? asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

What are some books that I *have* to read?

In your opinion? As in, if I don't read them I'll miss something very exciting and well-written. :)

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    The 100 Best Books I’ve Read So Far

    1. Watership Down, Richard Adams

    2. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley*

    3. 1984, George Orwell*

    4. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

    5. Non-Violent Resistance: Satyagraha, Mohandas K. Gandhi

    6. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl

    7. Island, Aldous Huxley

    8. Green Shadows, White Whale, Ray Bradbury

    9. In the Penal Colony, Franz Kafka

    10. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger*

    11. The Last Battle, C. S. Lewis

    12. Borderliners, Peter Hoeg

    13. Animal Farm, George Orwell*

    14. Our Town, Thornton Wilder

    15. Beware the Fish!, Gordon Korman

    16. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    17. The Mouse That Roared (series), Leonard Wibberly

    18. Night, Elie Wiesel

    19. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    20. The Short Stories, Ernest Hemingway

    21. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald*

    22. Antigone, Sophocles

    23. I Sing the Body Electric!, Ray Bradbury

    24. Trout Fishing in America, Richard Brautigan

    25. All Creatures Great and Small (series), James Herriot

    26. Babar’s Anniversary Book, Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff

    27. Pigs Might Fly, Dick King-Smith

    28. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

    29. The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

    30. Gandhi on Non-Violence, Mohandas K. Gandhi

    31. The Little History of the Wide World, Mable Pyne

    32. The Magus, John Fowles*

    33. The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis

    34. Hamlet, William Shakespeare

    35. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton

    36. A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines

    37. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

    38. The Zucchini Warriors, Gordon Korman

    39. The Celery Stalks at Midnight, James Howe

    40. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction, J. D. Salinger

    41. Beloved, Toni Morrison

    42. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

    43. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

    44. Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

    45. Danny, Champion of the World, Roald Dahl

    46. The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury

    47. The Time Garden, Edward Eager

    48. The House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne

    49. A Medicine for Melancholy, Ray Bradbury

    50. 40 Stories, Donald Barthelme

    51. Matilda, Roald Dahl

    52. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

    53. Losing Joe’s Place, Gordon Korman

    54. Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book, Howard R. Garis

    55. Nine Stories, J. D. Salinger

    56. The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot

    57. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

    58. No Coins, Please, Gordon Korman

    59. The Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling

    60. The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader", C. S. Lewis

    61. Franny and Zooey, J. D. Salinger

    62. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson

    63. The Peace Book, Bernard Benson

    64. The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe

    65. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

    66. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

    67. Boy, Roald Dahl

    68. Nothing But the Truth, Avi

    69. Little House on the Prarie (series), Laura Ingalls Wilder

    70. The Toynbee Convector, Ray Bradbury

    71. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr

    72. The October Country, Ray Bradbury

    73. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Roald Dahl

    74. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury

    75. Bunnicula, Deborah and James Howe

    76. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

    77. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

    78. A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag, Gordon Korman

    79. The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

    80. We, Yevgeny Zamyatin

    81. Magic or Not?, Edward Eager

    82. The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle (series), Hugh Lofting

    83. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

    84. Driving Blind, Ray Bradbury

    85. Long After Midnight, Ray Bradbury

    86. Early Stories, Anton Chekov

    87. Marcovaldo, Italo Calvino

    88. Dubliners, James Joyce

    89. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl

    90. Quicker Than the Eye, Ray Bradbury

    91. Miracle on 34th Street, Valentine Davies

    92. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

    93. How to Play Better Baseball, C. Paul Jackson

    94. Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary

    95. The Golden Apples of the Sun, Ray Bradbury

    96. Frog and Toad are Friends (series), Arnold Lobel

    97. I Will Adventure, Elizabeth Janet Gray

    98. The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

    99. Mossflower, Brian Jacques

    100. Who is Bugs Potter?, Gordon Korman

    Source(s): ME!!!
  • The Diary of Anne Frank


    The Sparrow

    Anything by Edgar Allan Poe


    The Elegance of the Hedgehog

    The Great Gatsby

    Narnia Series

    Harry Potter Series

    If on a winter's night a traveler

    A Long Way Gone


    The Phantom Tollbooth

    The Picture of Dorian Gray


    To Kill a Mockingbird

    World War Z

    The Plague

    A Walk in the Woods

    Happy Reading!

  • 1 decade ago

    As was previously stated, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Some other good ones:

    -The Mortal Instrument Series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass) by Cassandra Clare.

    - Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (don't bother with Crank, Glass, Fallout, the story line in Impulse is much better)

    - Burned by Ellen Hopkins (same as above)

    - Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

    - The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (by far her most moving book)

    - The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

    I've got some others but these books were either A: hugely inspirational and books that changed my life or B: An amazing read/ well written.

    hope this helps :)

  • 1 decade ago

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

    A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

    Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    The Snow Queen by Joan Vinge

    Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

    Dancing At The Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig

    The Elegance of The Hedghog by Muriel Barbery

    The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis

    Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

    Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    Dracula by Bram Stoker

    The Little Prince by Antoine St. Exupery

    1984 by George Orwell

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Dune by Frank Herbert

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

    My Antonia by Willa Cather

    Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

    Anything by William Shakespear

    Mythogo Wood by Robert Holdstock

    The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

    Rebecca by Daphne Dumaurier

    An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden

    The Dean's Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

    Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

    Source(s): My bookshelves at home
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  • 1 decade ago

    His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

    (Great series; much better character development than the Narnia books)

    The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

    (long book, highly philosophical, thought provoking, if you are into this type of literature you will love it, my favorite!!)

    The Importance of Being Ernest - Oscar Wilde

    (Oscar Wilde is an amazing writer and this play is humor versus cynical like The Picture of Dorian Grey)

    The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner

    (quick read, love the main character, the rest of the series is good as well)

  • 1 decade ago

    1894 - George Orwell

    To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

    The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien

    Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (Pretty sure that spelling's right...)

    A Million Little Pieces - James Frey

    Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko

    There are a ton more I can't think of at the moment.

    Edit: Luisa P has a good list.

  • 5 years ago

    The Miracle Of Right Thought by Orison Swett Marden

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


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  • 1 decade ago

    well i dont know if your a guy or a girl, but if you are a girl.. i really recommened the book

    TWO WAY STREET -- Lauren Barnholdt

    I could NOT put the book down!!!! Amazing book ive read:)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The hunger games trilogy

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