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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
Cute, easy-to-read and somewhat quirky Young Adult novel from the perspective of an adolescent Native American boy.
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Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
While the emotional sophistication of his stories can make them seem darker than their child-friendly frames at first suggest, there is no shortage of humor or high spirits in Andersen’s fanciful canon. Only a dozen or so of his more than 150 tales were drawn from existing folktales, in the manner o...show more
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Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
My absolute favourite book of all time. Classic.
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The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Beautiful tale with strong messaging. Beautiful story for older children and adults alike.
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
The first book is definitely the best. The sequels pale on comparison.
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The Hours
Michael Cunningham
Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway, set on a single June day in London, is punctuated by the tolling of Big Ben, the bell inside the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament. Its regular marking of the time—“First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable”—reminds Clarissa Dalloway of bot...show more
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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
Beautiful, eerie novel. Stays with you throughout a lifetime.
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Medea
Euripides
I always knew the general plot line for Medea as it is often brought up over class discussions in school. However, I hadn't until now read the play from start to finish. What a wonderful read! I am now inspired to see this performed on stage. Almost has a touch of feminism which is refreshing to see...show more
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Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert
Another one of my all-time favourite books. Haunting story which beautifully captures romance, tragedy and betrayal.
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Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure is the story of an orphaned, intellectually ambitious young man who works as a stonemason at Christminster (a Wessex version of Oxford) rather than attending its classes, as he yearns to do. He is tricked into marrying a girl who claims to be carrying his child and who then deserts ...show more
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Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
A long book, but well worth the days/hours/months that it takes to read.
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Anne of Green Gables
L. M. Montgomery
One of my favourite books from my childhood.
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Beloved
Toni Morrison
A haunting book that paints a confronting yet honest picture of what life was like for slaves during this time period. Beautifully constructed characters and a storyline you won't forget in a hurry.
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Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
Never has such a uncomfortable topic been described so eloquently.
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Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys
A beautiful spin on the classic Jane Eyre storyline. Adds more dimension to "the crazy wife in the attic".
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Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
Classic Russian tragedy novel with romance, betrayal and action crammed into a lengthy yet enjoyable book.
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Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier
Another book inspired by Jane Eyre. Yet different enough to be its own stand-alone novel.
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