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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy October 16, 2011 - 8:18pm

What three books/authors should every bibliophile or bookworm have on their shelf?

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 17, 2011 - 9:57am

complete Oxford English Dictionary

your favourite novel ever

A very very thick notebook

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. October 17, 2011 - 11:45am

Elements Of Style

Oxford English Dictionary

At least one Hemingway book

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy October 17, 2011 - 11:55am

I am just starting to build my collection and expand my reading experience. I have already discovered so many great books from members here and The Cult, but I'm really just wondering that if I could only read three more books in my lifetime ... what would you tell me to read?

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Jeremiah Murphy from Idaho is reading A Little Life October 17, 2011 - 12:04pm

I wouldnt be the best person to ask by far but these are my picks:

The World According to Garp by John Irving

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut (my personal favourite by him.)

 

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 17, 2011 - 2:07pm

@Instag8r - something endlessly long: the Thousand Nights and One Night or the Neverending Story

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 17, 2011 - 4:18pm

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

Horns by Joe Hill

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 17, 2011 - 4:25pm

Alex, I think this is the third post I've seen you mention Horns.  If it is really that good of a book, I shall honor you by moving it to the top of my reading list.

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Meachman from Indianapolis is reading Amusing Ourselves to Death October 17, 2011 - 4:29pm

A Man Without a Country--Vonnegut

I agree with Jax about Hemingway (I'd have to go with short story collection)

I think Billy Collins' Sailing Alone Around the Room is a solid third piece.  

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy October 17, 2011 - 5:23pm

Thanks, gang. I'll put these on my short list.

Horns does sound like tons of fun. Might try and find that one this week.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 17, 2011 - 5:29pm

The Stranger - Albert Camus

Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammet

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Pretty pedestrian, but these were some of the books that had the biggest impact on my understanding of storytelling.

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Autumn Harrison October 17, 2011 - 9:33pm

Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Beloved by Toni Morrison

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. October 17, 2011 - 11:08pm

On The Road

Salem's Lot

The Count Of Monte Cristo

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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions October 18, 2011 - 1:30pm

The Brothers Karamzov

 

The Great Gatsby

 

Jesus' Son

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy October 18, 2011 - 5:39pm

And the list continues to grow. Thanks

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 18, 2011 - 6:07pm

@Raelyn: You won't be disappointed. It's fucking beautiful.