Tag Archive: Top 150 Books

Apr 18

Book Review: A Farewell to Arms

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“The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one’…. (The man who first said that) was probably a coward…. He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave. The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he’s intelligent. He simply doesn’t mention them.” A Farewell to Arms is my third go …

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Feb 13

Book Review: A Storm of Swords

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“It all goes back and back,” Tyrion thought, “to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance in our steads.” A Storm of Swords is book three in the …

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Dec 18

Book Review: A Clash of Kings by R.R. Martin

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A Clash of Kings by R.R. Martin “So many vows … they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. …

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Aug 13

Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival; because life is the moment we’re living now.” The Alchemist is …

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Jul 27

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway “His choice had been to stay in the deep dark water far out beyond all snares and traps and treacheries. My choice was to go there to find him beyond all people. Beyond all people in the world. Now we are joined together and have been …

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May 14

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

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The Godfather by Mario PuzoFor the second time he saw Michael Corleone’s face freeze into a mask that resembled uncannily the Don’s.  “Tom, don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business.  Every piece of s#@$ every man has to eat every day of his life is personal.  They call it business.  …

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Mar 28

1984 by George Orwell

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1984 by George Orwell “We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The …

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Feb 23

A Game of Thrones: Song of Ice and Fire Book 1

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A Game of Thrones “The common people pray for rain, healthy children and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace.” I first read A Game of Thrones around ten years ago after seeing a …

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Dec 27

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” J.R.R. Tolkien opened up his wonderful world to us when he first published his beloved children’s story the Hobbit in …

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Dec 08

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

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“I never knew her in life.  She exists for me through others, in evidence of the ways her death drove them” The Black Dahlia is the first book of James Ellroy’s hollywood quartet series and it’s one of the grittiest darkest books that I’ve ever read.  Ellroy writes this novel with such a realistic flair …

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