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Required Reading......
« on: January 05, 2007, 05:38:58 PM »

So we had a lot of fun with this spontaneous thread a few weeks ago,
Required Viewing for Movie References for this Forum (and/or Generation)

I was wondering what a comparable book list would be like, but I'm going to phrase the question differently.

Say you only had a week to live, and you had an infant son/daughter/grandchild, whatever, and wanted to leave for them a list of books you'd like them to read when they got older.

You can interpret this thread however you'd like, books that have influenced you or shaped you into the person you've become, or books that you think all people should have read by the time they become an adult.  The idea is just to create a thread of recommended books like we did in the movie thread.

You don't need to post a list, feel free to just throw titles out as you think of them like in the movie thread.
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Re: Required Reading......
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2007, 05:48:17 PM »

The DaVinci Code
The Bible - And let them make their own decision
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Re: Required Reading......
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2007, 05:50:59 PM »

This is cool...There are so many but here's a start:

Fountainhead        
Atlas Shrugged
Catcher in the Rye
One Fish Two Fish     (among others from the Seuss stable)
Goodnight Moon
Sonnets from the Portugese
Fahrenheit 451
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Not So Big House     author:  Sarah Susanka
The Farmhouse      author:  Jean Larson





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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2007, 05:54:22 PM »

Cool.  Book thread.  I live to read.

"Dune" - 'cuz it's the best novel ever written.  Ecology, politics, religion, philosophy, noble purpose of man, etc.  Flat out rocks.  The rest of the series has its moments.  Brilliant man.

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" - so I can laugh while you pretend to get it.  No other reason and it's a lameass read but still...

Mark Frost's "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and "The Grand Slam" - fantastic golf books with a history lesson built in.

George Smiley trilogy - best dialogue in print.  Throw in "The Night Manager" while you're at it.

Foundation series.  Great sci-fi.

Out of print sleeper - "The Book of Kells" by R.A. MacAvoy.

Other books with Irish themes - "Trinity" by Uris (named my son after the protagonist); "The Tenants of Time" by Flanagan; "The Story of the Irish Race" by Macmanus.

"Atlas Shrugged".  No matter how you swing it's thought provoking.

I'm missing some favorites I'm sure.  May have to append later.   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2007, 06:18:00 PM »

1984
Animal Farm
Heart of Darkness
Gravity's Rainbow
Catcher in the Rye
The Magus
Ulysses
Crying of Lot 49
Vinland
Slaughterhouse 5
The Metamorphosis
American Psycho
Rules of Attraction
The Art of War
The Prince
Fahrenheit 451
The 120 Days of Sodom
Le Monde
L'Homme
Discours de la méthode
Attack upon Christendom
Either/Or
L'Existentialisme est un humanisme
L'être et le néant
Novum_Organum
Leviathan
The Age of Reason
Common Sense
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Two Treatises of Government
Utilitarianism
A System of Logic
Das Kapital
The Communist Manifesto
On the Geneology of Morals
Ecce Homo
Beyond Good and Evil
Thus Spake Zarathrustra
Wealth of Nations
Lectures on Jurisprudence
Candide, ou l'Optimisme
Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inégalité parmi les hommes
Emile
The Social Contract, or Principles of Political Right
Iliad
Oddysey
Aplogy
Crito
Phaedo
The Republic
Nicomachean Ethics
Rhetoric
Lord of the Rings , Hobbit
Lords Of Chaose: The Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground
Quantum Mechanics, V1+V2
The Origin of Species
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Re: Required Reading......
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2007, 06:22:03 PM »

Off the top of my head:
The Count of Monte Cristo
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Connecticut Yankee in King Aurthur's Court
Letters From the Earth
Catcher in the Rye
Raise High The Roof Beams Carpenter/ Seymour and Introduction
Franey & Zooey
Nine Stories
Pillars of the Earth
The Winds of War
War and Remembrance
Shogun

I'll post more as I remember...
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2007, 06:24:55 PM »

ps, if you read the list i posted, you'll probably turn into an ASKE
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Re: Required Reading......
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2007, 06:25:08 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2007, 06:35:12 PM »

ps, if you read the list i posted, you'll probably turn into an ASKE
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It's a great f-ing list. I would add Discourses on Livy as a companion to The Prince, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America is a must add as well.
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Re: Required Reading......
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2007, 06:38:52 PM »

ps, if you read the list i posted, you'll probably turn into an ASKE
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What's wrong with that?
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Re: Required Reading......
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2007, 06:39:05 PM »


Aske's list


Nice......I love this thread. You've named about 10 that I should have added to mine.
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Re: Required Reading......
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2007, 09:00:40 PM »

Tom Wishon's Common Sense Clubfitting
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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2007, 09:36:55 PM »


Aske's list


Nice......I love this thread. You've named about 10 that I should have added to mine.

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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2007, 09:45:05 PM »

ps, if you read the list i posted, you'll probably turn into an ASKE
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What's wrong with that?


most people would say... " a lot "
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2007, 09:47:10 PM »

ps, if you read the list i posted, you'll probably turn into an ASKE
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It's a great f-ing list. I would add Discourses on Livy as a companion to The Prince, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America is a must add as well.


hmmm, #1 is read,  #2 isn't

then again, I also made the list from memory and a bit of help from the interwebs as I couldnt remember the french titles of a few
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