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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
If for no other reason than the cultural phenomenon it inspired
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The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien
One of the best books ever written and one that essentially sparked and created a genre. The depth of world-building with languages and multiple histories is incredible
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A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway at his best
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Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
A true examination of the human psyche in literary form
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Democracy in America
Alexis de Tocqueville
Read in college as an assignment but was eye opening to view our country and way of life at a time when it was novel and from an outsiders perspective
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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
An exploration of an entire life and how the unexpected events we face can forever change us
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Lord of the Flies
William Golding
A great book that to my recollection encompasses the good and bad side of human nature
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The Complete Maus
Art Spiegelman
A different presentation and perspective to the many stories about the horrors of the holocaust
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The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
A foundation of fantasy that can be enjoyed by all ages
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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
Science fiction with a lesson
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis
A foundational book of fantasy
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A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin
Political intrigue and unexpected twists
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The Road
Cormac McCarthy
Prose unlike any other
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The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
Can't stop reading. A cultural phenomenon
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Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
Fast-paced and exciting but with more depth than expected. Sets up an almost philosophical series about the nature of war and what it means to be "alien"
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