock (1975)

The "Inspector Morse" series (13 books)

by Colin Dexter

The Man With a Load of Mischief (1981)

The "Inspector Jury" series (21 books)

by Martha Grimes

Knots and Crosses (1987)

The "Inspector Rebus" series (17 books)

by Ian Rankin

A Great Deliverance (1988)

The "Inspector Lynley" series (15 books)

by Elizabeth George

Update 4:

A Share in Death (1993)

The "Superintendent Kincaid/Inspector James" series (12 books)

by Deborah E. Crombie

A Test of Wills (1996)

The "Inspector Rutledge" series (11 books)

by Charles Todd

A Catered Halloween: A Mystery with Recipes

by Isis Crawford

Death of a Trickster: A Peggy Jean Turner Mystery

by Kate Borden

The Fallen Man: A Joe Leaphorn Novel

by Tony Hillerman

Hallowe'en Party: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

by Agatha Christie

Skeleton Key: A Gregor Demarkian Novel

by Jane Haddam

Witches' Bane: A China Bayles Mystery

by Susan Wittig Albert

Blind Submission

by Debra Ginsberg

The Book of Air and Shadows

by Michael Gruber

The Secret of Lost Things

by Sheridan Hay

The Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, translated by Lucia Graves

The Thirteenth Tale

by Diane Setterfield

People of the Book

by Geraldine Brooks

Three Coffins

by John Dickson Carr

The Judas Window: A Sir Henry Merrivale Mystery

Tom Schantz, Enid Schantz, by Carter Dickson

Update 5:

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

The Lamp of God

by Ellery Queen

The Problem of Cell 13

by Jacques Futrelle

The Nine Tailors

by Dorothy L. Sayers

Holy Disorders

by Edmund Crispin

The Mystery Of The Yellow Room

by Gaston Leroux

The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree

by Stuart Palmer

Death on Milestone Buttress

by Glyn Carr

The Christening Day Murder

by Lee Harris

The Draining Lake

by Arnaldur Indridason

Dragon Bones: A Red Princess Mystery

by Lisa See

In a Dry Season

by Peter Robinson

On Beulah Height

by Reginald Hill

Out of the Deep I Cry

by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Desperate Characters

by Paula Fox

Turn, Magic Wheel

by Dawn Powell

84, Charing Cross Road

by Helene Hanff

Family Happiness

by Laurie Colwin

The Custom of the Country

by Edith Wharton

The Emperor's Children

by Claire Messud


by Frank Herbert

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

by Robert A. Heinlein

I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov

Update 6:

The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

by Arthur C. Clarke

Snow Crash

by Neal Stephenson

Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card

The Borrowers

by Mary Norton


by Antonia Barber, illustrated by P.J. Lynch

Gulliver's Travels

by Jonathan Swift

Hob and the Goblins

by William Mayne

The Indian in the Cupboard Trilogy

by Lynne Reid Banks

The Littles

by John Peterson, illustrated by Roberta Carter Clark

The Minpins

by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Patrick Benson

Mistress Masham's Repose

by T. H. White

Cold Mountain

by Charles Frazier

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death

by Jean-Dominique Bauby

The English Patient

by Michael Ondaatje

Fight Club

by Chuck Palahniuk

The Godfather

by Mario Puzo

High Fidelity

by Nick Hornby

Into the Wild

by Jon Krakauer

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Little Children

by Tom Perrotta

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Mystic River

by Dennis Lehane

Update 7:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by Chuck Palahniuk, illustrated by Chuck Palahniuk

Out of Africa

by Isak Dinesen

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

The Shining

by Stephen King

The Silence of the Lambs

by Thomas Harris

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by W. W. Denslow

Revolutionary Road

by Richard Yates

The Remains of the Day

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Gone with the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Artemis Fowl Boxed Set

by Eoin Colfer

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

by Georgia Byng

The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher

by Bill Harley


by Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams

Skulduggery Pleasant

by Derek Landy, illustrated by Tom Percival

Chet Gecko's Big Box of Mystery: Three Hilarious Capers: The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse, The Mystery of Mr. Nice, and Farewell, My Lunchbag

by Bruce Hale

The Secret of Stoneship Woods

by Rick Barba

Update 8:

Warriors: The New Prophecy Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6

by Erin Hunter

The Lost Years of Merlin

by T. A. Barron

The Warrior Heir

by Cinda Williams Chima


by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson

The Angel Experiment

by James Patterson

Maximum Ride

by jamse Patterson

The Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer, edited by Glending Olson, V. A. Kolve

Garden of Eden

by Ernest Hemingway

Pimp: The Story of My Life

by "Iceberg Slim"

Mrs. Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf

The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction

by Henry James


by William Shakespeare

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen

The Art Of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

by Lajos Egri

The Architecture of Drama: Plot, Character, Theme, Genre and Style

by Joe & Robin Stockdale, David Letwin

The Library at Night

by Alberto Manguel

Update 9:

Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory

by Roy Blount Jr.

On the Dot: The Speck That Changed the World

by Nicholas Humez, Alexander Humez

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

by John McWhorter

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

by Simon Winchester

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

by Ammon Shea

The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers

by Betsy Lerner

A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction - Revised Edition

by Jack Hodgins

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by Anne Lamott

Revision And Self-Editing

by James Scott Bell

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting

by Robert Mckee

Update 10:

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

by Francine Prose

On Moral Fiction

by John Gardner

The Art of the Novel

by Milan Kundera

Techniques of the Selling Writer

by Dwight V. Swain

Solutions for Writers: Practical Craft Techniques for Fiction and Non-fiction

by Sol Stein

Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You

by Ray Bradbury

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

by Dave King, Renni Browne, illustrated by George Booth

Elements of Writing Fiction - Characters & Viewpoint

by Orson Scott Card

Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

by Flannery O'Connor, edited by Robert Fitzgerald, Sally Fitzgerald

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

by Natalie Goldberg

Write Away : One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life

by Elizabeth George

The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction

by John Dufresne

Update 11:

A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life

by Nancy Peacock

Becoming a Writer

by Dorothea Brande

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

by John Gardner

Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything In Between

Marie Arana, edited by Carole Burns

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel

by Diana Wynne Jones

The Romantic Manifesto

by Ayn Rand

The Tolkien Reader

by J.R.R. Tolkien

How to Write While You Sleep

by Elizabeth Irvin Ross

On Writer's Block

by Victoria Nelson

Dare to Be a Great Writer: 329 Keys to Powerful Fiction

by Leonard Bishop

On Becoming a Novelist

by John Gardner

This Year You Write Your Novel

by Walter Mosley

This Year You Write Your Novel

by Walter Mosley

Before I Die

by Jenny Downham

The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Uncle Bobby's Wedding

by Sarah S. Brannen

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Read a few on your epic list.

    I just finished The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, really good in my opinion and addicting. (9/10)

    The Kite Runner; a really intense novel but again I'd recommend it (8/10)

    The Name of the Wind; Reallllly long but if you like fantasy and what not it's pretty good and very funny (7/10)

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - heard good things about it and my dad recommended it to me so

    The Magicians; haven't read it but read a snippet of it somewhere online also sounded pretty good.

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - didn't read it myself but a group of my peers did at school and they really enjoyed it

    Stephen King on Writing - My Writer's Craft teacher (also a published author) used pieces of it during class, it seemed interesting as well.

    You've got a long list there! but most of the books on the list I've heard good if not great things about! Hope this helps

  • 1 decade ago

    Hunger Games 10/10

    Catching Fire 7/10

    And Then There Were None 8/10

    Gulliver's Travels 8/10

    Maximum Ride..8/10

    To Kill A Mockingbird 7/10

    Gone With the Wind 8/10

    Pride and Prejudice 9/10

    Wizard of Oz 6/10

    Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 4/10:P

    And I've really wanted to read Leviathan and Girl who Played with Fire:)

  • 1 decade ago

    The City and the Stars, by Arthur C. Clark- a look at humanity from and extraterrestrial viewpoint

    Dune, by Frank Herbert-the long version, not Dune World. A great example of how setting can drive a story

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A, Heinlein- Alternative lifestyles and the power of the prevailing culture

    I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov- The original concept of artificial intelligence that was was not evil. Asimov invented the term robot

    Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathon Swift- one of the earliest attempts at showing alien cultures

    The Wonderful World of Oz, by Frank Baum- way more characters than the movie

    The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Before I Die 8/10 (Great book, terrific ending. A little unrealistic yet I was kind of irritated.)

    The Canterbury Tales 7/10 (Couldn't understand what was going on since the english is SUPER old)

    The Golden Compass 4/10 (The book is way better than the movie I highly recomend if you like harry potter...since thats the writing style. I gave it 4 out of 10 because to much was happening but at other times nothing was happening for pages. The author didn't write clearly enough to let me get a picture in my mind of what was going on exactly.)

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10/10 (laugh out is for kids i suggest reading a few pages if it doesnt get a laugh out of you then don't bother....its basically no plot its just a story to make you smile)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have only read The Help and The Hunger Games .

    The Help by Kathyrn Stockett 10/10

    It was amazing !! such an inspiring book ! the writing was fantastic really recommend it

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 10/10 ( i haven't read the other two books in the series yet but im going to soon )

    the hunger games was such a page turner !!! you always want to read and find out what happens . its a really really good book i also recommend it

  • 1 decade ago

    I've read most of the Stephen Kings you've listed, and have to admit that I would rate them all no less that 8.5 (mostly higher). Other than that, I don't think I've read any other books from your list, though I may have and just forgotten the titles. I do that quite frequently because I read so many books, and if they don't have something that makes the book outstanding, I don't really remember it after a while. ;) I do tend to recommend that anyone who is considering being a writer get their hands on as many "manuals" as possible, so the last ones are worth reading, if you're wanting to be a writer or editor.

  • 1 decade ago

    I read Gone by Micheal Grant. It was probably a 7/10 or 8/10

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Eh... probably 6/10 or 7/10. It's more for little kids. I've heard the hunger games are really good.

  • 1 decade ago

    I love fantasy and Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore are amazing books which have great characters that you fall inlove. They draw you into the story and their unique worlds. Cashore creates amazing vivid new worlds that one would love to visit and the storylines are gripping with clever dialogue. I would reccommend these 2 books any day. Graceling 9/10 Fire 10/10 :D

  • 1 decade ago

    I've read Diary of A wimpy kid... but its for like 5th or 6th graders. Its a fun read when you are young and want a funny book to read.

    I also tried to read the book IT... I wasn't very scared, but i only read the first chapter. I didnt know really what to expect because i never saw the movie, and let me just tell you that book is so dark and creepy i had to put it down. I might pick it back up again when im like 20, but i am only 14, its defiantly a book for more mature adults..

  • 4 years ago

    As far as books which have movies, the books aren't limited to a set timeframe and thus can go into much more depth then a feature span movie could. Movies end up very different from the book sometimes

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