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Odd thing is that I hesitate, because I am not sure if I will like them.
Anyone else recognise this? Thoughts? Opinions? Recommendations?
I heartily recommend The Book Thief though. Also, H. G. Wells, if you haven't read him before. I know you didn't list him, but I thought if you were interested in Jules Verne you would be interested in Wells, too. I haven't read any of Dumas' books, except for the Count of Monte Cristo, which is one of my favorite books.
Sorry no touchstones, LT is acting up.
I'm one of the legions of people who adored The Book Thief. If you're hesitant, you might give it the ol' 10(+)-page test. The book is fairly consistent in its tone, so you'll get a good idea of what you're in for by reading the first bit.
I have started reading Jane Austen only in the last year--Pride and Prejudice is a good starting place. The charm of her fiction lies in its subtleties, I think--I have to read slowly so as not to miss the ironic humor. She writes about a narrow world, certainly, but she writes about it very well.
Poe: I love the story "The Pit and the Pendulum." I've not read Verne (I mean to get around to him at some point), but if you're thinking about Verne, perhaps H.G. Wells would appeal to you also?
I have read quite a bit of Poe and he has written a lot that is very, very good. I can heartily recommend The Black Cat to begin with, but most of his writing is very good. And if you think you might like some of his poetry, I can tell you that I really liked "The Bells", "Stanzas" and "For Annie".
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That's how I feel! I feel I miss out on great reads and that I shouldn't be 'scared' to try out classics. Nice to see other people had this phase as well.
In any case, if any of you are thinking about branching into current events or nonfiction, I'd strongly recommend that, as well as Not on Our Watch: the Mission to end Genocide in Darfur and Beyond by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. I don't think the touchstones actually lead where they're supposed to, but they make the titles stand out anyway...
I'm a new member, by the way. My name's Ajay. I stumbled upon an article which dealt with online social networks and... well, here I am!
Great Expectations has more critical acclaim, but "A Tale of Two Cities" seems to be one of those books that people absolutely adore. (Myself included. I read it in high school, and I will never forget the joy I felt in reading such a wonderful book.)
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I LOVED Bleak House too, but it's long. I don't recommend David Copperfield; the middle drags and half the time I wanted to smack either Mr. Micawber or David :-P. Pickwick Papers is hilarious and probably a good introduction to Dickens. And of course there's A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol and so on...
As for changing tastes, when I was in high school, I read a lot of VC Andrews, until I read Pride and Prejudice my senior year of high school. Since then I've mostly been interested in classics or in literary fiction. I've been trying to make myself read more history books that haven't been assigned (I'm a history major).
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