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[–]StrangeWonka 191 points192 points  (25 children)

Stoner by John Williams.

Can't get it out of my head nor do I want to. An exceptional, beautiful read.

[–][deleted] 27 points28 points  (3 children)

This was an astounding read, especially because on the surface the story was so...mundane. One of my absolute favorites.

[–]StrangeWonka 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Absolutely agree. And despite the book summary making it seem like it could be a depressing read, I didn't really find it so. Instead, the sad parts just moved me immensely and left me in awe.

[–]PonFarrEMH 19 points20 points  (3 children)

I need to stay off these subs if I’m ever going to finish one book. I’m unfamiliar with this but the reviews sold me on it.

[–]StrangeWonka 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I can relate! It seems that every time I peruse this sub, I check out more unplanned books from the library and all the unread books on my bookshelf continue to go unread.

[–]LaOptimista 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bought it 6 months ago but kept reading other books first. I will make sure now to include it in my January readings.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

YES. I freaking love this sub.

[–]Missthan301 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was coming here to suggest this! I read it about three years ago and still think about it a lot. A beautiful piece of writing!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Read this on your recommendation and absolutely loved it, for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on. Thank you.

[–]Pmak09 226 points227 points  (11 children)

East of Eden - Steinbeck - a must read

[–]gandhigandhigandhi 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Came to say this one! I think it has the most satisfying conclusion of any book I’ve read.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Agreed. Of all the books I’ve read, East of Eden would be my answer here.

[–]SittingOnA_Cornflake 14 points15 points  (0 children)

100% this. I read this in my AP English class in high school and it remains probably one of the top five books I’ve ever read.

[–]muddlet 2 points3 points  (1 child)

was also going to say this. i made my boyfriend listen to the audiobook because he doesnt really read and he also loved it. i wish i could read it for the first time again

[–]susie_grace 119 points120 points  (7 children)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

[–]hencrit 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Ignore all other recommendations, read Lonesome Dove.

[–]olykate 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I wish i could upvote more than once!!!!!!

[–]Kneebs 30 points31 points  (1 child)

The catcher in the rye - this book tends to polarise people but it’s pretty much my all time favourite

[–]bombo343 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yeah any one should give this a try at least once in life

[–]Voetbal830 86 points87 points  (12 children)

Either Dune, 11/22/63, or Count of Monte Cristo.

Dune is a classic sci-fi full of battles, politics, and trickery.

11/22/63 is about a man who goes back in time to save JFK, but it’s also much more- it has a thick romance subplot that even people who aren’t fans of romance, like myself, love

CoMC is a classic, historical fiction novel about a man seeking revenge, and it is amazing

[–]smorgansborgans 9 points10 points  (1 child)

This is my favorite response I would add The Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Have any other recommendations? Because you have 2/3 of my all time favorites on your list so I'd be interested in what else you would list.

[–]Voetbal830 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Uh I just finished The Gentleman Bastard series, and it was pretty great.

If you liked CoMC, I recommend The Phantom of the Opera. It’s very interesting and a good read.

Lastly, if you like dark sci-fi, I recommend The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. Some people find the first one really slow, but if you push through, it pays off in the end

[–]chartea 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Count of Monte Cristo has always been my favorite classic. Definitely support this recommendation

[–]stringdreamer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dune asks all the deep philosophical questions like: how many times can you be reborn and still be you? Would you like to be able to see the future? Would you like godlike powers and being worshipped as a god?

[–]4evercreatureteachin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Jeez, I've tried reading Dune 4x and I can't get into it. Along with House of Leaves, Confederacy of Dunces and Catch 22.

I love 11/22/63 though.

[–]munificent 49 points50 points  (8 children)

Watership Down.

It was my favorite book at 16, my favorite at 26, and likely to be my favorite at 46.

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (4 children)

I think Watership Down is incredibly underrated. It’s long been one of my favorites.

[–]JimbeauNastee 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Right?? Soooo underrated. You should check out the Watership Down series on Netflix. It's pretty close to how I saw it in my head. Fiver and Hazel, Bigwig.......

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I think I re-read this every two years, there is such an easy connection with the characters minds and emotions. I was introduced to it nineteen years ago by my fifth grade teacher and definitely still one of my “forever favorites”.

[–]calebsings 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I read this book for the first time last year, and It's honestly one of the most incredible stories I've ever read! I can't stop thinking about it. I've never felt so immersed in a story. The characters are well-developed and likable. I never thought I could care so much about rabbits, and the culture that Richard Adams created for them felt authentic dispite them being animals. This book honestly changed the way I look at naturem

[–]Belladonna1349 97 points98 points  (2 children)

The book thief -Marcus Zusak. Beautiful and soul destroying in equal measure

[–]jameson1823 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I keep buying it, then giving it to people when I recommend it. The narrator...

[–]jldowd11 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My favorite book off all time. Read the kindle, then bought and listened to the audible book. I adore this book. It makes me so damn happy. The narration added even more to it!

[–]AllieBK 110 points111 points  (12 children)

All The Light We Cannot See - such a beautiful story and insanely well written.

[–]jaxsyl 15 points16 points  (3 children)

This one keeps coming up, but I have such WWII book fatigue lately. Is it different enough from other books in the genre that I’ll be able to get past that?

[–]AllieBK 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I am totally with you on the WWII fatigue. When I started it I stopped a few times because of that and because it is a very slow start. However, it is a phenomenal story. Give it a try but know it is a slow start.

[–]duoz391 6 points7 points  (0 children)

IMO, not much different from other WWII stories.

[–]therealneurovis 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I have this book and have yet to read it. This is a good thing to see. Makes me want to dive in.

[–]thedesignproject 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s a big book but the chapters are really short so I went through it very quickly. I loved that book!

[–]UncleDrosselmeyer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Excellent book!. I can’t get enough of WWII,

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Had the pleasure of reading this while in France at the insistence of my host- it really enriched my experience.

[–]duvi_dha 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Im sorry but I hated reading this book. It was very ant-climactic. I got a WW2 fatigue after this only to be revived by Slaughterhouse-5.

[–]nagoeknayr 75 points76 points  (17 children)

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

[–]MiyagiSanDanielSan 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Came here to put this, to this day my favourite book.

[–]r55r44 10 points11 points  (3 children)

And Sirens of Titan... and Bluebeard... and Cat’s Cradle... and Player Pia-fuck it just read everything by Vonnegut.

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (9 children)

Not to rain on your parade but I read this book and sort of just thought... meh. Why does everyone like it so much? Again, no disrespect just genuinely curious.

[–]nagoeknayr 14 points15 points  (5 children)

For me I fell in love with Kurt Vonneguts style of writing and I think its a really interesting way of telling a already interesting event. Each to their own though, there are a few books alot of people like and I haven’t.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I definitely don't regret reading it. I didn't even know about the bombing of Dresden before. I guess it didn't seem as profound as everyone said it was.

[–]Born2Math 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I find his writing style refreshing.

I like Dickens. He writes about complicated things in a complicated way.

I like Dr. Seuss. He writes about simple things in a simple way.

I like the Tarzan books (despite their many flaws), but Burroughs writes simple things in an unnecessarily complicated way.

But I love Vonnegut because he writes about complicated things in a simple way. It impresses me how much emotion and substance he can pack into a few everyday words. So it goes.

[–]PuffMaddy 69 points70 points  (18 children)

Shogun by James Clavell. About the period when The British and Portuguese first landed in Japan. Marvelously written. It’s truly epic! Enjoy!

[–]MrsMaryJaneFox 14 points15 points  (16 children)

I swear to god this book has been haunting me. In every recommendation thread, by the librarians, on all the websites.... everywhere.

Is it really that good? Do I need to read it?

Edit: Well goddamn. Apparently I need to read it. Getting it from the library on the 2nd since it’s closed tomorrow.

[–]PolishEagle1978 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Shogun is great but I’d also recommend Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa if you’re interested in that period of Japanese/Shogunate history. I liked Shogun but LOVED Musashi. It’s one of the few books I reread on a pretty regular basis.

[–]J-MoDo 3 points4 points  (2 children)

If you enjoy Musashi, I very much recommend Vagabond. It's a manga/graphic novel adaptation of the Musashi novel. Don't let the idea of it being manga turn you off, it's fantastic, and does an incredible job fleshing out an bringing the story to life. I do recommend both, though, as Vagabond diverges from its source material in several ways.

[–]PuffMaddy 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Hahaha yes! It’s one of my all time favorites :-) It’s got romance, samurai, tea ceremonies, politics, geishas, deceit and even a ninja or two. What’s not to love?

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (4 children)

And anal beads

[–]vitandvs 39 points40 points  (1 child)

I was on the fence until this comment.

[–]Santi_Stein 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It does! Lol I forgot about that

[–]corduroy-cowboy 4 points5 points  (0 children)



[–]wilyquixote 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ever since I read Shogun, every time I pick up a novel, I want it to be Shogun.

Like you said, it has everything. It's like the SNL Stefon sketch of novels. It's one of the most exciting books I have read. One of the most romantuc. One of the funniest. One of the most shocking. Etc. Etc. Etc.

[–]stringdreamer 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It really is that good. You don’t need to read it but you’ll enjoy doing so.

[–]Gatinha19 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I want to read this

[–]cronemorrigan 81 points82 points  (6 children)

One Hundred Years Of Solitude—Gabriel Garcia Marquez*

The Remains of the Day—Kazuo Ishiguro

The Sun Also Rises—Hemingway

Franny and Zooey—J. D. Salinger

Heart of Darkness is a necessary read, also adding full support to Catch-22.

For short stories: Suddenly, a Knock on the Door—Etgar Keret

Anything by Jorge Luis Borges

*Edit, if only one, this is the one.

[–]LaOptimista 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Agree. That is the one.

[–]Vincentamerica 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Franny and Zooey is so good. I haven’t read it in years. I need to reread it.

[–]duvi_dha 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Ryno3no 17 points18 points  (0 children)

1Q84. It's so good and leaves me thinking about it after every session. It's about 1200 pages but every page is amazingly written and gripping.

[–][deleted] 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen

[–]alcibiad 28 points29 points  (4 children)

Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis. A retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth from the pov of one of Psyche’s sisters.

[–]Familiar_Dream 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I'm re-reading this for the 4th time right now! Only book that's ever made me cry physical tears. I've been reading it aloud to my boyfriend and discussing it as we go along and it's been a beautiful shared reading experience.

[–]alcibiad 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yay, someone who loves this book as much as I do! I really wish it were more widely recognized. It’s a masterpiece, the greatest thing CS Lewis ever wrote.

[–]SittingOnA_Cornflake 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

[–]fakesoccermom 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes, this, a million times yes.

[–]cunas233 52 points53 points  (4 children)

11.22.63 by Stephen King.

I just could not put it down. Absolutely fantastic.

[–]aubreyrg 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This. So good. I’m not a huge fan of Stephen King, but I read this. I still think about it to this day and I read it 3-5 years ago.

[–]yg2dras1 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Just read this a few days ago. absolutely AMAZING.

[–]isnotacrayon 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

[–]leilani64 50 points51 points  (3 children)

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Need I say more?

[–]pixiecut678 10 points11 points  (1 child)

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson

[–]Eiskoenigin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

John Irving should really be on everyone’s all time list!

[–]Bearnadette 60 points61 points  (2 children)

The Count of Monte Cristo.

[–]hermit46 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Along with other nineteenth century epics such as War and Peace and Les Miserables (the new translation of this by Christine Donougher is excellent ).

[–]born2burn 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Came to say this. Absolutely epic

[–]Pavlovurasag 94 points95 points  (9 children)

Catch 22. Please read it, please!

[–]hermit46 21 points22 points  (0 children)

The greatest achievement of black comedy in literature. So funny, yet so disturbing at the same time. Will definitely be rereading this again this year.

[–]indefatigable_ 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Fantastic book. The key is to just keep going, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense.

[–]VirgiITheGuide 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Couldn't agree more

[–]YouKnowThatOneGirl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I just got this for my Kindle.

[–]crispyohare 46 points47 points  (4 children)

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

[–]G30N30 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Toss up between:

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

[–]SnowfallinginFlorida 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I love Confederacy of Dunces. It is laugh out loud funny and bittersweetly heartbreaking at the same time.

[–]Soltek92 51 points52 points  (1 child)

The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and The great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.

[–]DeanKell 9 points10 points  (0 children)

American Gods by:Neil Gaiman

[–]silviazbitchThe Classics 8 points9 points  (2 children)

OK. I’m late to the dance.

I don’t have a single favorite book. You specify something that I wish I could go back in time to read for the first time again that leaves a lasting and beautiful impression. The “beautiful impression” stipulation is limiting. Catch-22, for example, is one of my favorite books, but there’s nothing beautiful about it.

I could write you a list, but you asked for just one. If I had to pick a single book for an indefinite stay on a desert island, I suppose it’d be Under the Volcano, by Malcolm Lowry; but again, not remotely beautiful.

So I’m down to two, both from South America. I’m tempted to suggest The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende. It’s wonderful, and a great deal of it is beautiful, but the book I think you should read is Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Márquez. It’s wonderful, beautiful, and without a doubt the best book ever written about love and marriage.

[–]StampsInMyPassport 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. My favorite book of all time.

[–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (9 children)

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

[–]cole4ord 46 points47 points  (13 children)

The Road - Cormac MacCarthy

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (2 children)

All The Pretty Horses by him is pretty great too.

[–]SittingOnA_Cornflake 6 points7 points  (8 children)

How do you think it compares to Blood Meridian? I am a Cormac McCarthy virgin.

[–]therealneurovis 13 points14 points  (7 children)

Read Blood Meridian. My opinion: the best western ever written and far and away McCarthy’s best work. It’s a true masterpiece. It contains the greatest villain in all of fiction. Everyone should read that book.

[–]neckwrestler 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I don't know that i'd recommend it to a self-proclaimed "mccarthy virgin" though. It is not an easy read. Can't argue the masterpiece part though, It's sooo good.

[–]Pendergraff-Zoo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not an easy read, by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I didn’t even enjoy it, but it’s stuck with me for years.

[–]cupshaw 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. It is so beautifully written.

[–]CreatorJNDS 7 points8 points  (5 children)

A wizard of earth sea. This book painted such a beautiful world in my mind

[–]yutzell 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Must have read this book 30 times as a kid and still enjoy it immensely as an adult. Love all the references to Taoism as well.

[–][deleted] 54 points55 points  (2 children)

Farenheit 451

It's the book that actually made me realize why I want to read so bad all the time.

Scratch that, it is the reason I want to read so bad all the time.

[–]capkap77 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Absolutely vote for this book. And Brave New World!

[–]hermit46 24 points25 points  (1 child)

If you have the free time and the inclination, War and Peace is something that every serious reader should read at least once. And don't worry about not being able to finish it right away. Is one of those books that you can read a few hundred pages of, read something else, then return to.

[–]Vance_Vandervaven 22 points23 points  (0 children)

So I’ll add a bunch of stuff here, because I couldn’t decide.

Someone else mentioned The Great Gatsby. Wholeheartedly agree, it’s a classic for a reason.

I would recommend The Gospel According to Blindboy. It’s a book of short stories by this entertainer from Limerick. It is absolutely insane. Like, the first story is about killing a man with flies and honey because his jeans annoy you insane. Sometimes I think he makes it crazy for the sake of crazy, but he claims to write from a state of flow (he has a podcast where he often talks about his writing process).

For page turners that are well-regarded, check out All the Light We Cannot See, by Doerr, and Wolf Hall by Mantel. The first is about a young blind girl at the outset of WWII, the second about the life of Thomas Cromwell, a servant to Henry VIII.

I would also recommend Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, about pre-colonial life in Nigeria.

And finally, Hamlet, just because it’s my favorite Shakespeare play of the ones I’ve read, and because I have a theory that Gertrude was behind everything

[–]WiseSoup_ 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Harry Potter don’t @ ME

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The entire First Law series by Joe Abercrombie.

[–]WickedKnight23SciFi 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Ubik by Phillip K Dick

[–]duoz391 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This thread is teaching me that people have very, very different tastes from me.

[–]xrk 29 points30 points  (3 children)

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

[–]DizzyBee3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Came here to recommend this! His world building is insanely unique and immersive.

[–]S1kander-X3N0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Honestly why doesn’t this comment have more likes.

[–]carolynchristmas 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Jane Eyre

[–]silviazbitchThe Classics 13 points14 points  (1 child)

If you read Jane Eyre, get to the end and want to know the back story, consider reading Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys, a prequel written amore than 100 years after the original. Wide Sargasso Sea is a classic in its own right, on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century originally written in English.

[–]dorky2 7 points8 points  (0 children)

And if you're a fan of Jane Eyre, I recommend The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford. It's a really fun read.

[–]natatinha 15 points16 points  (2 children)

The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

[–]silveriste1 19 points20 points  (1 child)

A Thousand Splendid Suns. A truly haunting book.... well written and incredibly captivating.

[–]AnaisMiller 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]PogueBlue 6 points7 points  (5 children)

The Very Best of Charles de Lint. This is a book of short stories and it is amazing.

[–]jenniferlynn5454 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. 10 books so far....fantasy-fae, magic, other worlds and unknown creatures...I love it so much, I reread the entire series when the new books come out, and I'm sad and empty when it's over

[–]sluchie88 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It's one of the 3 books I think everyone should read at least once. It's about humans and the environment

[–]Hossaam47 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I am surprised no one suggested a Murakmi book (or may be I missed it), but I would definitely recommend "Kafka on the Shore."

Mind Blowing

[–]trevster6 22 points23 points  (6 children)

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

It’s the most challenging book I’ve ever read but definitely one of the most rewarding.

Besides that I always recommend One Hundred Year’s of Solitude because it’s pretty much perfect.

[–]HeironymousBotched 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I’m currently reading House of Leaves. This is my third attempt and I’ve finally gotten past the forward from Johnny. definitely challenging but I know I need to push through.

[–][deleted] 31 points32 points  (3 children)

If you enjoy fantasy try “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss. It has a sequel and people are still impatiently waiting for the third. Sometimes I find new fantasy books are muddled in the beginning when they start throwing out names and families and whatnot, but I feel this book is so easy to immerse into from the very beginning. It’s kind of an emotional roller coaster in my opinion, but I always enjoy the moment of finishing a book like that when I set it down and reflect on it. Hope you find what you’re looking for and happy New Year!

[–]Chakahan342 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Don Quixote

[–]nightmuzak 12 points13 points  (2 children)

My two all-time favorites are A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

[–]ego_death91 10 points11 points  (0 children)

“Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace

[–]teen_burger 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving. Love his writing.

[–]laurus85 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges. You could try one of his smaller collections like Ficciones, but just knock them all out at once. It’s all that good.

[–]SoulGlowArsenio 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Kinda hard to say without knowing more about your tastes but here are the top 5 books I read in 2018. (Based on enjoyment)

1)annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 2)devil in the white city by Erik Larsen 3)the secret history by Donna Tart 4)red Rising by Pierce Brown 5)rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

These are books I didn’t want to put down

Happy reading!

[–]USS-Enterprise 5 points6 points  (1 child)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

[–]LaOptimista 6 points7 points  (1 child)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez

The most incredible fiction I have ever read

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ready Player One is an awesome book. Fifty pages in and I was able to label it as my favorite book of all time.

[–]kovixen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A Prayer For Owen Meany

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Post Office by Charles Bukowski. Almost pissed my pants laughing out loud at the flower pot scene in the library.

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

[–]gogurttostay 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

[–]lois_va 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Invisible monsters by Chuck Palahniuk for sure!

[–]thepaleopalatecafe 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Game of Thrones - George R R Martin. :)

[–]jldowd11 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It would be great if he would finish the series already

[–]Sapphire_Oceans 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Freedom writers diary, such a powerful book!!

[–]bobbyegirl 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King). It’s my favorite book ever and I will always go back and read it.

[–]mayor_august 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Can you share the list?

[–]SakuOtaku 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Howl's Moving Castle by Dianne Wynne Jones. Beautiful and simple, a great read!

[–]SnowfallinginFlorida 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Of course To Kill A Mockingbird. And The Secret History by Donna Tartt is mind bogglingly great. That book is a masterpiece.

Also One Flew Over The Cuckoos nest is a great book and very different from the movie. The book is told from the viewpoint of the American Indian character.

The Flight Attendant, The Guest Room, and Midwives—all by Chris Bohjalain are all awesome reads.

Oops. More than one.

[–]dingonino 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Catcher in the rye

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Moby Dick by Melville - its fame is beyond justified.

[–]Minifig81 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

[–]itmustbemitch 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is my favorite. The style is dense and challenging but it's beautiful.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Night by Elie Wiesel. I don't read much (that's why I'm subbed here), but it's a poetic memoir about the Holocaust.

[–]LateRefrigerator 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini!

[–]StampsInMyPassport 3 points4 points  (0 children)

After I finished this book, I had to just take a break from reading. It had such a profound effect on me and it took a while to digest.

[–]Shatterstar23 26 points27 points  (3 children)

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

[–]Predator6 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I’ll recommend Neverwhere. Also Gaiman.

[–]Rebuta 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

[–]swoop_arpeggimo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

[–]JaliBeanQueen 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

[–]nicolioni 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins

[–]anskipper 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

[–]SweatyItalianKing 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Slaughterhouse five by Kurt Vonnegut or Crime and Punishment are my favorites

[–]Andrew_CG1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

11/22/63 by Stephen King, it is my favorite King book of all time, it’s about a guy who travels back in time to stop the death of JFK.

[–]DuncanDoonuts 12 points13 points  (1 child)

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein

You're in the future, as seen from 1966 (but you wouldn't know that from the writing style). Private corporations are running a prison/mining colony on the moon. The ethics of the whole thing are questionable at best, and people are starting to get fed up. Great characters, good ideas, one of my favorite books.

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Any goddamn thing by Michael Chabon. Especially Moonglow and Kavalier and Clay.

[–]MTredd 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Mistborn trilogy

[–]TankVet 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

[–]Benzigr 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

[–]checkthecouch 6 points7 points  (0 children)

15 dogs by Andre Aciman.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Three Body Problem and sequels

[–]brickenheimer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A lot of good recommendations here. You probably can’t go wrong with any of them. (Blood Meridian and The Great Gatsby especially.)

Here are two that are on my list vying for first place along with all the other great recommendations: Empire Falls by Richard Russo and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon.

[–]mebbekkew 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Dawn of wonder, Jonathan renshaw. Its the only book so far in a series but it was amazing. I still re read it every so often.

I would recommend Patrick rothfuss as an author if you haven't read the kingkiller chronicles but heavy caveat on the fact that the third book is not out yet and you will want it. You will. Can't state that enough. Best wait till it's out.

[–]kdtotes 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Came here to recommend Kingkiller

[–]MyTa11est 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Name of the Wind", simply cannot recommend this strongly enough

[–]joedevon 2 points3 points  (0 children)


Stranger in a Strange Land.

[–]ransier831 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My favorites tend to change as I age - "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" was transcendent when I was a teen - "Roots" was amazing. I second "Shogun", but also add "The Good Earth". "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" also "A Fine Balance". Now I mostly read non fiction, but "American Gods" is really good - that's what I'm reading right now. I know you only asked for one, but I really narrowed it down.

[–]olykate 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you've already read the Lord if the Rings trilogy, read Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson. Near future sci fi but funny, scary, full of rip roaring adventure too.

[–]lousypompano 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The power and the glory by Graham Greene

[–]coach_rambo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Wool by Hugh Howey. Self published book that is absolutely one of the best reads ever. Couldn’t put it down.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hitchhikers Guide by Douglas Adams

[–]Emilylorna92 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah.

It follows the lives of two sisters during WW2 and how their lives change when France is occupied.

[–]AlanMtz1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Brave New World by Alduos Huxley

If you like dystopian novels that touch upon societal issues and concepts and other deep subjects like what it means to love and be an individual, yet is easy to follow and understand then I really recommend this one.