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    (Original post by herbal bug)
    I am David by Anne Holm
    War Game by Michael Foreman
    The Oddesey- Homer.
    I absolutely adore this book, so definitely a must!
    Also LOTR, but The Hobbit first
    Cather In The Rye
    1984 and Animal Farm
    The Dice Man
    The Bell Jar
    On The Road
    Junky
    Beowulf
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    (Original post by poetic_harriyot)
    Its GCSE set for most schools in the UK.
    I never read Of Mice and Men at school. Everyone else did but the top set did Lord of the Flies instead.
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    (Original post by *Katie*)
    I absolutely LOVE this book. I always get mixed thoughts on the ending when I lend it to people. Let me know what you think!

    I never got the big deal about War and Peace. I suppose it's because I read it to say "I've read war and peace", and I was quite young. Anyone think I need to give it another chance?

    Most of the greats have been covered. I'd add: A Clockwork Orange, Lolita and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    I adore the ending, he remained honest and refused to lie even at the expense of his own life. I think that we should all look up, and emulate, him.

    Have you read Camus' afterword?
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    the scarlet letter
    middlemarch
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    (Original post by cheerios)
    the scarlet letter
    middlemarch
    A mention for middlemarch, excellent.
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    The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

    Utterly bizarre, but compelling.
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    Loads of people have said the wasp factory! I've never read it.
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    I would suggest...

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    Lord of the Flies (I have never felt as angered with such vehemence as I did from reading this book - I hated it but I think people should really consider reading it).

    Jude the Obscure (Again a slightly painful and shocking read but well worth it in my opinion).

    Jane Eyre (I found it hard to remove myself from it!)

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Anyone can identify with the themes therein and it may open your mind)

    Alice in Wonderland/Through the looking glass (I think they are wonderful)

    That is all I can think of at the moment...but for Poetry; I'd suggest anything by Lord Byron or Poe. (Shakespeare is a given, of course )
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    (Original post by EmptyhollowTree)
    I would suggest...

    -Prose-

    Lord of the Flies (I have never felt as angered with such vehemence as I did from reading this book - I hated it but I think people should really consider reading it).

    Jude the Obscure (Again a slightly painful and shocking read but well worth it in my opinion).

    Jane Eyre (I found it hard to remove myself from it!)

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Anyone can identify with the themes therein and it may open your mind)

    Alice in Wonderland/Through the looking glass (I think they are wonderful)

    That is all I can think of at the moment...but for Poetry; I'd suggest anything by Lord Byron or Poe. (Shakespeare is a given, of course )

    Boo Keats and Shelley are way better than bloody Byron.

    Props for the Thomas Hardy recommendation as well.

    How about some T.S. Eliot? "Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock", "The Wasteland", "The Four Quartets"........
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    to kill a mocking bird
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    The First Circle by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
    La Symphonie Pastorale by André Gide
    Immortality by Milan Kundera
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Blindness by José Saramago
    The Tin Drum and The Flounder by Gunter Grass
    The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
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    Something by Jane Austen would do, I suppose. I'd recommend "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma".
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    1984
    Animal Farm
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    The most important three books in the world

    (altho I would say that if you were to consider the ALL TIME most important books, The Bible and The Koran would have to rank pretty high!)
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    Seeing as all the classics have been covered...

    The Regeneration Trilogy - Pat Barker
    Atonement - Ian McEwan
    The Joke - Milan Kundera
    Dubliners - James Joyce (not that I actually finished it, as I was trying to read it during exams... but a fascinating portrait of Irish life all the same)
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    The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne, like Dan Brown but better.

    The Hobbit is also a good read
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    (Original post by -CBee-)
    Seeing as all the classics have been covered...

    The Regeneration Trilogy - Pat Barker
    Atonement - Ian McEwan
    The Joke - Milan Kundera
    Dubliners - James Joyce (not that I actually finished it, as I was trying to read it during exams... but a fascinating portrait of Irish life all the same)

    You must finish Dubliners; I don't want to give anything away but it is so beautiful.
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    Robert Heinlein, "Stranger in a Strange Land".
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    Green eggs and ham?
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    Life of Pi, MUST read!
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    (Original post by vector)
    Really? Not on WJEC (and that's most of Wales)
    I took WJEC and did To Kill A Mockingbird, one of my favourite books
 
 
 
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