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Display Name: Scarbelline
Reading Interests: Gone With the Wind Wuthering Heights Jane Austen Les Miserables I love classics; gothic romances; NOT twilight; harry potter; really, i'll read pretty much anything.

Scarbelline's Book Lists
The Best (12 titles)
Books I've read over the years and loved. Higher reading level.

Scarbelline's Comments    
Cover ArtGone with the wind.
by Margaret Mitchell
I always cry when I hear the Tara’s Theme.. This book is truly an incredible piece of writing. I know a lot of people finish the book thinking Scarlett got exactly what she deserved, but I didn’t. I think Rhett was just as much to blame as Scarlett was. Therefore, I love this book. Read Wuthering Heights if you liked this; same basic romance theme.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:34PM

Cover ArtThe kite runner
by Hosseini, Khaled.
Different than the others on this list. A peek into Afghanistan, yes. But really, a story of dealing with guilt. It is incredible.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:29PM

Cover ArtHarry Potter and the deathly hallows
by Rowling, J. K.
If you haven't read the Harry Potter series, you have major issues.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:16PM

Cover ArtThe Things They Carried
by O'Brien, Tim.
This book is drastically different than any other book on this list(it is closest to Lord of the Flies). However, it's a beautiful (and horrible) book about the Vietnam War.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:15PM

Cover ArtGone with the wind
by Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
My favorite along with Wuthering Heights. Better than the movie (although the movie was amazing). I'm a yankee, so to speak, and I still loved it. Definitely worth reading.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:14PM

Cover ArtBeauty : a retelling of the story of Beauty & the beast
by McKinley, Robin.
Again, an easier read. But I love Beauty and the Beast, and this is a wonderful telling of the original tale. Don't expect to run into Mrs. Potts or Lumiere, though. :)   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:13PM

Cover ArtLife of Pi : a novel
by Martel, Yann.
Whatever you do, don't read the end before the beginning. Then, once you've finished it, go back and read it again. This book is an incredible piece of literature.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:12PM

Cover ArtLes miserables
by Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885.
Yes, it's a beast of a novel. However, I recommend this over the abridged because the it is simply better. Reading the last page is wonderful, if for no other reason than the fact you just finished a 1462-page book. A plot summary would take me an hour to write, but it is essentially the story of Jean Valjean's life.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:12PM

Cover ArtLord of the Flies
by Golding, William, 1911-1993.
A bit of an easier read than the others, but worth it. Makes you think.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:11PM

Cover ArtThe Count of Monte Cristo
by Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870.
Very satisfying. A tale of revenge; and all Dantes does is sit back and watch everyone else cause their own downfall.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:10PM

Cover ArtWuthering heights
by Bronte, Emily, 1818-1848.
"Be with me always-take any form-drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!" -Heathcliff. My favorite along with Gone With the Wind. The story of the passionate and all-consuming love between Cathy and Heathcliff.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:09PM

Cover ArtJane Eyre
by Bronte, Charlotte, 1816-1855.
Just read it. The story of Jane Eyre's life; her life as a child in school and her romance with Mr. Rochester.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:07PM

Cover ArtPride and prejudice
by Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
If you liked the Keira Knightley movie, the book is even better.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:06PM

Cover ArtTwilight
by Stephenie Meyer
The Twilight Saga is the cliched rambling of a pathetic teenage girl. Meyer uses many elements from the classics (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, etc.) as well as Ann Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Almost nothing is original. Also, her writing style is grating if you’re used to reading these classics. Go read Wuthering Heights; same basic (and I mean basic) ideas, but written with more complex characters, a stronger female protagonist, more passion, and beautiful language.   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 5:00PM


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