Novels that don't suck: Recent readings.

A Listmania! list by Danny C "Dan" (Howell, Nj)
The list author says: "The best books I have read recently."
Survivor: A Novel
1.  Survivor: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
The list author says:
  "One of the best pieces of Modern satire I have ever read, and Chuck Palahniuk's best novel. Tender Branson will strike you as similar to the narrator of Fight Club, but will stick with you much longer. By the way, the ending is a trick, so don't be disappointed so quickly."
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High Fidelity: A Novel
2.  High Fidelity: A Novel by Nick Hornby
The list author says:
  "Essential for every male under 30. Even most women will enjoy this. A hilarious look at relationships from the male perspective. You may have seen the movie: the book is much better."
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Day: A Novel
3.  Day: A Novel by Elie Wiesel
The list author says:
  "This novel is about Depression. Its cause is the Holocaust, but if you have ever been hopelessly depressed, for whatever reason, this book with hit you deep. Just Brilliant."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Ham on Rye: A Novel
4.  Ham on Rye: A Novel by Charles Bukowski
The list author says:
  "Hilarious. Bukowski has 4 major novels. They all star the same Character, Henry Chinaski, and almost no plot exists, but they are still some of the funniest and most entertaining novels ever written. Definitely not for women, as Chinaski is an alcoholic sex freak. Start with this one."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)

Watchers
5.  Watchers by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "This is the best Koontz book I have ever read. It is touching, sweet, entertaining, everything you wish for in a thriller. If you are one of those people that read nothing but bestsellers, or you are just looking for a great book to read, this is it."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,193 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Invisible Monsters: A Novel
6.  Invisible Monsters: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
The list author says:
  "You can't go wrong with Chuck, unless you decide to read Fight Club first like everyone else, which is one of his worst novels. This is very gruesome and dark satire, but if you like satire, it is one of the best."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (494 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The list author says:
  "A coming of age story written for teens, but regardless, it is one of the best, and you will wish you were friends with Charlie."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,314 customer reviews)

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
8.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "Like Sci Fi, like Fantasy? This is the best of both worlds. Great characters and action narrating."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,789 customer reviews)

Anna Karenina
9.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "This is not the greatest book of all time, but when you consider the context in which it was written you have to reevaluate that statement. Way ahead of its time and Tolstoy's psychological interpretations are spot on."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Lullaby
10.  Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
The list author says:
  "Can't get enough Chuck. Also read Choke."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Intensity
11.  Intensity by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "The title says it all. So much so that the reader hardly ever gets a break."
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Shutter Island
12.  Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The list author says:
  "Please, if you haven't seen the movie yet, don't. Read the book. This book had me in shock at the end. The movie had me in tears for ruining such a great story."
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Still Life with Woodpecker
13.  Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
The list author says:
  "Convoluted and random narrating, but the core characters and story is great."
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Youth in Revolt (Trilogy Compilation): Youth in Revolt, Youth in Bondage, and Youth in Exile
14.  Youth in Revolt (Trilogy Compilation): Youth in Revolt, Youth in Bondage, and Youth in Exile by C. D. Payne
The list author says:
  "For young adults. Another coming of age story that is both funny and witty."
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Prozac Nation (Movie Tie-In)
15.  Prozac Nation (Movie Tie-In) by Elizabeth Wurtzel
The list author says:
  "Ever been sad or depressed? Read this. A little long for the subject, but still good."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)

Post Office: A Novel
16.  Post Office: A Novel by Charles Bukowski
The list author says:
  "Bukowski's best."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Catch-22
17.  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The list author says:
  "Overrated but still savagely funny satire. Very funny."
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Me Talk Pretty One Day
18.  Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The list author says:
  "This is one of those books where you can't remember anything that happened, because almost nothing did happen, but you remember it being highly enjoyable."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,194 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Bell Jar
19.  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The list author says:
  "A trip into insanity and depression."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption
20.  Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption by Paulo Coelho
The list author says:
  "Too similar to the Bell Jar and Girl Interrupted to leave me surprised, and you don't really care about any of the characters, but somehow I still managed to find this book highly enjoyable."
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Fahrenheit 451
21.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The list author says:
  "Great Science Fiction. Short and Sweet."
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The Catcher in the Rye
22.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,957 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

The Things They Carried
23.  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The list author says:
  "War stories like this are extremely sentimental, and often frustrating, but I found the writing very well done and interesting."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,626 customer reviews)

Olive Kitteridge
24.  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The list author says:
  "I really didn't like the central story that much, but the writing is incredible. A deserved winner of the Pulitzer prize."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,127 customer reviews)

Less Than Zero
25.  Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
The list author says:
  "Extremely dark. So dark that he makes Palahniuk look like J.K. Rowling. Too dark for me to consider great, but still a good read."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)

Notes From Underground
26.  Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The list author says:
  "A novella split into two parts. The first half, depending on your translation, is a very difficult read, but once you get to the second part it becomes easier and amazing."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

Velocity
27.  Velocity by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "At this point you will notice almost all of Dean Koontz books have the same characters, ideas, arch types, and designs, but they are still entertaining. Once you get to about book 5 though, you will never want to read Koontz again."
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A Separate Peace
28.  A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The list author says:
  "Good book about growing up during World War II."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (987 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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