A variety of books that everyone should sample:

1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

3. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

5. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

8 Responses to “5 Books Everyone Should Read”

  1. sulz Says:

    i loved no. 1, no. 5 is my favourite dahl book but absolutely hated no. 2! no. 3’s movie adaptation was hilarious and i’m sure looking forward to reading it. no. 4 haven’t really heard of it.

  2. paperbacks Says:

    Hitchhiker’s is definitely more of a love-it or hate-it book, I think because it’s merit is based mostly on humor, and people have very different ideas of what is funny.
    Also, I think Hitchhiker’s guide is cool to read and see all the technology Douglas Adams invented that we actually have today. Like the the guide itself is pretty much a palm device.

  3. Of your list I’ve only read 2 titles.

    The Color Purple is one of the few books that I can say that I enjoyed the movie more than the book. The screen adaptation makes me cry every time I see it.

    The Handmaid’s Tale is rich and engrossing. As a futuristic tale it might be easy to dismiss out of hand, but it addresses so many issues (sex, religion, politics, personal freedom) and is so genuinely well-written.


    Mama Kelly

  4. paperbacks Says:

    thanks for your comment, the Handmaid’s Tale was a book my friend had to read for school, and recommended to me. We both pretty much read it through in one sitting. The Color Purple was out of that same class (women in lit)–so far women’s studies type classes have instroduced me to the most interesting books…

  5. lovelyloey Says:

    Ok, maybe it’s just me but I have read zilch from this list (opps). Though I watched the movie version of Hitchhiker’s. And I think the Roald Dahl one is one of those I didn’t read (or is this the book that started off with this kid who was driving the car at 10mph?)
    Kel: Yes, it’s the one with the kid driving. And the sleeping pills and the pheasants. I love all of Roald Dahl though.

  6. Crystal Says:

    I thought “The Color Purple” was a good read, (read it in high school, for a psychology/sociology class) as for the rest, I have not read them.

    Regarding your comment however, the SVM (Student Volunteer Movement) was not just “volunteering” or persay the “spreading of Christianity”, and the book explains this far better than I could ever try. The societies that led to SVM started in the early 1800’s and SVM, didn’t start till the later portion of the 17th century. The main conducters of the movement and societies were from the top elite colleges in the United States at the time, such as Princeton.

    I am not sure if that helped to clear your understanding, but I hope so. If you have any more questions feel free to comment…and of course I recommend this book to read, especially as a college student.

  7. […] Paperbacks lists this as one of the 5 books everyone should read. So I went to the library and got myself a copy. Well, my verdict? It’s all right. I mean, I […]

  8. John Saunders Says:

    My recommendation of a book to read is:
    “Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Company (a novel)”
    by Maria Amparo Escandon. I’ve also been
    wanting to read (and have ordered) Susanna
    Moore’s latest novel: “The Bad Girls”.

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