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If you had to recommend ONE must-read book, what would it be?

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puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Tue 18-Feb-14 19:40:31

I fear I may be missing out on some literary gems, and would like to hear which books MN think are must-reads.

I've just ordered The handmaids tale and The bell jar.

What else MUST I read?

captainBeaky Tue 18-Feb-14 19:47:42

the kite runner, a thousand splendid sons, the secret life of bees, the time travellers wife

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Gone With the Wind

JimmyCorkhill Tue 18-Feb-14 19:49:28

Just came on to say Gone With the Wind too!

Also The Stand by Stephen King.

puffylovett Tue 18-Feb-14 19:50:37

Insomnia by Stephen king (or anything by Stephen king!)

Am I allowed to say a non-fiction?

magimedi Tue 18-Feb-14 19:51:25

I am going of to think about this - ONE BOOK ???????

FFS - you really have posed a question there!

Ten books, I could deal with - easy!

One - hmmmmmmmmmmm

Great post, OP, I'll be back!

Frikadellen Tue 18-Feb-14 19:51:41

The Clan of the Cavebear by Jean Auel (actually Mammoth hunters by her but it wont make a great deal of sense without reading the 2 prior)

SugarMouse1 Tue 18-Feb-14 19:52:17

One hundred years of solitude


NinjaCow Tue 18-Feb-14 19:52:19

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Random book from Discworld seres (Terry Pratchett).
Of mice and men.

LowLevelWhinging Tue 18-Feb-14 19:52:40

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Could not put it down.

hollyisalovelyname Tue 18-Feb-14 19:52:50

Gone with the Wind

wordfactory Tue 18-Feb-14 19:53:21

Just one book? Surely not?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Wishyouwould Tue 18-Feb-14 19:55:21

The Kite Runner

Terrortree Tue 18-Feb-14 19:57:26

A Town like Alice is my fave

Lovecat Tue 18-Feb-14 19:57:55

One book? It's impossible!!

However I would recommend Possession by AS Byatt, which to me is the nearly-perfect book, and Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, which is fab but for very different reasons smile

Burma Tue 18-Feb-14 19:57:58

These threads always ask for just one book but there is no such thing to a book lover grin!

Cloud Atlas
Secret History
The Goldfinch
The Book Thief
The Kite Runner
Great Expectations
A Fine Balance
Wolf Hall
Bring up the Bodies
Poisonwood Bible
A Very Long Engagement

I could go on smile

lgwilk Tue 18-Feb-14 19:59:13

Post birthday world.

Lovecat Tue 18-Feb-14 19:59:42

Anything by Christopher Brookmyre

Anything by Kate Atkinson-Wood

Anything by Peter Carey

Most things by Bill Bryson


HortenMarket Tue 18-Feb-14 20:00:04

Yes I would say Possession by AS Byatt. Loved that one.

cardibach Tue 18-Feb-14 20:00:30

The Bone People by Keri Hulme.
Makes me really antisocial whenever I re-read it as I can't look up!

wordfactory Tue 18-Feb-14 20:00:40

Yes, yes, yes to Cloud Atlas, Perfume and Atonement.

I'm also going to add...

Wuthering Heights.
Push by Saphire...anyone who hasn't read it now!

HellsAngel81 Tue 18-Feb-14 20:01:41

The last family in England - Matt Haig

littlebluedog12 Tue 18-Feb-14 20:01:45

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. In fact, I might just re-read it...

Kasterborous Tue 18-Feb-14 20:01:55

Dark Fire the second Shardlake one by C J Sansom. Great series of books. I said the second one as the first one is not the best and it helps if - not essential- you read them in order.

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