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The Big Read. The Big Read was a survey on books carried out by the BBC in the United Kingdom in 2003, where over three quarters of a million votes were received from the British public to find the nation's best-loved novel of all time.[1][2] The year-long survey was the biggest single test of public reading taste to date,[3] and culminated with several programmes hosted by celebrities, advocating their favourite books.[4] Purpose[edit]

The Big Read

Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century. Wikimedia list article The 100 Books of the Century (French: Les cent livres du siècle) is a list of the one hundred best books of the 20th century, according to a poll conducted in the spring of 1999 by the French retailer Fnac and the Paris newspaper Le Monde.

Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century

Starting from a preliminary list of 200 titles created by bookshops and journalists, 17,000 French voters responded to the question, "Which books have remained in your memory? " (Quels livres sont restés dans votre mémoire ?). The Alternative 278 Books You Should Have Read by Now. Jordan Peterson. 40 books to read before you die, from Catch-22 to Great Expectations. Books, books, books.

40 books to read before you die, from Catch-22 to Great Expectations

They will increase your lifespan, lower your stress and boost your intelligence. They will give you fuller, thicker hair. 100 books everyone should read Amazon Goodreads - Business Insider. The 100 Greatest Novels. We all love lists . . . well let's stir the waters with an ambitious one highlighting the 100 best novels.

The 100 Greatest Novels

Be warned: this ranking is based on cranky and subjective standards. (But aren't they all?) 1. For Whom the Bell Tolls. The novel is regarded as one of Hemingway's best works, along with The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea.[2] Background[edit] Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls in Havana, Cuba; Key West, Florida; and Sun Valley, Idaho in 1939.[3][4] In Cuba, he lived in the Hotel Ambos Mundos where he worked on the manuscript.[5][6] The novel was finished in July 1940 at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel in New York City[7] and published in October.[8][9] It is based on Hemingway's experiences during the Spanish Civil War and features an American protagonist, named Robert Jordan, who fights with Spanish guerillas for the Republicans.[10] The characters in the novel include those who are purely fictional, those based on real people but fictionalized, and those who were actual figures in the war.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Name of the Rose. Historical novel by Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose (Italian: Il nome della rosa [il ˈnoːme della ˈrɔːza]) is the 1980 debut novel by Italian author Umberto Eco.

The Name of the Rose

It is a historical murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327; an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies, and literary theory. It was translated into English by William Weaver in 1983. One Hundred Years of Solitude. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Spanish: Cien años de soledad, American Spanish: [sjen ˈaɲoz ðe soleˈðað]) is a landmark 1967 novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez that tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founded the town of Macondo, a fictitious town in the country of Colombia.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Since it was first published in May 1967 in Buenos Aires by Editorial Sudamericana, One Hundred Years of Solitude has been translated into 37 languages and sold more than 30 million copies.[2][3][4] The novel, considered García Márquez's magnum opus, remains widely acclaimed and is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon.[5] Biography and publication[edit] Plot[edit] Gone with the Wind (novel) 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the outset and was the top American fiction bestseller in 1936 and 1937.

Gone with the Wind (novel)

As of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible. More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide. Gone with the Wind is a controversial reference point for subsequent writers of the South, both black and white. Scholars at American universities refer to, interpret, and study it in their writings. The Magic Mountain. The Magic Mountain (German: Der Zauberberg) is a novel by Thomas Mann, first published in German in November 1924.

The Magic Mountain

It is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of twentieth-century German literature. Mann started writing what was to become The Magic Mountain in 1912. It began as a much shorter narrative which revisited in a comic manner aspects of Death in Venice, a novella that he was preparing for publication. The newer work reflected his experiences and impressions during a period when his wife, who was suffering from a lung complaint, resided at Dr. Friedrich Jessen's Waldsanatorium in Davos, Switzerland for several months. The Long Goodbye (novel) The novel opens outside a club called the Dancers.

The Long Goodbye (novel)

It is late October or early November. No specific year is given for when the events take place, but internal evidence and the publication date of the novel places them some time between 1949 to 1952. Philip Marlowe meets a drunk named Terry Lennox, a man with scars on one side of his face. They forge an uneasy friendship over the next few months.

In June, Lennox shows up late one night at Marlowe's home in "a great deal of trouble" and needing a ride to the airport across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. On his return to Los Angeles, Marlowe learns that Lennox's wife was found dead in her guest house and that she died before Lennox fled. After three days of antagonizing his interrogators, Marlowe is released, the police explaining that Lennox has been reported to have committed suicide in Otatoclán with a full written confession by his side. Wade calls Marlowe again, asking him to come by to have lunch with him. Educated by Tara Westover. “Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”

—The New York Times Book Review “Westover is a keen and honest guide to the difficulties of filial love, and to the enchantment of embracing a life of the mind.” —The New Yorker“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.” —Bill Gates “Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.” The Best Leadership Books. It’s been said “Leaders are readers.” But what should a leader read? My guest today set out to answer that question by polling 4-star generals and admirals in the U.S. military to get their best recommendations. His name is Admiral James Stavridis. He’s served as the commander of US Southern Command, US European Command, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He now serves as dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. We begin our conversation by discussing the culture of reading amongst military officers past and present, including Generals James Mattis and George Patton.

You’re going to be adding a lot of books to your reading list after listening to this podcast. Best Books to Read Before You Die. There are over a hundred million books in existence. And the average person only has 8 decades in which to read them. So which books should you choose to read over others before you croak? It’s a question that’s launched scores of lists and many an argument, and my guest today has fired his own missive in the debate. His name is James Mustich, he’s been in the book business for over 30 years as a book seller, reviewer, and editor, and he’s created the ultimate book list in his book 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die. Why You Need a Reading Plan. You may have a plan for your week, a plan for your workouts, a plan for your finances, and even a plan for your leisure time. These plans help you get the most out of your time and resources — the most out of your life. But have you ever thought about having a reading plan? You should: just like any other plan, it can help you maximize the value, enjoyment, and satisfaction you get from your reading.

Today we’ll talk about why, and offer suggestions for formulating a reading plan of your own. The Big Sleep (1946 film) Parts of the original, unreleased 1945 cut were significantly rescripted and shot to take advantage of the public's fascination with "Bogie and Bacall". A copy of the 1945 version was restored and released in 1997. Private detective Philip Marlowe is summoned to the mansion of General Sternwood. The general wants to resolve the ‘gambling debts’ that his daughter Carmen owes to bookseller Arthur Gwynn Geiger. As Marlowe is leaving, Sternwood's older daughter, the divorced Mrs. Life: A User's Manual by George Perec. Is notone of those works. In fact, this book may claim to be about'life' but its guiding principle comes fromthe inorganic world. The Fragmented Novel: A Reading List. Western canon. Books, music and art traditionally accepted by Western scholars as the most important in shaping Western culture.

Great Books of the Western World. The Great Books (second edition) The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (Updated and Expanded) eBook: Susan Wise Bauer: Kindle Store. 43 Books About War Every Man Should Read. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Ryan Holiday. War is unquestionably mankind at his worst. Applied Combinatorics: Fred Roberts, Barry Tesman: 9781420099829: Gateway. A First Course in Graph Theory (Dover Books on Mathematics): Gary Chartrand, Ping Zhang: 9780486483689: Gateway. Analysis With An Introduction to Proof, 5th Edition: Steven R. Lay: 9780321747471: Books. Guide to Steven Lay's Analysis With an Introduction to Proof, 5e, Chapter 1 (Analysis Study Guide), Pangyen Weng -

Book of Proof: Richard Hammack: 9780989472128: Books. Mathematical Music Theory: Algebraic, Geometric, Combinatorial, Topological and Applied Approaches to Understanding Musical Phenomena: Mariana Montiel, Robert W. Peck: 9789813235304: Gateway. 100 Books Every Man Should Read. Click here to download a PDF list of the 100 books every man should read. Non-military Books For Personal And Professional Development. Technology and vast sources of entertainment surround us. As a society we watch and play more while reading, learning, and doing less.