Reading a Good Book Outside

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The weather lately has been wonderful. It feels pretty awesome to be outside (except for the inevitable muddy shoes… and pants). I love reading while watching the kids play outside. I’m reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. It’s a really entertaining read also very informative. One new goal for this year, kind of inspired by this book and others I’ve read is that I’m going to try to reduce our family’s meat intake so I can buy an organic chicken and make it last. We already do two days vegan, and one other main meal meatless.

Adult Scarf

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I thought that this yarn and this stitch pattern would be fitting for a man. It seems I have a lot of yarn for girls, but not so much that suit boys. I guess that’s fitting, seeing as I have two toddler girls.

I used size 15 needles and two strands of worsted weight yarn. I think it took me two-three days. Since I didn’t have to think very much about the stitch pattern, I got to read “Bringing it to the Table” by Wendell Berry.

I’m hooked on Outlander

Ever since I was acquainted with the Outlander series, I’ve been hooked. I was apprehensive upon starting the second book, as usually second books and second movies in a series are usually not as good as the first one. Oh my gosh, was I wrong. I’ve been voraciously reading these books. I’m on book 4: Drums of Autumn, I honestly would sit all day and read. I can’t get enough of this story! Maybe this is why I haven’t posted recently. All my time is spent reading. I probably have neglected my household cleaning chores. Oops.

This is probably the first time I’ve actually read a piece of modern fiction. I’m usually a classic fiction type of person… you know… Jane Austen, Henry James, Fyodor Dostoevsky, etc. – old books, and a non-fiction type person.

The last time I read a book this quickly was after graduating with my undergraduate degree – Crime and Punishment.

There are a few things I’m a little bit embarrassed about. I’ve never read a harlequin romance novel, and I don’t plan on starting to, but there are quite a few selections of what I would probably consider R or X rated reading. When I first started reading it, I’m sure my face was a bit red, but I guess I’ve got used to it. I’m a big historical romance person. When I was in high school I read a bunch of Lori Wick and Jeanette Oke books, Christian romance novels… someone once said they are Christian porn. haha.

I love all the historical details, things you wouldn’t normally think of, like what you used for toilet paper. I’m in awe of Gabaldon’s research abilities. I’m incredibly fascinated by the medicinal usage of herbs in the 18th century, at least described in the books. There’s a wealth of information there, not to mention a story that is so appealing that all you want to do all day is sit and read, to the detriment of anything else you have to do in your life.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve had this book read for at least a week now and I found it a little difficult to figure out something to write about it – hence my procrastination. I had some sort of viral sickness that went all around my family last week, so it was a bit difficult to concentrate on anything.

ImageI had never read this book before, and it is definitely a classic. It did capture my attention. I knew some of the story probably from sesame street or the muppets or some sort of children’s show, but it was very interesting to read the original. I had no idea how it ended, so it was all a pleasant surprise. I think it’s important for girls to read these books, as it’s probably a book that the average male would read, you know, having to do with adventure, pirates, and treasure. But there are many aspects of it that can appeal to women: camaraderie, loyalty, athleticism, strategic planning, etc. It is so important to be well read.

I went to the library and checked out a bunch of books, of which I read “Ooh La La!: French Woman’s Secrets to feeling beautiful every day” by Jamie Cat Callan. It was a really quick read. There are not necessarily any secrets inside, but the general gist of it is that it’s important to take care of yourself and be your true self.

I also read “How to be a Lady” by Candace Simpson-Giles. It was interesting, though sometimes really not helpful. Like some of the things in the book were like a lady knows how to use a napkin in a restaurant, with no explanation, so I guess if you don’t know it and you’re trying to become a lady, you’re screwed. There was a lot of stuff like that in the book.

Candide by Voltaire

I decided to read Candide because I bought it a long time ago and it’s just been sitting on the shelf. Secondly I’ve played the following musical piece so many times that I’ve lost count.

It was an interesting book. Its pace was incredibly fast. There weren’t many times that Voltaire waxed eloquent on the description of the scene or other objects. It was an easy read, a relatively short book. It was a tale of optimism versus everything sucking and there being nothing you can do about it. For my part I think life lies somewhere in between.

1984 by George Orwell

I didn’t read this with the intent of writing about it. However, since it’s on the list that I posted, I thought I’d write down my thoughts. I picked this book to read because it has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while and I haven’t read it. I always knew that it was a classic, but really had no idea what it was about. I had the general idea that it was a modern kind of dark book. And now that I have read it, it is a dark book.

At the beginning it reminded me of the movie V for Vendetta. The government can control everything you do, and knows everything that you think mostly by your behavior and even slight minuscule facial expressions. The government alters the past so that no one can find evidence that the government wasn’t right in the first place. I suppose that this interference on the part of the government is supposed to be corollary for the socialist movements in Germany and Russia as the first copyright is in 1949. It may be that if the Axis powers had won that our lives would be much like the ones in this book.

The protagonist in this story first rebels in his mind against the Party (the government) – called thoughtcrime. He is eventually caught and reprogrammed. It is a trying business to put all your thoughts under regulation so that nothing bad occurs to you (what is bad is good in this book, as far as the Party is concerned). In the end, he does succumb to the Party’s propaganda and he is able to control his mind and emotions.

The last paragraph flabbergasted me. I was so hoping for a happy ending with truth, justice, and freedom winning out. As it is of course my being raised as an American that makes those things on such a high pedestal for me.

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless understanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, every thing was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

He had won the victory over himself… Wow… If for a second the Party had better ideals and did not affront truth or an uncorrupted human nature, then maybe the journey that he went through was more something to be cheered. If he had conquered his passions, his sins, his base desires, I would have looked on his struggle as something holy.

Reading

I have decided to start reading a lot more. I picked out a list of books to read. I’ve read several of them already, but I’ll re-read them. I’ll try and post my progress and maybe a review of each book.

Here’s the list:

110 Best Books: The Perfect Library

From classics and sci-fi to poetry, biographies and books that changed the world… we present the ultimate reading list.

– The Telegraph

  1. 1984 by George Orwell

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    The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of perpetuating the regime’s propaganda by falsifying records and political literatur… – Wikipedia

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  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

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    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick’s film version and published after the release of the film. The story… – Wikipedia

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  3. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by Unknown

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    The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of annals in Old English chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons. The annals were initially created late in the 9th century, probably in Wessex, during… – Wikipedia

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  4. The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark

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    The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a novel written in 1960 by the Scottish author Muriel Spark. It tells the story of a devilish Scottish migrant, Dougal Douglas, who moves to Peckham in London and wr… – Wikipedia

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  5. The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

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    The Beauty Myth examines beauty as a demand and as a judgment upon women. Subtitled How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women, Wolf examines how modern conceptions of women’s beauty impact the sp… – Wikipedia

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  6. Beloved by Toni Morrison

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    Beloved (1987) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. The novel, her fifth, is loosely based on the life and legal case of the slave Margaret Garner, about whom Morrison… – wikipedia

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  7. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

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    The Big Sleep (1939) is a crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first in his acclaimed series about hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe. The work has been adapted twice into film, once in 1946 and a… – wikipedia

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  8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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    Set in the London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology and sleep-learning that combine to change society. The future society is an embod… – Wikipedia

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  9. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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    With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Tales have become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a mo… – Publisher

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  10. A Child Called ‘It’ by Dave Pelzer

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    A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive is Dave Pelzer’s 1995 autobiographical account of his alleged abuse as a child by an alcoholic mother, Catherine Roerva. – Wikipedia

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  11. The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope

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    The Chronicles of Barsetshire is a series of six novels by the English author Anthony Trollope, set in the fictitious cathedral town of Barchester. These classics of Victorian literature concern th… – Wikipedia

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  12. Citizens by Simon Schama

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    Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution is a book by the historian Simon Schama. It was published in 1989, the bicentenary of the French Revolution, and like many other works in that year, w… – Wikipedia

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  13. Collected Poems of Ted Hughes by Ted Hughes

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    Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children’s writer, known as Ted Hughes. Critics routinely rank him as one of the best poets of his generation. Hughes was British Poet Laureate from 1984… – Wikipedia

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  14. Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats by W. B. Yeats

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    William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. – Wikipedia

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  15. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. – Publisher

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  16. Confessions by St. Augustine

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    Confessions is the name of an autobiographical work, consisting of 13 books, by St. Augustine of Hippo, written between AD 397 and AD 398. Modern English translations of it are sometimes published … – Wikipedia

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  17. Dangerous Liaison by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

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    The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Its prime movers, the Vicomte… – Publisher

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  18. Das Kapital by Karl Marx

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    Das Kapital: Kritik der politischen Ökonomie (German pronunciation: [das kapiˈtaːl]) (Capital, in the English translation) is an extensive treatise on political economy written in German by Karl Ma… – Wikipedia

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  19. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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    The story of the abandoned waif who learns to survive through challenging encounters with distress and misfortune. – Publisher

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  20. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

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    The Day of the Triffids is a post-apocalyptic novel written in 1951 by the English science fiction author John Wyndham. Although Wyndham had already published other novels, this was the first publi… – Wikipedia

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  21. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

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    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was written by English historian Edward Gibbon and published in six volumes. Volume I was published in 1776, and went through six printings. … – Wikipedia

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  22. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

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    De la démocratie en Amérique (published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840) is a classic French text by Alexis de Tocqueville on the United States in the 1830s and its strengt… – Wikipedia

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  23. Diaries by Alan Clark

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    Alan Clark started keeping a regular diary in 1955 which lasted until August 1999, during his second spell as a Member of Parliament, when he was incapacitated due to the onset of the brain tumour … – Wikipedia

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  24. Divine Comedy by Dante

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    he Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, and is seen as one of t… – Wikipedia

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  25. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick first published in 1968. The main plot follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter of androids, while the secondary plot … – Wikipedia

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  26. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

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    Doctor Zhivago is a 20th century novel by Boris Pasternak, first published in 1957. The novel is named after its protagonist, Yuri Zhivago, a medical doctor and poet. It tells the story of a man to… – Wikipedia

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  27. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

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    Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a non-fiction book written by Lynne Truss, the former host of the BBC Radio 4’s Cutting a Dash programme. In the book, published in 2003, Truss bemoans the state of punctua… – Wikipedia

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  28. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

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    Eminent Victorians is a book by Lytton Strachey (the oldest member of the Bloomsbury Group), first published in 1918 and consisting of biographies of four leading figures from the Victorian era. It… – Wikipedia

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  29. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

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    It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a communist guerilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. As an expert in the use of explosives, he is … – Wikipedia

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  30. Foundation by Isaac Asimov

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    Foundation is the first book in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy (later expanded into The Foundation Series). Foundation is a collection of five short stories, which were first published together … – Wikipedia

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  31. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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    At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the ‘ghost story’ that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the… – Publisher

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  32. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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    Gone With the Wind is set in Jonesboro and Atlanta, Georgia during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and follows the life of Scarlett O’Hara, the daughter of an Irish immigrant plantation o… – Wikipedia

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  33. Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves

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    Good-bye to All That is the autobiography of Robert Graves. First published in 1929, the work is a landmark anti-war memoir of life in the trenches during World War I. The title expresses Graves’ d… – Wikipedia

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  34. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

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    From the preeminent prose satirist in the English language, a great classic recounting the four remarkable journeys of ship’s surgeon Lemuel Gulliver. For children it remains an enchanting fantasy;… – Publisher

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  35. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling and featuring Harry Potter, a young wizard. It describes how Harry discovers he is a … – Wikipedia

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  36. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

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    The story involves fantasy elements such as witches and armoured polar bears, and alludes to a broad range of ideas from fields such as physics, philosophy, theology and spirituality. It follows th… – Wikipedia

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  37. Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

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    Babar the Elephant is a very popular French children’s fictional character who first appeared in Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931 and enjoyed immediate success. An English language ver… – Wikipedia

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  38. The Histories of Herodotus by Herodotus

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    The Histories of Herodotus is considered one of the seminal works of history in Western literature. Written from the 450s to the 420s BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek, The Histories serve… – Wikipedia

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  39. A History of the Crusades by Stephen Runciman

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    A History of the Crusades is the work that historian Stephen Runciman is arguably most noted for. A cursory glance at the body of Runciman’s work would lead many to believe that his passion for hi… – Wikipedia

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  40. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston Churchill

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    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples is a four-volume history of Britain and her former colonies and possessions throughout the world, written by Winston Churchill, covering the period from Ca… – Wikipedia

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  41. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

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    The History of the Peloponnesian War is an account of the Peloponnesian War in Ancient Greece, fought between the Peloponnesian League (led by Sparta) and the Delian League (led by Athens). It was … – Wikipedia

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  42. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the title of the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams. The novel is an adaptation of th… – Wikipedia

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  43. How to Cook by Delia Smith

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    Delia’s How to Cook is a simple-to-follow cooking course for people of all ages and abilities. In this comprehensive two-part book series, Delia returns to the very roots of cooking to look at the … – Publisher

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  44. The Human Stain by Philip Roth

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    The Human Stain is set in 1990s America, the time of the culture wars, political correctness and the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. The story is told by Nathan Zuckerman, a writer who lives … – Wikipedia

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  45. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

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    I, Claudius deals sympathetically with the life of the Roman Emperor Claudius and cynically with the history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44… – Wikipedia

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  46. If This Is a Man by Primo Levi

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    If This Is a Man is a work of witness by the Italian author Primo Levi. It was influenced by his experiences in the concentration camp at Auschwitz during the Second World War. It can be described … – Wikipedia

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  47. The Iliad by Homer

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    The Iliad is an epic poem in dactylic hexameters, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set in the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of Ilium by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and e… – Wikipedia

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  48. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

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    Swann’s Way, the first part of A la recherche de temps perdu, Marcel Proust’s seven-part cycle, was published in 1913. In it, Proust introduces the themes that run through the entire work. The narr… – Publisher

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  49. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

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    This book introduces Freud’s theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation. Dreams, in Freud’s view, were all forms of “wish-fulfillment” — attempts by the unconscious to resolve a… – Wikipedia

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  50. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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    Jane Eyre is a first-person narrative of the title character, a small, plain-faced, intelligent and honest English orphan. The novel goes through five distinct stages: Jane’s childhood at Gateshead… – Wikipedia

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  51. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

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    Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. First published in 1970 as “Jona… – Wikipedia

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  52. Killshot by Elmore Leonard

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    Killshot, the 1989 novel by author Elmore Leonard, tells the story of a married couple who find themselves in Cape Girardeau, Missouri while on the run from a pair of hitmen. – Wikipedia

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  53. Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory

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    Le Morte d’Arthur (spelled Le Morte Darthur in the first printing and also in some modern editions, Middle French for la mort d’Arthur, “the death of Arthur”) is Sir Thomas Malory’s compilation of … – Wikipedia

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  54. L’Encyclopédie by Diderot

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    Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (English: Encyclopedia, or a systematic dictionary of the sciences, arts, and crafts) was a general encyclopedia publish… – Wikipedia

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  55. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

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    Leviathan, The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, commonly called Leviathan, is a book written by Thomas Hobbes which was published in 1651. It is titled after th… – Wikipedia

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  56. The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell

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    The Life of Charlotte Brontë is the posthumous biography of Charlotte Brontë by fellow novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. Although quite frank in many places, Gaskell suppressed details of Charlotte’s lov… – Wikipedia

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  57. The life of Samuel Johnson by Boswell

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    He’s one of English literature’s all-time heavyweights, but most of what we know about Samuel Johnson, the man, comes from his friend Boswell’s hearty anecdotal biog. – Telegraph

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  58. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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    World War II has just begun and four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, are evacuated from London in 1940 to escape the Blitz. They are sent to live with Professor Digory Kirke, who … – Wikipedia

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  59. Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari

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    The Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, from Cimabue to Our Times, or Le Vite de’ più eccellenti pittori, scultori, e architettori, as it was originally known i… – Wikipedia

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  60. Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius

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    e vita Caesarum (Latin, direct translation: On the Life of the Caesars) commonly known as The Twelve Caesars, is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman … – Wikipedia

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  61. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

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    The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by philologist and Oxford University professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier, less complex children’… – Wikipedia

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  62. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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    For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion, the author of Madame Bovary was tried for “offenses against morality and religion.” What shoc… – Publisher

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  63. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

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    A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, … – Publisher

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  64. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

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    Master and Commander is a historical naval novel by Patrick O’Brian. First published in 1969 (US) (1970 in UK), it is first in the Aubrey-Maturin series of stories of Captain Jack Aubrey and the na… – Wikipedia

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  65. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon

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    Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man is a novel by Siegfried Sassoon, first published in 1928. It won both the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, being immediately recognised as a c… – Wikipedia

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  66. Middlemarch by George Eliot

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    Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, later Marian Evans. It is her seventh novel, begun in 1869 and then put aside during the final i… – Wikipedia

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  67. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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    What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant dete… – Publisher

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  68. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

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    “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham’s Magazine in 1841. It has been claimed as the first detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his “tales… – Wikipedia

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  69. Neuromancer by William Gibson

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    The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to work on the ultimate hack. Gibson explores artificial intelligence, virtual reality, genetic engineering, … – Wikipedia

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  70. Odes by John Keats

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    John Keats is perhaps most famous for his Odes, poems written in 1819 at a particularly harsh time of his life, when he had already been stricken with the tuberculosis that would eventually kill h… – Catherine Poole

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  71. The Odyssey by Homer

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    The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work traditionally ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the m… – Wikipedia

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  72. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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    One of the 20th century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning car… – Publisher

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  73. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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    Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, published on Thursday 24 November 1859, is a seminal work of scientific literature considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Its full title… – Wikipedia

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  74. On War by Carl Von Clausewitz

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    Vom Kriege is a book on war and military strategy by Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz, written mostly after the Napoleonic wars, between 1816 and 1830, and published posthumously by his wife in… – Wikipedia

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  75. The Origins of the Second World War by A. J. P. Taylor

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    Was Hitler all that bad? Wasn’t he just an opportunist who took advantage of Anglo-French dithering and appeasement? The label ‘iconoclastic’ applies to few historians so well as it does to Taylor. – Telegraph

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  76. Paradise Lost by John Milton

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    Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books. A second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve… – Wikipedia

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  77. A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes

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    This multi-award book is history on an epic yet human scale. Vast in scope, exhaustive in original research, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, “A People’s Tragedy” offers a… – Publisher

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  78. The Plantagenet Saga by Jean Plaidy

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  79. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

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    The story centres on Isabel Archer, an attractive American whom circumstances have brought to Europe. Isabel refuses the offer of marriage to an English peer and to a bulldog-like New Englander, to… – Publisher

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  80. The Prelude by William Wordsworth

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    The Prelude; or, Growth of a Poet’s Mind is an autobiographical, “philosophical” poem in blank verse by the English poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth wrote the first version of the poem when he w… – Wikipedia

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  81. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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    The book is narrated in free indirect speech following the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with matters of upbringing, marriage, moral rightness and education in her aristocratic socie… – Wikipedia

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  82. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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    Il Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. Originally called De Principatibus (About Principalities), it was origi… – Wikipedia

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  83. Rabbit at Rest by John Updike

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    In John Updike’s fourth and final novel about ex-basketball player Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the hero has acquired heart trouble, a Florida condo, and a second grandchild. His son, Nelson, is behavi… – Publisher

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  84. Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike

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    Rabbit Is Rich is a 1981 novel by John Updike. It is the third novel of the four-part series which begins with Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux, and concludes with Rabbit At Rest. There is also a relat… – Wikipedia

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  85. Rabbit Redux by John Updike

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    Rabbit Redux finds the former high-school basketball star, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, working a dead-end job and approaching middle age in the downtrodden and fictional city of Brewer, Pennsylvania, … – Wikipedia

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  86. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

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    Rabbit, Run depicts five months in the life of a 26-year-old former high school basketball player named Harry ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom, and his attempts to escape the constraints of his life. Wikipedia

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  87. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

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    The Railway Children is a children’s book by Edith Nesbit, originally published in 1906. The story concerns a family who move to a house near the railway after the father is imprisoned as a resu… – Wikipedia

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  88. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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    Rebecca is considered to be one of her best works. Some observers have noted parallels with Jane Eyre. Much of the novel was written while she was staying in Alexandria, Egypt, where her husband wa… – Wikipedia

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  89. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

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    Red Dragon is a novel by Thomas Harris. It was the first novel to feature Harris’ iconic character Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a sociopathic, murderous cannibal and ex-forensic psychiatrist; though he pla… – Wikipedia

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  90. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine

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    Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine, posits that popular political revolution is permissible when a government does not safeguard its people, their natural rights, and their national interests. It defen… – Wikipedia

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  91. Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott

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    Schott’s Miscellanies are a trio of best-selling books by Ben Schott. They consist of a collection of trivia generally centred on the culture of the United Kingdom (and to a lesser extent the rest … – Wikipedia

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  92. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence

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    Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces … – Wikipedia

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  93. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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    The Social Contract, Or Principles of Political Right by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is the book in which Rousseau theorized about the best way in which to set up a political community in the face of th… – Wikipedia

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  94. Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake

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    Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of poetry by the English poet and painter, William Blake. Although Songs of Innocence was first… – Wikipedia

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  95. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

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    Shakespeare’s sonnets, or simply The Sonnets, is a collection of poems in sonnet form written by William Shakespeare that deal with such themes as time, love, beauty and mutability. They were proba… – Wikipedia

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  96. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

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    Swallows and Amazons is the first book in the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome and was first published in 1930. It is set in the Lake District between the two World Wars. At the tim… – Wikipedia

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  97. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

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    In a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley. Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young America… – Publisher

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  98. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

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    Violated by one man, forsaken by another, Tess Durbeyfield is the magnificent and spirited heroine of Thomas Hardy’s immortal work. Of all the great English novelists, no one writes more eloquently…

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  99. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

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    When the Time Traveler courageously stepped out of his machine for the first time, he found himself in the year 802,700–and everything had changed. H.G. Wells’s famous novel of one man’s astonishi… – Publisher

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  100. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre

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    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a spy novel by John le Carré, first published in 1974. It is the first volume of a three-book series informally known as The Karla Trilogy, followed by The Honourabl… – Wikipedia

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  101. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

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    Gladwell defines a tipping point as a sociological term: “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” The book seeks to explain and describe the “mysterious” sociological change… – Wikipedia

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  102. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, it is an adventure tale known for its superb atmosphere, character and action, and also a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality—as seen in Long… – Wikipedia

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  103. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

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    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (French: Vingt mille lieues sous les mers) is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. It tells the story of Captain Nem… – Wikipedia

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  104. Ulysses by James Joyce

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    Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, June 16, 1904. The title parallels and alludes to Odysseus (Latinised into Ulysses), the hero of Homer’s Odyss… – Wikipedia

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  105. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

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    No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her senti… – Publisher

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  106. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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    Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of fi… – Wikipedia

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  107. The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

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    The Waste Land is a 434 line modernist poem by T. S. Eliot published in 1922. It has been called “one of the most important poems of the 20th century.” Despite the alleged obscurity of the poem – i… – Wikipedia

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  108. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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    A classic in children’s literature The Wind in the Willow is alternately slow moving and fast paced. The book focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. T… – Wikipedia

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  109. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

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    Winnie-the-Pooh, commonly shortened to Pooh Bear and once referred to as Edward Bear, is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Wi… – Wikipedia

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  110. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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    Thus young Walter Hartright first meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelation… – Publisher

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  111. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

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    A Year in Provence is autobiographical novel by Peter Mayle about his first year in Provence, and the local events and customs. It was adapted into a television miniseries starring John Thaw and Li… – Wikipedia

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  112. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

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    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values is the first of Robert M. Pirsig’s texts in which he explores his Metaphysics of Quality. The 1974 book describes, in first person,… – Wikipedia

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