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    I have my last ever Uni exam next week then I can start reading for pleasure once more instead of our set texts! (though a lot have been pleasurable too )

    What's on your summer reading list?

    Mine so far:

    F.Scott Fitzgerald - This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, all his short story collections except 'Flappers and Philosophers' which I've already read.

    Ernest Hemingway - All novels bar The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms (already read)

    Stephen King - work through a few of his novels, only read his first 4 or 5.

    Shakespeare - All plays I haven't yet read.

    Turgenev (the man Hemingway described as the best writer ever).
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    I bought the Bear Grylls autobiography the other day, i'll look forward to reading that in the sun
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    Anne of Green Gables (read it every Spring)
    Finish Anna Karenina (been reading it for two years...seriously)
    A Clockwork Orange
    The Bloody Chamber
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    The girl with the dragon tattoo series
    Wuthering Heights (halfway through) *tick
    The Help *tick
    The alchemist
    The kite runner (re-read) *tick
    The Pact

    and many more!
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    (Original post by ribosome3)
    Anne of Green Gables (read it every Spring)
    Finish Anna Karenina (been reading it for two years...seriously)
    A Clockwork Orange
    The Bloody Chamber
    That's one messed up book
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    Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
    Looking for Alaska - John Green
    Room - Emma Donoghue
    Hitch-22
    The Art of Memory - Frances Yates
    Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt
    Sick Notes - Tony Copperfield

    are my definites.
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    F.Scott Fitzgerald - This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned

    Shakespeare - All plays I haven't yet read.
    Coincidence, I plan to do the same! I also plan to read:

    Most of Virginia Woolfes novels,
    Steinbeck,
    Faulkner,

    and a lot of poetry books! Summer is really the only time I can spend reading.
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    Though this is far from definitive...

    Fiction

    F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

    George Orwell - Burmese Days

    Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood

    David Mitchell - A selection of his works, but definitely Cloud Atlas

    Alasdair Gray - Lanark - A Life in Four Books

    Jorge Luis Borges - Some short stories

    Virginia Woolf - The Waves

    Jostein Gaarder - Sophie's World

    Non-Fiction

    Eric Hobsbawn - The Age of Extremes - The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991
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    What's The Bloody Chamber about? It sounds quite gruesome - my kind of book lol!

    I'm not sure which ones I'll be reading yet, but I definately want to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Hunger Games, and some murder mystery ones. If you know of any good books that I should try, let me know! I love reading, especially out in the sun, and I'll read any type of book as long as the plot is good .
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    (Original post by Allie J)
    What's The Bloody Chamber about? It sounds quite gruesome - my kind of book lol!

    I'm not sure which ones I'll be reading yet, but I definately want to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Hunger Games, and some murder mystery ones. If you know of any good books that I should try, let me know! I love reading, especially out in the sun, and I'll read any type of book as long as the plot is good .
    It's a collection of adapted fairy tales - it's extremely grotesque at times! We studied it as part of our Gothic module for year 13. Some of the tales are quite good but some are downright weird!!
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    (Original post by ballroombabe)
    It's a collection of adapted fairy tales - it's extremely grotesque at times! We studied it as part of our Gothic module for year 13. Some of the tales are quite good but some are downright weird!!
    Thanks! It sounds quite good, I may look into it
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    So many I've got piling up!

    Salman Rushdie - The Satanic Verses
    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest
    James Agee - A Death In the Family
    Little Women
    And I also want to reread Jack Kerouac's On the Road

    Oh and I also want to read a philosophy book, possibly something of Rawls, although I'm not sure which would be easier to start off with!
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    Books close up on my to-read list:
    His Dark Materials trilogy (currently reading)
    The Kite Runner
    The Book Thief
    Ender's Game
    Sophie's Garden
    History of Western Philosophy

    Lots of others but I think these will be the ones I get to first.
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    I haven't properly read a book in nearly two years (I've listened to a few audiobooks in the meantime). University textbooks have pulled me away from leisure reading, unfortunately. Though I'm planning on changing that in the upcoming months.


    • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: And Other Stories, Tim Burton
    • The Belgariad, David Eddings
    • American Gods, Neil Gaiman
    • The Stand, Stephen King
    • The Silmarillion and other Middle-earth related works, J.R.R. Tolkien
    • The Quantity Theory of Insanity, Will Self
    • Dystopian Fiction East and West, Gottlieb
    • Emotions Revealed, Paul Ekman
    • Introduction to Jurisprudence, Lloyds
    • History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell
    • Discworld books, Terry Pratchett
    • Duality of Genius: Shades, Blemishes and Vices in the Lives of Great Achievers, Basil S. Markesinis
    • Incognito: The Secret Lives of The Brain, David Eagleman
    • The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies
    • Catch-22, Joseph Heller
    • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu
    • Dune, Frank Herbert
    • Foundation, Isaac Asimov
    • Chasm City, Alastair Reynolds
    • Redemption Ark, Alastair Reynolds
    • Absolution Gap, Alastair Reynolds
    • The Game, Neil Strauss
    • Redwall series, Brian Jacques.
    • The Ambassador's Mission, Trudi Canavan
    • The Rogue, Trudi Canavan


    And that's just what I have noted down. Plus a couple of graphic novels. I have no idea where to start.
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    Half of a Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
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    Road to Reality - Penrose
    Real Analysis - Kolmogorov
    Introductory Topology - Mendelssohn
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    (Original post by miser)
    Books close up on my to-read list:
    His Dark Materials trilogy (currently reading)
    The Kite Runner
    The Book Thief

    Ender's Game
    Sophie's Garden
    History of Western Philosophy

    Lots of others but I think these will be the ones I get to first.
    Both these books are absolutely amazing!
    Oh and I'm thinking of reading his Dark Materials trilogy- are they any good so far?
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    I think I'm going to try look for some classic novels such as great expectations, moby dick, oliver twist, peter pan (which, is one of my favourite disney movies and I've read the 'spin off' book peter pan in scarlett), the picture of dorian gray (I think it's called), pride and prejudice and other classics like that which I've always heard about but never actually read. I'm gonna try read them before college starts
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    Quite difficult to say as I always find new ones but possibly this ones:

    - "The Remains of the day" by Kazuo Ishiguro (Never let me go was awesome, so I hope this book of Ishiguro will do the same for me) (finished)
    - "Sputnik Sweetheart" by Haruki Murakami (in German) (finished)
    - "Naokos Lächeln (german title)" by Haruki Murakami (in German)
    - hopefully finishing "1984" by George Orwell (I don't know why it is taking me so long to read it :/ truly an awesome book so far)
    - "50 Economic Ideas - you really need to know" by Edmund Conway
    - "Solar" by Ian McEwan
    - "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte (don't know if I will read it in German or English)
    - "Monsieur Imbrahim et les fleurs du Coran" by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (in French)
    - "Je l'amais" by Anna Gavalda (in French)
    - "Die Kunst über Geld nachzudenken" by Andre Kostolany (in German)
    - "The picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
    - "Riding the Waves of Cultures" by Fons Trompenaars
    - "A Midsummernight's dream" by Shakespeare
    - "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua (finished)

    I will possibly find some new ones through the summer and get loads for my birthday in July Any recommendations on what to read are very welcome
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    On the current 'to read' list

    The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (And the other 2 if I enjoy the 1st one)

    I am Legend - Richard Matheson

    Autumn: Purification - David Moody
    Autumn: The Human Condition - David Moody

    The Road - Cormac McCarthy

    Big fan of dystopia, so if anyone has any suggestions, fire away!

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