What are the best books to read to sound interesting and smart?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Judy Myers
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The setting for this book is the fictional town of Macomb, Alabama in the mid 1930s. The narrator of the story is Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, a 10 year old tomboy. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer who is defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. The likelihood of a black man getting a fair trial in the south in the 1930s is about 1 in a million...optimistically speaking."
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    #2The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 

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    Teresa Jensen
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind"
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    #3Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.

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    Samuel Banks
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "If you like Sci fi books about "utopia" societies, this might be the book for you. This book is the story about a Bernard Marx who one days finds out the his society isn't what it seems to be. I read this book and to me it is one of the pioneers of this genre that I would recommend. "
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    #4Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 
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    Joseph McCoy
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This was a an ok book but not exactly what i was looking for. I was looking for something that would help me establish a better connection for understanding and being able to speak and sound smarter but this book was just a story about a rich man who traveled the world."
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    #5The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

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    Randy Lucas
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I begrudgingly read this book about fruit and old timers when I was high school and it literally changed the way I thought about people, the past and books in general. I was not prepared to filled with so many different perspectives and a young me was pleasantly enthralled. I actually went back and read it again last year and I loved it as much as I loved it then."
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    #6Hamlet

    Hamlet
    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 
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    José Guadalupe Hurtado
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I think this is a perfect solution. Shakespeare is considered one of the best writers and most well read people have read him. Hamlet is one of his better known works. "
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    #7Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.

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    Amit Mittal
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I heard some people that I thought looked smart talking and arguing about this book. I went ahead and bought it for my kindle thingy and read about the first quarter of it. I don't think I really sound smarter."
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    #8The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    Héctor Galindo
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The story and characters are great. But, telling people you read this will not make you seem smart. Everyone knows about this book by now."
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    #9Being and Time

    Being and Time

    "Being and time" is one of the most important philosophy novels of our time. This novel by Martin Heidegger makes a central question: "What is the meaning of being?", challenged the intellectual map of today's occidental modernity. 

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    Julia Flores
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book was ok. It was kind of hard to get into, but once you do it makes you think."
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    #10Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Bryan Cole
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This novel is a classic that tells the story of a girl who is raised with strict rules than follows up with getting a job from a harsh employer. This book will show people how she stayed mentally strong and broke free."
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    #11The Decline of the West

    The Decline of the West
    The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler is a philosophical and historical work divided into two volumes (published in 1918 and in 1923). The author talks about the meaning of history, the different cultures and civilizations, the role of religion and other topics.


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    Peter Zhu
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book does sound very interesting and might be one of the top picks for sure. However, I think that in today's world, I would argue that these views are no longer as polarizing as the review suggests. A better suggestion would be one that deals with higher impact issues such as civil rights, in-equality, wealth imbalance, or future technology."
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    #12The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.
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    Helen Delgado
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation."
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    #13Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf
    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.
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    Andrew Pierce
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book definitely has a sense of mystery and interest to it. Reading it makes me come off as someone who's a little more cultured and interesting as well. The only complaint is that it's fictional, and something non-fiction might make me seem even smarter - but that wouldn't be as fun to read!"
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    #14Confessions

    Confessions
    Confessions is an autobiographical book written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and published in 1782. In this book, the novelist and philosopher explains the story of his life, from his formative years to the achievement of international fame.
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    Katherine Guzman
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book is just what you need if you are into learning about the life of this great timeless thinker. I've read it twice, and learned a lot about Rousseau! Love citing a few of his quotes when chatting with my friends! lol"
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    #15The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York is a non-fiction novel originally published in 2010. This book explores the current environmental issues that humanity is facing.

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    Virginia Silva
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Another person that thinks he is Al Gore and has something to say. This book is a joke, honestly, if people think the earth is warming thats fine, it has warmed in cycles since time began. But please lets not forget in the 80's when the panic was another ice age. People cant make up their mind whats going on. Really, no matter what the earth is doing or not doing there is nothing humans can do to stop it. If you think you have power over Gods will you are wrong, this book is junk."
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    #16The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.

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    Shirley Douglas
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book, while dry, will indeed make you sound interesting and smart. This is mostly because it is very obscure."

Summary

Best What are the best books to read to sound interesting and smart
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 45 Paid
2The IliadBooks 41 Paid
3Brave New WorldBooks 40 Paid
4Don QuixoteBooks 36 Paid
5The Grapes of WrathBooks 35 Paid
6HamletBooks 33 Paid
7Fahrenheit 451Books 33 Paid
8The HobbitBooks 30 Paid
9Being and TimeBooks 28 Paid
10Jane EyreBooks 27 Paid
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