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Animal Farm Animal Farm (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 3.90 — 2,235,763 ratings — published 1945
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1984 1984 (Kindle Edition)
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avg rating 4.16 — 2,423,094 ratings — published 1949
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.25 — 2,454,331 ratings — published 1813
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
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avg rating 4.54 — 2,080,489 ratings — published 2000
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To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.26 — 3,743,318 ratings — published 1960
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The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.90 — 3,140,631 ratings — published 1925
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The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.80 — 2,339,918 ratings — published 1951
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The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.24 — 2,880,987 ratings — published 2012
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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.11 — 1,381,878 ratings — published 1847
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The Hobbit The Hobbit (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.26 — 2,423,629 ratings — published 1937
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
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avg rating 4.33 — 5,517,411 ratings — published 2008
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The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.07 — 775,171 ratings — published 1890
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Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.84 — 1,120,368 ratings — published 1847
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.98 — 1,204,199 ratings — published 1932
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Frankenstein Frankenstein (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.77 — 975,768 ratings — published 1818
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Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.66 — 1,839,890 ratings — published 1954
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Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 3.74 — 1,813,491 ratings — published 1597
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Hamlet Hamlet (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.01 — 627,680 ratings — published 1603
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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
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avg rating 4.45 — 1,659,829 ratings — published 1996
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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
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avg rating 4.29 — 2,125,382 ratings — published 2009
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.21 — 1,060,041 ratings — published 1999
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Macbeth Macbeth (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 3.89 — 577,345 ratings — published 1606
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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
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avg rating 4.03 — 2,007,279 ratings — published 2010
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Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.06 — 837,736 ratings — published 1811
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Great Expectations Great Expectations (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.76 — 562,277 ratings — published 1860
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Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 327 times as english)
avg rating 3.98 — 1,323,577 ratings — published 1953
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Divergent (Divergent, #1) Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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avg rating 4.22 — 2,491,459 ratings — published 2011
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Looking for Alaska Looking for Alaska (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.06 — 939,212 ratings — published 2005
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A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
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avg rating 4.41 — 671,889 ratings — published 1998
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A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.82 — 724,581 ratings — published 1859
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The Book Thief The Book Thief (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.36 — 1,488,058 ratings — published 2005
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Dracula Dracula (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.98 — 775,266 ratings — published 1897
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Emma Emma (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.99 — 546,304 ratings — published 1815
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Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.85 — 1,662,402 ratings — published 1937
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The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.09 — 958,278 ratings — published 1985
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The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
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avg rating 3.81 — 1,669,211 ratings — published 2003
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The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.90 — 1,581,096 ratings — published 2015
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The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man and the Sea (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.75 — 665,458 ratings — published 1952
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Mrs. Dalloway Mrs. Dalloway (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.79 — 185,673 ratings — published 1921
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Gerard Nolst Trenité
“Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!”
Gerard Nolst Trenité, Drop your Foreign Accent

Anatole France
“J'ai toujours préféré la folie des passions à la sagesse de l'indifférence.”
Anatole France

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