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2009-11-03 11:28 AM

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So I have read, Robinson Caruso, Oh Mice and Men, and now starting the Federalist Papers. I know I was "supposed" to read these back in the day but sure I found a way to breeze over the text.

What are other must read books not triathlon related?

And I know anything by William Faulkner (well cause that is my name) so I have read most of his stuff.


2009-11-03 11:32 AM
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Almost anything by George Orwell or Ray Bradburry.

Lots of books are good but it depends on what you are into and what you are looking for out of your reading as to whether they are "must read"

2009-11-03 11:38 AM
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Only you can determine "Must Read"

For me:
The Hobbit & the LOTR trilogy
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
x2 Ray Bradbury
anything Isaac Asimov


Edited by MelH 2009-11-03 11:39 AM
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Dante's Inferno

Walden

The Great Gatsby

War and Peace

2009-11-03 11:45 AM
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Catch 22
Zen and thart of Motorcycle Maintainence

New one I'm really likeing: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. About a boy growing up in Southern Africa and written in very matter of fact terms. He figures out how to build a windmill from scrap parts to save his village from starvation and poverty.
2009-11-03 11:51 AM
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my favorite 'non classics' that I've recently read:

3 Cups of Tea (I strongly believe that if every American read this, it would re-shape the nature of the Afghan war...)
Shantaram


2009-11-03 11:52 AM
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Are you talking classics as in required school reading or pure entertainment?


I have read the following multiple times:


The Jungle (Upton Sinclaire)
Fahrenheit 451
Cat's Cradle
The Hobbit
The Stand
Gunslinger Series

I was a big Tom Clancy fan for a while, but those books got a little cumbersome.
2009-11-03 11:53 AM
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'The Looming Tower' by Lawrence Wright. If you want to understand the genesis of Islamic extremists dating back to the 50s up through 9/11, go read that book. It showcases the path immaculately & tells you all sorts of interesting facts...like that OBL wanted to quit running AQ in the early 90s & become a farmer before deciding against it.
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MelH - 2009-11-03 11:38 AM Only you can determine "Must Read"

For me:
The Hobbit & the LOTR trilogy
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
x2 Ray Bradbury
anything Isaac Asimov


If you can get through the LOTR trilogy, you are a hero in my book. Tolkien makes me dizzy.

Johnny Got His Gun
x2 on whoever said anything by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird
anything by Jane Austen

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MelH - 2009-11-03 11:51 PM my favorite 'non classics' that I've recently read:

3 Cups of Tea (I strongly believe that if every American read this, it would re-shape the nature of the Afghan war...)
Shantaram


No way, that's so awesome, those are EXACTLY the same two books that went through my mind!

I might have written just Shantaram because it's not a common book whereas 3 Cups is very popular right now and a huge bestseller.

Shantaram is a thick book, which is great because you don't want it to end, and it's nevertheless an easy read, not a plowing-through. While a novel, it is based on the life of the author, who after breaking out of prison and becoming an international fugitive, opened a free clinic in the slums of Bombay.

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1984 - Orwell

The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas

Paradise Lost - Fitzgerald

Cat's Cradle - Vonnegut

Lord of the Flies - Golding

The Fountainhead/Atlas Shrugged - Rand

A Prayer for Owen Meany - Irving

The Trial - Kafka

That should keep you busy for a while...






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maggyruth - 2009-11-03 9:53 AM
MelH - 2009-11-03 11:38 AM Only you can determine "Must Read"

For me:
The Hobbit & the LOTR trilogy
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
x2 Ray Bradbury
anything Isaac Asimov


If you can get through the LOTR trilogy, you are a hero in my book. Tolkien makes me dizzy.

Johnny Got His Gun
x2 on whoever said anything by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird
anything by Jane Austen


I would agree.  The LOTR was a tough read for me.  I had to muscle through it.  The hobbit on the other hand is one of my favorites... 
2009-11-03 12:05 PM
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TriAya - 2009-11-03 10:53 AM Shantaram is a thick book, which is great because you don't want it to end, and it's nevertheless an easy read, not a plowing-through.

I was reading slower and slower towards the end of Shantaram, not wanting it to finish!!!!  Incredible book.  If it's 50% based on real life, the dude's the biggest stud I've ever HEARD of!

maggyruth - 2009-11-03 10:53 AM If you can get through the LOTR trilogy, you are a hero in my book. Tolkien makes me dizzy.
 
I've read The Hobbit 10-15 times - including out loud to my girls when they were younger. It makes a GREAT bed time story!

I've read the full trilogy 7-8 times through... has been awhile though.... and I'm not CURRENTLY reading anything... hmmmm... lol!

2009-11-03 12:13 PM
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Don Quixote - considered by most scholars to be the first "true" novel. For the purists, I guess it's better in Spanish, however, I do not speak it, so have only read it in English.

I will never get through all of the books that I "should" read - esp. when the list of "should" reads extends back a couple thousand years...so I won't even try to list them here

2009-11-03 12:15 PM
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The Kite Runner (before it was a movie I read this book and it is very hard to put down but will leave you "feeling" the story).

War and Peace ... just to say you did it.

Hobbit and LoTR trilogy (read it in high school and agian in my 30's).

The Stand is also a favorite of mine.

A day no Pigs would die - Robert Newton Peck.

Saint Maybe - Anne Tyler

Playing for Pizza - John Grisham

and many, many more

I like to read.....lol
2009-11-03 12:37 PM
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monroeduck - 2009-11-03 12:28 PM So I have read, Robinson Caruso, Oh Mice and Men, and now starting the Federalist Papers. I know I was "supposed" to read these back in the day but sure I found a way to breeze over the text. What are other must read books not triathlon related? And I know anything by William Faulkner (well cause that is my name) so I have read most of his stuff.

Crusoe.



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A Confederacy of Dunces
The Quiet American
The Power and the Glory
Lolita
James and the Giant Peach
Girl with Curious Hair
Siddartha
Catcher in the Rye

 

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Aikidoman - 2009-11-03 9:56 AM
maggyruth - 2009-11-03 9:53 AM
MelH - 2009-11-03 11:38 AM Only you can determine "Must Read"

For me:
The Hobbit & the LOTR trilogy
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
x2 Ray Bradbury
anything Isaac Asimov


If you can get through the LOTR trilogy, you are a hero in my book. Tolkien makes me dizzy.

Johnny Got His Gun
x2 on whoever said anything by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird
anything by Jane Austen


I would agree.  The LOTR was a tough read for me.  I had to muscle through it.  The hobbit on the other hand is one of my favorites... 


Read LOTR trilogy + hobit and Silmarilion (can never spell that right!) several times or more. Would also add the original 6 of the Dune series by Frank Herbert. More classically inclined I also forgot to add Jack London, everyone knows his call of the wild etc, but his other stuff is really good too (Sea Wolf was particularly catchy)

I read waaayyyy to much I guess, helps that my wife and I have more bookcases than cupboards  
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A dose of serious non-fiction:

Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
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Big Vern - 2009-11-03 9:56 AM 1984 - Orwell The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas Paradise Lost - Fitzgerald Cat's Cradle - Vonnegut Lord of the Flies - Golding The Fountainhead/Atlas Shrugged - Rand A Prayer for Owen Meany - Irving The Trial - Kafka That should keep you busy for a while...


This.

I was going to say everyone of those books except for Cat's Cradle... 
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Up from Eden
A walk in the woods
On Walden Pond



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monroeduck - 2009-11-03 12:28 PM So I have read, Robinson Caruso, Oh Mice and Men, and now starting the Federalist Papers. I know I was "supposed" to read these back in the day but sure I found a way to breeze over the text. What are other must read books not triathlon related? And I know anything by William Faulkner (well cause that is my name) so I have read most of his stuff.

Crusoe.



Yep sorry about that.

I have read The Lord of the Rings trilogy a couple of times.

Another good one is The Old Man and the Boy by Robert Ruark
2009-11-03 1:27 PM
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Leaves of Grass
The Bell Jar
Where the Sidewalk ends
Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey
Early occult memory systems of the lower midwest
Sparks from a nine-pound hammer

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The Wheel of Time series - Robert Jordan
Enders Game - Orson Scott Card
The Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
2009-11-03 1:45 PM
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Everyone's "must read" is different and includes different things for varying reasons. All reading is good reading. Read to entertain yourself, read to learn new things, read to escape...just read. As long as you do that, your mind is engaged and "moving", so to speak.

But for me...my favorite authors are:
Stephen King
Douglas Adams
Roger Zelazny

You can't go wrong with any of them.  Their command of the language makes me giddy. I could read them writing about paint drying.

I am also an unabashed fan of Twilight :-) I can read and reread those over and over again and never get tired of them. I'm not saying they are astounding examples of prose (they are average)...but they are a captivating story.
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