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    Book recommendation

    Something slightly educational which wouldn't bored the hell outta me. (educational meaning probably some SAT words inside ) Because all the recommendations I get are books that I'm not too interested in. I'm 18 if the age matters Thanks

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    lalol, do you mean educational as in literature? Or non-fiction?
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    Dracula. That was a hella-good book. Just make sure to get a copy with large print...
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    The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hathorne
    The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
    A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
    Westminster Abbey by Washington Irving
    A Tale of Two Cities by ???
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    umm yeah fiction and best if it's not too literature-ish thanks for the recommendations so far! I copied them down on the list. There are so little book stores in where I live

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    And lalol, if you want something more current try anything by Margaret Atwood (almost all her novels are set in late 20th century so anyone can relate to the stories, but "literature-ish" enough to be taught in university English courses). I also like Marilyn French's novels but they do have a strong feminist slant so if that turns you off, don't go there

    For classic stuff, you can't beat Jane Austen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ixcrisxi
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    Quote Originally Posted by averagejane
    And lalol, if you want something more current try anything by Margaret Atwood (almost all her novels are set in late 20th century so anyone can relate to the stories, but "literature-ish" enough to be taught in university English courses).
    Oh yes! She is the metafiction goddess, that Atwood. (And Canadian, to boot! ) Try "Alias Grace" or "The Blind Assasin" - excellent stuff. Taut plotlines and provocative style.

    There are quite a lot of writers out there who write stuff both extremely readable yet literary. You should be able to find something you like.

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    ALL PEOPLE BELOW THE AGE OF 20 SHOULD READ CATCHER IN THE RYE BY J.D. SALINGER!!!

    And when I was a teenager, Lalol, I loved Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. They're both poets (although you should check out Plath's Bell Jar, a novel), both quite accessible, and an excellent introduction to women's literature.

    Like AverageJane, I would also recommend Jane Austen. You also cannot go wrong with anything by the Bronte sisters--Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, et al. They're quite romantic, but can still pass muster in a lit course.

    As for more contemporary writers, I think Toni Morrison is a must-read. For sheer fun, I love Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest but start with his short stories).

    Just throwing ideas out from the top of my head. Tell us what you think of these, then maybe we'll have a better idea of what appeals to you and can make more suggestions.

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