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What is your favorite book and how do you choose your next read?

I figure that every book in print must have been read by someone after it was published. I normally choose my next book by either choosing from the Classics or looking for works that inspired my favorite authors/poets. For example, I discovered Carl Jung through comedian Bill Hicks and I discovered Friedrich Nietzsche and Arthur Rimbaud through Jim Morrison. I began reading Ernest Hemingway because Hunter S. Thompson mentioned him as an influence in his own writing. I read Michael de Montaigne because I enjoyed what I read in a College Renaissance English course. I read "Abe Lincoln was Vampire Hunter" because my neighbor lent it to me. And Ken Saro-Wiwa's "Sozaboy" will forever be one of the most moving pieces for me.
I would like to know the mindsets of my world's fellow readers and possibly get a few pieces for my book list. Please just mention any book that you feel is worthy of being shared. It can be any genre of literature. .


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  • Dec 29 2011: The most recent book I can remember I liked is " The yellow eyes of the green crocodiles" by Catherine Pancol. I use choose next book by intuition, by reading criticism, for instance the next I want to read is "Liberty" I think is a best seller in U.S.
    • Jan 13 2012: I need to read more literary criticisms! Which ones would you suggest?

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