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Books Every Woman Should Read by Lisa Simpson - Album on Imgur. Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre. This list is entirely subjective, based on books that I’ve read over the years. But what they all have in common is that they’ve stayed with me. Many of these titles I’ve read over and over again. Some are touchstones, lodestones that I reference when I get blocked, bowing at the feet of masters that have taught me everything I’ve ever learned about what makes compelling fiction. I’m hoping that you’ve read most of these and will spend much of this column nodding your head in agreement.

More importantly, I hope you find some new authors and novels that will enlighten you at some point down the road. NOTE: The genres I’ve picked are “major” to me, not to publishing in general. The Hobbit (1937) and Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) by J.R.R. I’m just going to lump it all together, here, so grant me that if you would. Buy J.R.R. Weaveworld (1987) by Clive Barker Buy Weaveworld from Amazon.com American Gods (2001) by Neil Gaiman Buy American Gods: Author's Preferred Text from Amazon.com.

75 Must-Read Geek Books. Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade | Books. Anybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century? When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright. But now, as we look back at what was decidedly a shitty decade for an incredible variety of people in an equally incredible variety of ways (evictions/invasions/bombings/etc), it's surprisingly hard to be pessimistic about the books that assessed, satirized, dramatized and distracted us from the events of the past 10 years.

Goethe said that the decline of a nation's literature is the precursor to that nation's fall, and with this look back at the books that defined the decade, we'd like to tell Goethe to suck it. Almost in spite of ourselves, we're still writing, translating, publishing and even occasionally buying good books in this country. 101 Books To Read This Summer Instead of '50 Shades of Grey'. 50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years. In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years.

Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.” The criterion for inclusion was not greatness but INFLUENCE. All the books on this list have been enormously influential. The books we chose required some hard choices. Because influence tends to be measured in years rather than months, it’s much easier to put older books (published in the 60s and 70s) on such a list than more recent books (published in the last decade). Older books have had more time to prove themselves. We also tried to keep a balance between books that everyone buys and hardly anyone reads versus books that, though not widely bought and read, are deeply transformative. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36.

Top 10 Best Novels of the Last 20 Years. Books The ten novels on this list all substantiate the belief that books are the most elastic, introspective, human and entertaining form of media that exist. Not movies, not music, not art, not the theatre. A famous author once said that novels are the best way for two human beings to connect with each other. I believe this, and I believe that people who do not find pleasure in words have never had the opportunity to read one of the great novels. The first introductions students often have to literature are stale century-old books that do not translate well to this new modern era. Frankly they are boring, and a lot of kids drift into the living room and turn on the television and stay glued for the rest of their lives.

So, here I will present the ten greatest novels of the last twenty years, without apologies. Music for Torching by A.M. As the only woman on the list, A. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1996) Of course, Palahniuk had to be on this list. House of Leaves The house is alive. The Greatest Books: The Best Books of All Time - 1 to 50. The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written.

The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today (1998) is a book of intellectual history written by Martin Seymour-Smith, a British poet, critic, and biographer.[1] The list included the books such as, Upanishads, Hebrew Bible, I Ching, Kabbalah, Candide, The World as Will and Idea, among others. See also[edit] References[edit] Jump up ^ Seymour-Smith, Martin (1998). External links[edit] The list. 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library by The Telegraph - The Greatest Books. Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters. A look at the famous TED Bookstore at TED2013. Photo: Michael Brands Books can entertain, sucking you like a tornado into incredible new worlds. Books can teach, giving you a richer understanding of time periods, people and ideas you’ve never been exposed to. But books can do so much more.

Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind In today’s talk, TED’s own Lisa Bu introduces us to the concept of “comparative reading,” the practice of reading books in pairs, to give deeper context and reveal new insights. Every year at TED, we set up a bookstore filled with books recommended by TEDsters of note. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson. John Adams by David McCullough. Personal History by Katharine Graham. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. Big Cats by Holiday Reinhorn. Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade | Books. An A-Z of novel cures for ailing book lovers. From treating urban fatigue (with help from China Miéville) to tempering road rage (thanks to the right audiobooks), Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have compiled an alphabet of literary remedies, taken from their new book, The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies. Let us know what yours would be. A is for Apathy Cure: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain From the very first line, when itinerant jailbreaker Frank Chambers is thrown off the hay truck at noon, this story is up and running.

The combination of story and style will hit you like a triple espresso and, instead of apathy, there'll be opportunism. B is for Boredom Cure: Room by Emma Donoghue Kicking the walls from boredom? C is for City fatigue Cure: The City and the City by China Miéville If you think you've had enough of the metropolis, think again.

D is for Dissatisfaction E is for Exhaustion F is for Fatherhood Cure: The Road by Cormac McCarthy Stop guilt-tripping yourself about not doing enough for your kids. All-Time Top Ten Lists | www.toptenbooks.net. 623 of the Best Books ever Written. Print - The 75 Books Every Man Should Read. Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best Novels List « Modern Library. 10 Epic Books Every Man Must Read | LMLRN. What are the Top Must Read Books For Men? There are books that you read, and there are books that change your life.

The list compiled below is an indication of some of the best books to read. From an infinite list of books, these 10 are ones that have defined generations and inspired countless authors. Some are a basis of what it is to be a man in today’s culture; to face fears and fight through them, to fight for justice and what is right, embracing the leader in us and leading a life of integrity. So Gentlemen, here is the Top 10 List Of Books To Read For Every Man: 1. The epic adventure of Edmond Dantès and how he spent 14 years in a dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit, will keep you hooked to the point where your friends and family will be concerned for your well-being. 2.

The Screwtape Letters is an utterly original book by C. 3. 4. One of his most autobiographical books, Ernest Hemingway tells the story of the lost generation after World War I. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. The 100 Greatest Novels. We all love lists . . . well let's stir the waters with an ambitious one highlighting the 100 best novels. Be warned: this ranking is based on cranky and subjective standards.

(But aren't they all?) 1. Marcel Proust Remembrance of Things Past “The only paradise is a paradise lost.” 2. “If God is dead, then all things are permitted.” 3. “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. 4. "The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have. " 5. "For the love of God, sir knight errant, if you ever meet me again, please, even if you see me being cut into little pieces, don't rush to my aid or try to help me, but just let me be miserable, because no matter what they're doing to me it couldn't be worse than what will happen if your grace helps, so may God curse you and every knight errant who's ever been born in the world.

" 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. "I like them to talk nonsense. 14. 25 Great Thinkers Every College Student Should Read. By Donna Scott College is for expanding one’s intellectual horizons. Unfortunately, drinking and having fun, can distract from learning about history’s great thinkers. From Mark Twain to Confucius, an educated individual should posses some knowledge of certain philosophers, artists and thinkers. Here are 25 great thinkers every college student should read, even if professors don’t assign them. Western Philosophers Western universities understandably tend to focus on Western philosophers and thinkers.

Check out the works from these masters of Western philosophical thought. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson was an influential figure in the first recognized American school of philosophical thought. Eastern Thinkers Eastern philosophies have proven influential on figures throughout history from Marco Polo to the Beatles. Statesman Polls show few people trust politicians. Writers and Artists. The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013. The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any mortal in a lifetime.

It’s hard to choose — especially if you’re a slow reader. So, to go along with the list of the best albums from 1963-2013, here you will find a single must-read book from each of the last 50 years. Of course, this is by its very nature an absurd undertaking, and many books have gotten the short end of the stick — there’s no other way to do it. The choices here are influenced by the following: the stipulation that any specific author should not be chosen for more than one year, a general focus on fiction over other genres, and the tastes/whims/glaring prejudices of Flavorwire’s literary editor. Feel free to argue in the comments, but keep it nice. 1963 — The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath.

Full List | All-TIME 100 Novels. 100 Novels Everyone Should Read--From London Telegraph.