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Novels I've Enjoyed

Shannon du Plessis
The list author says: "To write well, one must read and read often. My literary tastes are all over the place - take a look."
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
"Riveting - a masterpiece and I'm the better for having read it."
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
"Exceptionally detailed, interesting, suspenseful narrative about the great Galveston hurricane of 1900. I'm a weather geek and a native Texan, but this would fascinate even if I weren't. Larson has a new book out about Germany during Hitler that I'm itching to read."
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
"Magical - pun intended."
The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Lincoln Rhyme Novels)
The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel (Lincoln Rhyme Novels)
"I love how Deaver combines a mystery with insider knowledge of magician's tricks - a fun, fascinating read. I keep seeing Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme, of course."
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
"A favorite from my childhood."
Rainbow Six (A Jack Ryan Novel)
Rainbow Six (A Jack Ryan Novel)
"An action-packed tale featuring ex Navy Seal, John Clark, who we only meet briefly in some of the Jack Ryan stories. This book is a fun ride."
A Season in Purgatory: A Novel
A Season in Purgatory: A Novel
"Good, gossipy fun from the master of the genre."
An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition
An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition
"James Lipton's legendary research went into this book about collective nouns. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A fascinating read for word lovers."
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
"Baptist missionary drags family to the Belgian Congo in the 1950's - almost two books - their life in Africa, and the aftermath spanning the next 30 years - a gem."
Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga
Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga
"THE rock biography by which all others are measured and found wanting."
The Alienist
The Alienist
"A serial killer is killing prostitutes in  1896. This book is fascinating as it introduces the alienist - a precursor to modern day criminal profilers."
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
"Sibling rivalry in the court of King Henry VIII. You know what eventually happens to Anne Boleyn, but what a page-turning tale Gregory weaves."
The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1)
The Caves of Steel (R. Daneel Olivaw, Book 1)
"This is the first in the series of five robot novels in the series. The movie I Robot sucked. Read these novels instead."
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
"Like having my favorite English professor by my side when I decided to go back to reading literature."
To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
"Harper Lee said her Pulitzer Prize winning novel is at its heart, a love story. There is a reason why this is required reading in high school."
Little Women (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
Little Women (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
"Another favorite from my youth."
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
"I'm a fan of Hemingway - his dialogue and compelling characters mark this classic."
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
"It's happening - just a few years later than Orwell portended."
A Streetcar Named Desire (Signet)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Signet)
"Tennessee Williams' play is a master class in character  emotional landscapes."
Much Ado About Nothing (Modern Library Classics)
Much Ado About Nothing (Modern Library Classics)
"If you're new to the Bard, why not start with this fun comedy full of plot twists."
Lord of the Flies (50th Anniversary Edition)
Lord of the Flies (50th Anniversary Edition)
"Chilling!"
Siddhartha (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Siddhartha (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"The classic tale of a man's search for enlightenment. Deeply moving."
Pride And Prejudice
Pride And Prejudice
""It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Fascinating characters - Austen's best."
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
"Gothic soulmates!"