A good book has no ending

I've had my nose in a book for as long as I can remember. My favorite genre changes with the winds, and I tend to read anything, especially if recommended to me. 

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life - Buzzfeed

1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

This heartbreaking memoir, written by Jean-Dominique Bauby, follows the life of a narcissistic editor turned ward of the hospital after a sudden stroke leaves him paralyzed and unable to communicate. It’ll make you realize how important the people in your life are, and how precious every moment really is. Did I mention you might weep through the whole thing?



2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen & the Art of Motorcycle

Need a little more impetus in your life?

Read this philosophical novel, and Robert Pirsig will help you realize how important it is to actually care about what you’re doing. In other words, if you’re fixing a motorcycle, then really fix it. Don’t listen to music, or do something else simultaneously. Do what you need to do, and take pride in it.


3. Cat’s Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Of all the Vonnegut you could possibly read, this is the one that will raise the most questions — in a great way. Jonah, our narrator, wants to write a book about the inventor of the atomic bomb, Dr. Frank Hoenikker.

This book will make you question whether or not there should be a limit to the pursuit of knowledge. And it’ll get you to think about the power of weapons, and how even the most competent people can make mistakes with them. Plus, with all of that science comes the exploration of religion, or the futility of it, really.


4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious Incident

This book is special because it gives voice to a type of person that often isn’t written about in fiction. That narrator is a 15-year-old boy named Christopher John Francis Boone, and he’s a brilliant mathematician who also happens to suffer from a behavioral disorder. (Some say Asperger’s, others suggest autism, but author Mark Haddon is adamant that it’s not about any one specific disorder.) Either way, this will help you think about prejudices and preconceived notions.


5. One Hundred Years of Solitude

100 yrs

Because it’s so wonderful to get sucked into the world of Macondo, it’s easy to forget that One Hundred Years of Solitude isn’t just a masterpiece of magical realism. It’s an allegory for colonialism, the human condition, and the political strife in Latin America.


6. Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters

Full disclosure: This book is disturbing. Like, a model gets shot in the face with a rifle and goes on a journey to find out who did it kinda disturbing. That being said, the writing and structure, much like the story, proves that nothing is ever as it seems. And ultimately, this is a lesson and exploration of what it is to really love someone.


7. White Oleander

White Oleander

Life will make or break you, and when Astrid’s mother is sent to prison for murdering a former lover, Astrid is put into foster care in Los Angeles. That’s enough to break anyone, but what we see is that she manages to survive, and relies on her inner strength to do that. (Inspirational much?!)


8. In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

This nonfiction novel revolves around the murder of the Clutter family in 1959, and why the murderers, Perry and Dick, committed their crimes. Author Truman Capote leads us in without judgment, and in doing so lets us come up with our own conclusions about the penal system, justice, and the nature of violent crimes.


9. Middlesex


This stunning novel revolves around Calliope Stephanides (or Cal), and it’s a great read for anyone interested in gender and taking a closer look at how family and biology shape your identity.


10. Play It As It Lays

Play it as it lays

Play It As It Lays is a story about Maria Wyeth, a Hollywood actress who has lost control of her life and identity. It’s a tragic read that will force you into deep self-reflection, as it exposes the fact that we live in a culture where nothing is quite good enough.


11. Ada, or Ardor

Ada or Ardor

Don’t get me wrong, I love Lolita — it’s an absolutely perfect novel. But Ada, or Ardoris so much more complex. Amidst the romance plot of Van Veen and his cousin Ada is a larger theme on the nature of time — and how it can change everything and nothing.


12. Beloved


This suspenseful novel follows Sethe, who was freed from slavery but never really escapes her memories. It’s an unflinching look into the horrors of slavery, but even more than that, it will fill you with hope.


13. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True...

Junior grew up on a Spokane Indian Reservation, but he’s also a budding cartoonist who dreams of getting off the rez. This book is funny, smart, and heartbreaking, but because of all that, it will make you question the idea of destiny.


14. Push


You don’t know a thing about the power of redemption until you meet Precious Jones. This book is gut-wrenching and horrifying, but it will ultimately inspire anyone to feel like they can overcome the odds.


15. It


Granted, this is Stephen King, so it’s going to be a scary read. That being said, this story about a group of children being terrorized by some anonymous entity goes beyond surface-level horror. It opens up a dialogue about childhood trauma and the power of memory, as well as the unspoken ugliness that hides in small-town values.


16. Under the Banner of Heaven

under the banner

The amazing part of Krakauer’s nonfiction novel is that while it’s incredibly comprehensive — encompassing the early foundation of the Mormon church to the present-day scandals — it’s also a complete page-turner. This book will make you question your own faith as it examines the faith of a relatively new religion.


17. Me Talk Pretty One Day

me talk pretty

David Sedaris is hilarious, period. But in Me Talk Pretty One Day he manages to weave all of his funny and true stories with the idea that humans have a problem with communication. His strange experiences with people will make you question how you communicate on a daily basis. (And he manages to pull it off with the reader barely noticing. How’s that for improved communication skills?!)


18. World War Z

World War z

Yes, believe it or not, a book about zombies can change your life. That’s because it’s not just about eating brains, it looks at cultural divides, politics, war, and conflicts that seem petty once the fate of the world is at stake. It’s an eye-opener that just happens to also be filled with awesome zombies.


19. The Giver

The Giver

This book takes us into Jonas’ world, where there is no pain and everything is controlled. Until he turns 12, which is when he learns that there is pain, and fear, and passion, and emotions that he’s never experienced before.

Ultimately, this book has the gift of reminding you that life is pain, but that is what makes life so wonderful. We make choices that may be the wrong ones, but they give our life purpose.


20. The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Warning: This book will make you weep and weep, until there’s no more weeping left to do and all you’re left with are the characters, story, and beautiful language that will inevitably inspire you to live life and really enjoy every moment.


21. A Brief History of Time

A Brief History

Being that this is a book by Stephen Hawking, it isn’t the easiest in the world to read. That being said, it’s incredibly smart, and if you can manage to get past the first few chapters, you’ll start to see that the big message here is all about time, and that it has a clear direction. If anything, reading this book will make you feel a little closer to understanding the universe (i.e., it’ll make you smarter!).


22. Sophie’s World

Sophies World

“Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” are the two questions that 14-year-old Sophie Amundsen is faced with. So begins this outline of Western philosophy set in a fictional story. It’s an incredibly accessible path to thinking about philosophy, and it sheds light on the importance of certain discoveries and advances in our society.


23. Crime and Punishment

Crime & Punishment

This is a heavy book, but it’s also an amazingly detailed look at the inner workings of the human mind and the repercussions of committing a crime.


24. Life of Pi

Life of Pi


Much as the book cover suggests, there’s a tiger, and this is the story of a young boy from India who’s stranded at sea in a lifeboat with said tiger. Yikes. Some people might mistakenly think that this is about religion, but what it’s really about is just that you should believe in something — whether that be God, the world, goodness, or yourself. The end message is that life is filled with possibilities, if you let it be.


25. Invisible Man

Invisible Man

The great thing about this book is that it seems like it’s about one unnamed protagonist dealing with race issues. But underneath all that, it’s about humankind, and how we’re all stumbling along, trying to find ourselves. This book will teach you that actions really do speak louder than words. And what’s true for you isn’t true for anyone else.



26. Joy of Cooking

Joy of Cooking

Coming from someone whose finest moments happen in front of a microwave, I can say that this book is a lot different than most cookbooks. The tone is conversational, and it’s filled with recipes, tutorials, and short pieces that actually convince you to try out some new things. Everyone should read this, because it will actually make cooking fun!


27. Catch-22

Catch 22

First of all, Catch-22 is just plain funny, and that makes it wonderful all on its own. But it’s also a really great read, because it skillfully points out the absurdity of war.


28. The Train

The train

This novella is brief, but t manages to encompass the terror and horror of the Nazis invading a bucolic suburb in France. Our unlikely hero is Marcel Ferón, who has an affair after the invasion leaves him separated from his pregnant wife. It explores the idea of living in the moment and will make you question whether or not disassociating from your responsibilities is ever OK.


29. The Artist’s Way

Artists Way


The Artist’s Way is almost more of a course book than an actual book, but if you need to unlock your creative side, then this will do exactly that. By following the book, you are choosing to turn on your creativity.


30. The Beautiful & Damned

Beautiful & Damned

More money, more problems. Or so it goes for the novel’s protagonist, Anthony Patch, and his wife, Gloria. This book deals with extreme wealth and the devastating effects alcoholism can have.


31. Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer

In this book, we meet three different characters whose stories eventually intertwine. It all takes place in southern Appalachia and deals with their relationships toward the balance of nature around them. It will make you question your own relationship with evolution, and put into perspective what a small part of that we really are. The novel also explores the ideas of life and death, love, and the importance of the community around you.


32. Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

There’s nothing easy about reading Never Let Me Go, because it has an honesty that will make you question so many things. Like the social alienation of specific groups of people, and the painful fact that love can be lost or missed, all because of timing. It’s beautiful, haunting, and complex. Did I also mention it’s science fiction? Yeah, go read this.


Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/books-that-will-actually-change-your-life

Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime - Which have I read?

  • 1984 by George Orwell (Meet Big Brother)
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (Explore the Universe)
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (Memoir as metafiction)
  • A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (A child-soldier's story)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Wicked good fun)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (The 60s kids classic)
  • Alice Munro: Selected Storiesby Alice Munro (A short-form master)
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Go down the rabbit hole)
  • All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Unseated a president)
  • Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (An Irish-American Memoir)
  • Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Blume (The angst of adolescence)
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (A literary page turner)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (The ghosts of slavery)
  • Born to Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (Why and how we run)
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (A journey from Haiti)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Launched its own catchphrase)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Vintage Roald Dahl)
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (The timeless classic)
  • Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (Ambitious and humane)
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown (Vulnerability breeds courage)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney (For reluctant readers)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (A science fiction classic)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ("It was a pleasure to burn.")
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson (Gonzo journalism takes flight)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Marriage can be a real killer)
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (First published in 1947)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Dickens' best novel)
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond (Understanding societies)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Meet the boy wizard)
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (True crime at its best)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Award-winning short story debut)
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (A literary milestone)
  • Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware (A brilliant graphic novel)
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (Don't eat while you read this)
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (One of the best of 2013)
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Childhood on the frontier)
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Nabokov's triumph)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (A Latin American masterpiece)
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (A saga set on the reservation)
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (A life-changing book)
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (Funny and poignant)
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (A beautifully-written novel)
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (Rushdie's breakthrough)
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis (Lewis hits it out of the park)
  • Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham (A writer's writer)
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac (The essence of the Beats)
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (A remarkable woman's story)
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (A groundbreaking graphic novel)
  • Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth (Roth at his finest)
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (The perennial favorite)
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (The birth of ecology)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (The absurdist WW2 novel)
  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin (How Lincoln led)
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (19th Century high society)
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (Chabon's magnum opus)
  • The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X and Alex Haley (A classic Modern autobiography)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (The international sensation)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (The trials of a "ghetto nerd")
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Meet Holden Caulfield)
  • The Color of Water by James McBride (Exploring a mother's past)
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (Great, but diverse)
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and the Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson (A triumph of narrative nonfiction)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank (Moving and eloquent)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (A soulful young adult novel)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (Classic dystopia)
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (Pullman's fantasy classic)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (The rich are different...)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Feminist speculative fiction)
  • The House At Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne (A boy, a bear, a honeypot)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Reality tv writ large)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Race, ethics, and medicine)
  • The Liars' Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr (A darkly funny memoir)
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan (Monsters, Mythology, and a boy)
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Unique and universal)
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (First-rate Chandler Noir)
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (The history of terrorism)
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (One ring to rule them all)
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks (A deeply human account)
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (The origins of food)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (An odd and original journey)
  • The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver (Missionaries in Africa)
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro (The Enforcer)
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (The inner life of astronauts)
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy (This way to the apocalypse)
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt (A modern classic)
  • The Shining by Stephen King (Chilling and thrilling)
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (Existentialist fiction)
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Meet the Lost Generation)
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (The best book on Vietnam)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Baby's first book)
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Mole, Toad, Rat, and Badger)
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami (From the modern Japanese master)
  • The World According to Garp by John Irving (Beware the "Undertoad")
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (Life, Love, Death)
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Tradition vs. change)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (A beloved family story)
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (An American inspiration)
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (Addictively entertaining)
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (The joys of imagination)
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Let the wild rumpus start!)



Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

Meet Big Brother
1984 by George Orwell
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Explore the Universe
A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Memoir as metafiction
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
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A child-soldier's story
A Long Way Gone
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
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Wicked good fun
A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket
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The 60s kids classic
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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A short-form master
Alice Munro: Short Stories
Alice Munro: Selected Stories by Alice Munro
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Go down the rabbit hole
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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Unseated a president
All the President's Men
All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
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An Irish-American Memoir
Angela's Ashes
Angela's Ashes: A Memoirby Frank McCourt
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The angst of adolescence
Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret
Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Blume
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A literary page turner
Bel Canto
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
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The ghosts of slavery
Beloved by Toni Morrison
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Why and how we run
Born to Run
Born To Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
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A journey from Haiti
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
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Launched its own catchphrase
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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Vintage Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
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The timeless classic
Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
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Ambitious and humane
Cutting For Stone
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
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Vulnerability breeds courage
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
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For reluctant readers
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
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A science fiction classic
Dune by Frank Herbert
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"It was a pleasure to burn."
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Gonzo journalism takes flight
Fear and Loathing
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
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Marriage can be a real killer
Gone Girl
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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First published in 1947
Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
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Dickens' best novel
Great Expectations
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Understanding societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
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Meet the boy wizard
Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
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True crime at its best
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
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Award-winning short story debut
Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
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A literary milestone
Invisible Man
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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A brilliant graphic novel
Jimmy Corrigan

Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
Don't eat while you read this
Kitchen Confidential
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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One of the best of 2013
Life After Life
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
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Childhood on the frontier
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairieby Laura Ingalls Wilder
Nabokov's triumph
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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A Latin American masterpiece
Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Choleraby Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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A saga set on the reservation
Love Medicine
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
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A life-changing book
Man's Search for Meaning
Man's Search for Meaningby Viktor Frankl
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Funny and poignant
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
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A beautifully-written novel
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Rushdie's breakthrough
Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
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Lewis hits it out of the park
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
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A writer's writer
Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
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The essence of the Beats
On the Road
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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A remarkable woman's story
Out of Africa
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
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A groundbreaking graphic novel
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Roth at his finest
Portnoy's Complaint
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
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The perennial favorite
Pride and Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
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The birth of ecology
Silent Spring
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
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The absurdist WW2 novel
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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How Lincoln led
Team of Rivals
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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19th Century high society
The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
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Chabon's magnum opus
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
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A classic modern autobiography
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
The international sensation
The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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The trials of a "ghetto nerd"
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
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Meet Holden Caulfield
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Exploring a mother's past
The Color of Water
The Color of Water by James McBride
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Great, but divisive
The Corrections
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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A triumph of narrative nonfiction
The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
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Moving and eloquent
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
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A soulful young adult novel
The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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Classic dystopia
The Giver
The Giver by Lois Lowry
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Pullman's fantasy classic
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
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The rich are different.. ..
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Feminist speculative fiction
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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A boy, a bear, a honeypot
The House At Pooh Corner
The House At Pooh Cornerby A. A. Milne
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Reality tv writ large
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Race, ethics, and medicine
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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A darkly funny memoir
The Liars' Club: A Memoir
The Liars' Club: A Memoirby Mary Karr
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Monsters, Mythology, and a boy
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
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Unique and universal
The Little Prince
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
First-rate Chandler Noir
The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
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The history of terrorism
The Looming Tower
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11by Lawrence Wright
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One ring to rule them all
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
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A deeply human account
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
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The origins of food
The Omnivore's Dilemma
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
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An odd and original journey
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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Missionaries in Africa
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
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The Enforcer
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
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The inner life of astronauts
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
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This way to the apocalypse
The Road
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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A modern classic
The Secret History
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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Chilling and thrilling
The Shining
The Shining by Stephen King
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Existentialist fiction
The Stranger
The Stranger by Albert Camus
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Meet the Lost Generation
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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The best book on Vietnam
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
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Baby's first book
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillarby Eric Carle
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Mole, Toad, Rat, and Badger
The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
From the modern Japanese master
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
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Beware the "Undertoad"
The World According to Garp
The World According to Garp by John Irving
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Life, Love, Death
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
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Tradition vs. change
Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
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A beloved family story
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
An American inspiration
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
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Addictively entertaining
Valley of the Dolls
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
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The joys of imagination
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Where the Sidewalk Endsby Shel Silverstein
Let the wild rumpus start!
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak
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Books to Movies

Reblogged from Jasna :


2014 Wimpy Book Challenge (One Book Per Month)

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:




(or Things I Mighta Done Even Without A Challenge)


To participate in the challenge: Each month, post or reblog that month's challenge.


Tag all challenge related posts as "2014 Wimpy Book Challenge."  At a minimum, note what you will be reading.  Preferably, note what you'll be reading, keep us all updated on your status throughout the month, and actually review the things.  


If you forget to start in January or miss a month, just go ahead and post those months whenever.  Whenever, whatever, adjust to suit -- an intentionally wimpy challenge not as "demanding" as some 30-day ones.


Details on each month's posts:


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Source: http://donealrice.booklikes.com/post/735274/2014-wimpy-book-challenge-or-things-i-mighta-done-even-without-a-challenge-?preview

The 2014 TBR Pile Challenge!

Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World - Naomi S. Baron As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto - Joan Reardon Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It - Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will - Kevin DeYoung Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream - David Platt The Art of Styling Sentences - Ann Longknife, K.D. Sullivan The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion - Tim Challies The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk: Conforming Deadly Thought Patterns to the Word of God - Shelly Beach What Is the Gospel? - Greg Gilbert, D.A. Carson


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Source: http://loosheesh.booklikes.com/post/729176/the-2014-tbr-pile-challenge-

A to Z 2014 Reading Challenge

Reblogged from Sock Poppet at Play:

I'm not into challenges that feel too much like school, so I wanted one that would be just for fun. I created this one to accommodate my somewhat quirky personality. Join me if you're a little quirky, too. (Tweak as needed.)


Any books used to complete this challenge can be used for any other challenges you may be doing, but each book can be used for only one of the categories in this challenge. 


A is for April (the month in which you read the book)
B is for Bathing Suit (this book takes place at least partly in hot weather months)
C is for Children's book
D is for Doctor (one of the characters)
E is for Ever (in the title)
F is for Family (book is about a family or family relationships)
G is for Geography (the story takes place in at least two different countries)
H is for Heart (it's a love story)
I is for Ice (the setting is cold - snow, ice, rain)
J is for Jokes (the book is humorous)
K is for Keyboard (at least one character plays a musical instrument)
L is for Lamp (the book takes place before electricity was discovered)
M is for Mom (one of the characters)
N is for New-to-you author
O is for Out of This World (where the story takes place)
P is for Pilgrims (the story involves moving someplace new)
Q is for Question Mark in the title
R is for Run (the main character is running from something)
S is for Sequel to a book you've already read
T is for Time (the book travels time, moves through time quickly or flashes back)
U is for Useful (which you found the book to be)
V is for Veteran (at least one character is/was a member of a military force)
W is for Wind (the book blew you away)
X is for XXIV (it's the 24th book you read this year)
Y is for Yo-Yo (your emotions were up and down as you read the book)
Z is for Zoo (there is an animal on the cover)



Source: http://sockpoppet.booklikes.com/post/706731/a-to-z-2014-reading-challenge

The Nanny Diaries: A Novel

The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

I'm very much a fan of easy books to read, simply for pure enjoyment of the plot. Unfortunately, The Nanny Diaries lacked in the plot department. I felt like the book moved slowly, and I often got bored while reading. However, I went into it expecting an easy read, and that is what I got. I'm not terribly disappointed by McLaughlin's effort, as it was a quick read and fairly enjoyable. I did get frustrated a lot of the time at many of the mothers in the story...I just don't understand how people can just drop their children off with a stranger 24/7, but of course, this is just my own personal opinions seeping into my reading. However, I'd recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick, easy read, as there is not a lot of thinking required to read this book.

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