Books Every Human Being Should Read

Books have played an important role in my life and honestly have helped shape my opinions and ideas about the world (not to mention my writing style!), and I think it'll be a good idea for me, both as a human and as an English major, to read some truly amazing books. The problem is, which books? And why?

So I'm hoping to compile a list, but I need your help. So, if there's been a book that you owe a lot to, a book that changed your life, or simply a novel you feel that everyone should read in their life, let me know about it! This isn't the classic 100 book list, so feel free to recommend any sort of book, no matter how obscure or childish! I'm open to everything (even children's books, nonfiction, you name it, I'll read it!), so long as it comes HIGHLY recommended.

Help shape my future- recommend your favorite book!
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message 12: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Gao I read what I wanna read and not what people tell me too.


message 11: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Getbanking wrote: "Its one of best book to read"

What is?


message 10: by Getbanking (new)

Getbanking Its one of best book to read


message 9: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 11, 2015 04:27AM) (new)

Booklovinglady I've voted for 99 books which are definitely worth a read. 27 of them were already on the list, the others I've added. All of the books added are either in English or have been translated into English. (Although I have to admit I'm not completely sure about one of the children's books I've added. But I know there is a French and a German translation, so I'm guessing there is an English one as well).

@Allison
You said "Help shape my future- recommend your favorite book!". Well, I've certainly done the last bit by adding 72 books to your list, and who knows, maybe I've also done the first bit... :-)


message 8: by Aarohan (new)

Aarohan Atwal

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Brief: A harrowing struggle of a young man with life, a beautiful love story and an unexpected ending.
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Zero Defect by Aarohan Atwal



message 7: by Martin (new)

Martin Castro Allison wrote: "Please please please recommend your favorites! I need to do some heavy duty reading this summer!"

Try Something Missing by Matthew Dicks.


message 6: by Linda (new)

Linda There's already a list just like this. but I went ahead a threw in a few votes.


message 5: by Abby (new)

Abby I loved "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay. I recommend it!


message 4: by Allison (new)

Allison lol! A ton of vonnegut on this list! Some of these I've read, and some I've never even heard of!

Thanks for all the input guys!


message 3: by Sami (new)

Sami omg! i haven't heard of any of these books! jeez! i am desperate for recommendations too!


message 2: by Allison (new)

Allison Aaaaannnnybody?


message 1: by Allison (new)

Allison Please please please recommend your favorites! I need to do some heavy duty reading this summer!


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