ALSO, please don't say anything like Animal Farm or To Kill A Mockingbird or whatever other books we were all forced to read in 10th grade English... I'm looking for new ideas, and I'm interested in hearing about books that you actually enjoyed, you know? Thanks everyone!
-Pretty much anything fantasy (stuff like Redwall, Harry Potter, etc.)
-Plays (anything from Carmen to Hamlet!)
-Poetry (Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings)
-I like Stephen King a lot, though I've only read a handful of his books
And then just in general, a few of my favorite books are The Eyes of the Dragon, Fire Bringer, Anna Karenina, and The Hobbit.
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter, from the TV show 'Dexter'
Basically about a person who feels he needs to kill, so in order to satisfy his hunger he only goes after murderers, serial killers and has a 'code' which was given to him by his cop stepfather in order not to kill people, not get caught and get away with it
The narration in the book is really good by the main character
Really good, and the TV series after the first don't follow each other
Only 'book' I've really ever read so take with that what you will
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If you like Anna Karenina, try Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Also, speaking of French authors, Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian is really excellent if you like Roman history, andif you have time and stamina, Proust's In Search of Lost Time is worth the effort. If you're an art or Renaissance buff, Irving Stone wrote an biographical novel about Michelangelo that's lovely. Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Nabokov both write stunningly lyrical prose, as does Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway has so much food for thought). Borges and Kafka are wonderful writers if you have a taste for mind games. If you like politics, Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon is a fascinating study of communism.
For humor, Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse are absolutely mandatory; they are possibly the two funniest writers I have ever read. Dorothy Parker is charmingly pithy and caustic, her short stories especially. For plays, Tom Stoppard, Oscar Wilde, and Peter Schaffer are superlative. I also second the recommendation of "A Doll's House." And, Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is so well done.
I sometimes like Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift), but he can be tiresomely introspective. And speaking of introspection, Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being kept my attention and made me think.
George Orwell always has something interesting to say. I'm sure that you've read 1984, but Down and Out in Paris and London gives a great perspective on poverty.
Fantasy/Sci-fi has so many great contributions. Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham are both fabulous. If you like immersion, Tolkein practically lived in Middle Earth, and The Lord of the Rings is a pretty easy trilogy to read once you get past the first 100 pages or so.
As far as poets are concerned, I like Yeats, Whitman, Owen, Tennyson, Thomas, Byron, Keats, Frost, and Shelley (yes, a lot of Romantics).
I don't know, these are some of my top preferences, but there are just so many. Hope it helps.