My Top 20 Books

A Listmania! list by "colettamurphy"
 
The Catcher in the Rye
1.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "A brilliant book.  Must read for all ages.  Really get an insight into the character and his struggles."
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The Bonfire of the Vanities (Picador Books)
2.  The Bonfire of the Vanities (Picador Books) by Tom Wolfe
The list author says:
  "Tom Wolfe's take on the greed is good 1980's.  Forgot the film.  This book is great and the story grips you from the off."
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A Man in Full
3.  A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
The list author says:
  "Another masterpiece.  This time looking at the 1990's.  Gripping story and get character development.  A  must read."
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Girlfriend in a Coma
4.  Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
The list author says:
  "All Couplands books are brilliant, but this is my favourite.  Like all his books, they are difficult to describe.  This is really moving and can be read again and again."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1)
5.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1) by J. K. Rowling
The list author says:
  "Could list all the Potters but won't.  The first is my favourite and its simply a great read.  Rowling creates a vivid alternative world and you are left thankful there are seven years at Hogwarts!"
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Fiction)
6.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Fiction) by Roald Dahl
The list author says:
  "All Dahl's books are genius, but this one sticks in the mind the most.  You can guess what happens after the first few chapters, but the fun is in how Dahl tells the story."
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Travels
7.  Travels by Michael Crichton
The list author says:
  "Part travel book, part autobiography, this is an enjoyable read on the journeys Crichton has taken.  The early chapters covering his time at Harvard Medical School are very memorable."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Children's Edition
8.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Children's Edition by Mark Haddon
The list author says:
  "Brilliantly written book about a boy with Asperger's syndrome. Is written from the main characters perspective.  You get inside the character and the effect his condition has on his family."
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
9.  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
The list author says:
  "Superb book.  Written by Eggers about the death of his parents and him having to care for his younger brother.  So original.  Eggers is a real talent and its a superb debut."
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Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood
10.  Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood by William Goldman
The list author says:
  "Book about Goldman's life as a Hollywood script writer.  Insightful, funny, entertaining.  Great read particularly for those with a keen interest in the movies."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess
11.  High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess by Charles Fleming
The list author says:
  "Excellent book about the legendary producer and hollywood of the 70's, 80's and 90's.  Some great anecdotes.  Compelling read."
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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

The Rivals: The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage
12.  The Rivals: The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage by James Naughtie
The list author says:
  "Well written book about the Brown/Blair relationship.  Excellently paced book and you get a real sense of what drives each man to succeed."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The 25th Hour
13.  The 25th Hour by David Benioff
The list author says:
  "A fine debut from Benihoff.  Great pacing of the story as well as good character development.  Can be read in one sitting and stays with you long after its finished."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Partner
14.  The Partner by John Grisham
The list author says:
  "He writes great thrillers, although formularic after a while.  This, in my opinion is his best.  Great set up and the ending really gets you.  Superb read."
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The Church of Dead Girls
15.  The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns
The list author says:
  "A brilliantly written book, the prose is almost lyrical.  It covers the events of three abductions and subsequent deaths of three girls in small town America and the effect it has on the residents."
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Round Ireland with a Fridge: Complete & Unabridged
16.  Round Ireland with a Fridge: Complete & Unabridged by Tony Hawks
The list author says:
  "A very funny book and an entertaining read.   Follows Hawks on his travels around Ireland and the people he meets.  Laugh out loud funny in parts."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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On the Road (Penguin Classics)
17.  On the Road (Penguin Classics) by Kerouac
The list author says:
  "Much has been written on Kerouac and the Beat Generation.  This is a superb book about Jack and his travels across America.  Gives you a real zest for life and to live it to the full."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)

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The Beach
18.  The Beach by Alex Garland
The list author says:
  "Forget the film first of all.  This is a fine book and draws you in from the first few pages.  Well written and great ending.  A brilliant debut."
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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics)
19.  The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics) by Joseph Conrad
The list author says:
  "Often overlooked book, this is a classic book by Conrad which is set in London and looks at he anarchist Mr Verloc.  Not an easy read, but worth the perserverance."
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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
20.  1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "Such an amazing book.  Gave us the modern phrases of Big Brother and Room 101.  Extremely well written, it draws you in and you route for Winston even though you know he cannot win.  Must read."
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