What are the best must-read classics?

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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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    Lauren Mendoza
    Written on February 4, 2018
    "Certainly a classic, don't they still make kids read this in school? "
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    #2Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.

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    Walter Lewis
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel by Jane Austen and is available from Amazon. It is available in about every format that a book could be available in. It was first published in 1813 and continues to be a great seller to this day. The story follows the life and times of Elizabeth Bennet in 19th century Britain. This fits the topic nicely."
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    #3Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 
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    Jacqueline Gonzalez
    Written on January 25, 2018
    "So, of course we've all heard of Les Miserables, but how many of us actually read it? Well, it's considered a classic for a reason. Beautifully wonderful character development - you feel like you really know these people. Drama, redemption, forgiveness, love. This book is a must read! "
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    #4Fahrenheit 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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    Eric Wells
    Written on January 25, 2018
    "I have read the book years ago and I can agree that it is a must read. It is a little bit different than other books, so if you can reading any type of books/genres you should definitely take a look at this book, especially college students."
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    #5The 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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    Esperanza Arroyo
    Written on February 4, 2018
    "That is a classic read and a decent one but I don't know if it's one I'd start with or call the best. It certainly speaks to a specific kind of person though."
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    #6Dracula

    Dracula

    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.

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    Tyler Howard
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "Dracula is a masterpiece of Gothic horror and still considered to be one of the best horror novels ever written. It is an incredible vampire tale and basically the first."
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    #7Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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    Ethan Ramos
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "Well..what can be said about one of the most famous tragedy's ever penned? This is Shakespeare's most famous work. "
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    #8Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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    Howard Holmes
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is always going to be on a list of must-read classics. It's one of those timeless books that will always stay applicable. It can be a little slow at times, but it is definitely worth it."
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    #9The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Joe Burns
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most famous American novels. For some reason, it's sort of fallen into disrepute in the popular imagination. That's a shame. This book is truly special."
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    #10Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is a coming-of-age story about an orphan boy named Pip and a colorful cast of characters. This greatly-acclaimed work is Dicken's 13th novel.

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    Ajay Venkatesan
    Written on February 1, 2018
    "This is one of those books that i "had to read in high school which I have gone to again. Dickens books can be too repetitve on theme, but this is the best of his works in my opinion. The twists and turns in the life of Pip keep the book interested and it follows well what life would have been like in Victorian England."
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    #11Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.

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    Samuel Hall
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "This is a good book and i'm sure i would enjoy it, however, i was looking for some of the best, 'must read' classics of all time. While this is OK, it certainly isn't on the level of some of the best classic literature of all time, which is what i was looking for."
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    #12Hamlet

    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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    Philip Palmer
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Good annotated edition for students who are not too familiar with Shakespeare and his English. My students like it and found it easy to read. The notes are mainly for vocabulary, but there are a useful introduction and an essay by Harold Bloom. You cannot get wrong with that."
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    #13Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Sara Stephens
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I found this book to be almost identical to the first. A few new passages were added. It still is appropriate for school use. I think is a great book to read."
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    #14Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.

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    Albert Hopkins
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "No. Nope. Not a chance. Never again. This book was terrible. One of the worst "classics" I've ever read, and serves now only as a bench mark of how bad other things are. Is it bad, or is it Great Expectations bad? I read this book in junior high and thought it was terrible, but decided to give it a second chance in my adult life. I found out that no knowing 13 year old me was actually right about something, this book is still terrible as an adult."
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    #15The 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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    Wayne Diaz
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Yet another classic. The Picture of Dorian Grey is something everyone should read at least once. "
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    #16The 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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    Jacqueline Jacobs
    Written on February 4, 2018
    "The Hobbit is a great book that can be enjoyed by young and old. I have read it five times and will probably read it again."
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    #17The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 
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    Janice Adams
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "i wanted the must read classics and found the count of monte cristo. Great classic and lots of fun to read. Great story."
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    #181984

    1984

    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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    Carl Carpenter
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "1984 is definitely a must-read classic. It is one of the most interesting books that I read in high school and I would recommend it to anyone who has not read it."
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    #19A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol is one of Dicken's greatest masterpieces. It tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets unexpected visitors in his sleep one Christmas Eve and wakes up a changed man.

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    Stephanie Boyd
    Written on February 7, 2018
    "A exciting classic Christmas book. I loved reading it. Even though I have seen the move multiple times. The book was cool."
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    #20Ozma of Oz

    Ozma of Oz

    Ozma of Oz is the third book in the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum which follows Dorothy as she goes on an adventure with her friends to rescue the Queen of Ev and her ten children, who were imprisoned by the Nome King. 

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    Vicky Ma
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love all of the Oz books but this shouldn't be on the list alone. Start with the first one, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
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    #21The Man in the Iron Mask

    The Man in the Iron Mask

    The Man in the Iron Mask is a continuation of the heroes from Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers specifically Aramis, a musketeer-turned-priest, who was imprisoned for reasons that were kept a secret to him. 

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    Christine Griffin
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "The Man in the Iron Mask is a classic that goes back hundreds of years. It is w timeless and well loved book that is one of the great literary classics."
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    #22Green Hills of Africa

    Green Hills of Africa

    Green Hills of Africa is the lyrical journal of Ernest Hemingway's one month stay on a safari in the country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December 1933, which shows his interest and fascination on hunting. 

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    Cathy Jiang
    Written on March 26, 2018
    " Green Hills of Africa is one of those classics that any serious reader will enjoy. I think that this book does a nice job of developing the story so that it hooks readers from the beginning."
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    #23Shirley

    Shirley

    Shirley written by Charlotte Bronte centers on a complex love story between four people in 1849 wherein Robert wants to marry Shirley for her money but he is in love with his cousin Caroline while Shirley is in love with Robert's brother.

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    Vicky Hu
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "If you love classic books like I do, Shirley by Charlotte Bronte is a great book to add your collection. This book is still written brilliantly but takes on an opposite story line of Jane Eyre, Bronte's most famous book. "
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    #24The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Graphic Novel

    The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Graphic Novel

    Oscar Wilde's classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray is beautifully re-imagined by award-winning illustrator,  I.N.J. Culbard, and writer, Ian Edginton. This graphic novel was published on January 26th, 2009 by Sterling.

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    Doris Vargas
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This is a great classic book, the illustrations are beautiful and really bring this classic to life for the reader."
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    #25A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast tells the story of American author Ernest Hemingway when he was young in Paris during the 1920s. It also shows his apprenticeship as a young writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley Richardson. 

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    Janet Little
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Truly a classic. This is a must read for everyone who loves classic books. Or anyone who is a fan of Hemingway."
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    #26The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther is a classic novel written by the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It tells the story of an artist named Werther as he laments the marriage of the woman he loves to another man.

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    Paul Gomez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "'love this book...'had to have it. This is Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe book that is synonymous with the beginning of the romantic period. It's short book and delightful to read. And in it we can see why it is so crucial to the beginning of the romantic period. Werther talks about art and how it should be perceived, particularly landscape because landscape was a new genre to the romantics. Sometimes in the course of talking about his fanatical preoccupation with Charlotte, who is betrothed to another man, he mentions little bits of a religious tenor, a tenor in the confines of art, and still more prescient of the time to the overall perception of religion to romantics as a period that is rather synonymous with a preoccupation for a Gothic age that is such a prevalent notion with some at this period of history. It is a wonderful story and well written and a quick read. A great addition to any library and suited for anyone endeavoring to a greater understanding of Romanticism. Never a dull moment. You must understand that this book was as popular as Uncle Tom's Cabin was in the 19th century. And it is also on a par with Oscar Wilde's "Portrait of Dorian Grey", Once you read Goethe's "the sorrows of young Werther" you'll probably want to read his "Faust". "
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    #27On 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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    Vibhore Jhadav
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "On Liberty is a classic book that should be required reading for everyone. It discusses social and political philosophy pertaining to what liberty means and what it means to be a citizen in a free country. "
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    #28The Rings of Saturn

    The Rings of Saturn
    W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, a novel that has been shortlisted for the 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Award in Fiction, is a story about the east coast of England, told in photographs. The book was published on April 17th 1999 by New Directions.

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    Aaron Howard
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This novel is a classic and must read for any book enthusiast. It is hypnotic and exciting painting vivid pictures and taking you for the ride of a lifetime. It is one of my favorite novels in my collection!"
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    #29The Law and the Lady

    The Law and the Lady

    The Law and the Lady is a mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era fiction book is first published in 1875. 

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    Ananya Shah
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I wasn't sure whether or not I would like this, so I had Amazon send a sample. When I got to the end of the sample, I purchased the book, despite the fact that it does become overly wordy at times (just like I do) thus it moves a bit slowly as well. However, in the era in which it was written, this was the common way to write a novel, and the author was following the formula of his day. This is something that all people who read classic literature need to keep in mind. I am not all the way through the book, but I find it difficult to put down. Once it starts to move, it moves at a much nicer pace that makes you want to keep going in fear that it will slow down again! I think that if you are willing to be patient with classic literature, this would be a good book for any mystery buff and a good read for feminists, because it has a woman doing non-traditional things in Victorian England, ahead of her time. The write-up for the book indicated that this is probably the first time a female detective was featured in a book, so the book is groundbreaking if you consider that."
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    #30Grendel

    Grendel

    Grendel by John Gardner is a mythological fantasy fiction novel published in 1971. This classic book follows a monster called Grendel and its epic battle journey. Grendel is a known antagonist in the English literature, Beowulf.

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    Brenda Wells
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "A must read classic for sure. This book has a great message for everyone. I would very highly recommend it to anyone!"
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    #31The 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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    Randy Stevens
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Must-read classics category is a huge category and it is really hard to determine which one is the best. But definitely The Invention of Solitude is not one of the best must-read classics book. Although it is a great book, there many others to mention before."
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    #32Gunnar's Daughter (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

    Gunnar's Daughter (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

    Gunnar's Daughter (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) is a classic European Literature, Fiction Novel written by Sigrid Undset and translated by Arthur G. Chater. It was published April 1, 1998 by Penguin Classics.

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    Melissa Patel
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a decent book. If you are short on time, it's a good one because it's very short. Still, it is a great read and worth picking up."
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    #33The Miracle Worker

    The Miracle Worker

    The Miracle Worker is a classic play written by William Gibson which centers on 12-year-old Helen Keller who is born deaf, blind and mute leading her to loathe anyone who tried to help her. 

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    #34Nineteen Eighty Four

    Nineteen Eighty Four

    1984 is a George Orwell fiction originally published in 1949. It is filled with political themes and was ranked 13th in the 100 best English novels in 1998. It is about Winston, a man fighting the totalitarian government ruling the land.

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    Jane Phillips
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Fantastic book! In my own opinion its a must read. One of my favorite authors. check it out if you havent already."
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    #35Amok and Other Stories

    Amok and Other Stories

    Amok and Other Stories is a classic fiction in German literature written by Stefan Zweig. This book collection of short stories is translated by Anthea Bell. First published in 1922, this book is published in 2007 by Pushkin Press.

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    Henry Ortega
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Pretty good read, even for someone who doesn't read classics usually. Zweig is really able to understand and write about human emotions well, and does a great job of keeping the plot flowing. Some descriptions were a bit boring to me though. "
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    #36Beware of Pity

    Beware of Pity

    Beware of Pity is a classic fiction in German literature written by Stefan Zweig and translated by Phyllis Blewitt and Trevor Blewitt. First published in 1939, this book is published in 2006 by NY Review Books Classics.

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    Jacob Contreras
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Beware of Pity is a classic book that ought to be required reading in introductory English courses. Specifically, the author Zweig is a master at using psychological concepts throughout the work to produce a classical masterpiece. The novel's use of psychological, focus on Chess, and discussion of Nazi's all made this an excellent read that I would definitely recommend to college students and anyone older."
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    #37The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.

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    Brenda Carroll
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The picture of Dorian Gray is one of the greatest classes novels. The book helps us learn the importance of beauty and sensuality and life and how it can overcome us."
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    #38Five Go to Smuggler's Top (Famous Five)

    Five Go to Smuggler's Top (Famous Five)

    Five Go to Smuggler's Top is the 4th book in the Famous Five series written by Enid Blyton. This classic adventure children's fiction, first published in 1942, is republished in 2001 by Hodder Children's Books.

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    Benjamin Stanley
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "A highly anticipated book from Blyton. This is the forth book in their highly popular series. While nobody would dispute the popularity of these books, I do have a bit of a problem calling them classics at this point. "
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    #39Rabbit Angstrom Tetralogy

    Rabbit Angstrom Tetralogy

    Rabbit Angstrom Tetralogy is a classic fiction written by John Updike. This novel is composed of Rabit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit is Rich; and Rabbit at Rest. With over 1,000 pages, this book is published in 1995 by Everyman's Library.

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    Jordan Walsh
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A true classic in every sense of the word, John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom Tetralogy follows Harry Rabbit, a once gifted basketball athlete, as we see him and his family in several decades in the beginning of the twentieth century. I found myself lost in his world and really relating to his trials and tribulations, his fears and his conquests. It's truly an 'every man' book as I feel that most people will relate to him and his family in some way. The writing is superb, the characters mesmerizing and the read itself flows. I had trouble putting it down. A must read classic!"
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    #40Othello

    Othello

    Othello by William Shakespeare is a drama novel first published in 1603. This book follows the story of two married couples, Othello and Desdemona, from mutual devotion to jealousy and death. This novel has a movie and a play adaptation.

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    Danielle Little
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Othello is a classic that is a staple in any Shakespeare class or for the Shakespeare fan on their own."
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    #41The Forty-Five Guardsmen

    The Forty-Five Guardsmen

    The Forty-five Guardsmen is the final book from the series "Valois Romances". This story is set six years after the famed "Duel of the Mignons" between the favorites of the courts of King Henry III and Henry the Duke of Guise.

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    Virginia Chen
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "The Forty-Five Guardsman is the intriguing conclusion to the Valois Romances series. Set in 16th century France, this historical fiction reads like a true history filled with tales about court life and the precursor to the Three Musketeers. Treachery, backstabbing, and court politics take center stage in the classic Dumas style. Stayed up all night and couldn't put it down."
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    #42Five Run Away Together (Famous Five)

    Five Run Away Together (Famous Five)

    Five Run Away Together is the 3rd book in the Famous Five series written by Enid Blyton. This classic adventure children's fiction, first published in 1944, is republished in 2001 by Hodder Children's Books.

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    Randy Henderson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I'm usually not a big reader but last year when I took a vacation, I asked friends of mine to send me some book recommendations for my kids and this book was the most recommended. It proved to be a good read and my kids enjoyed it a lot. I recommend it to anyone who want a good children book"
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    #43The Iliad and the Odyssey

    The Iliad and the Odyssey
    Appealing to children's sense of adventure and sense of humor, the author uses her popular, highly detailed comic strip style and a rollicking text to adapt the ancient Grecian tales of gods, monsters, and warriors. Reprint.
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    Maria Bishop
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This version is for kids but is fun for them as it's like a comic strip. I think it's good for them to read but I didn't particularly enjoy it as an adult. I didn't realize it was really just for kids when I picked it up."
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    #44Five Have Plenty Of Fun (Famous Five)

    Five Have Plenty Of Fun (Famous Five)

    Five Have Plenty Of Fun is the 14th book in the Famous Five series written by Enid Blyton. This classic adventure children's fiction, first published in 1955, is republished in 2001 by Hodder Children's Books.

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    #45Couples (A Novel)

    Couples (A Novel)

    Couples is a classic fiction novel written by John Updike. This book explores the theme of love, marriage, and adultery. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 1996 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Matthew Hayes
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A 500 page opus written by the legendary writer John Updike. It explores themes of marriage, love, and adultery."
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    #46A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel is a breathtaking compilation of illustrations of an equally breathtaking fiction novel, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. This graphic novel was published by Margaret Ferguson Books on October 2nd, 2012. 

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    Mercedes Valadez
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "“The memorable story of Meg Murry, Charles Wallace Murry, and Calvin O'Keefe's adventure across space and time is conveyed with all the intellectual and emotional impact of the original novel. This is the first time this book has illustrations. In the graphic novel, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters, like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for delighting old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read."
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    #47The Good Apprentice

    The Good Apprentice

    The Good Apprentice is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on Edward Baltram now feeling guilty following his prank which has gone wrong, while his stepbrother Stuart quits his career to live like a monk. 

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    Albert Bishop
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "i love this book "
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    #48Licks of Love

    Licks of Love

    Licks of Love is a collection of short stories and a sequel of the novel "Rabbit Remembered" written by John Updike. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Yuan Zheng
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I ordered this thinking it was going to be about dogs. And sadly but very funnily it turned out to be about guitars instead. I mean i should of read the description first but i was in a hurry and maybe had one too many drinks anyways, i'm sure it's great but not what i was hoping for."
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    #49The Magic Faraway Tree (The Faraway Tree)

    The Magic Faraway Tree (The Faraway Tree)

    The Magic Faraway Tree is the 2nd book in The Faraway Tree series written by Enid Blyton. This classic adventure children's fiction, first published in 1943, is republished in 2002 by Egmont.

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    Janet Tucker
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Several years ago my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. When I visit with her I always bring a book to read. It fills the void, gives us space to visit in our own way, and brings her comfort. Last visit she requested that I read to her The Magic Faraway Tree. She said her mother used to read her that book. I was so excited to be able to find this classic book had been republished! I ordered it immediately and look forward to reading it to my mom. "
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    #50The Knight of Maison-Rouge (The Marie Antoinette Romances)

    The Knight of Maison-Rouge (The Marie Antoinette Romances)
    The Knight of Maison-Rouge is an exhilarating tale of selflessness, love, and honor under the shadow of the guillotine. Dumas here is at the very height of his powers, and with this first and only modern translation, readers can once again ride with the Knight of Maison-Rouge.
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    Betty Butler
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I really enjoy these books. I plow through these stories of heroes and heroines, of nobility and honor and love and tragedy, and it's a great ride.Friendship, love, honesty, helping hands, utilizing your talent for a greater good, never giving up, keeping hopes high, embrace what life throws at you because in the end, things are going to be wonderful and if they not, then the ending is yet to come. My absolute favorite book by Dumas. The characters are flawlessly constructed and the story is engaging. Dumas's prose is just gorgeous. "
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    #51The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien which is the sequel to the 1937 novel The Hobbit. This follows the course of the War of the Ring after the Dark Lord Sauron created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power. 

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    Margaret Watson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Another long winded description, but I think it's necessary for new comers to the franchise. If I was a new comer to this book & franchise, this solution would sell it for me."
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    #52Angst (German Edition)

    Angst (German Edition)

    Angst (German Edition) is a classic fiction in German, European literature written by Stefan Zweig. First published in 1910, this book is published in 1998 by Philipp Reclam, Jun Verlag GmbH.

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    Johnny Allen
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Growing up I did not have the chance to read much literature outside of America and a few British novels. Diving into German literature has been eye opening. Reading Angst was like a breath of fresh air and is surprisingly relevant 100 years later. "
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    #53The Twins at St. Clare's

    The Twins at St. Clare's

    The Twins at St. Clare's is the first book in Enid Blyton's  St. Clare's series which is a children's fiction book. This tells the story of Pat and Isabel on their first day of school. This book is republished in 1998 by Bounty Books.

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    Gary Shaw
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "The Twins at St. Clare's is a fantastic book. Our child really enjoyed it and got very engaged with the book. The story is very well written and engaging to our child and she really enjoyed it. The book is based off of an older book which in my opinion is a classic. "
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    #54The House of Women

    The House of Women

    The House of Women is a realistic novel written by Catherine Cookson. It was released in 2011. It is about a stubborn matriarch trying to dominate her house.

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    Joseph Barnett
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "These sorts of depressing, home abuse books are not my cup of tea. It seems good for the type of people that read these books, so if you do, then give this a look."
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    #55Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)

    Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)
    The Marvell Illustrated version of the Jane Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility is another masterpiece by the award-winning writer, Nancy Butler. The graphic novel was published by Marvel on November 17th, 2010.
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    Ronald Castillo
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This novel is fantastic, it has a very unique style and a very unique story to tell. I reccomend it to all, i am sure that everybody will appreciate it. "
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    #56The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature. It tells the story of Jay Gatsby, an obscenely wealthy man with new money who is in love with Daisy Buchanan, a beautiful girl from an old money family

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    Tyler Willis
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "it is a good story and is a real classic for everyone "
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    #57Mr. 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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    Heather Perry
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I don't really consider this book a classic, since it was published in the late 90s. I was drawn in immediately into the story, however, as it is set as early as the 1920s. There is an important human condition moral and I'm glad to have given this book a try."
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    #58Little 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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    Johnny Johnson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book by Louisa May Alcott is one of the true literature classics. This the story of four sisters and the many different paths their lives take. From heart ache to joy all of the emotions are covered. The amazing writing by the author really makes you feel each and every emotion. The characters almost feel alive and tangible. This is a amazing book that will never diminish in quality."
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    #59The Torrents of Spring

    The Torrents of Spring

    The Torrents of Spring is a playful look in the Chicago school of literature among the lives of writers, which offers a rare glimpse into Ernest Hemingway's early career as a storyteller and stylist.

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    Douglas Bishop
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "The Torrents of Spring is a novella written by Ernest Hemingway, used the work as a spoof of the world of writers. The Torrents of Spring concerns two men who work at a pump factory, World War I veteran Yogi Johnson and writer Scripps O'Neill. Both are searching for the perfect woman, though they disagree over this ideal. A highly entertaining story, The Torrents of Spring offers a rare glimpse into Hemingway's early career as a storyteller and stylist."
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    #60The 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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    Patrick Black
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Storyteller is an amazing book. Llosa really penned a classic with something for everybody in this book. The book is very thought provoking with great entertaining stories and impressive depth of story."
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    #61A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.

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    Dorothy Duncan
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "In my opinion, A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dicken's best books. It starts off in England then moves to Paris during the French Revolution. It describes this period of history with an intelligent sense of humor and deep understanding and is as relevant today as it was more than two hundred years ago."
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    #62The Hour of the Star

    The Hour of the Star
    Clarice Lispector's final novel, The Hour of the New Star is a haunting story about Macabea, a person who has been intensely tried by life. The book was published on February 17th, 1992 by New Directions.

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    Jacob Beck
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "The hour of the Star is a good book, but I would hardly call it a classic piece of literature. It's well written and could join those halls of classics someday, but it needs to age a bit before we can make that dertmination. "
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    #63In the Fifth at Malory Towers (Malory Towers)

    In the Fifth at Malory Towers (Malory Towers)

    In the Fifth at Malory Towers is the 5th book in the Malory Towers series written by Enid Blyton. This classic adventure children's fiction, first published in 1950, is republished in 2006 by Egmont Books.

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    Shirley Rodriguez
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This is another delightful book in Enid Blyton's series. The girl's characters are splendidly developed and especially the part where Darrell discovers her knack for writing. When she writes the Christmas play it turns out to be a great success. This is a super book to give as a gift for pre-teenage and teenage girls. I bought it for my daughter but couldn't help reading it myself first. I love all of the Malory Towers books and this is the best one yet."
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    #64Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

    Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
    Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone is James Baldwin's novel about the actor Leo, who just reached the peak of his career but is then hit by troubles, including a heart attack, a brother being jailed and two people fighting over Leo's loyalty.
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    Walter Mason
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "Very nice to just choose the classics i could see this really being a hit "
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    #65Elective 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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    Ofelia Cázares
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This is a short novel with good reviews. Although it is not quite popular, I still recommend it to read."
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    #66The World of Apples

    The World of Apples
    John Cheever's The World of Apples is a novel about a poet whose story will challenge all we know about decency, common sense, nostalgia, even truth. The novel was published on December 1st, 1974 by Warner Books (NY).
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    Jeffrey Morales
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The World of Apples explores stories of people from different walks of life. While the read was short I must say that I did not particularly come away afterwards with any profound emotion. The read was pleasant but in the end I think my time would've been better spent reading a different book."
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    #67Five On A Treasure Island (Famous Five)

    Five On A Treasure Island (Famous Five)

    Five On A Treasure Island is the first book in the Famous Five series written by Enid Blyton. First written in 1942, this children's fiction adventure book classic is republished in 2001 by Hodder.

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    Donna Arnold
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I read this in English class and I've got to say, it is a must read for everyone growing up. It held my attention all the way through and that's saying a lot. "
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    #68The Recognitions

    The Recognitions

    The Recognitions is a fiction written by William Gaddis with an introduction written by William H. Gass. First published in 1955, this book is published in 1993 by Penguin Classics and among the titles of Dalkey Archive Press.

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    Roger Woods
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Interesting fiction by William Gaddis as he collaborates with the great William H. Gass on this one. Old school story that was first published in 1955 may be a bit "slow" for people who like more modern classics."
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    #69Hymns 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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    George Schneider
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Not a great choice, the translation of the long poem is subpar and doesn't do much to get the reader involved. There are better choices with much more solid results out there. I was not impressed with the translation as I found it lacking overall in many angles. I lost interest very quickly upon reading the book. "
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    #70Greenery Street

    Greenery Street

    Greenery Street is a book written by the author Denis Mackail. Greenery Street was published in 2002 by Persephone Books. It was originally published in 1925.

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    Jacob Beck
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A classic, for sure, but maybe one that has dulled with time. The setting of this book is almost foreign at this point, and despite it being a light-hearted read that is easy to work through, it is lacking in some areas that grab the attention of the reader. It is certainly worth picking up if you've nothing else on your list, but I am not sure that I would search this out directly, as it doesn't quite capture the magic like other classics."
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    #71Five Go Adventuring Again (Famous Five)

    Five Go Adventuring Again (Famous Five)

    Five Go Adventuring Again is the 2nd book in the Famous Five series written by Enid Blyton. This classic adventure children's fiction, first published in 1943, is republished in 2001 by Hodder Children's Books.

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    Xiang Qiao
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I have never heard of this book in my life. When I was looking for a 'must read classic' I was thinking more along the lines of Encyclopedia Brown and what have you."
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    #72The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel Classics)

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel Classics)

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a republished version of L. Frank Baum's classic, The Wizard of Oz, with beautiful illustrations by Skottie Young. This graphic novel was published by Marvel on September 16th, 2009.

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    María Elena Gil
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is certainly a TIMELESS classic by every meaning of the word. Everyone knows the story but most, I would guess, have never read the book (only seeing the movie). It is definitely a must-read if you like classic novels and want to experience the land of Oz on paper instead of by film. Reading the books is always so much different, and most of the time more rewarding, than simply watching the movie. It should definitely be on your bookshelf!"
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    #73Jo's Boys (Collins Classics)

    Jo's Boys (Collins Classics)

    Jo's Boys is the final book in the Little Women trilogy written by Louisa May Alcott which follows centers on a Plumfield school in New England, which is still presided over by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhae. 

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    Arthur Guerrero
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "The final book of the Little Women series so if you're interested in those books I'd suggest checking this out."
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    #74Now We Are Six

    Now We Are Six
    Now We Are Six contains enchanting verses about Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. This collection includes some of the best-loved poems by A.A Milne filled with playful humor ideal for children and young at heart.
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    Katherine Stone
    Written on February 7, 2018
    "I enjoyed reading this book with my child since I had read a lot of these when I was young as well. It had all the familiar characters of Winnie the Pooh and used beautiful language that can be appreciated by all ages."
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    #75Under the Net

    Under the Net

    Under the Net is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on artist Jake Donaghue after he meets philosopher Hugo Belfounder when he arrives back in London following hist trip to France. 

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    #76My Antonia

    My Antonia

    My Antonia is a historical classic fiction written by Willa Carther. This novel is the third book in Cather's Great Plains Trilogy. First published in 1918 by Virago Modern Classics, this book is republished in 2006 by Virago.

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    Bob Xu
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "My Antonia is an instant classic and a must read. It centers around an immigrant living in the farms and small towns of Nebraska. The male narrator makes the story exciting, but the book does have some grammatical errors at least in the edition I read which detracted from the experience. It contains poetic prose and contains a story that is dripping in excitement, thrill, and really makes you feel like your living it. You will really enjoy this book!"
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    #77Five Go Off To Camp (Famous Five)

    Five Go Off To Camp (Famous Five)

    Five Go Off To Camp is the 7th book in the Famous Five series written by Enid Blyton. This classic adventure children's fiction, first published in 1948, is republished in 2001 by Hachette Children's Group.

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    Carl Roberts
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Got message sorry couldn't find that page "
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    #78The 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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    Joan Rose
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I watched the movie Quill and I was very curious about this book when it was over. I was not disappointed by this book! It goes much deeper than the film so I feel like I understand the whole story much better. Also, who is not interested in an erotic fiction written in the 1800s? It is a very interesting glimpse into what life and literature was like then. A tip for anyone who wants to get the most out of this book is to be sure to read all the essays and notes. They really give a lot of rich detail and makes this book a true must-read."
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    #79Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen's classic romance novel is given a new light in its freshly beautiful graphic novel adaptation by Manga Classics. The graphic novel was published by Udon on August 6th, 2014. 

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    Aradhya Vyas
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I was never really a fan of the original book, but I gotta say this manga version really helps the story come to life. I thought it was fantastically drawn and they make some nice changes that make it easier to relate to."
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    #80Five On Kirrin Island Again (Famous Five)

    Five On Kirrin Island Again (Famous Five)

    Five On Kirrin Island Again is the 6th book in Enid Blyton's Famous Five series. This adventure fiction children's book is first published in 1947 and republished in 2001 by Hodder Children's Books.

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    Lawrence Burke
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Five On Kirrin Island Again (Famous Five) is the 6th book in the Famous Five series. This is a really cool kids fiction book and has been around a while- since 1947. Anyone into kids fiction should check this series and this book out."
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    #81The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic fiction book written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman with Elaine Hedges for the Afterword, and Maggie O'Farrell for the Introduction. First published in 1892 by Virago Modern Classics and republished in 2006.

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    William Mitchell
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a very good read"
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    #82A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on intelligent Julius who demonstrates how easily couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray each other. 

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    Richard Hicks
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I love relationship. I love family and friends. The author is very smart, cunning and very subtle to depict how some family members and friends could betray each other in certain situations. I wish betrayal was not a possibility but it's a reality. That's sad! This is a good read though."
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    #83Invisible Collection and Buchmendel

    Invisible Collection and Buchmendel

    Invisible Collection and Buchmendel is a classic fiction in German literature written by Stefan Zweig. This book is a collection of two short stories. First published in 1929, this book is published in 2000 by Pushkin Press.

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    Ashley Hoffman
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "During his lifetime (1881-1942) Stefan Zweig was one of the most celebrated authors in Europe, and anyone who ventures into his writings will understand why. Zweig's insights into and compassion for his fellow human beings is both astonishing and deeply moving. These two tales are among his most beautiful. "The Invisible Collection" is told by an art dealer, who sets out to purchase a print collection from an old man, only to find himself coerced by the man's family into complicity in a heart-breaking game of deception. (The story is more poignant if you know that Zweig himself was an avid collector of autographs and manuscripts.) "Buchmandel" is an equally wrenching tale of a old Jewish man who has a faultless memory for books, who's life falls apart with the advent of World War I. (Imagine a kind of East-European version of Borges' "Funes the Memorious.") These two tales take the art of story-telling to its most refined state, and you'll understand why Zweig's work was considered some of the greatest writing of its time."
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    #84Wittgenstein's Mistress

    Wittgenstein's Mistress

    Wittgenstein's Mistress is a fiction written by David Markson with Afterwords written by Steven Moore and David Foster Wallace. This book is published in 1988 by Dalkey Archive Press.

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    Samantha Jackson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Definitely not a great read but it's not bad. While there might be some parts I could've lived without, it was good on some. It can be quite dull and might put one to sleep, but if you don't get through the slow parts you'll never read the good parts. Not really a go to in my opinion."
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    #85The Leopard

    The Leopard

    The Leopard is a story written by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa but was posthumously published in 1958. It was adapted to a film of the same name in 1963. It tells the story of a powerful Sicilian family who is threatened by the rise of democracy.

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    Kelly Marshall
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Searching for the best must-read classics I would not expect to see The Leopard. While the reviews are good and there is a sufficient number I don't think this book would be a classic as it was written only in 2007. I tend to think of the Classics like Moby Dick, Mark Twain I'm not sure this book would meet those same criteria."
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    #86Vintage Baldwin

    Vintage Baldwin
    Vintage Baldwin is a collection of short stories, plays, and essays written by James Baldwin. Most themes revolve around race, gender, politics, and art. It includes Sonny's Blues and an excerpt from Another Country.
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    Eric Peterson
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "A great collection of works from a great mind. I would highly recommend this book for someone just getting into James Baldwin. This would be a great introduction into his writings."
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    #87Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society
    Dead Poets Society is a novel written by N. H. Kleinbau based on the multiple award-winning film of the same name. It is a coming-of-age story about a group of boys trying to make their lives memorable by reviving the Dead Poets Society club.
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    Tang Zhou
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This is a must-read for anyone that is looking to cover the classics. It is so well written that anyone would enjoy it I think. The fact that it is also a great movie is a bonus for me, as I like to watch the movie (if it's any good) after I've read the book."
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    #88Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)

    Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)

    Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, one of the most famous medieval classics written in the early parts of the 14th century. It is widely recognized as one of the greatest works of literature.

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