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yes, thanks for your opinion +1!!

When I read your post I think I didn't remember when I wrote that post, then I saw that amazing GMAT score :lol: so I felt good when I saw that people in my situation have improved a lot

I'd include in the list of things to read "The Economist" magazine, and at the end of each article ask yourself what you have read.

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Thank you for suggestions. The thread has been updated to include the latest recommendations.
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I would like to add "Guns Germs and Steel" to the list - fascinating book for history freaks. Certainly improved my RC skills. An enjoyable book as well.
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I would like to add "Guns Germs and Steel" to the list - fascinating book for history freaks. Certainly improved my RC skills. An enjoyable book as well.



Agree - I liked the book as well, though found a few chapters a bit repetitive as the author kept trying to summarize past arguments quite a few times.
Book added to the list.
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Good idea... I am planning for 2nd attempt and its already clear that I was not able to understand much on the RC on my GMAT last time. I scored 33 on verbal but I was not expecting even that. Reading fiction should for sure improve RC skills. Thanks bb .. I am starting on your list right away :)
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Great list. I would stress 'The Remains of the day' as one of the best novels to read. It does also make your verbal abilities better. I would like to recommend another book by Kazuo Ishiguro - "Never let me go". I didn't finish reading it yet, but definitely good book, especially if you like 'The Remains of the day'.
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Really nice to have such topics in this forum... Kindly continue the same...
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You missed this book from your list.

"Movable Feast by Hemingway - classic and very light; good english of course"

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You missed this book from your list.

"Movable Feast by Hemingway - classic and very light; good english of course"

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That's a very good one - it is a very quick read despite being an average size book.
I am always amazed at the lifestyle back then. I believe Hemingway lived in Paris when one day he decided that he was broke, so he moved to Austrian Alps - I wish that would be the place I live when I am broke...
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There's a good place to read many kinds of books' professional analysis. We will have an insightful of the author's attitude and own experience related to the book and the origin of the book. This will enhance our experience of solving a set of RC questions

That's the Books review section of https://www.newyorktimes.com

BTW, any recommendation for an Astronomy book. This is a very tough topic for most of the test-taker (including me).
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Thank you!! I should really read them
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Thanks BB for the list and I'm starting with these books today -starting with 'Of Mice and Men'......

Do you think on ecan improve drastically in about 1-2 weeks because I have a lot to catch up with (especially the 25 tests here + PowerPrep + MGMAT CAT tests).

Your advice would be valuable at this time.

Thanks in advance...
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Thanks BB for the list and I'm starting with these books today -starting with 'Of Mice and Men'......

Do you think on ecan improve drastically in about 1-2 weeks because I have a lot to catch up with (especially the 25 tests here + PowerPrep + MGMAT CAT tests).

Your advice would be valuable at this time.

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Depends on how much you read, though I think ideally you want 6 weeks +

See if you can get through 1 or 2k pages. That should be sufficient.
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Hi, anybody has read this book -- "The Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama ?

of course reading book is one of the best arsenals to learn and build vocabulary. On other hand, watching good movies can also provide impulse of learning. Sometimes, I watch same dialogue multiple times to get the meaning. See the below conversation...

Movie Name: 'V for Vendetta' wrote:
Evey: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of "what", and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation, I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey: Oh...right.
V: But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatic person.
V: Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you, and you may call me V.
Evey: Are you like a crazy person?


:-D really a crazy guy!!
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Hi, anybody has read this book -- "The Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama ?

of course reading book is one of the best arsenals to learn and build vocabulary. On other hand, watching good movies can also provide impulse of learning. Sometimes, I watch same dialogue multiple times to get the meaning. See the below conversation...

Movie Name: 'V for Vendetta' wrote:
Evey: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of "what", and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation, I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey: Oh...right.
V: But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatic person.
V: Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you, and you may call me V.
Evey: Are you like a crazy person?


:-D really a crazy guy!!



I too liked this dialogue, really crazy one.

To bb- I feel your recommendation about books would not be complete without Fountain head and Atlas Shrugged(already there) and of course "God father".
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I too liked this dialogue, really crazy one.

To bb- I feel your recommendation about books would not be complete without Fountain head and Atlas Shrugged(already there) and of course "God father".


Thanks. Both Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are there. I am about 1/4th through Atlas Shrugged!!!

Not familiar with the God Father book - I am sure it is a fantastic masterpiece but how is the English in that book?
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