Thursday, April 17, 2014

60 must read books! Warning: They WILL change your life.


A favorite book???
Impossible!
That is like picking a favorite child.
We narrowed it down to a measly 60!

60 books everybody should read:


1. Catcher in the Rye
"I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though." 




2. The heart is a lonely hunter

"The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone." 




3.  Ender's Game
"Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be." 



4.  To Kill a Mockingbird
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

5.  A tree grows in Brooklyn

"Sometimes I think it's better to suffer bitter unhappiness and to fight and to scream out, and even to suffer that terrible pain, than to just be... safe. At least she knows she's living." 


6.  The world according to Garp

“In this dirty-minded world you are either somebody's wife or somebody's whore, or fast on your way to becoming one or the other.” 




7.  The fault in our stars

"Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you." 



8. Lonesome Dove

"It ain’t dying I’m talking about, it’s living. I doubt it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.” ~spoken by Augustus McCrae" 


9.  The Godfather

"Accidents don't happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult." 



10.  Angela's Ashes

"It’s lovely to know that the world can’t interfere with the inside of your head." 




11.  The Good Earth

“Now, five years is nothing in a man's life except when he is very young and very old...




12.  The Handmaid's Tale

"The moment of betrayal is the worst, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you've been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil" 


13.  Book Thief

"A DEFINITION NOT FOUND
IN THE DICTIONARY
Not leaving: an act of trust and love,
often deciphered by children" 
 Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)


14.  Shogun

"Only by living at the edge of death can you understand the indescribable joy of life." 


15.  The Dark Tower Series Stephen King 

"Go then, there are other worlds than these." 

16.  Atlas Shrugged
"Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them." 


17.  Jane Eyre

"I would always rather be happy than dignified." 


18.  The Secret Garden

"It made her think that it was curious how much nicer a person looked when he smiled. She had not thought of it before." 


19.  Harry Potter series

"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." 


20.  Animal Farm

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." 


21.  No country for old men

"You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin else." 




22.  The Passage

"We live, we die. Somewhere along the way, if we're lucky, we may find someone to help lighten the load." 


23.  The Diary of Anne Frank

"I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains." 


24.  A Wrinkle in Time

"The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly." 


25.  Winter Solstice

"And the wicked thing is, that when we're really upset, we always take it out on the people who are closest and whom we love the most." 


26.  The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Ah! Realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. Live! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing."


27.  A New Earth

"You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are." 


28.  Perks of Being a Wallflower

"Enjoy it. Because it's happening." 


29.  Sky Burial, an epic love story of Tibet

"No one likes crying, but tears water our souls." 


30.  Game of Thrones

 "Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." 


31.  The Green Mile

 "On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?" 


32.  The Stand

“We are going to fight. We are going to be hurt. And in the end, we will stand." 


33.  Sense & Sensibility

“She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation." 




34.  Chronicles of Narnia

“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do." 


35.  Pride and Prejudice

"I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve." 


36.  These is My Words

"My life feels like a book left out on the porch, and the wind blows the pages faster and faster, turning always toward a new chapter faster than I can stop to read it." 


37.  Ready Player One

"NO ONE IN THE WORLD EVER GETS WHAT THEY WANT AND THAT IS BEAUTIFUL." 


38.  A Discovery of Witches

"And happiness is always louder than sadness." 


39.  Flowers for Algernon

"P.S. Please tel prof Nemur not to be such a grouch when pepuls laff at him and he would have more frends.  Its easy to have frends if you let pepul laff at you.  Im going to have lots of frends where i go.
 Daniel Keyes (Flowers for Algernon)


40.  The Princess Bride

"True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops." 


41. The Hobbit

"You have nice manners for a thief and a liar," said the dragon."

 J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit) 


42.  Wuthering Heights

"She burned too bright for this world." 




43.  Grapes of Wrath

There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do."


44.  Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

"I thank God daily for the good fortune of my birth, for I am certain I would have made a miserable peasant." 


45.  Lord of the Rings

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." 




46.  All Quiet on the Western Front

"Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony-Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?"
 Erich Maria Remarque, (All Quiet on the Western Front



47.  Great Expectations

“We need never be ashamed of our tears." 


48.  Lord of the Flies

"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy." 


49. Catch 22

"When I look up, I see people cashing in. I don't see heaven or saints or angels. I see people cashing in on every decent impulse and every human tragedy." 


50.  The Secret Life of Bees
"Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn't know a thing about life." 



51.  Cannery Row

"Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world." 


52.  The Great Gatsby

"I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." 


53.  All the King's men

“For whatever you live is life.” 



54. Siddhartha

"However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?" 

55.  Dandelion Wine
"No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now." 


56.  Gone with the wind

"Sir," she said, "you are no gentleman!"
An apt observation," he answered airily.
"And, you, Miss, are no lady." 


57. Unbroken

“A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain." 



58. Silver Lining Playbook

"Let me tell ya. You gotta pay attention to signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this it's a sin if you don't reach back... I'm telling you." 

59.   11/22/63
"Sometimes a cigar is just a smoke and a story's just a story" 




60. Cider House Rules

"What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses."
 John Irving (The Cider House Rules)       







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