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What's your favorite book?

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The Novelist Portent
Johnny E. Mahaffey
April 16, 2020


I've been compiling a list of books to recommend for reading, these books of literacy or cultural value, must read additions to anyone's mental repertoire.

Please look over the list in progress and feel free to comment on any, point out any errors, or tell me of any book I should add (and why).

* Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley
* Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell
* American Gods and Anasi Boys (?) by Neil Gaiman
* A Tale of Two Cities (1859) and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) by Charles Dickens
* Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury
* The House of the Dead (1861) and Notes from Underground (1864) and Crime and Punishment (1866) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
* The Time Machine (1895) and Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945) by H.G. Wells
* Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and Cat's Cradle (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
* The Time Traveler's Wife (?) by
* Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (?) by
* Dune (1965), Children of Dun (1976), and God Emperor of Dune (1981) by Frank Herbert
* Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker
* Interview with the Vampire (1976) and The Vampire Lestat (1985) by Anne Rice
* Carrie (1973) and Salem's Lot (?) by Stephen King
* The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Braum
* Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) by Lewis Carroll
* Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte
* Les miserables (1862) by Victor Hugo


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tenzintenzin Posted 1 year, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 1 year, 6 months ago   Favorite
Mr Mahaffey.
My suggestions. The first book is a must read. Every human being should read this book.
The Hero With a thousand Faces. By Joseph Campbell
Symposium. Plato
Rumi, the poet, anything by him.
The Tibetan book of living and dying.
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. Robert Pirsig.
The Autobiography of Malcolm Malcolm X with Alex Haley.
I know why the caged bird sings. maya Angelou.
1984 George Orwell
To Kill a mockingbird Harper Lee

There’s a few. I’ve tailored them because you are an American and I am British. The first book, The Hero with a thousand faces, by Joseph Campbell, who was an American. That book is one of the most underrated important works of all time. Campbell identifies the human being within world religions and mythological constructs that we try to adhere to. If you get the opportunity to see his interviews, that would be good too

All the best

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