What are the best must-read amazing books?

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    #1Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Richard Sanchez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Animal Farm is a classic book in many ways. It is great writing, it is symbolic, and it is historical as well as entertaining. It fits many people's needs and can be read by teenagers to older adults. It is a work of historical symbolic fiction and should be read as many as possible."
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Jason Yi
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "1984 was assigned to me in high school and I thought it was fascinating. I read it again as an adult and couldn't believe how poorly it held up."
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    #3City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
    City of Bones is about 15-year-old Clary Fray and a weird murder that she witnessed in a city club. The culprit is invisible, and the body disappeared into thin air then an angel came and everything gets messier when Clary's mother is gone.

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    Angela Kelly
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "City of Bones is a must-read book. It has a lot of different twists and turns that make this book great. I like the heroine, Clary, and her story starts as she sets out to find her kidnapped mother and enlists the help of the Shadow Hunters. It's a long read -- at over 500 pages -- but this story will keep you interested."
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    #4The Notebook

    The Notebook

    The Notebook is a romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks published in 1996 which is about the love story of mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 2004. 


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    Carl Carpenter
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "After watching the movie, I went ahead and read The Notebook. It is the best must-read amazing book everyone should read. Its still good even if you've seen the movie."
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    #5City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments)
    City of Glass, the 3rd book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, is about Clary saving her mother by breaking the law and Jace's wishes, Simon being thrown to jail, and Valentine trying to kill all Shadowhunters at once.

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    Ángel Madrigal
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I read this book on a recommendation and it actually was very bad."
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    #6My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult centers on Anna, who was conceived for the sole purpose of providing bone marrow for her sister Kate, who is suffering from leukemia. Anna questions her life's purpose and starts to decide on her own.


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    Terry Brewer
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a beautifully written book, full of sadness, humor, and great wisdom. It really makes you think of what it means to be a good person, and of standing up for yourself against overwhelming pressure to tow the line. This is an amazing novel I just couldn't put down!"
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    #7Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, is an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. A horrific family tragedy sets Jacob in a remote island where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous, and they may still be alive.

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    Judith Jacobs
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This book is aptly titled: it really is peculiar. That's great for children who like things that are a bit dark or weird, though it might be a bit too spooky for others. Personally, I thought it was really well written and a unique concept. I might be an adult, but I enjoyed it from beginning to end."
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    #8Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.


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    Crystal Hudson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I read this book as a child. I saw the movie. I bought the book again to re-read the story. I love the story. I love the characters in the book; their development through each chapter. It's a classic book, it makes you feel as though you are living in that time period. It's engaging, heartbreaking, hopeful but you savor every moment of it. Overall, a great read!"
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    #9Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast. Kendra the witch teaches Kyle Kingsbury a lesson for his cruelty by transforming him into a beast. To break the spell, the girl he truly loves must love him in return.


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    Ronald Garrett
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you like fairy tales, especially the original Beauty and the Beast, you'll like this. This is one of those remakes that is actually pretty damn good. The beast substitute is very well written for modern times, and there's a pretty good mix of comedy and seriousness throughout. I liked it."
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    #10One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Kenneth Black
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I never understood this book title. It changed course of history by having where we can change things and it's a good book assigned in high schools. If we are supposed to analyze the title I never really got it or figured out why it was called that. Is it just because of the institution ideas?"
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    #11Perfect Chemistry

    Perfect Chemistry

    Perfect Chemistry is the first book in a young adult romance series by Simone Elkeles. It tells the story of it-girl Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes as they try to reconcile their differences for a chemistry project.


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    William Barnett
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created "perfect" life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for-her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart. i bare the same name Ellis, i love this very much because it helps to choose a right partner"
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    #12The Truth About Forever

    The Truth About Forever
    The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen tells the story of a young girl named Macy who is grieving for her father's loss. Things happen unexpectedly when she meets an artistic and talented boy named Wes. 

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    Vibhore Rathore
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "a great book ive heard good things about it"
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    #13Portrait Of A Killer

    Portrait Of A Killer

    Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper Case Closed is a non-fiction true crime book written by Patricia Cornwell. This mystery fiction novel is first published in 2002. 


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    Sharon Williamson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "An interesting take on the Jack the Ripper crimes that terrorized London in 1888. Cornwell reveals a the identity of the serial killer based on her own experiences and background, scientific tests, original documents and top analysts in forensics and the FBI. Well worth the read!"
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    #14The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife is the debut novel of Audrey Niffenegger, which is about the story of married couple Clare and Henry who try to make their marriage work. It comes as they struggling with Henry's strange disorder of time traveling. 


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    Peter Guzman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love these kinds of plots. They teach patience and perseverance."
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    Twilight is the first book in the Twilight Saga series, a book by Stephenie Meyer. It tells the story of Bella Swan, a transferee student, and Edward Cullen who is a vampire. They will fall in love with each other and defy all odds. 


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    Gloria Bailey
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I'm sure this is enjoyable for a teen girl or teen boy, but for me I didn't really enjoy it as much as most people. The brooding vampire thing has been done for years. The whole sparkling thing really does throw me off. For me a vampire can either walk in the day but have weaker powers (Dracula) or the sun burns them to a crisp (Interview with the vampire). The fact that they sparkle is different, but couldn't the writer think of something else? Why sparkle? It's a little odd in my opinion. I don't know it's really not that great, but it's not terrible. Definitely a good read for a teen."
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    #16City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Ashes, the 2nd book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument series, is about Clary trying to save her mother's life by tracking down the rogue evil Shadowhunter Valentine while proving Jace innocent of stealing the Soul-Sword.


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    Dennis Torres
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The book begins by presenting Valentine in a building in Manhattan with a young warlock named Elias. Valentine convinces the warlock to summon a very powerful demon but Elias is killed when the pentagram he draw in order to contain it doesn't work. Valentine must collect a series of “mortal instruments” that the heroes fight to prevent him from acquiring. City of Ashes opens to her friend, Alec, and brother, Jace, bickering over a fight with a demon they just banished."
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    #17The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.

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    Harold Day
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This book aimed at younger readers has won a number of awards and has many satisfied customers. I think it's great that so many more people understand something about autism, and this book helps in that regard. Anything that gets more young people to be more understanding of those that are different is a public service in my opinion."
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    #18Five Point Someone

    Five Point Someone

    Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat is a fiction novel originally published in 2004. This book has a movie adaptation popularly known as 3 Idiots which was released in 2009. Five Point Someone won The Publisher's Recognition Award in 2005.


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    Abhinav Das
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Must read book by Chetan Bhagat! Good for all ages as everyone can relate!"
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    #19Hotel Du Lac

    Hotel Du Lac
    Hotel Du Lac is a romantic, inspirational, and philosophical novel written by bestselling author Anita Booker. It was first released in 1995. It won the Booker Prize. It is about an aspiring romance writer looking for inspiration.

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    Billy Ross
    Written on April 18, 2018
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    #20On Liberty

    On Liberty

    On Liberty is a non-fiction book written by John Stuart Mill. This book was published in 1859. It presents the nineteenth century's views about the social and political philosophy.


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    James Allen
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This book reminds a lot of John Maxwell book intentional Living, i love this kind of book it is very inspirational and non-fiction, i love when the author speaks on how we human act and feel from our society perspective. Actually i added this one to the cart."
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    #21The Invention of Solitude

    The Invention of Solitude

    The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster is a memoir novel originally published in 1982. This book is composed of two parts which deal with the sudden death of Auster's father and the author's view about coincidence, life, and death. 


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    Aadhya Jhadav
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "the suspense story keep eader attention till the last. The writer Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. After the death of his own father, Auster discovers a 60-year-old family murder mystery that could account for the old man's elusive character. "
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    #22The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank

    The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank

    The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck is a humor book that was published in 1995. This book is about what's it is like to live in a suburban area.


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    Peter Delgado
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "As a younger person who grew up in the suburbs, but never really liked it, this book made me see it in a new light. While hilarious, it also puts a new perspective on the things I encountered in the suburbs as I grew up. Maybe some of the things I saw are still strange, silly or somewhat neurotic. But now I can understand better as to why they were the way they were, and I find I can laugh about it instead of brooding over them. I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone. Even if you aren't as familiar with the suburbs as a soccer mom who lived there her whole life, this book is still good for offering insights in a significant portion of the population of the US. I daresay even a foreigner would find this book an interesting read, as a lens into US culture."
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    #23The Brooklyn Follies

    The Brooklyn Follies
    The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster is a fiction novel originally published in 2005. This book is preceded by Oracle Night. It tells the story of a 60-year old man who transferred to Brooklyn to wait for the day he'll die.

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    Ryan Guzman
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Although I like Paul Auster, I like his other books more than The Brooklyn Follies. The book is an interesting one and became easily as a best selling. You will be both happy and really sad while reading this book."
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    #24A Kind of Freedom

    A Kind of Freedom

    A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexto is a domestic fiction novel originally published in August 2017. This book was nominated for the National Book Award 2017 and it won the New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.


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    Jerry McDonald
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A Kind of Freedom is a heartfelt look at the culture of generations of black families in New Orleans and it has more focus on the positive aspects of the community which I like. Where it fails is that it ignores black on black violence that is wrecking each generation as the the next ones line up for prison or death."
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    #25The Concept of Mind

    The Concept of Mind
    The Concept of Mind by Gilbert Ryle is a philosophical novel originally published in 1949. This book tackles the illusion of the "mind" supported by logical errors. Its first edition was released by the University of Chicago Press.

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    Joe Coleman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is definitely a must-read book, albeit that it's non-fiction. It most interestingly fits in the category of separating mind and matter, in a deep philosophical sense that makes it such a curious read. The lamens language of the philosophical discussion makes it even more enthralling."
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    #26The Music of Chance

    The Music of Chance

    The Music of Chance by Paul Auster is a mystery novel originally published in 1990. This booktells the story of a fireman named Jim Nashe and his wife who left him along with their children.


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    Ishan Shah
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I read this over a weekend. iI found it at a book store on sale and had it in a stack of books at home. It was mediocre. I would not call it amazing or a must read. A time waster for those wanting to put off work is the best I could describe ti. "
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    #27One Indian Girl

    One Indian Girl

    One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat is a romance novel originally published in 2016. This book is the 9th overall book written by Bhagat since the start of his career. It tells the story of a modern Indian girl getting married.


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    Susan Knight
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I love to read but have been in a rut lately with finding new books to try out. I was hoping to come up with some new book titles that are really fascinating or highly acclaimed. I'm not sure this book fits the bill. I do like that it is an interesting, and unique perspective. However, overall the reviews are only average. I think I will keep searching for something that has better customer reviews or some sort of award associated with. I don't think I would classify this book as amazing."
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    #28The 3 Mistakes of my Life

    The 3 Mistakes of my Life

    The 3 Mistakes of my Life by Chetan Bhagat is a fiction novel originally published in 2008. This book tells the story of three friends living on the western side of India. It has a movie adaptation released in February 2013.


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    Kathryn May
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, tells the tale of three young male friends who depart on a voyage searching for success in their corner of the world. They face political strife and natural disasters to see if they can survive and make it to the end."
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    #29Making India Awesome

    Making India Awesome

    Making India Awesome: New Essays and Columns by Chetan Bhagat is a novel originally published in 2015. This book explores some of India's current issues in poverty, unemployment, violence, and many more.


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    Harry Lewis
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love the topics this book covers. I think for anyone with even the slightest interest in India, this is a great read. Or if you're open minded and want to learn about the issues being faced in India, etc. I'm really glad my mom gave this to me as a gift. I could relate to a lot of the issues presented in the book."
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    #30Mr. Vertigo

    Mr. Vertigo

    Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster is an absurdist fiction novel first published in 1994. This book tells the story of Walter Claireborne Rawley - an orphan living in the streets of St. Louis - until a man adopted him and taught him how to fly.


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    Harold Fox
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Mr. Vertigo, while intriguing and well-written seems to fall just short of "amazing". I found it to be entertaining, and possibly recommendable, but far from must-read or amazing. I found that I could take it in short bursts over a weekend, which is what I would suggest. A good, entertaining time-killer that will keep you interested just long enough."
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    #31Men at Work

    Men at Work

    Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball is a book centered on the study of professional baseball. The book written by sports enthusiast George F. Will has 400 pages.


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    Pamela Walters
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I got this book for my boyfriend because he said he wanted to start watching baseball this season. He says it was a really great book and shows the differences between baseball then and now. He now tells me all about baseball and I've actually watched a few games with him."
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    #32The Storyteller

    The Storyteller

    The Storyteller is an inspirational, philosophical, and investigative fiction written by Hispanic literary icon Mario Vargas Llosa. It was first published in 1989 as El Hablador. It was translated by Helen Lane for the English release.


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    Keith Johnston
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I think this is a great solution. The book seems interesting and has tons of views so you know lots of people are reading it. "
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    #33The Book of Illusions

    The Book of Illusions

    The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster is a psychological fiction novel published in 2002. This book tells the story of David Zimmer who recently lost his family in a plane crash. It was nominated for International Dublin Literary Award.


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    Lori Dixon
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Reviews of this book are up in the air. Apparently, you either love it or toss it aside without any regrets. One reviewer was annoyed with the constant melodramatics and the numerous "moment that changed everything". Other readers think the author is brilliant and this story is unique and original. Almost everybody states it is a quick read, so if you want to give it a try, it sounds like either the glory or the pain will not last long."
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    #34One Night at the Call Center

    One Night at the Call Center

    One Night at the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat is a fiction novel originally published in 2005. This book follows the story of a group of six call center agents working in a giant call center company.


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    Aaron Day
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Way too short summary. Romantic comedy about six friends work nights at a call center in India, providing technical support for a major U.S. appliance corporation. Written by Chetan Bhagat, the country's best selling writer. The New York Times called him the “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history” and Time magazine named him among the “100 most influential people in the world.”"
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    #35Elective Affinities

    Elective Affinities

    Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is fiction novel that was originally published in 1809. Since its publication, it was adapted into films such as The Elective Affinities released in 1996 and Sometime in August in 2009.


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    Larry Gutierrez
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Elective Affinities was one of those classic books you may or may not have ever read. For a mere $2 it's totally worth reading at least once. It is a story of love, passion, and marriage bringing together multiple people. However, it is also a story about repression of self and all the removal that comes with it. Or, if you just like to read about adultery, this has it in spades. It's a good read."
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    #36Hymns to the Night

    Hymns to the Night

    Hymns to the Night by Novalis is a poetry novel originally published in 1800. This book is the third edition in Dick Higgins' collection of translated and bilingual classic books of romantic poems.


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    Sanvi Pillai
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This book is not an amazing must-read. The translation is poorly done by someone that is not even a poet. I was very disappointed in this book as I'm sure if it was translated better it would be filled with great things, but I couldn't even read it. I'm sure there are better things out there."
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    #37Moon Palace

    Moon Palace
    Moon Palace by Paul Auster is a picaresque fiction book originally published in 1989. This novel follows the story of Macro Stanley Fogg and his two previous generations of family. Moon Palace is preceded by In The Country of Last Things.

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    Theresa Baker
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This book is so whimsical. It transports you to another time period effortlessly. I enjoyed how multilayered it was."
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    #38The Crimes of Love

    The Crimes of Love

    The Crimes of Love by Marquis de Sade is an erotic fiction literature originally published in 1800. This book explores selfless love along with the cruelties it comes with. This edition of the book belongs to the Oxford's World Classics.


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    Brian Jackson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Very old classic book that I found intersting. The way writing has evolved over the years can be seen in this book. While reading it, you begin to see how different perspectives of the world has changed over the years and how the writers thought process was. You can't go wrong with any book from the Oxford classic lines, there is always a hidden treasure to it. "
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    #39Nine Feet Under

    Nine Feet Under
    Nine Feet Under is a mystery-thriller fiction written by Morgan C. Talbot. Originally published in 2013 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC, it is the third book in the Caching Out series.

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    Gloria Brown
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I think this is the best out of the three in the series I enjoyed the characters once again it was a easy enjoyable read "
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    #40A Parallel Trust

    A Parallel Trust

    A Parallel Trust is a mystery novel written by James Stoddah. First published in 2015 by 2QT Publishing, it focuses on the adventures of seventeen-year-old Aril Ousby who embarks on a geocache investigation in Britain.


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    Carl Murray
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I found this book to be great from beginning to end. Its a great time killer and I love reading it during road trips."
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    #41What Young India Wants

    What Young India Wants

    What Young India Wants by Chetan Bhagat is a non-fiction novel originally published on August 6, 2012. This book contains the compilations of Bhagat's speeches and essays that focus on the Indian society.


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    Christina Munoz
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "What Young India Wants is an informative book. Chetan Bhagat is a brilliant author who keeps you engaged. This is not one of his best books, and being a political book, a lot of the information is now outdated, he needs to upgrade. There are a lot of essays but not all of them are sound for me. This book is not great like his other books."
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    #42City of Glass (New York Trilogy)

    City of Glass (New York Trilogy)
    City of Glass by Paul Auster is a postmodern, mystery fiction novel originally published in 1985. This book is the first in The New York Trilogy followed by Ghosts and The Locked Room.

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    Dylan Castillo
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Add book on sale $5 off, more than 80 4 star review on Amazon. Mystery, suspense, and pace. It is a thrilling read."
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    #43A Horse Walks into a Bar

    A Horse Walks into a Bar

    A Horse Walks into a Bar is a novel written by David Grossman and it was originally published in 2014. This book won the Man Booker International Prize and it was also nominated for the PEN Translation Prize awards.


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    Robert Hicks
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "David Grossman does a wonderful here. He writes a story that is so intriguing on so many levels and can appeal to so many demographics. When I started reading it, I could not put it down. Highly recommend!"


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