Recommended books to read

A simple list of books we at Books To Read recommend. Since we have only just started making our own recommendations we haven't categorized them yet. When we have more we will start to do so. Until then discover these popular books and book series we highly recommend for you to read.

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Product picture for Dune by Frank Herbert
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Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the most popular science fiction books ever and a book that you can read over and over again. It's a grand, intriguing space opera that has had a huge impact on subsequent science fiction writers. The age of the book (published in the mid-60s) shows itself in some places in the story, but the dreamlike desert of the sandworms and the mystical doings of the Spacing Gild and the Bene Gesserit witches continue to appeal to modern readers. Just like the main character...
Book cover from Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) by Dan Simmons
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Hyperion, short for Hyperion Cantos, is a four-part Science Fiction series by Dan Simmons. It is for us the most thorough and intellectual of all the books we at BooksToRead have read in the genre. It is a true masterpiece with many different storylines, an enormous poetic imagination and tension, and sometimes the sweetest emotion. Together with the characters of the book you are going on a real journey through different planets and worlds in a highly original universe. That sense of wonder...
Book cover from The Thin Red Line: A Novel by James Jones
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James Jones is one of the great masters of the war novel. He was himself a soldier during World War II and has used his experiences as a basis for various war books he wrote later on. His best-known books are From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line. The Thin Red Line is a catchy account of the American conquest of the Guadalcanal islands in World War II. In the story we follow Charlie Company's men (C stands for Charlie) while undergoing their first combat experience with the conquest of...
Book cover from Covenant with Death by John Harris
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Covenant with Death is proclaimed by many as one of the best books about war ever written. World War I, also called the Great War, was intended as the war that would end all wars. But that wasn't what the First World War did. On the contrary, it was a massacre. More than one million people died during the battle of the Somme, and without a clear winner.

John Harris Covenant with Death tells the story of one particular battalion of volunteers during the naive war optimism in...
Book cover from War and Peace (Vintage Classics) by Leo Tolstoy
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War and Peace by Russian author Leo Tolstoy is not only one of the greatest classics in literature, it is also a book about war. About the invasion of Russia by Napoleon in 1812, to be more precise. War and Peace is an attempt by Leo Tolstoy to describe that war in a historically correct way, including lifelike descriptions of the various battles of this war. Tolstoy himself had been a soldier in the Crimean War, so it is no surprise he could describe the war with Napoleon in a very realistic...
Book cover from Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
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The Book Of The New Sun is a unique two-piece science fiction book series by American writer Gene Wolfe. The first book of The Book of The New Sun, Shadow And Claw, begins millions of years in the future with the story of a young torturer Severian, a member of a remote guild, far from the bigger world. He commits a cardinal sin by falling in love with one of his victims, and is banned from his guild and cast out to the world, a world where he is very familiar with.

Many people love...
Book cover from The Stand by Stephen King
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The Stand is an epic, apocalyptic horror and fantasy book of 'master of suspense' Stephen King. After the great plague, an outbreak of a virus, there are but a handful of survivors on the Earth. They have to survive in a mostly empty world. Soon it becomes clear that to survive, they will also have to choose between good and evil, between Mother Abagail and Randall Flagg. Both Mother Abagail and Randall Flagg have their own ways to get people to approach them and to convince them that their...
Book cover from It: A Novel by Stephen King
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It is a very exciting and creepy horror novel by Stephen King about seven eleven-year-old children who in 1957, in the little town of Derry, come into contact with the ultimate evil. This ultimate evil often takes the form of a clown to young children, but it can also take the form of one's greatest fears. 27 years later, the children, who now have become adults, decide to face their fears and confront this horrible monster to destroy it once and for all.

A real page...
Book cover from Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War by Sebastian Faulks
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Sebastian Faulks is one of England's most important writers of this time. He is known among other things, for his world-wide bestsellers Engleby and One week in December. Birdsong is widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of the First World War, and has now been filmed by the BBC as Birdsong.

In 1910, the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford is sent to Amiens by his employer to study the French textile industry. He falls in love with Isabelle, the wife of his landlord, and...
Book cover from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 by Philip K. Dick
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As is generally known Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by the enigmatic science fiction author Philip K. Dick served as the source of inspiration for the SF movie Blade Runner with Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. But inspiration is the right term here because there are some big differences between the story of the film and the story of the book. The story of Philip K. Dick is not about the "human" robot at all, on the contrary. Philip K. Dick's android's mind is fundamentally...