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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
Often cited as America's first fairy tale, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is such a unique, engaging tale that reflects a deeper story of America's heartland.
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The Bible
No other book has had a larger impact on the world than this. Read it. And then read it again. And then keep reading it.
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The Book of Job
As translated by Stephen Mitchell
Life's hard. Sometimes it's not your fault. Know that your role as a human means accepting life's hardships, even if there's no logical explanation as toward why.
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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
In an era when everyone is so "offended" and demands things to change their way, Bradbury's novel proves to be more applicable now than it even was when it was first published.
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O Pioneers!
Willa Cather
Cather gives a voice to the prairie unlike any other writer. "O Pioneers!" is possibly her finest example of this.
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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
If a classic work of literature can make me cry, then it's worth sharing with others. "A Tale of Two Cities" is one such book.
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Through this novel, Dickens reinvented how the western world celebrates Christmas. This is definitely a wonderful novel worth reading.
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The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky
In so many ways, this novel is profound and challenging. Dostoevsky was ahead of his time in trying to understand the differences in lifestyles and spiritual beliefs -- and how they greatly impact our decisions (for better & worse).
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The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas
I've never read a 1,000+ page novel as fast as I read "The Count of Monte Cristo." The story, plot, and pacing are just that good and enticing. Easily, this is one of my favorite novels ever written.
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The Poetry of Robert Frost
Robert Frost
Frost is one of the strongest of American poets, showing the uniqueness and beauties of nature and humanity like few other poets can.
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Lord of the Flies
William Golding
A look at the atrocities of human behavior at its finest. Ironically, we teach this book in high schools expecting students to "get it"; unfortunately, it's not until we're adults and have begun killing one another off that we finally understand Golding's thesis.
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Les Misérables
Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo's awareness of humble faithful Christians, legalistic Christians, and Christian posers is spot-on in this enthralling French tale of life and revolution.
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A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle
This was one of my favorite books from elementary school. It's profound, yet simple -- definitely worth one's time.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
If nothing else, read this for the voice of Scout. It's some of the best regional writing I've ever read.
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Rosemary's Baby
Ira Levin
I read this in high school (for fun), and this book completely freaked me out. If you like a psychologically terrifying story, this could be one for you.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis
Allegorical Christianity at its finest. I absolutely love this book!
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The Call of the Wild
Jack London
Naturalism and the primitive told from the wolf's point of view (without being campy). This is a wonderful novel.
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The Road
Cormac McCarthy
Read "The Road". Look at the world around you. And then cry with both mourning and joy as you observe your life.
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Lonesome Dove
Larry McMurtry
Hands down, this is the best western novel I've ever read.
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A Canticle for Leibowitz
Walter M. Miller Jr.
This book is weird and has little plot, but it left me with a deep sense of wonder and introspection as I look at our modern age.
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