this is hard. i will answer by listing the 5 most memorable books in my life that i hope other people would read: the bell jar, the sun also rises, into the wild, the bluest eye and SARAH PLAIN AND TALL. (that's for leslie)
Just finished reading "Unaccustomed Earth" and recommend reading that. But, I think we're going for classics here, so "Pride & Prejudice", "A Tale of Two Cities", "The Hobbit", "And Then There Were None/10 Little Indians", "Great Gatsby"
With Andrew one million percent on Gatsby. Best book I've ever read, bar none. I can't even think of four other books I've read and loved that I think anyone else would love. Maybe The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series and the Lord of the Rings series...but not much else.Although, Leslie, you'll be happy to know that I'm finally reading Harry Potter...Oh, wait. Charlotte's Web...tell me that shouldn't be required reading for every child on earth.
I'm going to cheat on this with 2 great compliations (i.e. like suggesting a greatest hits for an album list).1. The Bible, it's got good lessons and any rational person who reads it should be able to refute the crazy right wing justifications for shitty policies. 2. Bartlett's Quotations, so much wisdom in one book. 3. Lend Me Your Ears, this is a compilation of some of the greatest speeches in history...from Jesus to Obama (yes, put those two together on purpose). 4. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The fact that I, as a fairly anti Sci Fi person who also thinks Python is overrated (but still funny), recommends this should say something. 5. Hmmm, need a 5th book. I'm blanking...i guess to balance my first pick and since the question revolves around Death, I'd probably say something like the Tao Te Ching
I'm going to cheat and list 10 because I can't narrow it down.To Kill a MockingbirdParadise LostAesop's Fables Of Mice and Men Atlas ShruggedThe OdysseyThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnDon Quixote Good Night Moon Where the Wild Things Are
Ishmael by Daniel QuinnDeath of a Salesman by Arthur MillerGrapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckMan's Search for Meaning by Viktor FranklThe Stranger by Albert Camus
I read crap now so all of my books are from my childhood/adolescence:The Giving TreeNightThe Diary of Anne FrankTo Kill a MockingbirdFree to Be You and Me
1: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (For the ladies, at least. This is probably my favorite book of all time).2: Don Quixote 3: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren4: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides5: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Props to Leslie for the Free to Be You and Me reference! I had the record as a kid and still love it. Hell yeah, non-conventional gender roles!!
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-ExupéryBreakfast of Champions - Kurt VonnegutCatcher in the Rye - J.D. SalingerTimequake - Kurt VonnegutOh, the Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are, Cash by Johnny Cash, Catch 22, Catcher in the Rye....and big ups to Cate for Goodnight Moon!
I'm late to the party, but I'd say ...The AlchemistAnimal FarmThe Illiad1984Of Mice and Men... And for good measure... the short story, The Lottery.
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