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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2003, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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best books, overrated books

The "fifty best books" thread made me think of books that you'd recommend and touted books that you'd warn people to stay away from.

Books that I'd recommend:
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde - This is one of my favorite books and for those who can't commit, it's really short - just a novella actually

"The Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoevsky - the first few chapters are sooo boring, but once you get past that, it's really good

"Crime and Punishment" by Dostoevsky

"Lolita" by Nabakov - beautifully written

"Cry to Heaven" by Anne Rice - well researched, unique story, interesting characters, enthralling stories, erotic, and beautifully written - her best work

"Wuthering Heights" - I know that a lot of people on the other thread disliked this book, but I thought it was really good.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" - just very good all around

"1984" - About 4/5 of the book is really good, though the ending just blows.


Overrated:
Nicholas Sparks books - His writing style is terrible and his stories are just sappy and trite.

"Anna Karenina" by Tolstoy - booooooooooooooooring.
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overrated / am to dumb to appreciate: Catch22

really good: the Last samurai
since we're doing russian, gogol is pretty cool
rule of the bone
peter carey's history of the kelly gang is really really good
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AWW! I was coming in here to recommend anything by Nicholas Sparks. I just love everything he has written!!
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What has he written?
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AWW! I was coming in here to recommend anything by Nicholas Sparks. I just love everything he has written!!
Oops. I suppose I should have expected that since he's sold millions of books. Well, maybe my Mom and I are just oddballs.
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What has he written?
he's written a bunch of stuff. The one's that come to mind are "The Notebook", "Message in a Bottle", "A Walk to Remember". The last two were made into movies and I think he has another movie based on one of his books coming up.
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"A Walk to Remember" is just the sweetest, saddest book ever.

When I saw the movie, I cried the WHOLE time because I knew everything that was happening since I had previously read the book...
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I loved Anne Rice's "Witching hour" series. And of course the "Vampire Chronicles."

"Lessons from the light" (cant remember the author though)
Monica's book "From Fear to Victory" is good.
Michael Mewshaw's "Ladies of the Court" was very interesting.
Steven King's "The Shinning"
"Misery" was a good book

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reccommend-
'Angela's Ashes' by Frank McCourt
'Tis' by Frank McCourt (and yes its the sequel to 'Angela's Ashes')
'Looking For Alibrandi' by Melina Marchetta
'Rescuing Franchesca' by Melina Marchetta (sequel to Looking for Alibrandi')
'Letters from the Inside' by James Marsden
'Tomorrow when the war Began' by...ok have a mental block...will update when authors name comes to mind *racking brain*...ah go me! its James Marsden
'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' by J. K Rowling (sorry i had to put that one in there )

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'Of Mice and Men'-dunno who its by had to read it for school
'Stoney Heart Country'-not the worst book i've ever read but it drags on for ever



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