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Books to Read (Improve Verbal Score and Enjoy a Good Read)

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read 'Blink' and i must admit - frankly - that I've started respecting words such as intuition,spontaneity, and improvisation after reading this book.
the book tries to explore the answer for the question: How to develop intuition? When you love some task and do it again and again then all your experiences related to that task go in your unconscious-database. And thus you develop intuition for that task!
A masterpiece book on intuition I would say.

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New post 29 Dec 2010, 02:09
Please put your book reviews on this thread and thus make this thread useful for book-reviews. Thanks.
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I have read through a few of these books before studying for the GMAT and found my vocabulary is more vivid and I start using words that were common in the 20's and 30's! My friends all think I'm a loser.
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New post 14 Jan 2011, 14:24
just got the The Great Gatsby delivered. ll see how it goes for me... thanks for the list...
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I read The Great Gatsby in High School and was thoroughly offset by it because of my hauteur reputation, finding it very languid. Now,after reading it again, I must say that I impetuously go for the rakish book as incessantly as I get a chance while ascertaining that I highlight all of the vocabulary that I do not know in order to make myself more deft without being supercilious (some of the vocabulary I picked up from the book was used if it was not obvious enough!).
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New post 25 Jan 2011, 22:01
Quick thought on finding a lot of the classics: as of last week Barnes and Noble had a 3 for the price of 2 sale for their B&N classics. Many of those have endnotes by an editor that are helpful with words that may be out of date.

And an even better option is a used bookstore. Most used bookstores have a great selection of classics, which can usually be found for about $4 each.

I love the idea of reading fiction. I've found the SC and RC sections pretty manageable, and I haven't taken an english class since I was 18 (12 years ago). I just spend a lot of time reading.
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Oops! Now I think 7 months is not enuf for my gmat study; I have to get past so many ficton books :)

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I'm almost finished reading The Grapes of Wrath. This is a great story that is easy to read. For those people who don't read regularly, The Grapes of Wrath is a good book to start training your mind about reading actively.

After I finished The Grapes of Wrath, I want to read a more challenging book with a different style of writing. I'm interested at getting The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Has anyone read that book?
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@Samwong yes about to finish Fountainhead. It's a fiction-cum-philosophy kind of book. basically centred around Howard Roark who is 'ideal' architect. basically the book is about individualism and anti-collectivism philosophy. i found the book bit tough to understand but i think it's a good book if you want to prepare for tough RCs.

find the most favorable and critical review here:

http://www.amazon.com/Fountainhead-Ayn- ... ewpoints=1

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my next books will be: Shantaram,Atlas Shrugged, and The Kite Runner.
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PranavChamp,

Thanks for comment. You must really like The Fountainhead to read another book from Ayn Rand.

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I like Fountainhead but sometimes it gets over my head. Basically I want to read as many different authors as possible. And I wanna read classical fiction work such as gone with the wind,atlas shrugged,just to name a few.
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I like horror type books and am currently reading Vikram and Vampire, Ancient tales of India by Richard Burton. Has anyone read it before?
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New post 25 Feb 2011, 10:26
just finished Illusions by Richard Bach. and instant confi booster philosophy i would say. basically he has written some good inspirational snippets interwoven into storyline...worth having a look.

P.S. Illusions is ranked #98 in the top 100 (readers' list) published by modern library.

link: http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/
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any suggestion for good historical novel??? how about hitler's autobio: mein kampf ?
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finished the fountainhead...great illustration of each character. but found the objectivism philosophy unrealistic in today's world.
now reading Shantaram...so far so good...
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New post 26 Mar 2011, 06:35
I love reading and have read a number of the books posted here.
I have some other suggestions for people looking for more:
Some are well-known, others less so.

Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein
The movies are really famous but the books are even better. Journey into a fantastical world that feels so vivid, you feel like you are actually walking along with the characters.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
If Jane Austen had written something like Harry Potter, it would have been this book. Set in Victorian Times, it recounts the tale of the two last magicians in England and the return of Magic. Story a bit slow getting started but once it gets going it's very good!

And I love the Jane Austen books, although they really are more enjoyable for girls.

Another good one to read is any version of:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
There are many Sherlock Holmes stories. The earlier ones are the best. They differ in lenght, from short stories to full novels. Get your detective hat on and see if you can beat Sherlock to the punch (which is almost always impossible, since the man is a genius).

Anyway, I hope it helps anyone. I have so many books I love, but these are some of the best.
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New post 26 Mar 2011, 06:41
thangduong wrote:
in bookstores in my county, there are no books of American authors but many fiction books of English authors such as Jain Austein, Thomas hardy...

can I read fiction books of English authors. Books of what authors I should read, any one has experience of this, please, help

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Just saw this post and wanted to respond. Like one of the previous posts said, many books can be found online whose copyrights have expired. Anything before 1923 is in the Public Domain. Most books after that can be extend for up to 95 years. After that, also public domain. If your country has a limited number of English books available, try online websites. Project Gutenberg is one of them.

Although of course you want to read, you could also try some audio versions of many of these public domain books if you just want to get confortable with the words (perhaps even for a TOEFL test). Projects like Librivox have free audioversion of many public domain books.
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New post 07 May 2011, 12:51
I think of myself as an avid reader and the book which i have found to be most complex in terms of sentence structure is 'Inheritance of loss' by Kiran Desai.

No wonder she won a Booker for it :-D
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