1. maxdsgnr's Avatar
    There are many great books that have influenced generations of readers, but if I had to choose just one book that I think everyone should read at least once in their lives, it would be The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    This novel follows the life of Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy who is kicked out of a prestigious boarding school and becomes a wanderer in New York City. Holden is angry, confused, and struggling to find his place in the world, and his story provides a deeply relatable and honest look at the challenges of growing up.

    Agree with statement about moral of J.D. Salinger’s novel "....the morals found in The Catcher in the Rye and I Am Sam further illustrate this through the inevitability of adulthood and the ways in which society favours this natural transition...."
    Despite being published over 50 years ago, The Catcher in the Rye remains one of the most poignant and timeless coming-of-age stories ever told.
    Last edited by maxdsgnr; 10-25-2022 at 08:16 AM.
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    10-21-2022 09:49 AM
  2. Annie_M's Avatar
    My cousin just re-read this, because her partner's daughter was reading it in school. They really enjoyed reading it and discussing it. For me, my pick would be To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a classic. It was published in 1960 and the story takes place during the great depression. Now, 62 years later since its publication, the story is still prevalent.
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    10-21-2022 02:42 PM
  3. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Two by James Michener:

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
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    10-21-2022 04:18 PM
  4. Mars20's Avatar
    East of Eden - John Steinbeck
    10-21-2022 04:20 PM
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    10-21-2022 04:20 PM
  6. Up_And_Away's Avatar
    Fiction(classics): The Count of Monte Cristo
    Notable mention: Jane Eyre
    Fiction(contemporary): The Pillars of The Earth
    Non Fiction: The Civil War
    Notable Mention: With The Old Breed

    Best book is subjective. Fiction vs nonfiction, genre. I'm an avid reader and would give this one piece of advice to readers: read across genres. There's great reads even in genres you'd think won't interest you. I started out reading entirely non fiction history. But I eventually spread out and have read across many genres. A really good read is out there in every genre. The sole criteria for a book is how much it makes me want to know what happens next (the proverbial "hard to put down"). That's it, genre doesn't matter. A notable sub genre mention for both fiction and non fiction books about trapped on a deserted island.
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    10-21-2022 10:51 PM
  7. Wotchered's Avatar
    I have perhaps taken this too seriously, but have thought about this before. I have come to the conclusion that I cannot possibly answer this question. It seems to me that my favourite/most influential
    books are linked inextricably with the age at which I read them, and my understanding of the world,literature, etc at that time. These things change with time and so do the books.
    So, reading Gulliver’s Travels several times as a kid did me no harm. Science Fiction/Fantasy in general showed me different possibilities, and of course for a while,The Lord of The Rings was an adolescent obsession. I have no preferences nowadays that have any reference to anything read earlier in life apart from preferring fiction written earlier than the mid fifties, ( so much better written)
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    10-22-2022 11:32 AM
  8. tadpoles's Avatar
    Foundation (the Foundation series, Isaac Asimov)
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    10-24-2022 07:38 PM

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