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

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I thought Daisy Miller was great! I am now working on Ishiguro's The Remains of The Day. It's a very enjoyable read.
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Great selection of books bb.
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New post 10 Nov 2009, 06:52
Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of The Day is a great book and offers its readers excellent English.

But when it comes to Steinbeck, I'm a little more hesitant. The dialogue that he employs is too colloquial. His books are entertaining, but perhaps they are not the best source for SC strengthening.

Just my two cents. :wink:
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Hey guys,

Just thought I'd recommend another book I'm currently reading.

Its called 'Ahead of the Curve' and its by Philip Delves Broughton, who writes about his experiences in the two years he spent at HBS.

Here is the link for its Amazon review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159420 ... 1594201757

A fantastic read not just for HBS aspirants, but, IMO, for anyone planning to do an MBA.

It'll not only help in improving your verbal skills, but also have the added advantage of giving you an insight into the functioning of one of the worlds top B-schools.

Hope you enjoy it. I certainly am!

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But when it comes to Steinbeck, I'm a little more hesitant. The dialogue that he employs is too colloquial. His books are entertaining, but perhaps they are not the best source for SC strengthening.

Just my two cents. :wink:


Thanks! I probably found it somewhat similar, though the Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden had some challenging areas when he was jumping back and forth - I had to re-read some sections to make sure I understood what was going on.
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What about the Jhumpa Lahiri books??
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New post 15 Dec 2009, 20:09
Atlas Shrugged is awesome! I just keep coming back to Fransico's speech about money - a must read for every aspiring capitalist everywhere. Can't wait to get my hands on fountainhead once I finished reading this beast.
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I think Jhumpa Lahiri's books are excellent abhiforu155! I especially liked her first book: Interpreter of Maladies and of course Namesake was equally as brilliant.

I think one book which needs to be added to the list is Vikram Seth's epic book A Suitable Boy. At about 1300-1400 pages (depending on if you're buying the hardcover or softcover version), its quite a lush, dense and beautifully written book which follows 4 families in post-partition India.

Seth just takes the writing to another level, a small testament: the chapter titles are described in a rhyming couplet!

READ IT!
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New post 29 Dec 2009, 04:59
Hello,
Thanks for this good list.

Since last 3 yrs I have been so overwhelmed with work, I virtually lost the reading habit. Now that I plan to get back to GMAT, it was refreshing to start with "Grapes of Wrath".

Please keep on adding to the list.

My humble contribution to the list - "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda.
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I have read through the thread and I have a question. As one is reading these books, what is the process for actively learning proper grammar and expression? Does it include:

1) Taking notes about grammar, style, punctuation
2) Writing down vocabulary words and looking them up
3) Other?

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I have read through the thread and I have a question. As one is reading these books, what is the process for actively learning proper grammar and expression? Does it include:

1) Taking notes about grammar, style, punctuation
2) Writing down vocabulary words and looking them up
3) Other?

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Most things happen automatically. The only work that needs to be done is looking up new words that you encounter a few times (that means they are important enough and you will probably remember them with several iterations). I actually wrote out most of the words I encountered unless I felt they were extraneous. Then the second time I encountered those words, I would look up my notes and would also have a better chance at remembering it.

No other work is needed and is done by your brain automatically - the beauty of it all.
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New post 11 Feb 2010, 21:48
thx for the great list! i'll get started on shogun since it appeals to me the most :-D
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is available for free in the below site. It is licensed copy.

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/f/fitzger ... index.html
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thanks for this! Kudos!

does anyone know how to get good magazines on the cheap in tokyo?
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New post 27 Feb 2010, 16:54
A good book I have found is The McGraw-Hill Reader - Issues Accross the Disciplines. I find the compilation of essays very thoughtful and the writing very good.
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I highly recommend http://www.bartleby.com/ for some of the classics which aren't copyrighted anymore (eg Twain, Maupassant, Fitzgerald); it also helps you get used to reading long passages on a comp screen
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I liked Fountainhead - full picture of ruthless scenario. I am looking forward to others too. Some of them aren't available in nearest bookstore nor my friends have them.

I am not into much reading habit earlier but I am amazed by the fact that I actually love to read, be it any genre. Thanks for the suggestion bb.
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New post 31 Mar 2010, 10:55
That's an interesting idea to read books when english hasn't been the regular language for studying.
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New post 29 Apr 2010, 05:42
have a list of books to read now :)...thanks for the post
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Great list!! Where can I find the 13 point CR check list?

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