1) Animal Farm (the economical use of words, the truth it told about capitalist and communist societies, the fact that it exposed perfectly the evil Joseph Stalin and his and Lenin's as well as Mao's corruption of commmunism and how communism while good in theory has been pretty awful in practice at the same time showing how also destructive capitalism is and being set in the context at the start of one of the most dysfunctional periods of humanity the Cold War makes Animal Farm even more relevant)
2) Lord Of The Flies (it shows the truth of humanity how humans destroy the environment, how the supposed better people can do the most wicked things. How people will do evil things just because they are told to)
3) 1984 (it shows how a dystopian society can come about how a society can do evil things, all the more relevant today when freedom of speech is being silenced under the guise of offending people)
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1) The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
relatable, heart wrenching, a view on the war most British people never look at. Interesting personification of Death
2) Birdsong, Sebastien Faulks
Interesting, vivid details, sad. I'm very into war books!
3) Homage to Catalonia, another Orwell
Again a war book, but an autobiography and one that really gives you an idea of what it was like to be there. A strange connection to the writer. Not sure really how to describe this one, you have to have read it really.
EDIT: 3) Before I fall, Lauren Oliver
This is an amazing book, made me think about consequences of us. Incredible plot idea!
first the masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough, 7 books of historical fiction about the fall of the late republic.
second probably A song of ice and fire (game of thrones etc) also 7 books (5 book 2 of which are split in half) by George R R Martin
then the warlord chronicals by Bernard Cornwall which is a trilogy about Arthurian Britiain, but set in about 500 AD and about warring with the saxons rather than the magic quest for the holy grail etc
Red Storm Rising. Tanks, fighter planes, missiles and nuclear submarines. The commies get spanked.
Starship Troopers. This, people - is science fiction. Vietnam before Vietnam. Hi tech vs low tech, political diatribe and an uncannily accurate vision of the future of war from as seen from the 1950s.
Ender's Game. To quote Orson Scott Card : "A young kid growing up in an oppressive family situation suddenly learns that he is one of a special class of children with special abilities, who are to be educated in a remote training facility where student life is dominated by an intense game played by teams flying in midair, at which this kid turns out to be exceptionally talented and a natural leader. He trains other kids in unauthorized extra sessions, which enrages his enemies, who attack him with the intention of killing him; but he is protected by his loyal, brilliant friends and gains strength from the love of some of his family members. He is given special guidance by an older man of legendary accomplishments who previously kept the enemy at bay. He goes on to become the crucial figure in a struggle against an unseen enemy who threatens the whole world." No wonder he was upset with JK Rowling.
Speaking of JK Rowling, one book I would like to see is the Harry Potter series re-written by George RR Martin. I would expect Harry to die in ignominy toward the end of the first volume, and Hagrid frequently forcing himself on Ron.
(Original post by jaime1986) The Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton (Favourite, not most recommended reads, right? I read this book endlessly as a child and still keep it in my bedside draw for sleepless nights)
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (I could read it over and over - the main character fascinates me)
Less Than Zero - Brett Easton Ellis (Started my obsession with Blank Fiction and Postmodernism, causing me to undertake a research Masters in the area)
Jane Eyre - read it for higher English, then again for Advanced Higher. I've never enjoyed a book more, in so many ways it's incredibly sad but has a very uplifting ending as well, a must read to be honest.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - a difficult read and damn depressing (what Hardy book isn't?) but fantastically well written and amazing imagery.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Atticus (along with Jane and Tess!) is my book-hero. Was given a copy from my nan years ago and have read it over and over again.
Jane Eyre - I hated this book when I was 14 and was made to read it at school. A few years later I picked up a copy to see if it was as awful as I remember, I was hooked! I do find Jane a little whiney at times, but Mr Rochester makes up for that.
Gone with the wind - Having seen the film lots of times I decided to give the book a go. I couldn't put it down and took it everywhere until finished it. The style of the writing is so vibrant and draws you into the character's world.
Really struggling to narrow down to only one more, but I am going to go with...
Mayor of Casterbridge - This book is so tragic. I cried when I got to the end and still don't know if I feel sorry for Mr Henchard.
Other contenders were: Pride and Prejudice, The Sunne in Splendour, Rebecca, and Watership Down
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I really need to read more but so far my favourite books are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, L'Etranger by Albert Camus and the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edit: Forgot to say why haha. Gatsby is probably number 1 because I love how it deals with idealism and the American Dream and how it ultimately fails. Love the story as a whole and the symbolism is really great L'Etranger - I just loved how it explored a different sort of mind set and philosophy and it actually really made me think about the way a view life, and death. The Lord of the Rings, while it was long and tedious at times, I found to be overall a great, epic story which really touched me I sound so cheesy in all of this!
1) Emma- Jane Austen. I just love it so much. Austen said that 'no one would like' her heroine, but I adore Emma Woodhouse <3 She may have her faults, but for me this is what makes her loveable. And obviously I love Mr Knightly an insane amount.
2) The God of Small Things- Arundhati Roy. I was blown away by this novel. The author uses language in such a different way. It's funny, heart-breaking and what makes it especially awesome is the fact it's told mainly from the point of view of a child.
Omg, third choice is so difficult.
I can't decide between Jane Eyre, The Tiger's Wife, the Book Thief and The Art of Racing in the Rain.
I'll probably go with:
3) The Tiger's Wife- Tea Obrhet. I love the mix of folklore and realism and it explores the relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter so well.