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Liz
Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013 3:09:11 AM

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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has topped a list of teachers' favourite books, compiled by the Times Educational Supplement (TES).
An online survey asked 500 teachers to name their favourite titles.
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was second and the Harry Potter series third - but the top 100 also included picture books like The Gruffalo.
The list "is a masterpiece of erudition and entertainment", according to TES editor Gerard Kelly.

THE TOP 20

1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
2. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
3. Harry Potter series: JK Rowling
4. Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte
5. Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell
7. The Lord of the Rings series: JRR Tolkien
8. The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
9. The Hobbit: JRR Tolkien
10. The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald
11.. The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini
12. The Hunger Games series: Suzanne Collins
13. The Time Traveler's Wife: Audrey Niffenegger
14. The Chronicles of Narnia series CS Lewis
15. Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck
16. Birdsong: Sebastian Faulks
17. His Dark Materials series: Philip Pullman
18. The Gruffalo: Julia Donaldson+ Axel Scheffler
19. The Catcher in the Rye: JD Salinger
20. Life of Pi: Yann Martel

What book would you recommend to a school or college student?
What book would you recommend to a friend?


H. G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne? Fire away!

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lafayettemister
Posted: Monday, April 08, 2013 8:40:06 AM

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Outside of the classics and classic authors I have a couple recommendations. Two books by Wally Lamb. "I Know This Much To Be True" and "The Hour I First Believed". Both are excellent, but of the two "The Hour..." is better. But be forewarned. It is emotionally brutal and will stick with you for a couple days after you're done reading it.





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Nikki703
Posted: Monday, April 08, 2013 8:46:16 AM

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To most of my friends Id recommend The Bible!! They can sure use it, LOL!!
Kiki
Posted: Monday, April 08, 2013 8:48:39 AM

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Nikki703 wrote:
To most of my friends Id recommend The Bible!! They can sure use it, LOL!!


hahahahaha Thank you for making me smile hun lmao


TheCrimsonKing
Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 4:11:29 AM

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Anything by Steven King. His books are far better than the majority of his movies. Out of his works, The Stand, Salem's Lot, The Dark Tower series, It, The Dark Half, and Needful Things are all great.

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer - a little bit for younger readers, but since many adults enjoy harry potter, it shouldn't be a problem.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
By Reason Of Insanity by Shane Stevens
Stories From The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
More Stories From The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Most well known stories from HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. The Hound and The Call of Cthulhu are very interesting. Sometimes Poe rambles a bit, but most of his stories are interesting.

ormred
Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:21:41 PM

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Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein
AudioLee
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:16:37 PM

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Recently I really enjoyed Little Bee by Chris Cleave -- sensitive, different, and surprising. A good read.
LOVES4PLAY
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:13:27 PM

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The majority of my RL friends , hunt & fish, we all share a love of the out doors.this has a terrific impact upon what i suggest they read
Track of the Bear, fiction-dealing with Indian culture & relationship between Themselves & their brother the Bear.. Don Cold-smith,I couldn't put it down.
Any "Joe Pickett novel(series)fiction-Game warden in wy. murder mys. C. J. BOX Awesome writer
Dying To Hunt In Montana. Documented Deaths , hunting, fishing, lost, killed by; critters, self, Indians, son, Father, drowning.Book is not exciting nor suspenseful, But very interesting.by TOM DONOVAN
BlueEyedBelle
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 9:25:36 PM

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I know it's on that top 20 list but Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series have been my favourite books since I first read them. I have other favourites that come and go but those books have always stayed with me.
mentalcase
Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:20:50 AM

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The works of Casandra Clare (been really enjoying those)
Memoirs of a Geisha
Night angel series
the big sleep
Mudpies
Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 2:01:35 AM

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A confirmed bookaholic, I can recommend any of these I've read in the last month:

The Bridge Trilogy ~ William Gibson
Perfume ~ Peter Süskind
The end of Mr Y ~ Scarlett Thomas
Ledgend ~ David Gemmil
Serpent War Saga ~ Raymond E Feist
The last dragonslayer ~ Jasper Fforde

Anytime someone does want a suggested read, tell me the style and I could probably name one or two.

Now back to the Tad Willams series I've got going, very Game of Thrones meets Alice in Wonderland. (but that's a post for another day)coffee
Chrissy123
Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:40:46 PM

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Gone Girl
It
She's Come Undone
My Sisters Keeper


A SMILE is the shortest distance between two people!

Mari84
Posted: Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:32:32 PM

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Anything by Anais Nin
ImpurePleasure
Posted: Monday, May 06, 2013 7:35:02 PM

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Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilabageza (not sure about the spelling of her name)
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