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Mick Cory from Kentucky is reading everything you have ever posted online and is frankly shocked you have survived this long December 10, 2011 - 9:36am

 

   Steppenwolf - Hesse

   No Exit - Sartre

   American Psycho - Ellis

  

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break December 10, 2011 - 9:46am

The Virgin Suicides

American Psycho

Choke

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. December 10, 2011 - 9:51am

American Psycho

The Contortionists' Handbook

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

 

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words December 10, 2011 - 9:54am

the War of the End of the World Mario Vargas Llosa

Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

Green Grass, Running Water Thomas King

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading December 10, 2011 - 10:08am

Lanark, by Alasdair Gray

Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner

The last part of 2666 by Roberto Bolano

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. December 10, 2011 - 10:25am

The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldrich - Philip K Dick

Rant - Chuck Palahniuk

Marabou Stork Nightmares - Irvine Welsh

 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 10, 2011 - 10:47am

Absalom, Abaslom! (Faulkner)
Blood Meridian (McCarthy)
Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut)

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Bruno Hat from Glasgow, Scotland is reading writing and arithmetic December 10, 2011 - 11:02am

Oh, you two picking Absalom, Absalom! I'll now go for:

The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner.

Ulysses, James Joyce

And

Lanark, Alasdair Gray.

Changes all the time though.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books December 10, 2011 - 11:07am

The Dark Half--King

East of Eden--Steinbeck

Neverwhere--Gaiman

 

I've got no real educated reason for this list, just these books got to me, all for differnet reasons and all in different ways--but they did. I am sure it changes more often than I think though.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit December 10, 2011 - 12:03pm

Fight Club by Palahniuk

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Dick

Horns by Joe Hill

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin December 10, 2011 - 12:18pm

Fear and Loathing

Metamorphosis

Crime and Punishment

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. December 10, 2011 - 12:29pm

Lamb, by christopher moore

American Gods, by neil Gaiman

Survivor, by chuck palahniuk

 

(if I think about it, I'm sure they would change, but those are definitly in my top ten).

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books December 10, 2011 - 12:30pm

Shit, everyone else's lists are making me think of stuff I wish I had put on mine.

A Scanner Darkly....

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore December 11, 2011 - 7:00am

Survivor

Slaughterhouse Five

The Raw Shark Texts

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 10, 2011 - 1:15pm

Franny and Zooey

The Great Gatsby

Revolutionary Road

Off the top of my head anyway.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 10, 2011 - 2:09pm

Because I read them in high school, they always stick with me:

Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

A Seperate Peace, John Knowles

If I could pick a fourth...

Animal Farm.

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Gareth from Melbourne is reading Franz Kafka December 10, 2011 - 3:38pm

The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Stranger by Camus

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works December 10, 2011 - 4:10pm

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club December 10, 2011 - 4:23pm

1984 - Orwell

Neverwhere - Gaiman

On Stranger Tides - Powers

 

The first listed made me want to be a teacher and actually take school seriously. After reading the second two, I had no doubt that I wanted to be a writer. 

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mutterhals from Pittsburgh December 10, 2011 - 4:30pm

American Psycho, Money, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones December 10, 2011 - 4:40pm

lean on pete -- vlautin

ledfeather -- jones

dermaphoria -- clevenger

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts December 10, 2011 - 5:34pm

Raymond Chandler - The Long Goodbye

Joseph Heller - Catch-22

Harry Crews - Car

 

None of those made me want to be a writer, they did make me want to be a better writer though.

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PopeyeDoyle from Rio Grande Valley, TX is reading Chronology of Water December 10, 2011 - 5:36pm

The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway

Blood Meridian, McCarthy

For Whom the Bell Tolls, Hemingway

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated December 11, 2011 - 10:57am

The Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan

The Forever War, Joe Haldeman

The Stars My Destination,  Alfred Bester

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon December 11, 2011 - 4:55pm

Some suprises on this list.  I'm stoked to see Harry Crews.  The guy is a great writer that rarely gets recognition.  (I forget about him from time to time too).

My three:

Crime and Punishment

The Great Gatsby

Play it as it Lays

Actually, the first two came to me instantly.  They're my favorite books - without question.  I love them both for such different reasons.  But I think they can basically be the blueprint for 90% of successful fiction out there.  The last one just sort of came to me because I was drawing a blank and it popped into my head.  But the thread title did say - "without contemplation."  So I'm leaving it.

It is a great book though and everybody should check it out.

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. December 11, 2011 - 5:07pm

Gatsby would have been my 4th choice.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry December 11, 2011 - 7:56pm

The Stand - Stephen King

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Last Good Kiss - James Crumley

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 11, 2011 - 9:11pm

Now I have to order a bunch of books again. Thanks for the tips!

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 December 11, 2011 - 11:17pm

The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway

9 Stories - Jerome David Salinger

Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut

(Who would of thought we had similar interests!)

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Njeri Njuhigu from Georgia is reading Criminal: The Deluxe Edition by Ed Brubaker December 11, 2011 - 11:28pm

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The Complete Works by Flannery O'Connor

In Search of Satisfaction by J California Cooper

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miked from Los Angeles is reading White Noise December 12, 2011 - 12:26am

Crime and Punishment

The Sandman Series

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words December 12, 2011 - 11:26am

@mike d - I second the Sandman series - didn't come to me without contemplation, but what a piece of art that is.

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Dave McCary from Santa Barbara, CA is reading A Dance of Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire series) December 12, 2011 - 11:30am

Imajica - Clive Barker

Naked Lunch - Burroughs

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - HST

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william.c.cathey from Georgia is reading What Is The What December 12, 2011 - 8:09pm

Rant - Palahniuk

Les Miserables - Hugo

1984 - Orwell

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Jack from England is reading texts of rejection from pretty ladies December 13, 2011 - 7:01am

Lanark - Alasdair Gray

The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

Game - Donald Barthelme

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 13, 2011 - 8:19am

Can I add Love in the Time of Cholera by Marquez please? Can I be allowed a 4th choice? If not, I'll have to split my personalities.

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Skygrotto from Southwestern Ontario is reading Europe: A History by Norman Davies December 13, 2011 - 3:54pm

Rules of Attraction, Naked Lunch and Notes from Underground

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon December 13, 2011 - 7:50pm

Sean - As much as I love Dostoevsky, I've never been able to finish Notes from the Underground.  Something about it I just can't get into.  I've tried reading it like 2 or 3 times too.  It's so short, I should just power through it.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor December 13, 2011 - 9:42pm

/me hesitates to contemplate. feels the disdain. shoots self

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Skygrotto from Southwestern Ontario is reading Europe: A History by Norman Davies December 14, 2011 - 4:35pm

Pete - it was easy for me to get into Dostoevsky's entire body of work, because I read his biography by Joseph Frank, and it inspired me to see where Frank was coming from, and see how Dostoevsky used his literature to respond to social crisis of his day. Like Notes from Underground was mostly a response to a book called What is to be Done? by a literary and social critic of the 1870s, whose name starts with a 'C' but escapes me at this time.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon December 14, 2011 - 6:27pm

I just looked it up because I love Dostoevsky.  Joseph Frank wrote a number of books about him. I guess I can start at the earliest and work me way through...

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Dan Shewan from Boston, MA is reading Crime and Punishment December 15, 2011 - 7:20pm

East of Eden, Steinbeck.

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Murakami.

Girlfriend in a Coma, Coupland.