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Farnen's Recommended Reading

by James Farnen

May 25, 2011


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Mr. Farnen’s Recommended Reading


This list is FAR from being conclusive. I wanted to be picky and recommend only my favorites, but I have so many it was hard to choose. All of these are books that, in my opinion, you’ll be sad to finish and glad you read. All are superbly written and shed a little light on the shadowy heart of human experience, which is the purpose of all books that are worth reading.


The Neverending Story – Michael Ende


Harry Potter (all) – J.K. Rowling


The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer


If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler – Italo Calvino


Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins


Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury


The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de La Mancha – Miguel de Cervantes


Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut


The Stand – Stephen King


The Bone People – Keri Hulme


The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling – Henry Fielding


Brave New World – Aldous Huxley


Lord of the Flies – William Golding


Grand Avenue – Greg Sarris


The Shining – Stephen King


Essays – E.B. White


Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman


A Box of Matches – Nicholson Baker


A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle


The Giver – Lois Lowry


The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys – Chris Fuhrman


Dreamthorpe – Alexander Smith


Catch 22 – Joseph Heller


We the Living – Ayn Rand


The Force of Spirit – Scott Russell Sanders


House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski


The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis


Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkein


The Metamorphosis, and Other Stories – Franz Kafka


The Odyssey – Homer


Candide – Voltaire


Frankenstein – Mary Shelley


The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne


The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde


Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov


As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner


The Green Mile – Stephen King


To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee


The Road – Cormac McCarthy