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Post by Nuclearplanet » February 20th, 2013, 3:01 pm

This thread is necessary. So here's my top 10 ...

1. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
2. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger
3. We Can Build You by Phillip K. Dick
4. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
5. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
6. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
7. I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
8. The Invention Of Hugo Cabaret by Brian Selznick
9. Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
10. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O'Malley

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 3:12 pm

I need to read more :( I mostly stick to short stories and I used to read a ton of Goosebumps when I was a kid, but I won't fill up my list with all my favourite Goosebumps books :P

1. Flesh and Blood - Graham Masterton
2. Battle Royale - Koushun Takami
3. A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin
4. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
5. Family Portrait - Graham Masterton
6. Spirit - Graham Masterton
7. A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
8. A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
9. For a Lost Soldier - Rudi Dantzig
10. Bachelor Boys - The Young Ones

I didn't include novellas or stuff I read in an anthology (like The Mist and Sandkings - two of my childhood favourites), because then it gets confusing.
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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 3:30 pm

I can't rank. but if was going away and could only keep 10 books from my shelf (and sticking to fiction) I think they'd be:

Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
Fernando Pessoa - The Book of Disquiet
Joseph Heller - Catch-22
J.G. Ballard - Complete Short Stories
Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep/Farewell My Lovely/The Long Goodbye (I have these in one volume :P )
George Orwell - 1984
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Kurt Vonnegut - Galapagos
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Notes From Underground
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita

wait shit I haven't even got Philip K Dick or Graham Greene or Evelyn Waugh or Douglas Adams or... :'(

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 3:41 pm

I need to read more of these fancy pants books. I only read sci-fi and horror. And occasionally gay literature :P

I love my favourite book so much, that it's the only book I actually own:

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Post by Rich » February 20th, 2013, 5:12 pm

Les Mis- Hugo
LOTR- Tolkien
Don Quixote- Cervantes
War & Peace- Tolstoy
Great Expectations- Dickens
The Great Gatsby- Fitzgerald
Gravity's Rainbow- Pynchon
Paradise Lost- Milton
Brideshead Revisited- Waugh
Ulysses- Joyce

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Post by Nuclearplanet » February 21st, 2013, 12:22 am

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 08:30:38 AM wrote: Joseph Heller - Catch-22
I've tried to read this book once, apparently it's been ranked the most unfinished novel in english literature.

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Post by Kasparius » February 21st, 2013, 12:25 am

Lil Mom's P••n Book (Coffee Table Edition) by Montgomery Vogel
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Post by Pretentious Hipster » February 21st, 2013, 12:31 am

1. The Stranger - Albert Camus
2. The Woman in the Dunes - Kōbō Abe
3. The Nun - Denis Diderot
4. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea - Yukio Mishima
5. Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup
6. Story of the Eye - Georges Bataille
7. The Friends of Eddie Coyle - George V. Higgins
8. Jazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston - Robert Hudovernik (yes, a book of 1920s nudes)
9. A Crackup at the Race Riots - Harmony Korine
10. Happyslapped By A Jellyfish - Karl Pilkington
11. The Torture Garden - Octave Mirbeau
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Post by funkybusiness » February 21st, 2013, 12:43 am

ArthurYanthar on Feb 20 2013, 05:31:47 PM wrote:8. Jazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston - Robert Hudovernik (yes, a book of 1920s nudes)
10. Happyslapped By A Jellyfish - Karl Pilkington
Jazz Age Beauties looks good, hadn't heard of it before.

Karl Pilkington has written a book? *wikipedia* Wait, he's written FIVE books? :blink:

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Post by Timec » February 21st, 2013, 12:58 am

Nuclearplanet on Feb 20 2013, 05:22:21 PM wrote:
brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 08:30:38 AM wrote: Joseph Heller - Catch-22
I've tried to read this book once, apparently it's been ranked the most unfinished novel in english literature.
I'm surprised that honor doesn't go to Ulysses.

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Post by Kasparius » February 21st, 2013, 12:59 am

Timec on Feb 20 2013, 05:58:00 PM wrote:
Nuclearplanet on Feb 20 2013, 05:22:21 PM wrote:
brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 08:30:38 AM wrote: Joseph Heller - Catch-22
I've tried to read this book once, apparently it's been ranked the most unfinished novel in english literature.
I'm surprised that honor doesn't go to Ulysses.
I don't think giving up a book on page 3 counts as unfinished.

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Post by Timec » February 21st, 2013, 1:01 am

All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Remarque
The Plague, by Albert Camus
A Hero of Our Time, by Mikhail Lermontov
Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh
Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler
Suttree, by Cormac McCarthy

I feel like I should have some sci-fi here, since it was the first genre of literature I fell in love with. Maybe Snow Crash or The Caves of Steel or The Man in the High Castle.

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Post by brokenface » February 21st, 2013, 1:12 am

Timec on Feb 20 2013, 05:58:00 PM wrote:
Nuclearplanet on Feb 20 2013, 05:22:21 PM wrote:
brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 08:30:38 AM wrote: Joseph Heller - Catch-22
I've tried to read this book once, apparently it's been ranked the most unfinished novel in english literature.
I'm surprised that honor doesn't go to Ulysses.
most people don't even start that (I know I haven't!)

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Post by AdamH » February 21st, 2013, 1:14 am

I'm very glad that I got into films a few years ago and I've now seen a wide range of films from different countries/eras but my knowledge of books is severely lacking and that is the next thing I'll be looking to remedy.

Barely read anything for years other than Harry Potter. On the plus side, I have recently read a lot of my uncle's work which was great as it's always enjoyable to get back into reading.

I'd like to work through a list of the best books as an introduction to more serious reading for me like I did with the Top 250 for films.

I like lists.

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Post by Kasparius » February 21st, 2013, 1:15 am

I love Joyce, I need to read it. Read about 200 pages, I need to start again.

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Post by Timec » February 21st, 2013, 1:17 am

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 06:12:52 PM wrote:
Timec on Feb 20 2013, 05:58:00 PM wrote:
Nuclearplanet on Feb 20 2013, 05:22:21 PM wrote:I've tried to read this book once, apparently it's been ranked the most unfinished novel in english literature.
I'm surprised that honor doesn't go to Ulysses.
most people don't even start that (I know I haven't!)
I read like 75 pages once. Then I realized that I wasn't getting much out of it (though there were some very amusing bits,) so I stopped.

I'm sure the book is full of lots of great stuff, but I'm simply not willing to put the effort into deciphering it all - at least not at this point in my life.

My college offered a class on James Joyce - maybe I should have taken that.
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Post by allisoncm » February 21st, 2013, 1:30 am

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Stranger - Albert Camus
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Certain Smile - Françoise Sagan
The Alchemist - Paolo Coehlo

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Post by brokenface » February 21st, 2013, 1:34 am

intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 06:14:54 PM wrote:I'd like to work through a list of the best books as an introduction to more serious reading for me like I did with the Top 250 for films.

I like lists.
there's a 1001 Books to Read Before You Die book. could be quite disheartening to try and start on that though!

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Post by allisoncm » February 21st, 2013, 1:35 am

Reading others' lists helped me remember a couple of my favorites. Maybe we could do a challenge or a poll (iCM Board's Favorite Books)?

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Post by timmy_501 » February 21st, 2013, 1:43 am

1.Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
2.A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
3.The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
4.V. by Thomas Pynchon
5.House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
6.The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem
7.Moby Dick by Herman Melville
8.The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
9.Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
10.As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
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Post by AdamH » February 21st, 2013, 1:49 am

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 06:34:11 PM wrote:
intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 06:14:54 PM wrote:I'd like to work through a list of the best books as an introduction to more serious reading for me like I did with the Top 250 for films.

I like lists.
there's a 1001 Books to Read Before You Die book. could be quite disheartening to try and start on that though!
Yeah, I was thinking of a slightly smaller list!

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Post by Knaldskalle » February 21st, 2013, 1:50 am

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 06:12:52 PM wrote:
Timec on Feb 20 2013, 05:58:00 PM wrote:
Nuclearplanet on Feb 20 2013, 05:22:21 PM wrote:I've tried to read this book once, apparently it's been ranked the most unfinished novel in english literature.
I'm surprised that honor doesn't go to Ulysses.
most people don't even start that (I know I haven't!)
It's not bad, but it gets repetitive. "General Scheisskopf" jokes are only funny so many times, but Heller just keeps going and going and going and going (obviously, this is one of Heller's points, but it doesn't make it any easier to finish the book). I finished it, but it ended up being a bit of a chore.
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Post by mightysparks » February 21st, 2013, 3:50 am

intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 06:49:35 PM wrote:
brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 06:34:11 PM wrote:
intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 06:14:54 PM wrote:I'd like to work through a list of the best books as an introduction to more serious reading for me like I did with the Top 250 for films.

I like lists.
there's a 1001 Books to Read Before You Die book. could be quite disheartening to try and start on that though!
Yeah, I was thinking of a slightly smaller list!
Yeah me too :( I settled on just getting through this top 69 (or some random number) fantasy and sci-fi books, as well as the winners of some sci-fi and fantasy award. Reading takes too much time compared to movies, so if I'm going to read, it's going to be for fun only and only stuff I'm interested in.
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Post by AdamH » February 21st, 2013, 4:07 am

I need to compile a shortlist of "best book" lists and decide on one which looks interesting. Ahhhh lists.

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Post by mightysparks » February 21st, 2013, 4:08 am

Good luck, I tried it a while ago and gave up in frustration :P
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Post by Kasparius » February 21st, 2013, 4:14 am

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 09:08:39 PM wrote:Good luck, I tried it a while ago and gave up in frustration :P
Me too. Sick minds think alike.

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Post by AdamH » February 21st, 2013, 4:14 am

Can you sort books by rating on Goodreads and make a top list that way?

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Post by mightysparks » February 21st, 2013, 4:17 am

Don't think so. Maybe you can try this list: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1.Best_Books_Ever :whistling:
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Post by AdamH » February 21st, 2013, 4:19 am

Haha, already found that list but it's just sorted by number of votes. I guess I could manually sort it by rating.

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Post by AdamH » February 21st, 2013, 4:20 am

intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 09:19:13 PM wrote:Haha, already found that list but it's just sorted by number of votes. I guess I could manually sort it by rating.
23,886 books. Maybe not.

Actually it isn't sorted by number of votes.
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Post by mightysparks » February 21st, 2013, 4:24 am

Well, you know that a list with Twilight as #2 has to be a great list. At least I've already read all the Twilight books...
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Post by brokenface » February 21st, 2013, 4:25 am

with books, progress on a list is going to be slow so I'm not sure how encouraging they'll be. like "I've got 100 to go, I'll read War & Peace". 4 months later: "woohoo I've got 99 to go."

just read some lists, you'll see the same classics come up often & try one of them that sounds good without locking yourself down to any one list.
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Post by Leopardi » February 21st, 2013, 5:24 am

I started with the intention of a Top 10 list, but it didn't feel right leaving out so many great books, so Top 25 it is!

1. Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Friedrich Nietzsche)
2. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
3. The Stranger (Albert Camus)
4. Martin Eden (Jack London)
5. Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)
6. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
7. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
8. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Victor Hugo)
9. Dead Souls (Nikolai Gogol)
10. The complete Sherlock Holmes mysteries (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
11. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
12. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
13. The Way of All Flesh (Samuel Butler)
14. Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
15. An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
16. The Razor's Edge (W. Somerset Maugham)
17. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
18. The Nether World (George Gissing)
19. The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
20. The Pickwick Papers (Charles Dickens)
21. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
22. Jennie Gerhardt (Theodore Dreiser)
23. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
24. Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne)
25. Germinal (Emile Zola)

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Post by Nuclearplanet » February 21st, 2013, 8:38 am

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 06:34:11 PM wrote:
intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 06:14:54 PM wrote:I'd like to work through a list of the best books as an introduction to more serious reading for me like I did with the Top 250 for films.

I like lists.
there's a 1001 Books to Read Before You Die book. could be quite disheartening to try and start on that though!
We need an ICM favourite books list. Someone get at this! :D

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Post by Nuclearplanet » February 21st, 2013, 8:42 am

intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 09:07:39 PM wrote:I need to compile a shortlist of "best book" lists and decide on one which looks interesting. Ahhhh lists.
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/264. ... _Once#4671

I've been doing this for the last few weeks myself, Almost finished it though gladly! This should help as its been helping me.

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Post by PeacefulAnarchy » February 21st, 2013, 8:47 am

There are some great books in there, but that's a terrible list. Twilight? There's other dubious entries but those would be more controversial I think.

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Post by Nuclearplanet » February 21st, 2013, 9:36 am

PeacefulAnarchy on Feb 21 2013, 01:47:52 AM wrote:There are some great books in there, but that's a terrible list. Twilight? There's other dubious entries but those would be more controversial I think.
Yeah the trouble with Goodreads is that I believe anyone can edit or add to a list. :/

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Post by joachimt » February 21st, 2013, 9:41 am

I don't read books, I watch movies. :rolleyes:
I stopped reading after high school. I think in the last 15 years, I haven't read more than 10 novels. Currently next to my bed I've got a book lying around, "All short stories by Roald Dahl". But it's lying there for over two years now and I'm still not even half way.
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Post by Knaldskalle » February 21st, 2013, 9:55 am

joachimt on Feb 21 2013, 02:41:33 AM wrote:I don't read books, I watch movies. :rolleyes:
I stopped reading after high school. I think in the last 15 years, I haven't read more than 10 novels. Currently next to my bed I've got a book lying around, "All short stories by Roald Dahl". But it's lying there for over two years now and I'm still not even half way.
:satstunned:

And I feel bad because I only get around to reading 10-12 books a year (I've used goodreads for the past couple of years, I seem to average around 4000 pages/year). I don't read as much as I used to, though, but I read every day. I can't fall asleep if I don't have something to read. It's been that way ever since I was a kid. :geek: I can't imagine not reading. You're missing out, big time.
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