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    I have a list of all the books that at least 5 of my Goodreads friends have rated 5 stars, although I think that is likely to be less generally interesting or useful to others. But I decided to make a list of the top 500 books they consider most underrated, determined by the inverse score of the Number of Goodreads ratings for a book divided by the number of my Goodreads friends who have rated the book 5 stars.

    Again: The GR Book ID is the unique number on Goodreads for each book (that is helpful for identifying books seeing as I haven't bothered to include the names of authors (because that would be inordinately time-consuming)), and the % 1984 column is simply how each book compares to 1984 by George Orwell in terms of frequency. I thought people might find it useful as a way of deciding which books to read next.

     
    Book GR Book ID % 1984
    Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt 18749172 8.99%
    Poetical Works: Tennyson 294400 6.74%
    Songs of Experience 793918 6.74%
    The Portable Blake 131871 5.62%
    A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades 428522 5.62%
    The Works of John Donne 638421 5.62%
    God's War: A New History of the Crusades 64535 6.74%
    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume II 1345609 6.74%
    The Ship 84726 5.62%
    The Vintage Mencken 300842 5.62%
    Works of William Blake 478551 5.62%
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom 13763 5.62%
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volumes 1-3 672484 5.62%
    2015 on Goodreads 28181315 5.62%
    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume III 1345610 6.74%
    The Lime Twig 222388 6.74%
    The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction 429983 6.74%
    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1-2 377965 10.11%
    The Washing of the Spears: A History of the Rise of the Zulu Nation Under Shaka and Its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879 403124 5.62%
    A Dance to the Music of Time: 3rd Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time, #7-9) 16114 8.99%
    Songs of Innocence 272102 5.62%
    The Cremation of Sam McGee 267764 5.62%
    The Best American Essays of the Century 223419 5.62%
    The Red Shoes 1291920 6.74%
    The Man Without Qualities: Vol. 2 191943 5.62%
    Ozymandias 2355014 6.74%
    Civilisation 330451 7.87%
    The German War: A Nation Under Arms 14894647 6.74%
    The Complete Short Stories 2504 5.62%
    A Dance to the Music of Time: 4th Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time, #10-12) 16111 6.74%
    John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat 301460 5.62%
    The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays 241061 5.62%
    Peanuts Treasury 551206 5.62%
    The Ill-Made Knight (The Once and Future King, #3) 688770 7.87%
    The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce and Selected Stories 96442 5.62%
    The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization 68540 6.74%
    The Common Reader 18840 6.74%
    To the Finland Station 694282 5.62%
    The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels (5 Volumes) 24520 6.74%
    Lyrics: 1962-2001 761271 5.62%
    The Story of Miss Moppet 658035 8.99%
    The Campaigns of Napoleon 389341 5.62%
    No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945 652030 5.62%
    Memoirs of an Infantry Officer 250839 5.62%
    Five Complete Hercule Poirot Novels: ABC Murders / Cards on the Table / Death on the Nile / Murder on the Orient Express / Thirteen at Dinner 408478 5.62%
    The Second World War 25587 7.87%
    2017 on Goodreads 33642317 5.62%
    The Book of Ebenezer Le Page 750407 6.74%
    One for the Books 13589121 5.62%
    Prometheus Unbound 80577 6.74%
    The Golden Days (The Story of the Stone #1) 139874 6.74%
    The Candle in the Wind (The Once and Future King, #4) 6400079 5.62%
    A History of the Crusades, Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem 428519 5.62%
    How to Suppress Women's Writing 1047343 5.62%
    Selected Poems 752800 8.99%
    A Dance to the Music of Time: 2nd Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time, #4-6) 16115 5.62%
    The Boer War 830238 5.62%
    The Day of the Scorpion 1000718 5.62%
    A Haunted House and Other Short Stories 50203 6.74%
    The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit 682788 5.62%
    Huey Long 239356 6.74%
    Don't Look Now 2871390 5.62%
    Anti-Intellectualism in American Life 582067 8.99%
    Kubla Khan 6747271 10.11%
    The Marquise of O— and Other Stories 330264 7.87%
    Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy & the Birth of Democracy 6396987 5.62%
    The Complete Plays 18526 10.11%
    Poetry and Designs: Authoritative Texts, Illuminations in Color and Monochrome, Related Prose, Criticism 315214 7.87%
    Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction 769471 6.74%
    Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863 44246 5.62%
    1919 (U.S.A., #2) 7104 8.99%
    Our Oriental Heritage (The Story of Civilization, #1) 174722 7.87%
    I, Claudius/Claudius the God (Claudius #1-2) 18769 10.11%
    Tales of Hoffmann 551454 6.74%
    The Thirty Years War 287542 5.62%
    The Cornish Trilogy: The Rebel Angels; What's Bred in the Bone; The Lyre of Orpheus 74404 7.87%
    Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life 120695 5.62%
    Checkmate (The Lymond Chronicles, #6) 112074 11.24%
    Doctor Faustus and Other Plays 18533 6.74%
    The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, or The Roly-Poly Pudding 658064 6.74%
    The Works of William Wordsworth (Wordsworth Collection) 112139 5.62%
    The Ringed Castle (The Lymond Chronicles, #5) 351198 10.11%
    What I Believe 67354 5.62%
    Sword at Sunset 149413 5.62%
    Seven Days In May 1153485 5.62%
    Count Belisarius 324312 5.62%
    The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint 428537 6.74%
    Norstrilia 1003311 6.74%
    Race of Scorpions (The House of Niccolo, #3) 112083 6.74%
    The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer 25737 5.62%
    Selected Poems 33015 5.62%
    Malina 265987 5.62%
    The Greek Myths 820461 17.98%
    The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest 68086 5.62%
    Babel Tower 91688 7.87%
    Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I - Swann's Way & Within a Budding Grove 190576 10.11%
    Pawn in Frankincense (The Lymond Chronicles, #4) 360455 10.11%
    Chicago Poems 596810 6.74%
    The Big Money (U.S.A., #3) 7103 6.74%
    The Making of the English Working Class 947848 8.99%
    The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose 134018 11.24%
    Queens' Play (The Lymond Chronicles, #2) 112080 11.24%
    The Melancholy of Resistance 119512 6.74%
    The Grand Alliance (The Second World War, #3) 25590 5.62%
    Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 25897691 5.62%
    Four Novels of the 1960s: The Man in the High Castle / The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? / Ubik 14182 5.62%
    Complete Poems and Selected Letters 138133 6.74%
    The Selected Poems 106458 5.62%
    Their Finest Hour (The Second World War, #2) 326883 7.87%
    Plutarch's Lives: Volume II 279456 7.87%
    Connections 55024 5.62%
    Phineas Redux (Palliser, #4) 374360 5.62%
    The Mask of Command: Alexander the Great, Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant, ******, and the Nature of Leadership 55203 6.74%
    Moments of Being: A Collection of Autobiographical Writing 14945 5.62%
    When the Wind Blows 489946 5.62%
    A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books 791098 5.62%
    The Lantern Bearers 149418 5.62%
    The Disorderly Knights (The Lymond Chronicles, #3) 351211 8.99%
    If Not Now, When? 136096 6.74%
    Ethel and Ernest 402252 5.62%
    Three Plays: Blithe Spirit / Hay Fever / Private Lives 370966 6.74%
    The Pine Barrens 821355 6.74%
    The Complete Illuminated Books 23910 7.87%
    Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia 8387154 5.62%
    A Traveller in Time 1422149 5.62%
    Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self 333295 5.62%
    The Great War and Modern Memory 154472 12.36%
    The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 406776 5.62%
    Memoirs and Selected Letters 10547 5.62%
    The War Poems 1391333 5.62%
    The Gettysburg Address 397 15.73%
    Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush 169710 5.62%
    Tales 36313 6.74%
    Bomber 171625 5.62%
    Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time, #7) 28405 11.24%
    The Garden of Forking Paths 10438328 5.62%
    Plagues and Peoples 46725 8.99%
    Europe Central 12398 5.62%
    The Prime Minister (Palliser #5) 526187 5.62%
    Framley Parsonage (Chronicles of Barsetshire #4) 267102 7.87%
    South Riding 1016243 5.62%
    Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus 138349 6.74%
    The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen 6273 12.36%
    The Captive & The Fugitive (In Search of Lost Time, #5-6) 18801 5.62%
    The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad 248510 7.87%
    The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere 782095 5.62%
    The Subjection of Women 677591 5.62%
    The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel 60407 5.62%
    The Spring of the Ram (The House of Niccolo, #2) 112075 5.62%
    The Declaration of Independence 285537 6.74%
    Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 79356 5.62%
    The Complete Works: The Revised Oxford Translation, Vol. 1 19082 5.62%
    The Waste Land and Other Writings 34082 6.74%
    The Last Chronicle of Barset (Chronicles of Barsetshire #6) 149789 11.24%
    Virginia Woolf 18846 6.74%
    The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism 14894629 6.74%
    The Arcades Project 52223 5.62%
    Une Semaine de Bonté 405541 5.62%
    Robert Frost's Poems 12207 6.74%
    The Third Reich at War (The History of the Third Reich, #3) 3761596 8.99%
    The Steadfast Tin Soldier 576565 7.87%
    1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England 825889 5.62%
    The Untouchable 163 5.62%
    The End: The Defiance and Destruction of ******'s Germany 1944-45 11197125 6.74%
    Religion and Science 51790 5.62%
    The Descent of Man 185407 7.87%
    A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 38155 6.74%
    The Jewish War 415654 6.74%
    The Man Without Qualities: Vol. 1 191940 5.62%
    Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 17252 6.74%
    The Civil War: A Narrative 44234 14.61%
    The Complete Poems 23912 16.85%
    Rumpole of the Bailey (Rumpole of the Bailey #1) 779522 5.62%
    View With a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems 10203 7.87%
    Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia 97401 5.62%
    A Writer's Diary 14948 7.87%
    Young Stalin 826564 7.87%
    Travesties 17910 5.62%
    The Gathering Storm (The Second World War, #1) 360253 10.11%
    The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians 285423 6.74%
    Four Quartets 80410 26.97%
    The Ascent of Man 461104 11.24%
    Annals of the Former World 78 6.74%
    Under Milk Wood 763508 11.24%
    The Zimmermann Telegram 613792 6.74%
    Outside Over There 120711 6.74%
    Her Smoke Rose Up Forever 27059 6.74%
    Jakob von Gunten 513275 6.74%
    Beyond The Far Side 899856 7.87%
    Three Guineas 18854 5.62%
    Poetry, Drama and Prose 138165 5.62%
    Plutarch's Lives: Volume I 415634 10.11%
    A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time, #1-3) 16113 7.87%
    The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today 13588432 5.62%
    A Room of One's Own / Three Guineas 52228 5.62%
    From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present 58233 7.87%
    Red Cavalry 130080 5.62%
    Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 234633 5.62%
    The Nine Billion Names of God 149075 11.24%
    The Rebel Angels (Cornish Trilogy, #1) 74405 8.99%
    To Build a Fire and Other Stories 70791 7.87%
    Again, Dangerous Visions 600350 6.74%
    The Waning of the Middle Ages 903778 5.62%
    Sodom and Gomorrah (In Search of Lost Time, #4) 18799 8.99%
    A Child's Christmas in Wales 563820 8.99%
    The Sea-Hawk 236888 5.62%
    ******: 1889-1936 Hubris (******, #1) 93996 6.74%
    The Return of Martin Guerre 333301 5.62%
    Lord Byron: The Major Works 119234 5.62%
    Niccolò Rising (The House of Niccolò, #1) 112078 6.74%
    Molloy 446542 10.11%
    Poems of Fernando Pessoa 63114 5.62%
    The Heritage of Hastur (Darkover, #18) 472778 5.62%
    The Recognitions 395058 7.87%
    In Search of Lost Time (6 Volumes) 18796 16.85%
    Thus Was Adonis Murdered (Hilary Tamar, #1) 234327 5.62%
    The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth 820465 5.62%
    Voyage in the Dark 487580 5.62%
    The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary 49256 10.11%
    Europe: A History 40631 6.74%
    American Colonies: The Settling of North America 95225 5.62%
    The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Collected Works 9i) 67890 7.87%
    The Snow Goose 529241 5.62%
    The Book of the New Sun (The Book of the New Sun #1-4) 968868 5.62%
    Lysistrata and Other Plays 1567 6.74%
    Letter from the Birmingham Jail 203899 6.74%
    Between the Acts 46105 8.99%
    Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution 527523 7.87%
    Tales of the Dying Earth 40866 7.87%
    The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War 9850339 5.62%
    Up in the Old Hotel 210783 5.62%
    1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West 227354 6.74%
    The Art of Rhetoric 881319 6.74%
    The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 2: The Romantic Period through the Twentieth Century 47163 5.62%
    The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street 125035 5.62%
    The Small House at Allington (Chronicles of Barsetshire #5) 144463 6.74%
    For Kicks 8522 5.62%
    Voyage of the Beagle 183645 10.11%
    ****** 3741342 5.62%
    Wittgenstein's Nephew 92578 5.62%
    Rogue Male (Rogue Male, #1) 102066 5.62%
    War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning 27502 7.87%
    Selected Poetry 1134254 6.74%
    Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason 116326 5.62%
    Black Orchids (Nero Wolfe, #9) 77596 6.74%
    The Library of Babel 172366 7.87%
    The Tailor of Gloucester 345188 7.87%
    Father Christmas 705257 5.62%
    SalammbĂ´ 221597 6.74%
    The Peloponnesian War 87539 6.74%
    The Complete Far Side, 1980–1994 50323 10.11%
    Rights of Man 177523 14.61%
    Dreadnought 209889 8.99%
    John Donne's Poetry 134017 12.36%
    What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848 1102243 11.24%
    Comeback 77058 5.62%
    Aspects of the Novel 263341 5.62%
    Tooth and Claw 344623 6.74%
    The Riverside Shakespeare 1414 6.74%
    Collected Fictions 17961 30.34%
    D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths 24655 5.62%
    Goodbye to All That 55428 14.61%
    Gormenghast (Gormenghast, #2) 258392 17.98%
    Scaramouche 938105 11.24%
    Young Miles (Vorkosigan Omnibus, #2) 61916 8.99%
    The Tale of Tom Kitten 885500 12.36%
    The Danger 1082014 5.62%
    The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage 22822839 5.62%
    An Enemy of the People 246035 12.36%
    Prometheus Bound and Other Plays 1523 7.87%
    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 23913 12.36%
    The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money 303615 6.74%
    Mog the Forgetful Cat 1152265 5.62%
    Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem (Vorkosigan Omnibus, #3) 61902 5.62%
    ******: 1936-1945 Nemesis (******, #2) 64719 6.74%
    Man and Superman 364284 5.62%
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Cleanness, Patience 100393 7.87%
    1066: The Year of the Conquest 770512 5.62%
    Farthing (Small Change, #1) 183740 6.74%
    The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 17345257 6.74%
    The Visual Display of Quantitative Information 17744 10.11%
    The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders 74403 11.24%
    The Eustace Diamonds (Palliser, #3) 73954 5.62%
    The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications 177068 5.62%
    The Bacchae and Other Plays 862952 6.74%
    The Mandarins 19528 5.62%
    Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 106317 6.74%
    This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War 1283566 7.87%
    The Psychopathology of Everyday Life 132449 5.62%
    A Stillness at Appomattox 891922 7.87%
    Goblin Market and Other Poems 244887 5.62%
    Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 29658 12.36%
    Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America 25898216 5.62%
    Frogs 327775 7.87%
    A History of Reading 53085 5.62%
    The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles, #1) 112077 10.11%
    Arctic Dreams 16878 7.87%
    The Island of Adventure (Adventure, #1) 17492 5.62%
    The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam 33584231 5.62%
    If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho 150253 8.99%
    Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2) 36637 5.62%
    Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1 79548 5.62%
    The Last Leaf 213395 5.62%
    Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity 30201328 6.74%
    Ship of the Line 90951 8.99%
    The Long Ships 438452 7.87%
    The Complete Essays 30735 20.22%
    The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (World War II Liberation Trilogy, #3) 16044941 8.99%
    Don Juan 78249 10.11%
    The Nibelungenlied 18261 7.87%
    A Time of Gifts 253984 7.87%
    The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A., #1) 7101 7.87%
    The African Queen 423125 10.11%
    Miles Errant (Vorkosigan Omnibus, #4) 76813 5.62%
    Yukon Ho! (Calvin and Hobbes #3) 70491 15.73%
    Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina (Claudius, #2) 52251 15.73%
    The Complete Poems and Plays, 1909-1950 79936 7.87%
    The Persian Expedition 168487 7.87%
    A Collection of Essays 9640 8.99%
    Selected Poems 138164 5.62%
    The Discourses 99328 10.11%
    Edward II 209186 5.62%
    Life and Fate 88432 8.99%
    The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene 61538 10.11%
    The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse, #13) 76912 5.62%
    A Journal of the Plague Year 46730 6.74%
    As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning 1019332 5.62%
    The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power 169354 10.11%
    The Origins of Totalitarianism 396931 8.99%
    A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, prequel stories 0.1-0.3) 847861 5.62%
    Ten Days that Shook the World 52042 5.62%
    The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes 24815 24.72%
    Dying Inside 968902 6.74%
    Asterix at the Olympic Games (Asterix, #12) 71298 8.99%
    You Can't Go Home Again 12447 5.62%
    The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain 2968 7.87%
    The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 192955 8.99%
    Phineas Finn (Palliser, #2) 374352 7.87%
    The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme 275833 7.87%
    The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 70561 21.35%
    Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism 463263 5.62%
    The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales 444388 5.62%
    Parade's End 777824 6.74%
    Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings 37813 8.99%
    The Trojan Women 3254 6.74%
    The Absolute Sandman, Volume Two 1025685 8.99%
    The Logic of Scientific Discovery 61550 5.62%
    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (The Last Lion, #3) 746673 6.74%
    Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 11256415 7.87%
    The Tale of Two Bad Mice 585747 8.99%
    Innocent Blood 3834 5.62%
    The Agricola and The Germania 25689 5.62%
    Shelley's Poetry and Prose 111593 5.62%
    The Guermantes Way (In Search of Lost Time, #3) 18798 7.87%
    The History of the Kings of Britain 129521 6.74%
    Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America 2393575 8.99%
    The Gormenghast Novels (Gormenghast, #1-3) 39058 10.11%
    Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1) 13037 7.87%
    Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West 103749 7.87%
    Whip Hand (Sid Halley, #2) 8574 6.74%
    The Third Man 48800 13.48%
    The Mountains of Mourning 2684541 7.87%
    Tales from Shakespeare 42036 5.62%
    What's Bred in the Bone (Cornish Trilogy, #2) 265767 6.74%
    Grant 34237826 14.61%
    Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph 57936 7.87%
    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems 118389 22.47%
    The Lost Thing 69139 5.62%
    Elmer Gantry 11378 5.62%
    Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1) 15177 11.24%
    The Civil War 56781 6.74%
    Vita Nuova 540422 5.62%
    River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life 32275 7.87%
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 19400 13.48%
    MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors (M*A*S*H, #1) 82472 6.74%
    Bloodlands: Europe Between ****** and Stalin 6572270 10.11%
    Riddley Walker 776573 7.87%
    Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8) 79551 6.74%
    The Coming of the Third Reich (The History of the Third Reich, #1) 319473 7.87%
    Duino Elegies 53111 7.87%
    Something Under the Bed is Drooling (Calvin and Hobbes #2) 70490 14.61%
    The Borders of Infinity 5073782 5.62%
    The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies 19337 6.74%
    Obelix and Co. (Asterix, #23) 71301 5.62%
    The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories 3539006 5.62%
    Testament of Youth 374388 7.87%
    Poems 108137 5.62%
    The Skull Beneath the Skin (Cordelia Gray, #2) 46019 6.74%
    Peer Gynt 279221 5.62%
    Asterix and the Roman Agent (Astérix #15) 122441 5.62%
    The Jewel in the Crown (The Raj Quartet, #1) 146746 5.62%
    Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar 282108 7.87%
    A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918 100834 5.62%
    The Selfish Giant 677552 6.74%
    The Continental Op 30004 6.74%
    The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure 36556202 6.74%
    The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam 10302 5.62%
    Sonnets from the Portuguese 154387 12.36%
    Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosigan Omnibus, #1) 61900 13.48%
    Kristin Lavransdatter (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1-3) 6217 8.99%
    Perrault's Fairy Tales 630879 11.24%
    The Third Reich in Power (The History of the Third Reich, #2) 536788 5.62%
    The Mabinogion 455219 6.74%
    Dr. Thorne (Chronicles of Barsetshire #3) 414295 5.62%
    The Waves 46114 26.97%
    The Hunting of the Snark 296866 5.62%
    Collected Poems, 1909-1962 142080 21.35%
    The Little Mermaid 132391 21.35%
    Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings 17717 29.21%
    Collected Poems 133380 8.99%
    The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury 59715 22.47%
    Can You Forgive Her? (Palliser, #1) 374371 6.74%
    Major Barbara 367762 5.62%
    Prometheus Bound 297593 11.24%
    The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States 285500 21.35%
    In the Garden of Iden (The Company, #1) 270490 5.62%
    The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood 18957 5.62%
    The Riverside Chaucer 2711 8.99%
    What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist—the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England 1987 5.62%
    Within a Budding Grove (In Search of Lost Time, #2) 9484 10.11%
    The PreHistory of The Far Side: A 10th Anniversary Exhibit 233712 8.99%
    Four Plays: The Clouds/The Birds/Lysistrata/The Frogs 1560 6.74%
    Sharpe's Siege (Sharpe, #18) 564536 6.74%
    To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 9315641 7.87%
    Fatelessness 318335 7.87%
    The Periodic Table 427282 10.11%
    The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 1: 1950-1952 54596 6.74%
    The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers 12950 7.87%
    Dangerous Visions 600349 8.99%
    The Simple Art of Murder 2051 5.62%
    A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love 61536 7.87%
    The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems 5931 5.62%
    Jabberwocky and Other Poems 143466 5.62%
    My Left Foot 43946 5.62%
    Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons (Calvin and Hobbes #7) 70487 14.61%
    Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" (Calvin and Hobbes #6) 70488 13.48%
    The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia 138299 5.62%
    Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63 99199 8.99%
    My Real Children 18490637 5.62%
    The Constitution of the United States of America 89959 24.72%
    Dispatches 4339 15.73%
    The Second World War 13528287 5.62%
    The Lion in Winter 279660 10.11%
    The Waste Land 34080 40.45%
    The Pillow Book 18185 5.62%
    The Age of Reason 1031803 7.87%
    Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 19186 5.62%
    The Emperor's New Clothes 343002 13.48%
    The Mismeasure of Man 54218 7.87%
    Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12) 93575 22.47%
    Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil 52090 13.48%
    Saint Joan 12274 6.74%
    The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck 19336 10.11%
    The Highwayman 116381 5.62%
    The Mind’s I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul 2081 5.62%
    Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat (Calvin and Hobbes #9) 24816 17.98%
    Asterix in Spain (Asterix, #14) 122440 5.62%
    Mason & Dixon 413 8.99%
    The Threepenny Opera 64417 10.11%
    The Mysterious Stranger 102564 7.87%
    Bolt (Kit Fielding, #2) 8552 5.62%
    The Path to Power 86524 14.61%
    The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book 35736 5.62%
    The Conquest of Gaul 592167 7.87%
    Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words 25329850 7.87%
    Battle Cry of Freedom 35100 24.72%
    The Wasteland, Prufrock and Other Poems 2325390 10.11%
    The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1) 316845 22.47%
    Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic 91017 13.48%
    Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (The Trilogy, #1-3) 12279 7.87%
    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 19809 10.11%
    Julian 8719 5.62%
    I Heard the Owl Call My Name 106931 5.62%
    Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader 46890 10.11%
    Hornblower and the Atropos 77038 6.74%
    Isaac Newton 17098 5.62%
    Climbing Mount Improbable 248764 7.87%
    The Book of Imaginary Beings 16568 6.74%
    Peter the Great: His Life and World 130363 11.24%
    The Owl and the Pussycat 389065 7.87%
    The Fall of Berlin 1945 42661 11.24%
    The Major Works 112136 6.74%
    A Small Town in Germany 46461 5.62%
    The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 18669169 6.74%
    The Earthsea Quartet (Earthsea Cycle, #1-4) 68041 7.87%
    The Complete English Poems 134025 8.99%
    Angels in America 72003 13.48%
    King Henry IV, Part 1 13020 21.35%
    The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II 246422 5.62%
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    The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding 306090 7.87%
    The Eagle of the Ninth 149405 7.87%
    Dragonsbane (Winterlands #1) 176268 5.62%
    Complete Works 128453 7.87%
    Instructions 7023148 5.62%
    The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 175278 6.74%
    The Book of Disquiet 45974 16.85%
    The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6) 2054 28.09%
    American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer 80571 10.11%
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    I am reading a collection of short stories by that master of literature Vladimir Nabokov. Admittedly, I've been reading it off and on for months now, but that's only because I'm so busy all the time. Were it not for that, I'd have finished it as quickly as my sleep cycle and natural reading speed would allow.

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    Also, a list of 890 underrated books that at least 5 of my Goodreads friends have rated at least 4 stars. I was going to go with 1000, but that resulted in a post above the 100000 characters limit.

     
    Book
    The Search for Alexander
    God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution
    God's Funeral: The Decline of Faith in Western Civilization
    The Oxford History of the American People
    Myths & Legends of the British Isles
    Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right
    Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins
    The Mind's Sky: Human Intelligence in a Cosmic Context
    For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports
    The Singing Detective
    Selected Poems
    Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy (Wordsworth Poetry)
    The Light and the Dark (Strangers and Brothers, #4)
    The Anthropic Cosmological Principle
    The Roman Triumph
    The World Remade: America in World War I
    The World My Wilderness
    The Reformation (The Penguin History of the Church, #3)
    Is Heathcliff a Murderer?: Great Puzzles in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
    Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity
    KGB: The Inside Story of Its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev
    The Highland Clearances
    The Road to Camlann. The Death of King Arthur
    Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
    Herself Surprised
    Ancient Inventions
    Don Carlos and Mary Stuart
    The Bertrams
    Love and Death in the American Novel
    The Neandertal Enigma: Solving the Mystery of Human Origins
    The Great Mutiny: India 1857
    The Pleasure of Reading
    The Deceivers
    Poetical Works: Tennyson
    The Oxford Companion to English Literature
    Nightrunners of Bengal
    The Prophet Outcast: Trotsky, 1929-1940
    A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter's Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial
    Paddington Treasury
    The Smithsonian Book of Books
    Twisted Tales from Shakespeare
    The Tigris Expedition: In Search of Our Beginnings
    The Adventures of Paddington
    The American Religion
    Feudal Society, Volume 2
    Time of Hope (Strangers and Brothers, #1)
    Bhowani Junction
    Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown
    The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
    Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education
    Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    The Sardonyx Net
    Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus
    The Major Works: Including Songs and Sonnets and Sermons
    Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR & the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II
    Selected Poetry and Prose
    The Pentagon Papers
    Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Vol. 3: The Perspective of the World
    American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity
    Songs of Experience
    Favorite Poems
    Boy in Darkness and Other Stories
    A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades
    The Second Common Reader
    Plays Pleasant
    Paddington Takes the Air (Paddington, #9)
    A Glastonbury Romance
    Civilizations: Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature
    The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays
    The Ring and the Book
    The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture
    The Masters (Strangers and Brothers, #5)
    Snoopy and the Red Baron
    Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life
    The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behavior
    The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei: Vol. One: The Gathering
    Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?
    The 40s: The Story of a Decade
    The World Treasury of Science Fiction
    Inventing the Middle Ages
    The Anglo-Saxons
    Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes
    In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954
    Undertones of War
    The Prophet Unarmed: Trotsky, 1921-1929
    The Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830
    Queen Victoria's Little Wars
    Gunga Din and Other Favorite Poems
    The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism
    Origins
    The School for Cats
    Revelations of the Medieval World (A History of Private Life, #2)
    The Elephant's Child: And Other Just So Stories
    The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
    The Tale of Kitty In Boots
    The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo
    Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter
    The Ghost in the Machine
    War and the Iliad
    The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays
    The Twelve Caesars
    Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt
    Casablanca: Script and Legend
    The Complete Works of Alfred Tennyson
    Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature
    A History of the Crusades, Vol. II: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187
    The Royal Hunt Of The Sun
    Ode to a Nightingale
    Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch
    The Man Who Was Magic
    Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe
    Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume II
    Collected Stories
    Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume III
    In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: A Journey from Greece to Asia
    Roman Warfare
    William the Outlaw (Just William, #7)
    Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire
    Pax Britannica: Climax of an Empire
    Incident at Vichy
    Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India
    La Belle Dame Sans Merci
    Maigret in Vichy
    Collected Plays 1944-1961
    Mr. Worry
    Mr. Rush
    Alberta and Jacob
    Collected Poems
    Hearing Secret Harmonies (A Dance to the Music of Time, #12)
    The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
    What We Talk About When We Talk about Rape
    NeuroLogic: The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior
    The Camera and the Tsars: The Romanov Family in Photographs
    Ancient Mariner; Kubla Khan and Christabel
    Mog's Christmas
    The Reason Why: The Story of the Fatal Charge of the Light Brigade
    Black Easter (After Such Knowledge, #2)
    Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
    Classics for Pleasure
    Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity as Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi
    Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
    Party Going
    William the Conqueror (Just William, #6)
    Casanova's Chinese Restaurant (A Dance to the Music of Time, #5)
    Maigret Loses His Temper (Maigret, #61)
    Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial
    Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War
    D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls
    The Portable Blake
    City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London
    The Common Reader
    The Dancers of Arun (Chronicles of Tornor, #2)
    The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution 1895-1980
    Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge & Its Transmission Through Myth
    Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome
    We Never Make Mistakes: Two Short Novels
    The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s
    Travels into the Interior of Africa
    Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
    The Night Country
    The Ship
    The Candle in the Wind (The Once and Future King, #4)
    Last and First Men/Star Maker
    The Military Philosophers (A Dance to the Music of Time, #9)
    The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution
    Androcles and the Lion
    The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-45
    Kepler (Revolutions Trilogy, #2)
    Eva Trout
    The Golden Fleece
    An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard
    Seven Types of Ambiguity
    The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909
    The Vintage Mencken
    Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress (The Pax Britannica Trilogy, #1)
    Rousseau and Revolution (The Story of Civilization, #10)
    Works of William Blake
    Collected Poems of Robert Service
    The Reformation (The Story of Civilization #6)
    The Origins of the Second World War
    Red Cavalry and Other Stories
    From Ritual to Romance
    In Parenthesis
    Questioning the Millennium: A Rationalist's Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom
    The Age of Louis XIV (The Story of Civilization, #8)
    The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s
    The Washing of the Spears: A History of the Rise of the Zulu Nation Under Shaka and Its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879
    The Invention of Science: The Scientific Revolution from 1500 to 1750
    Civilisation
    The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph & Diversity 200–1000
    The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazar Empire and its Heritage
    The Sumerians: Their History, Culture, and Character
    Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
    The Portable Curmudgeon
    Tennyson: Poems
    Peanuts Treasury
    Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes
    The Anatomy of Revolution Revised and Expanded Edition
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volumes 1-3
    Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
    Judgment on Deltchev
    The Red Shoes
    The Cremation of Sam McGee
    The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450
    In Search of the Trojan War
    Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes
    The World of Odysseus
    Cities and the Wealth of Nations
    Temporary Kings (A Dance to the Music of Time, #11)
    The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction
    The Complete Works of Isaac Babel
    A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers
    Prizzi's Honor
    Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad
    What Makes This Book So Great
    Lyric Poems
    News from Nowhere and Other Writings
    To the Finland Station
    Medieval Civilization 400-1500
    A Boy and His Dog & "Repent, Harlequin!" said the Ticktockman
    Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
    The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire
    The Corpse on the Dike
    God's War: A New History of the Crusades
    A Crown of Feathers
    The Russian Revolution
    The Age of Napoleon (The Story of Civilization, #11)
    The Works of John Donne
    The Wycherly Woman
    The Hidden Persuaders
    The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
    Anthem for Doomed Youth
    Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World
    Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley
    Angus and the Cat
    The Earliest English Poems
    The Metaphysical Poets
    Heinrich Himmler
    The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull
    Books Do Furnish a Room (A Dance to the Music of Time, #10)
    At Lady Molly's (A Dance to the Music of Time, #4)
    A History of Private Life: From Pagan Rome to Byzantium
    The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000
    The Lady's Not for Burning
    The New Lifetime Reading Plan: The Classic Guide to World Literature, Revised and Expanded
    Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking
    Dickens
    The Analysis of Mind
    The Four-Gated City (Children of Violence, #5)
    Ode to the West Wind
    Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England
    The House at Pooh Corner and Now We Are Six
    Islandia
    The Ill-Made Knight (The Once and Future King, #3)
    My Life
    The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
    The Warning Voice (The Story of the Stone #3)
    The Beauty of Men
    Telzey Amberdon
    Alone Against Tomorrow: Stories of Alienation in Speculative Fiction
    The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
    Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
    The Vivisector
    Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time
    Napoleon Bonaparte
    The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
    Homer's Daughter
    The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
    Landscape and Memory
    The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden
    Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers
    The Anatomy of Melancholy
    Five Days in London, May 1940
    Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket
    Signposts in a Strange Land: Essays
    The Brontës Went to Woolworths
    Her Privates We
    In My Father's Court
    The Tyger
    Passage of Arms
    2015 on Goodreads
    Alfred Hitchcock
    The Tale of Little Pig Robinson
    The Soldier's Art (A Dance to the Music of Time, #8)
    History of the Second World War
    The Rise of the Novel, Updated Edition
    On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
    A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon
    The Blue Nile
    The White Nile
    Mr. Forgetful
    Coleridge's Poetry and Prose
    Mr. Nonsense
    The Isles: A History
    The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions
    The Three Edwards (The Plantagenets, #3)
    Warrior Scarlet
    The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
    Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard
    The Life of Alexander the Great
    Thames: Sacred River
    The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry
    Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War
    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1-2
    The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
    The Death of Woman Wang
    The Acceptance World (A Dance to the Music of Time, #3)
    Paddington Goes to Town (Paddington, #8)
    Selected Writings
    The Bog People: Iron-Age Man Preserved
    How Mirka Caught a Fish
    Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen
    The Tale of Mr. Tod
    Inventing Japan: 1853-1964
    The Valley of Bones (A Dance to the Music of Time, #7)
    The Prophet Armed: Trotsky, 1879-1921
    Collected Stories
    Feudal Society, Volume 1
    Cromwell
    National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region
    Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh
    The Hundred Years War: The English in France 1337-1453
    Doctor Copernicus (Revolutions Trilogy, #1)
    The World of Star Trek
    Sailing to Byzantium
    The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Penultimate Reflections in Natural History
    A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake: James Joyce's Masterwork Revealed
    Harold's Fairy Tale
    Ten North Frederick
    La Débâcle
    Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean
    Adčle and Simon
    Caesar: A Biography
    The Complete Poems
    Father and Son
    Keats: Poems
    2017 on Goodreads
    Collected Poems of Robert Burns
    The Witch in the Wood (The Once and Future King, #2)
    Harmonium
    Understanding Physics
    Byzantium: The Decline and Fall
    The Ancient Celts
    The Celts
    Somme
    The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
    A Book of Nonsense
    Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe
    Selected Poems
    The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense
    Songs of Innocence
    Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window
    The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
    Rumpole on Trial
    The Age of Voltaire (The Story of Civilization, #9)
    Bullies, Bastards and Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction
    The Living Planet
    The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories
    Mr. Daydream
    Shakespeare
    The History of the Franks
    Mr. Small
    Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books
    Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came
    Thomasina
    Eminent Victorians
    Melisande
    Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
    The Hollow Men
    The Elephant's Child
    Connections
    Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet
    High Spirits
    Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare, Vols. 1-2
    The Man Without Qualities: Vol. 2
    The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought
    The Shrinking of Treehorn
    On Natural Selection
    Chronicles
    A History of the Crusades, Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
    Culture and Anarchy
    Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone
    Lysistrata / The Acharnians / The Clouds
    How to Suppress Women's Writing
    Lying About ******: History, Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial
    Generations of Winter
    The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories
    The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931
    The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays
    The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815
    The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization
    The Russians
    The Wind in the Willows
    The Ra Expeditions
    The Georgics
    July 1914: Countdown to War
    The Selected Poems
    Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island
    Violet the Pilot
    Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch
    Faithful Ruslan
    Byzantium: The Apogee
    The Crofter and the Laird: Life on an Hebridean Island
    Samurai Executioner, Vol. 1: When the Demon Knife Weeps
    Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers
    Three by Tennessee: Sweet Bird of Youth; The Rose Tattoo; The Night of the Iguana
    Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
    The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard
    The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World
    Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
    Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis
    The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, or The Roly-Poly Pudding
    There Are No Cats in This Book
    The Later Roman Empire (A.D. 354-378)
    Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s
    ******: A Study in Tyranny
    Haunted House
    The Year of the French
    The Engineer of Human Souls
    Carnival
    The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely
    Serve It Forth
    A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962
    Summer in Baden-Baden
    David and the Phoenix
    Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man
    The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce and Selected Stories
    The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
    The Life of the Cosmos
    The Lime Twig
    Everything and Nothing
    The Portable James Joyce
    The Thirty Years War
    And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II
    The End of the World News
    A Mixture of Frailties (Salterton Trilogy, #3)
    The Story of Miss Moppet
    A Buyer's Market (A Dance to the Music of Time #2)
    An Accidental Man
    Principia Ethica
    A Million Open Doors (Giraut #1)
    Sartor Resartus
    Archy and Mehitabel
    The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest
    Daemon Voices
    The War Poems
    The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages
    The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War
    Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing
    The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell
    The Chronicles of Clovis
    Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War
    The Arms of Krupp: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Dynasty that Armed Germany at War
    Kubla Khan
    A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier
    The Death of the Moth and Other Essays
    Poison, Shadow, and Farewell (Your Face Tomorrow, #3)
    Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale
    Aye, and Gomorrah: And Other Stories
    Pornography: Men Possessing Women
    The Magnificent Century (The Plantagenets, #2)
    Selected Poems and Fragments
    Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages
    The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
    Autobiography
    Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds
    Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life
    Tanglewood Tales: A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys
    Madlenka
    Seven Days In May
    The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
    A Secret History (Book of Ash, #1)
    The Far Side of the Dollar (Lew Archer #12)
    The Inheritor (Occult Tales, #2)
    The Shape of Things to Come
    A Dance to the Music of Time: 2nd Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time, #4-6)
    The Price of Admiralty: The Evolution of Naval Warfare from Trafalgar to Midway
    Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World
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    Quote Originally Posted by Subteigh View Post
    On Love by Alain de Botton.

    Oh god, please don't suggest him to anyone.

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    Right now im verrrrry slowly reading Room to Dream, an (auto)biography by Kristine McKenna and David Lynch about David's life. And Head Strong by Amy Hodge, about her experience with brain cancer cuz I happened to meet her irl and she seemed normal but talked to me about how the damage in her brain caused her to do things like shoes before socks which made me feel less alone and more hopeful <3 So far it's Caring Bridge entries and not exactly a barrel of excitement but I'm into it for obvious reasons.

    I'll update you in 20 years.

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    Just finished reading My Best Friends Exorcism, Battlefield Earth, and Crime and Punishment. First book I'd give a 4/5 with it being this sort of 80s throw back high school mild horror story with a lot of comedy as well. The ending made me cry real baby tears, absolutely loved that ending. Not uncommon to get teary eyed at bittersweet endings but really had some tears streaming I'll tell ya.

    Battlefield Earth a surprising 5/5. first off the movie is absolutely horse shit, don't watch it, don't even acknowledge its existence, it's so shit I couldn't make it past 20 minutes and unfortunately has tainted the image of such an amazing novel. But the novel itself is a really great action adventure sci fi story with a lot of pulp fiction undertones but not pulp itself. Protagonist a bit of a Gary Stu admittedly but not an offensive one, exact opposite actually, can't help but emphasize and cheer him on all the way through.

    Crime and Punishment 5/5, just absolutely legendary, might consider my third favorite fictional so far, with one being the Odyssey, two being Lolita, and four being Runaway Horses. Love just how accurately this book paints the phenomena of ethics and overts and justice so well and seeing all this play out. Protagonist such a quintessential toxic ILI though could see my old angsty teenage self in him often.

    Books I'm currently reading are A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene, What Is Mathematics by Richard Courant, and Seven Brief Lessons On Physics by Carlo Rovelli

    As you can see I've gotten into quite the physics craze which is unusual since I used to hate the subject but was watching videos by Tibees on YouTube and Michio Kaku and random channels I don't recall names of at this moment have awaken physics as a brand new interest of mine. I didn't get a Michio book though since I watched so many of his videos that I didn't want any redundancy but will once I finish a few current reads and gonna tackled Feynman's Lectures online as well: http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu

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    I finished The Master and Margarita a couple weeks ago, after @Chrysalis ‘ recommendation. It’s now one of my favorite books.
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    Books I am currently reading:

    - Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks: clever book discussing various case studies of people having hallucinations
    - The Big Think Book - Peter Cave: clever book that delves into philosophy through various paradoxes
    - No Bullsh*t Guide to Math & Physics - Ivan Savov: a refresher on introductory math and physics; covers the basics, cuts right to the chase about mechanics, calculus, etc.
    - The Emperor's New Mind - Roger Penrose: a sometimes long-winded and perhaps difficult book that goes through the thickets of math, physics, and neuroscience to explain why hard AI is not feasible; while the trip might be difficult, it is nonetheless worthwhile.
    - The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball - Tango, Lichtman, Dolphin: a book basically on baseball analytics, and how to strategize in baseball using various data, statistics, etc.
    - The Feynman Lectures - Richard Feynman: what can I say? "Lectures on physics from its most brilliant teacher"...
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    I downloaded an illegal ebook of Mark Rothko's life as told by his son... only to realize I downloaded an ebook of his paintings, small scale and black and white. FML.

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    an inbetween "wish and read" mix:

    - Shylock's Ewes and Rams: Economics and Morality by E. Michael Jones and John Beaumont
    - Jewish Revolutionary Spirit by E.Michael Jones
    - The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal As Ethnic Cleansing by E. Michael Jones
    - Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time by Carroll Quigley
    - Defending the Faith: An Anti-Modernist Anthology by W. H. Marshner
    - The Art of Dying Well by st. Robert Bellarmine
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    I finished the David Lynch autobiography but ended up skimming cuz it was about the details of his films and the producers and funding involved etc. It happened to mention stuff like his affair with Isabella rossellini and that would have been up my alley if more of a focus.

    I just grabbed The Club Dumas off the shelf since it's a fictional murder mystery and looks like an easy read and that's what I'm feeling (even if it's described on the back cover as "an intellectual mystery." Guess it has something to do with the famous sei)

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    Just finished The Club Dumas and eh. Lots of book details. In order to keep track of the mystery it's like how does this book connect to that book and who wants a certain book and why, and I don't give a shit, but maybe I just lack patience. Also a bunch of stuff about centuries old novel plots and how to tell if an old book was faked and so on. If you're into that kind of thing. Some people are. Not me.

    Just took a couple Khalil Gibran books off the shelf (self-portrait and the broken wings)

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    I read Graceling by Kristin Cashore because it kept popping up in my recommended books on GR and I freaking hated that book. I kept picturing the MC like Susan from adventure time. I found myself googling the author so I could get a sense of someone who would write this crap lol

    Then I read Once Broken Faith which is book 10 in the October Daye series. Thinking about staring on book 11. They make me happy.

    I have A Room of Ones Own by Virginia Woolf right now, but idk if I want to go there just yet. I like to sprinkle in something more serious from time to time

    You all read such studious books and here I am with my urban fantasy lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by aster View Post
    I read Graceling by Kristin Cashore because it kept popping up in my recommended books on GR and I freaking hated that book. I kept picturing the MC like Susan from adventure time. I found myself googling the author so I could get a sense of someone who would write this crap lol

    Then I read Once Broken Faith which is book 10 in the October Daye series. Thinking about staring on book 11. They make me happy.

    I have A Room of Ones Own by Virginia Woolf right now, but idk if I want to go there just yet. I like to sprinkle in something more serious from time to time

    You all read such studious books and here I am with my urban fantasy lol

    oh well
    When I was like 13, I promised a friend of mine I'd read the Graceling series. I never did, and felt kind of guilty about it. It just seemed bad.
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    Reading The Broken Wings, I realized my attitude towards Khalil Gibran has changed. I still like him, but I used to think he had some special connection to the universe that gave his text divine wisdom, and now I just think he's good at making things sound important and pretty.

    I still plan on reading Self Portrait as well, but my bf stopped at the bookstore and after scrounging, I'm gonna take a quick detour to read this book he got for laughs: Broetry. Here's the front cover.


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    I learned in the forward to Self Portrait that Gibran was a student of Rodin for a few years and I wanna share cuz they're a couple of my faves and that's cool as hell.

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    Currently reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik. So far I like it.
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    Finished Self-Portrait, a book of Khalil Gibrans letters. Similar to that David Lynch book I would have preferred more personal stuff and less professional stuff, but it was Gibran doing all the writing to others and even in his professional correspondence he's personable and poetic. I liked it.

    Next up is Barbara Kingsolvers The Poisonwood Bible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashlesha View Post
    Next up is Barbara Kingsolvers The Poisonwood Bible.
    I really like that one. I felt like it left a lasting impression on me. Have you read anything by her before? I read The Lacuna also and liked that one as well, but nothing else so far. I’d like to try more of her books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aster View Post
    I really like that one. I felt like it left a lasting impression on me. Have you read anything by her before? I read The Lacuna also and liked that one as well, but nothing else so far. I’d like to try more of her books.
    Yeah, I read The Bean Trees and a I think a couple others and I really liked her as an author, which is why I bought this one even though the plot didn't really sing to me. I still expect to like it.

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    I finished the poisonwood bible and I liked it even though it didn't really strike me or anything.. some paragraphs were impactful and some lines were like poetry. Interesting reading from an American about how Africa is misunderstood while knowing that I must understand another American best.

    Today I'm about to start "keeping the brain alive" written by neurologists about "neurobics" which from a quick glance look like tasks like brushing your teeth with the wrong hand and if it's written by neurologists it must be legit but I hope it's more than Facebook meme ideas. We'll see.

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    Jeez, I'm taking over this thread. Reading like a mofo, that's good, right? I ended up skimming through that brain book. It's all about using the 5 senses to take in info in novel ways and right now with my medical condition, typing on a keyboard or standing on one leg feel "novel" so I guess my brain is working out hardcore. Hopefully it comes in handy later. Especially since I'm gonna age early and be extra prone to alzheimers and dementia, isn't life great? So good to have, and apparently rolling down your car windows is good for your noggin, so hey. (:

    This morning I started "the unbearable lightness of being." I haven't seen the movie, is it good? I like the prose and writing style so far. Or at least that of the translator lol.

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    Gonna do a book review since this is a book thread and there’s a movie review thread but no book review thread (go figure). I recently read Habibi and this is by far the best graphic novel I’ve ever read. For starters the illustrations and book cover are absolutely beautiful; the drawings feel colorful and full of life despite the black and white ink - which I actually prefer as a stylistic choice. It’s nice to use your imagination to fill in the colors that aren’t immediately obvious. Secondly, the way Islam is portrayed is refreshing. I love the use of Arabic calligraphy and the Quran/Bible stories secondary to the plot and, as someone who isn’t religious, I never found it boring. The way it’s woven into the characters lives is also a nice touch. Speaking of, the two main characters journey and growth is captivating to watch.

    Dodola is exposed to sex at a very young age, being 9 when she’s sold into marriage and being taken as a salve soon after. Her experiences with sex are nearly always uncomfortable, being raped numerous times, but she quickly learns to use her sexuality as an advantage - though she really has no choice but to. Zam is totally the opposite; right from the start when he discovers his sexuality he feels guilty for it. When he masturbates to the thought of Dodola he immediately shames himself and this also might have to do with seeing her raped in front of his eyes at a tender age. I’ll get more into that part of him later.

    Another thing I really liked was how it showed the evils of pollution and capitalism and juxtaposed old with modern. The city of Wanatolia is a sleek metropolis compared to the harsh desert and the backwards slums located elsewhere. Wanatolia saps the resources from the people outside to keep itself running. When you first start the book it seems like it takes place in an ancient time but there’s hints of modernity with the motorcycle at the start and views of trashed cars throughout. But the book is not without problems - it’s full of orientalist stereotypes. The way Arab men are portrayed isn’t exactly positive. The author says it’s a portrayal of men in general but we never see the black men engage in this behavior and we don’t really see white men period. The only white man I recall was racist though so I guess that’s not positive either. The women are basically breathing sex dolls. But it is a good look at corruption in the world that you would find more in place with the ‘ancient’ world you’re first greeted with. Slavery is abundant outside the walls of Wanatolia and even inside in the harem - a traditional palace that seems out of place beside all the skyscrapers. Racism still exists in the modern society and, interestingly, it seems like most of the people in the city are white.

    And besides the two main characters everyone else is one dimensional and mostly stereotypes. Back to Zam - his castration left me uneasy because I knew from the start it was a bad idea. He wasn’t born a woman in a man’s body, he just wanted to fit in with the group to get fed. But it did seem like he wanted to get rid of his penis because of the shame around his sexuality, too. It was also nice to see transgender representation especially when it happens when you still think you’re in an old time period. We see him paralyzed when he’s lying with the transgirl, again repressing his sexuality. Later on these feelings turn into pure despair and self hatred for what he chose to do, upset that he can’t provide Dodola with a child when they reunite and fall in love. I also liked how it showed every shade of love through them - from sibling/paternal to romantic.

    I think when Dodola suggests having a kid it seems like a good idea to her, but I’m sure she still has some trauma from ignoring her first child in favor of opium and then him being murdered when she finally begins her motherly duties. As you can guess, it’s a dark book but there’s sprinkles of humor too. Dwarf farts are a highlight. Anyways, that’s all I can remember after thinking about this for hours.

    Overall, I give it a 9/10.
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    I finished the unbearable lightness of being. The prose was so good he made marriage issues and old European politics interesting. Lots of over generalizing with a philosophical bent, and I'm all about that shit, especially mixed into fiction.

    Next up, for those of you on the edge of your seats: the cider house rules. Another movie I haven't seen. I vaguely remember the orphans in bed in the commercials but nothing about the plot.

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    I checked out two Stephen King books. The Outsider and Pet Semetary. Trying to decide which one I want to read right now. I’m feeling indecisive.
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    @aster did you pick one? I like Stephen king.

    I finished the cider house rules. I didn't find it personally striking or poignant but it was a solid read that I mostly enjoyed as a way to pass the time. 6.5 out of 10

    I'm about to start the diving bell and the butterfly. Borrowed from boyfriend on his recommendation. He told me how the book was written by the guy blinking his eyes while paralyzed, which I found depressing, as well as motivational lol. I guess if you can't move, you'll put all your passion and effort to things in your head, so I'm guessing it'll be good.

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    I used to read Stephen King a long time ago when I was learning English. Pet Semetary and some other book about some guy who traveled across America in another dimension.

    I remember there's something really disturbing about his stories. He really gets under my skin. It is fascinating and unpleasant at the same time.

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    I really liked the diving bell and the butterfly. It felt like reading the diary of a friend (even though it didn't go into diary style topics lol. But he'd talk about rude and nice nurses and stuff and it's like, most people aren't uber familiar. Not that I can relate to him. Locked in syndrome is probably the worst fate I can think of.)

    The next to grab on my shelf was the art of war. About to learn how to claim the south pole for the ashlesha household. Here we go.

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    The last month I've finished re-reading the entirety of Stephen King's magnum opus, The Dark tower series. Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, then I started re-reading David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, before I thought better of it and decided to re-read Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore. About 1/8th through it at the point of writing this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashlesha View Post
    @aster did you pick one? I like Stephen king.
    Not yet. But I’m leaning towards Pet Semetary because it’s a paperback and more portable. I need to start soon. But I’ve been binge watching Game of Thrones instead lol. I like him, too. I’ve liked all the books I’ve read of his so far.
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    The art of war so far is like ni advising se imo.
    Study the subject to know where to pounce at the correct time, analyze things before jumping into them, stuff like that.
    That said, I'm bored and putting it aside to write about it. I heard about it in the context of how it could be read as general philosophy and it can be interpreted that way, yeah, but eh, even so far as it can be taken as metaphor or generalized advice I'm like, "okay, this is common sense, but I'm not hearing how to like, actually apply it.."
    In a way it's like, "have ni, k thanks"

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    Starting the awakening of intelligence by jiddu krishnamurti.
    Excited about this one yay but not enough to read it now instead of putting it in the bag for the bus lol...
    In part because it's in the format of individual interviews and stuff so hot shit for a short attention span.

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    I finished that krishnamurti bullshit and cuz I can't bring myself to ditch a book after investing too much, the last of it was half assed. I already complained to my bf about more detailed aspects (more comprehensively than he cared to hear, I'm sure) but in short, he was unnecessarily rude to his interlopers (to convey his superiority, I think) and arrogant about the unclear and contradictory (read: so complex!) nature of his message.

    I just started the armchair mystic, which is a how-to for contemplative prayer, and I don't expect to get to the point reached for in the book but I wanna feel some communion or *something* when I pray, and not like im pointlessly talking to myself, so this is a start. So far, it's breezy and written for laymen, easy to grasp, and it's short, so.. cool.

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    I feel less interested in making posts here now cuz I don't need to kick myself to read right now yay. So I'll stop until further notice. Anyway, next.

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    Is anyone else pre-ordering Perhaps the Stars by Ada Palmer?

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