21 8.1 01. Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
This is not of the quality of some of the other books, but the way it was writen brings you into the lives of the characters so well that you feel like you've know them all along.
5 6 02. The Pearl (Steinbeck "Essentials") - John Steinbeck
A great shorty story that only Steinbeck can tell so well.
446 7.8 03. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
An epic book with a backwards look at America.
5 5 04. On the Beach - Nevil Shute
This is the only book that has made me cry out loud. The writing is fluid and the story is heartbreaking from page 1.
37 8.3 05. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Road takes you down nothing but sorrow. Worth the trip, but bring your tissue.
557 8.3 06. The Shining - Stephen King
This story, not to be confused with Stanley Kubrick's version, is amazing in it's imagnation and oh so creepy
439 7.7 07. Choke - Chuck Palahniuk
I could have added several of Chuck Palahniuk's works, however this one is my favorite.
689 7.4 08. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
A horrifying look into the innate cruelty of human kind.
21 7.9 09. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Read it and think of our future.
17 8.8 010. Geek Love: A Novel - Katherine Dunn
This book won't be for everyone, it is disturbing to say the least. I think that the disturbing nature of the story and its undeniable uniqueness is what pushes it to spot no. 2.
798 7.7 011. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
This a book that flows like poetry. Not popular in its time, but has turned into a classic. One of my favorite of all time, hence it's place at no. 1.
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