Hypnotic, tragic, both of its time and completely relevant. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote In this groundbreaking novel, completed after six arduous years of research, Capote invented a new genre - the 'Nonfiction Novel' - applying prose techniques to fact. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Because Jane is a role model: she stands up for herself, others and what she believes in, but isn't too proud to give second chances to those whose time is running out. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky No other novel has made me feel so much for the main characters, so deeply depicted by the author. Lewis A beautiful timeless tale of innocence, wonder and sacrifice for young and old alike. Having joy and being spontaneous are as important as anything else in life. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell I first read this book years ago, and was glad I would never have to be a part of that kind of society. Loneliness beckons down such a dangerous and fearful path. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain This book demonstrates how a young boy learns to think for himself, and shows us how we can, too. There is no better dissection of and insight into human society.
Scott Fitzgerald The greatest, most scathing dissection of the hollowness at the heart of the American dream. Hartley As a 17-year-old, I was completely absorbed by this story, wishing Leo was my brother so that I could protect him from the disappointment that awaited him. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey A story that shows there is more to life than following rules. Beautifully written, haunting and the level of detail of the lengths people went to protect their families from slavery is fantastic. Would one desire immortality at the cost of one’s morality and soul? Middlemarch by George Eliot This book is superb in form and content.
Wodehouse The best of the Bertie and Jeeves novels by Wodehouse, the 20th century master of the light comic novel.
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot One classic everyone must read: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo A beautiful story of the power of redemption and a good heart along with a backdrop of the socio-economic iniquities of 19th century France. A story of innocence, romance, betrayal, suffering, revenge and more importantly, Man’s triumph over all life throws at him. East of Eden by John Steinbeck Brilliant writing, epic family saga, drills deep into human nature and how we think, feel and act toward one another. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni This book is on the verge of being forgotten by casual readers, but it’s entertaining, socially and scientifically progressive for its time, has incredibly moving, beautifully-written passages on bread riots and the plague, and it has the best surprise trope-subversion at the end. Orlando by Virginia Woolf What is it to be a woman? It's simple, it's beautifully written and it's all about capturing a vanishing way of life as countryside farming turns to Victorian towns... Also, Atwood uses events from history to create the story, which I find important. It is an extremely moving account of the kinds of things that actually happened in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War. by Jonathan Coe This novel has so much to say about human nature, political power and the elite, and always will do.
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It's natural for young readers to confuse book reviews with book reports, yet writing a book review is a very different process from writing a book report. Frequently, the purpose of book reports is to demonstrate that the books were read, and they are often done for an assignment. A book review's purpose is to help people decide whether or not the book would interest them enough to read it. Like wonderful smells wafting from a kitchen, book reviews lure readers to want to taste the book themselves." The best answer is "As long as it takes," but that's a frustrating answer.A general guideline is that the longer the book, the longer the review, and a review shouldn't be fewer than 100 words or so.Use the following ideas as a guide, but remember that you should not put all of this into a single review — that would make for a very long review!Choose the things that fit this particular book best.If so, the theme is usually connected to that moral.As you write about the theme, try to identify what makes the book worth reading.In an introductory summary, be careful not to tell too much.If you retell the entire story, the reader won't feel the need to read it him/herself, and no one appreciates a spoiler (telling the end).You may already do this by talking about books with friends.If you want to share your ideas with more people than your circle of friends, the way you do that is by writing a review.