hunger games trilogy, the original alice in wonderland and through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll, Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky, and the following I haven't read myself yet but I have high expectations of: The great gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Roadside Picnic and Perdido street stations by China Miéville (forgot the author of roadside picnic)
Barsoom by Edgar Rice Burroughs -A Princess of Mars -The Gods of Mars -The Warlord of Mars -Thuvia, Maid of Mars -The Chessmen of Mars -The Mastermind of Mars -Swords of Mars -Synthetic Men of Mars -Llana of Gathol -John Carter of Mars
The Kiesha'ra series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. -Hawksong -Snakecharm -Falcondance -Wolfcry -Wyvernhail
The Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. -The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -The Girl Who Played with Fire -The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier The forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip The fountainhead and Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand (Most awesome writer) Elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery Slaughterhouse - 5 by Kurt Vonnegut Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami The count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
These are the best books I've read in my life.
I'll add this two, just in case they have been translated into English or you're so much into other kind of books.
Diablo Guardian (which should be something like 'Guardian Devil' or something like that) by Xavier Velasco AND Think fast, think slow by Daniel Kahneman (not a novel, but rather a Nobel. Very interesting book).
Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar (I've heard it's a good read even if you aren't into games)
Mass Effect: Revelation (no lore or universe knowledge necessary)
I Will Wear Midnight (Discworld book)
The Looking Glass Wars (the fact I can count on my fingers the number of issues I've had with the books says a lot to how well done they are. Seriously, Beddor is good at making a fast paced, fluid adventure sci-fi/fantasy world that defies most conventions in favor of what he actually wanted.)
And, well, I don't mean to be pretentious (or self-promotional) here, but I do have a short story if you really are just interested in reading new stuff: [link] It's perspective -- second person present, was inspired by Halting State, a really great sci-fi novel (seriously, at least read Halting State even if ye ignore my own writing. It's amazingly smart and well done).
Np. The Mass Effect novels are good, for the most part. The most recent one that ties into ME3 had to be heavily edited due to a crap-ton of errors within the canon and universe (sometimes entire planets were opposite to their original nature, such as Palaven).
The audio version for Revelation is also brilliant. I got it for cheap and it certainly is enjoyable.
I usually love all of the books I read, but there are a few that everyone should read. What to choose...?
If you like Sci-fi/comedy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series (by Douglas Adams) is a great read, and really funny, and pretty British. If you like something more serious (and heavy), the Frank Herbert's Dune series is another classic (although stay away from the sequels made after his death).
I'd second The Book Thief (Marcus Zuzak). It's truly a beautiful story, and the whole "narrated by Death" aspect becomes really poignant. If you like fantasy/YA fiction, the His Dark Materials trilogy (Phillip Pullman) is a great read, (talking armored warrior polar bears!) although his author tract against religion can become overbearing toward the end. Meanwhile, the various Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter books are ubiquitous. Perhaps Twilight (shudder) too, if only because it's the most influential fantasy series since Harry Potter, even if it is pretty bad.
Pretty much any of Shakespeare's works can go here, although certain ones are more "must-read" than others (Hamlet, King Lear, etc.) I don't have too much experience with reading plays, though.
If you want something... older, you can go for works like Don Quixote (which is a pretty angry deconstruction of chivalric romances like Cyrano) or Les Miserables, although both books are doorstoppers and Les Mis can be hard to follow with the tons and tons of characters (even in the abridged versions!). Also, the Art of War is a good read, and is also quite short due to the proverb-style delivery. I got through it in about an hour and a half.
I could go on and on, but then I'd probably end up including every book I've ever read.
All the harry potter books of course, but also "Jane Eyre" and "Wide Sargasso sea", as well as a book by Lulu Wang. I can't seem to find the name of it in english, but straight translated from the swedish title it is "The Waterlily Theatre", without a doubt the best book I have read in my life, it is very torn, never standing in my bookshelf for a long period of time. I never grow tired of it. As I said, I can't seem to find it in english but I'll tell you a bit about the plot then you could try to google it, it is about Lian (her name means waterlily in chinese) and here fate during china's modern history, during the culture revolution. I will not tell you more than that but really, it is my absolute favorite and has always been. Read it!
hm just realised that you said non-fiction, do you mean that it just shouldn't be based on a true story or that it should be like weird stuff that actually doesnt happen? XD These are not true stories I believe, but well they are quite realistic ^^
City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth Delirium and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver The Rangers Apprentice Series by John Flanagan
I'll post more some other time XD But I just gave you like, 21 books XD There are 10 in the Rangers Apprentice Series.
OOoh I'm looking forward to reading more books so you don't mind if I stalk wander around here?
Rick Riordan Percy Jackson series Kane Chronicles
Gordon Korman Griffin Bing series
Erin Hunter Warriors series Seekers series Survivors series
James Patterson Maximum Ride series Daniel X series Alex Cross series
Alyson Noel The Immortals series The Riley Bloom series
Hilari Bell Farsala series
Henry H. Neff The Tapestry series
Catherine Fisher Relic Master series Incarceron and Sapphique
Gary Paulsen The Hatchet/Brian series Woods Runner
Christopher Paolini The Inheritance Cycle
J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit Lords of the Rings series
Tamora Pierce Protector of the Small Quartet Song of the Lioness quartet The Immortals quartet The Circle of Magic quartet The Circle Opens quartet The Will of the Empress Melting Stones Terrier Bloodhound Mastiff
Read Origin by Jessica Khoury, it's really good, I just finished reading it. It's about a girl who is immortal and she faces problems with emotional attachments to a boy or people who raised her. She lives in the Tropical Rain Forest, but she is fenced in. She is keep content with in the fence by learning a lot of things, advanced science and math and some art, she has perfect memory ( comes with her being immortal). I explain it badly, it's a lot better then my explaining and I left out a lot of things like the fact she is basically a science experiment and everyone raising her are scientist
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas In The Woods by Tana French Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon John Dies at the End by David Wong Whitethorn by Bryce Courtenay Dodger by Terry Pratchett Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami Red Dragon by Thomas Harris All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells Pavane by Keith Roberts The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
That's a wide variety of genres, book length, and writing styles, so you ought to find one you like there.
1984 Orwell Animal Farm Orwell Fahrenhenit 451 Bradbury The Lord of the Flyes Goldwing Frankenstein Shelley Mcbeth Shakespeare Midsummer Night Dream Shakespear Hamlet Shakespear Il Fu Mattia Pascal Pirandello Il Castello dei destini Incrociati Calvino Se una Notte d'Inverno un Viaggiatore Calvino Girnata di una Scrutatore Calvino Palomar Calvino Cyrano de Bergrac Ronstard La Nausee Sartre Hius Clos Sartre Madame Bovary Flauberts Pere Goriot Balzac The Lord of the Rings Tolkien The Hobbit Tolkien Silmarillion Tolkien Roverandom Tolkien Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Tolkien Les Fleurs du Mal Baudelaire Canti Leopardi The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde The Happy Prince and Other Tales Wilde Salome Wilde Flatland Abbot Peter Pan Barry Alice in Wonderland Dogson Metamorphoses Ovidio Metamorphoses Apuleio Metamorphoses Kafka
35 books, if you have some questions or you want some more books, just ask. I only suggest you the classic, if you want something more complex or "new", just ask