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List of books

I have an idea: everyone may write the list of books he/she considers really worth reading,e.g.the book has changed your life or made you do something which appeared right in the end instead of doing something wrong,the language was stunning or you just enjoyed it reading really much.
the idea is not new and might have appeared in this community - then sorry.

I'm writing my list:

1.Franz Kafka "Das Schloss", "Der Prozess", "Ein Landarzt", "Ein Traum", "Der Nachhauseweg","Der plötzliche Spaziergang"
2.Douglas Coupland "Life after God"
3.Julio Cortazar "Divertimento", "Final del Juego", "El Examen"
4.Oscar Wilde "The Happy Prince"
5.Eric Emmanuel Schmitt "The sect of the Egoists", "Oscar et la dame rose"
6.Alessandro Baricco "OceanoMare"
7.Milorad Pavić "Landscape painted with Tea", "The inverted Glove", "Snail of Glass","Writing Box"
8.Elder Edda
9.Sei Shōnagon "The Pillow Book"
10.Andrej Platonov "Fro", "The third son", "The Fierce and Beautiful World"
11.Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin "The Stone Guest"
12.Boris Pasternak " Doctor Zhivago"
13.Venedict Erofeev "Moscow-Petushki", "Walpurgis Night, or the Steps of the Commander"
14.Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevski "Crime and punishment", "The Idiot".

So these I recommend.
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Reviving Ophelia

I just finished reading Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, which I found to be a very interesting book. I have two main issues with it.

1) The Hamlet reference in the title is just badly-done. Ophelia killed herself because her father was murdered by her lover, and not because of pressure to conform. And Ophelia's not an adolescent.

2) It seems to be that her sample group was fairly flawed, as she only used her patients as the basis for her book. Teens who go to a psychiatrist generally will, on average, have more issues than teens who don't.

However, it raised a lot of interesting points, like the frightening lack of respect for female sexual boundaries, the effect of the media and double-standards, among other things. It made me think.

Anyone else read it and care to discuss?

(and if anyone would care to know, I'm now reading French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. I generally don't read this much nonfiction, but for some reason I am now...)

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I just found this community- don't know if it's alive or not but I thought I'd give it a try.

I love to read, and wish I had more time to do so. Right now I'm reading The Eternal Frontier by Tim Flannery. It's for class, but it's a good read.

I want to start reading things like Voltaire, but I don't know where to start. Any ideas?


I'm a self-proclaimed book-nerd and have been one since second grade. I work in a library as well. Currently, I'm reading some short stories by Guy de Maupassant in the original French, which is hard, and then resting my brains with the works of Voltaire. Candide and Zadig amuse me (an optimist in a horrible world, and a pessimist in a perfect one, respectively)

`Ello All

Well I`m new and I wanted to introduce myself. I have always loved reading, which I have to owe to my mom because she made the rule of no tv on week days when I was young. Hmm well the most recent book I have read was Lullaby by Chuck Palanuick, I don`t really hate any books I just dislike a few. I read any kind of book that I think looks interesting I don`t care about what age its for, there should be no age limit on books...
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This isn't exactly book related, but it has to do with words.

What are some bands that you listen to that have great lyrics? I personally like Ani Difranco and Neutral Milk Hotel lyric-wise. Some of the stuff that they write just blows me away.