What are the best random books to read when bored?

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    #1Pedro Páramo

    Pedro Páramo
    Pedro Páramo is a book written by Juan Rulfo and translated by Margaret Sayers Peden with a foreword from Susan Sontag. Pedro Páramo was published on March 10, 1994 by Grove Press.
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    Jean Hart
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I read at least three books a month and ran out of anything new to read. I wanted something fresh and new to help ease my boring nights at home and randomly found this title. The reviews were mostly good and I thought I'd give it a try. The book wasn't as good as I had hoped and I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't terrible, but definitely didn't help me with my boredom and it was hard to follow the story. My advice is to pass on this one."
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    #2Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was abandoned as a child to the dirty streets of Paris, where he discovered he had a special talent: a unique sense of smell. Able to create the most exquisite fragrances, there is only one smell he hasn't been able to capture: the scent of a virgin.




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    Arturo Mata
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "These books are really interesting and are god to read when bored. I had a lot of interesting thoughts while reading these books. The story was captivating and interesting to think about. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some books to read, but might not know exactly what they want to read."
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    #3Lolita

    Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.
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    Christine Thompson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Not a fan of this one at all. I guess it is indeed a random book to read when bored, but I wouldn't recommend this pedophilia-supporting book to anyone. "
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    #4Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is published in 1936. This book tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who finds wealth and marries in order to have children to be his heir someday. 

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    Raquel Aguilar
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I wish to make it clear that I completely respect readers who can truly enjoy this particular book. I have been reading Mr. Faulkner's work in chronological order. There are times I really enjoy his work. However I seem to have struck an impasse with this work. There are sentences that run on, seemingly forever. Paragraphs are pages in length. Much of it seems to be a rambling narrative about imagined or possible occurrences. There seem to be incredibly long sentences that contain the words "maybe" and "perhaps". I also have trouble identifying with the characters, something that does not occur when I read other authors' works. I have located several different lists of so called "greatest novels". I have been trying to read a great many of these novels. Mr. Faulkner in general, and Absalom, Absalom in particular appear on numerous lists. I can tell this is great writing. However, I have not enjoyed this book. It is a difficult reading experience. I tend to have simple taste in all aspects of my life and perhaps this is simply too elaborate for me."
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    #52666 (Narrativas Hispanicas)

    2666 (Narrativas Hispanicas)

    2666 (Narrativas Hispanicas) is a spanish fictional book written by Roberto Bolaño. 2666 (Narrativas Hispanicas) was published on February 28, 2006 by Anagrama.

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    Linda Rios
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "this is a spanish fictional book written by Roberto Bolaño. 2666 (Narrativas Hispanicas) was published on February 28, 2006 by Anagrama."
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    #6Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.

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    David Hawkins
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I was actually bored and just browsing books at the library when I came across this book. This was of course a movie as well; I didn't know that it was based off a book. Since I enjoyed the movie, I figured I would read the book as well. It definitely cured my boredom as the book delves much deeper into the emotions, feelings, etc. of living in modern society."
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    #7Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost

    This book is a collection of John Milton's most popular epic poems, which explore the origins of humanity. It includes many contextual and biographical information so that everyone can get to know better this work.





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    Tyler Rose
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Paradise Lost is not the best recommendation as a book to read when bored because Paradise lost is a difficult read. The outcomes featured in this also, unrealistic and hard to wrap your mind around. There were a couple of good lines in this, but not as good as the prequel."
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    #8Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost contains John Milton's most celebrated epic poems that entail the cosmological and spiritual origins of man's existence. This book tackles and exposes some of the sensitive issues of Christianity.

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    Craig Barnes
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "If you have some spare time, and want entertainment this is a good book. It has a number of great classic poems for your enjoyment."
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    #9The Book of Disquiet

    The Book of Disquiet

    The Book of Disquiet is a classic Portuguese literature fiction written by Fernando Pessoa. This philosophy book is first published in 1982. 

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    Willie George
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is in a genre that does not interest me all that much. I would be bored trying to read through this book."
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    #10The Woman in the Dunes

    The Woman in the Dunes

    Published in 1962, the book narrates the life of Jumpei Niki, a teacher who misses the last bus after going to a fishing village. He then is led by villagers to a house in the dunes that can only be reached by rope ladder, and he ends up forced to live there with a mysterious woman. 

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    Parakram Sen
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This novel has beautiful art and a beautiful story. I was bored one day and decided to read this based on just the cover art, a choice that I would sound be grateful for, very emotional book that I was not expecting. Good read. "
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    #11Cat Among the Pigeons

    Cat Among the Pigeons

    Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie is a crime fiction novel originally published in November 1959. This book belongs to Christie's series featuring the intimidating detective - Hercules Poirot. It is followed by the Third Girl in 1966.

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    Harold Kennedy
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A classic mystery to pick up when you are bored. It was a thrilling book and a decent read! "
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    #12Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief

    Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
    This book explores how people from different times, cultures and religions have always formulated stories and myths with similar structures. Like this, Jordan B. Peterson explores the connections between neuropsychology and cognitive science, presenting an interesting theory that makes the true meaning of myths accessible to any critical mind. 




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    Laura Garcia
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "What a great book! I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. Maps of Meaning is the type of book you read a little and then have to process it to get the full meaning. "
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    #13Hunger

    Hunger
    Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler is the first book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series. It tells the story of an anorexic 17-year old girl who is struggling to fight hunger. This book about eating disorder will touch the lives of many teens.

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    Joseph Hunter
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I came across this book when shuffling through my sister's bookshelf looking for something to do. This is a realistic book about a serious topic that hits close to home for me. I had trouble finishing the book as it was such an emotional topic for me. There are better options if you are just looking to find something to do. "
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    #14Blood Meridian

    Blood Meridian
    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy is a great book that tells about Texas-Mexico borderlands. The novel is set in the 1850s American West, and it is focuses on an adolescent known "The Kid".


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    Alexander Mills
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I feel like this is a pretty good solution. The book is highly rated however the violence might not be for everyone. "
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    #15Notes From Underground

    Notes From Underground
    In Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of an unnamed narrator who retreated underground, fully isolating himself from society. It exhibits Dostoyevsky's thoughts on society and the human condition.
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    Martha Welch
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "In my quest to read the classics I picked this book by Dostoyevsky. Notes from Underground is a dark refection of society during Dostoyevsky's time. Dostoyevsky has a brilliant mind and he is a very gifted author. I would definitely recommend this book is you are bored and have nothing else to read. "
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    #16Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned

    Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
    This book is the story of the friendship between the author, Judd Winick and Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive man from San Francisco. Judd's memoir allows us to get another feeling of this disease thanks to Pedro, who taught a whole generation that AIDS could have a good life. 



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    Steven Lu
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "While the book has an interesting story, I think anyone can find much better books to read and enjoy. This specific book is more of a downer in terms of story and can really ruin a good mood if you let it so try to find something that fits your mood rather than picking up anything."
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    #17A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and edited by Seamus Deane is published in 2003. This Penguin Classics edition portrays religious rebellion, including one's development intellectually and emotionally.

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    Samantha Hernandez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    " a reasonable choice but i would pick another"
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    #18The Death of Artemio Cruz: A Novel

    The Death of Artemio Cruz: A Novel
    The Death of Artemio Cruz: A Novel is a book written by Carlos Fuentes and translated by Alfred MacAdam. The Death of Artemio Cruz  was published on May 1, 1991 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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    John Watson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I think this book could be a decent choice. I personally pick up the bible and read when I am bored."
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    #19Las batallas en el desierto (Spanish Edition)

    Las batallas en el desierto (Spanish Edition)

    Las batallas en el desierto (Spanish Edition) is a book written by José Emilio Pacheco. Las batallas en el desierto (Spanish Edition) was published on January 1, 2005 by Editorial Era.

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    Martha Saldaña
    Written on May 1, 2018
    " Las batallas en el desierto is a Mexican essayist, novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the major Mexican poets of the second half of the 20th century. He has taught at UNAM, as well as the University of Maryland, College Park. I have always loved Mexican writing and his reviews of the book were quite intriguing. Language barrier make little difficult to understand."
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    #20Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan

    Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan

    Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan is a book written by Rosy and Carl Hugener. Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan was published on January 25, 2011 by Shared Pen edition.

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    Aarav Jindal
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan is a great way to alleviate boredom, even on the darkest days. These two authors have woven a story that will keep you entertained for hours on end. "
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    #21El Llano En Llamas (Spanish Edition)

    El Llano En Llamas (Spanish Edition)

    El Llano En Llamas (Spanish Edition) is a book written by Juan Rulfo. El Llano En Llamas (Spanish Edition) was published on May 28, 2000 by Sudamericana.

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    #22Tuesdays With Morrie

    Tuesdays With Morrie
    Tuesdays With Morrie is a bestselling memoir by American author Mitch Albom, first published in 1997. It tells the story of the author's relationship with a former college professor, who taught him important life lessons.
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    mynoo hilton
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "It is the greatest book of Mitch Albom. I really live the book and have read it twice. Suggest it to every desire one."
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    #23The Old Gringo: A Novel (FSG Classics)

    The Old Gringo: A Novel (FSG Classics)

    The Old Gringo: A Novel (FSG Classics) is a book written by Carlos Fuentes and translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. The Old Gringo: A Novel (FSG Classics) was published on February 20, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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    #24The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings

    The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings
    The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings is a book written by Octavio Paz and translated by Lysander Kemp and Yara MIlos. The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings was published on January 12, 1994 by Grove Press.
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    Amber Rose
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Wonderful book to read!"
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    #25Los de abajo

    Los de abajo

    Los de abajo is a book written by Mariano Azuela. Los de abajo was published on August 1, 1997 by Penguin Books Ltd. Los de abajo's paperback edition has 144 pages.

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    Paul Schneider
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "i hate being bored"
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    #26Aura: A Novel (English and Spanish Edition)

    Aura: A Novel (English and Spanish Edition)

    Aura: A Novel (English and Spanish Edition) is a book written by Carlos Fuentes and translated by Lysander Kemp. Aura: A Novel (English and Spanish Edition) was published on September 1, 1986 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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    George Collins
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "An interesting story told in an original way with beautiful prose "

Summary

Best What are the best random books to read when bored
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Pedro Páramo Books 39 Paid
2Perfume: The Story of a MurdererBooks 35 Paid
3LolitaBooks 32 Paid
4Absalom, Absalom!Books 30 Paid
52666 (Narrativas Hispanicas)Books 30 Paid
6Fight ClubBooks 26 Paid
7Paradise Lost Books 22 Paid
8Paradise LostBooks 21 Paid
9The Book of DisquietBooks 18 Paid
10The Woman in the DunesBooks 11 Paid
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