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    A Brief History Of Time - Steven Hawking.. A definite must read right there...
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    (Original post by monica95)
    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
    Just finished this and loved it! Decided to read Charles Dickens when everyone was celebrating him this year and picked up Great Expectations. It was a bit of a shock at first as I hadn't read an older classic for a while but now I'm dying to read some more of his works!
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    Another fantastic series of books which had me reading 4-5 hours a day, although that was before exams began, is The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Absolutely fantastic bunch of books - i've read them about 10 times over and i still don't get bored of them.. Looking forward to reading them again this summer.. Hopefully in the sun!!!
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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.
    Such a good book
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    (Original post by lapples)
    I love the Great Gatsby
    i did study it for Higher English though, so that was maybe why I enjoyed it more than if i'd have read on my own

    I will read whatever I can get my hands on this summer, but that's because I've been studying like crazy, and haven't been able to read anything but notes for the last 5 months
    We read "Death of a Salesman" I don't know if that counts as a classic, we never studied "English Classics" at school. I liked that a lot, because we analysed a lot which I would have never thought of myself. English has a broader range of different pieces in our curriculum. However we read a lots of classics in German (Schiller, Schnitzler, Brecht, Fontane etc.)
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    (Original post by alaska.)
    Any more suggestions of this kind for dystopia? I read those ones (or currently reading), Brave New World is my absolute favourite
    I'll have to give Brave New World a go; also, Lord of the Flies.

    Hater by David Moody is pretty good
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    Haven't read fiction for leisure for a few years, been more interested in the non-fiction Psychology/Sports books that I can just dip into when I get chance. I've pledged to read a few, including some I really should've read by now:

    • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (thanks to someone else mentioning it! already started)
    • Fatherland by Robert Harris
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • 1984 by George Orwell
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
    • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle


    Really enjoying Catch-22 so far.
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    (Original post by alaska.)



    Read the Hunger Games! They got me back into reading for 5 hours at time because they were really good and exciting I really enjoyed them. I liked the Dystopian classics a lot that somebody mentioned a few posts before. I was a bit disappointed with 'The Great Gatsby', though. But if you like the issue of the American dream, why not.



    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-S5830
    I'm I bought them then! Thanks for the suggestions, I did The Great Gatsby for my AS English Literature this year though and although it was good, I've had enough of it for a while!
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    Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake (currently reading)
    A Biography of Led Zeppelin: When Giants Walked the Earth by Mick Wall (half way)
    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    Bleak House by Charles Dickens
    Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
    The Lord of The Rings (trilogy) by J.R.R. Tolkien

    That's most of them, but if I read all of them I might read these:
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre (started reading)
    The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
    Some French short stories to practice for college, but if anyone has any good French books that they would recommend. It would be nice to hear from you .
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    I said I would read Plato's stuff :/ dunno how likely that is though!

    The Book Thief, The Handmaid's Tale, Lolita (never finished it last time), a friend recommended "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyles to me so I want to read that too. Some sociology books and quite a few politics and psychology ones....need to improve my knowledge!

    I might try to fit The Kite Runner in there somewhere. And while I'm at it, A Thousand Splendid Suns :P
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    I'd like to finish my huge Edgar Allen Poe book at home (complete works) so probably that.
    Also:
    Some more Stephen King books
    The lord of the rings trilogy
    Mockingjay (read the first two books in The Hunger Games trilogy and loved them)
    The picture of Dorian Gray (as some have said above)

    If I manage to get through those, then:
    Emma - Jane Austen
    Far from the Madding crowd - Thomas Hardy
    David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
    L'Etranger (in the original French)
    His dark materials trilogy and maybe some Terry Pratchet.
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    These are the top five taken off my "gap year" reading list:

    1. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    2. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
    3. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
    4. A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood
    5. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
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    (Original post by Steveluis10)
    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).
    I want to finish the ASOIAF series, I'm about 70 pages into a feast for crows. However I got a full time summer job, so my reading has slowed down a fair bit, I was reading ~100 pages a day, now I'm lucky to get to 50.

    Anyways.
    A feast for ceows and A dance of Dragons by GRR Martin
    Complete HP Lovecraft
    The Divine Comedy - Dante
    Faucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
    The myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus
    Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
    War and Peace - Tolstoy
    1982 - Orwell

    Basically what I've got on my e-reader atm. I'll probably end up reading a lot of physics stuff as well/instead of, I'm interested in that at the moment.
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    (Original post by Hype en Ecosse)
    I read His Dark Materials a good few years ago, I definitely recommend them. If you like the fantasy genre, you'll like - even love - His Dark Materials.
    I love fantasy so I'll definitely give it go, but I'm planning on reading Games of Thrones first- finally have time now that my exams are over!
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    (Original post by Jadb)
    Haven't read fiction for leisure for a few years, been more interested in the non-fiction Psychology/Sports books that I can just dip into when I get chance. I've pledged to read a few, including some I really should've read by now:

    • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (thanks to someone else mentioning it! already started)
    • Fatherland by Robert Harris
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • 1984 by George Orwell
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
    • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle


    Really enjoying Catch-22 so far.

    I bought Catch-22 a while back, but really, really couldn't get into it.
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    I'm planning on reading all the books I have which I haven't got round to reading yet, Idk them all but here are some:
    Seven Deadly Sins - Corey Taylor
    The Silence - Becca Fitzpatrick
    0.4 - Mike Lancaster
    The Pact - Jodi Picoult
    The Lovely Bones (Half way through this one)
    and any others I decide to buy/borrow throughout the summer
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    A Pale View of Hills - Kazuo Ishiguro
    The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Diary of a Bad Year - JM Coetzee
    And as much Haruki Murakami as I can find!

    Obviously, I will probably read none of these and spend most of summer sleeping. If I read anything it's likely to be the back of the cereal box...
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    (Original post by Jadb)
    Haven't read fiction for leisure for a few years, been more interested in the non-fiction Psychology/Sports books that I can just dip into when I get chance. I've pledged to read a few, including some I really should've read by now:

    • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (thanks to someone else mentioning it! already started)
    • Fatherland by Robert Harris
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • 1984 by George Orwell
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
    • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle


    Really enjoying Catch-22 so far.
    Fatherland and 1984 are up there with my favourite books - both brilliant!
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    1) Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
    2) Ulysses - James Joyce
    3) Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    4) The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
    5) Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez
    6) Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    7) The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt

    I have no social life :sadnod:
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    Anyone know any fantastic historical books to read? Especially on Political History or the Tudor period?

    THANKS

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