What books would make a "Recommended Reading List" for a curious reader? PLease no spam or bad books just tell me the book name and why are you recommeding it. Thanks

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Reservation Blues (Sherman Alexie)

Because it's just great. It's gritty and funny and smart in so many ways. It is about young men at loose ends who form a band and play out a half-formed dream with Robert Johnson's guitar.

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Cannery Row (John Stenbeck)

Because this is not going to be on any of your school reading lists, but it is hard core Steinbeck at his best and the California dream at its stinkiest.

 

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I would recommend Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie as a lyrical description of English life. A complete contrast would be Melvin Burgess' Junk which deals with the gritty realities of drug addiction.

Other classic fiction worth looking at would be the short stories of Ambrose Bierce, F.Scott Fitzgerald and Edgar Allan Poe. Short stories are a good way to accessa range of styles and genres.

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Cinda Williams Chima has a great trilogy. (At least it was only a trilogy when I discovered her.) The books are entitled The Wizard Heir, The Warrior Heir, and The Dragon Heir. I have just recently reread The Warrior Heir, and this novel has overtones of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. I intend to reread the others, but since it's been at least three years since I read them, I do not remember much about them. I do know that I loved them originally, and I read them back to back to back.

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How about Brave New World? This is a classic novel with appeal to anyone looking at the future and wondering how things will shake out. You may have already read this novel in school, but chances are reasonably good that this novel is not in your school's curriculum. 

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Uglies, by Scott Westerfield, is an awesome teen dystopia that has action and cool science fiction to go with it. The adventures are about a girl named Tally who is used and abused by the controlling Specials. There are three other books that follow called Pretties, Specials & Extras. These are fun young adult reading that rivals The Hunger Games!

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I have been reading the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Since there is a new movie series and even a modernized TV series, you might find it fun.  I recommend The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of Four.  Both were very good.  I like the gothic and spooky elements in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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