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Top 3 "must read before you die" books please!

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McDreamy Thu 21-May-09 11:06:21

I am going to give up the tv (except for The Apprentice and Brothers and Sisters wink) and i want to read more - I love reading but just don't get the time (because I watch too much tv in the evenings blush)

Anyway I digress - I want to know which books I MUST read. What would you say are the must read books of a life time?

Sunshinemummy Thu 21-May-09 11:08:32

Will need to think about this but my first choice would be East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

slayerette Thu 21-May-09 11:11:39

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

LittleWonder Thu 21-May-09 11:21:07

The Book Thief Mark Zusak
the Road home Rose Tremain
the Moonstone Wilkie Collins

NigellaTufnel Thu 21-May-09 11:22:58

What's Bred in the Bone - Robertson Davies
Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

twopeople Thu 21-May-09 11:23:33

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Itsjustafleshwound Thu 21-May-09 11:27:33

What interests you ? Fiction? Autobiographies?

As long as you are enjoying the books !

Opinion on what is a 'must read' book is so divided and life is too short and there are too many books in the world to be ploughing through a book because it is a so-called 'must read'..

McDreamy Thu 21-May-09 11:30:53

I totally agree with you Itsjustafleshwound, I'm not suggesting I'm about to plough through every single book mentioned, I just want to know what others feel are there must read books and hopefully I can pick out a few to read and feel "better read" - whatever that means grin

steamedtreaclesponge Thu 21-May-09 11:36:09

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

Persuasion - Jane Austin

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

ooh and can I add a fourth one?

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

steamedtreaclesponge Thu 21-May-09 11:37:06

Will be keeping a close eye on this thread - am currently compiling a must-read list for myself and need some more suggestions!

Nighbynight Thu 21-May-09 12:02:25

The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky

Itsjustafleshwound Thu 21-May-09 12:57:46

Have you looked in the Books section of this website - many suggestions ...

MegBusset Thu 21-May-09 13:11:45

Nineteen Eighty-Four
Wuthering Heights

janeite Thu 21-May-09 17:56:25

Well if I knew I was going to die next week I would spend all of this week reading:
- the complete works of Jane Austen
- The Green Mile
- Ballet Shoes
- Charlotte Sometimes
- Daddy Longlegs
- Tom's Midnight Garden
- Waiting For Godot and Endgame
- The complete works of Larkin and Ibsen
- Isable Allende's 'Paula'
- Of Mice And Men
- and I'd finish with some Bill Bryson.

But I am a VERY fast reader!

CDMforever Thu 21-May-09 18:03:47

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Girls by Lori Lansen
The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende

CDMforever Thu 21-May-09 18:04:48

How could I forget - Music and Silence by Rose Tremain.

hackneybird Thu 21-May-09 18:19:43

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

The Northern Lights Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

The Crimson and The White by Michel Faber

This Human Season by Louise Dean

Molesworth Thu 21-May-09 18:20:50

If This Is A Man/The Truce by Primo Levi

Jux Thu 21-May-09 18:44:16

The Deptford Trilogy, Robertson Davies

Persuasion, Jane Austen

NigellaTufnel Thu 21-May-09 22:31:17

good to see another Robertson Davies fan. He is woefully overlooked.

retiredgoth2 Thu 21-May-09 22:42:50

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

<NOT depressing! Funny, touching, and very human>

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut


A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes

<It shouldn't work. But it does....>

....oh. And how about a Bill Bryson audiobook for the car?

Thunderbolt Kid I'd suggest, as he reads it himself....

janeite Thu 21-May-09 22:50:27

Yes to 'A Handful Of Dust' - genius!

notnowbernard Thu 21-May-09 22:51:08

To Kill A Mocking Bird

BodenGroupie Fri 22-May-09 12:14:22

Everything by Wilkie Collins

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - I stayed up all night to finish it.

A Town Like Alice

Sunshinemummy Fri 22-May-09 13:54:08

Fugitive Pieces by Ann Michaels

Silk by Alessandro Baricco

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