What are the best beautifully written novels?

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    #1The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 

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    Aditya Gavde
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "One of the classic novels of the 19th century, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a gripping tale of a man that sells his soul for eternal youth. The book features evocative, beautiful writing that makes you feel like you're a part of the story. "
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    #2Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 
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    Judith Daniels
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Miles Halter found his Great Perhaps and then some when he meets Alaska Young at a co-ed boarding school he enrolls at in Alabama. His claim to fame is memorizing famous peoples last words, which he quotes throughout the book. This is a coming of age novel about how Miles "Pudge" searches for himself and his place in the world, and what his beliefs are and how he comes to find the answer to some of life's most difficult questions that we all have to face. I've had this book on my Kindle for a long time but have been reluctant to read it because I was so disappointed by The Fault in our Stars. Luckily, this was nothing like that, far better and I wish I'd read Looking for Alaska before reading The Fault in our Stars so my opinion of John Green wouldn't have had such an awful first impression (did I mention I didn't like The Fault in Our Stars?). It's a quick read, I used it to break up the Game of Throne and the Outlander series' that I've been reading, needed something different and this was the perfect 2 day break. I give it 5 stars and recommend it to anyone of any age, not just YA. I'm now more optimistic about reading more of Green's books. "
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    #3The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 

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    Brandon Valdez
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "If you are interested in reading the best beautifully written novels, then The Great Gatsby is the perfect fit. A truly classic twentieth-century piece of literature, The Great Gatsby is a must read if you love a well-written novel."
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    #4The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.

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    Carl Bates
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book weaves a rich tapestry of imagery and experience of family life in India in the 1960s. A change to family dynamics is brought about by the arrival of a family member that brings on a flurry of dramatic events. Above all else, this book is beautifully written and it was worth it for me just for that."
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    #5The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Bobby Barnes
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "a wonderful adventure for all ages"
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    #6Houdini Heart

    Houdini Heart

    Houdini Heart is a book by Ki Longfellow that tells the story of a woman who will find herself in the terror of her past and the haunted things that will affect her present life. 

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    Ruth Gray
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I'm not a fan of horror books, but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone so I gave this one a try. This is a marvelous example of a good horror book. It has such an incredible setting and vibe that hooks the reader since the beggining. It's a book you have to read slowly and carefully, it can cause you to get confused for some moments, but in the end the book is open to interpretation, a well written story with a great plot and intriguing premise. "
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    #7One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.

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    Larry Gutierrez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. It is so powerful and interesting as in intertwines magic and reality!"
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    #8The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.

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    Christian Jordan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "What is there to say about The Fault in Our Stars? It's sad, it's happy, it's fun, and at parts you won't even want to go to the next page because it's so heartbreaking, but you can't resist either because the portrayal of love is so touching and meaningful."
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    #9The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd depicts loss and betrayal. This book was a New York Times bestseller and has won the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. In 2008, this novel was turned into a movie.

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    Christopher Meyer
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Strong prose and a powerful story drive this story of a young girl and her escape to find help and faith in others. Read the book before watching the movie."
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    #10The Prophet

    The Prophet

    The Prophet is a collection of essays written by Khalil Gibran, first published in 1923. The book is divided into 28 chapters that philosophically explore the concepts that govern human life.

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    Jerry Cole
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "There are many things that people truly do not or cannot understand. This book gives one mans thoughts on life, death and every thing in between."
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    #11Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon
    Flowers for Algernon is a novel written by Daniel Keyes. It tells the story of Charlie, who agrees to be a human subject for an experimental brain operation, following the success of the operation on Algernon, a white mouse.
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    Salvador Domínguez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "It's sad how underrated Flowers for Algernon seems these days, what with our ever increasing endeavors into gene splicing. Soon, we'll be able to make even millenials somewhat intelligent, and then, what about the consequences? Can it take? All the answers have already been trod out in the 70s. I keep this book by my nightstand to remind me of the perils of arrogance, and also to occasionally kill any mice that escape the traps in the kitchen."
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    #12If I Stay

    If I Stay
    If I Stay is a young adult fiction book by Gayle Forman that tells the story of Mia, who was the only survivor of a car accident that killed her family. Critically injured, Mia must decide whether to stay and live or follow her family.
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    Laura Montgomery
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I can't believe how good this book is! It's amazing how this author takes it to another level! What I want to know is . . . is there a second?"

Summary

Best What are the best beautifully written novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 33 Free
2Looking for AlaskaBooks 30 Paid
3The Great GatsbyBooks 28 Paid
4The God of Small ThingsBooks 26 Paid
5The Book ThiefBooks 25 Paid
6Houdini HeartBooks 23 Paid
7One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 22 Paid
8The Fault in Our StarsBooks 20 Paid
9The Secret Life of BeesBooks 18 Paid
10The ProphetBooks 17 Paid
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