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.
Nicholas Sparks books - His writing style is terrible and his stories are just sappy and trite.
"Anna Karenina" by Tolstoy - booooooooooooooooring.