The Witches by Roald Dahl

This is a children’s story you must re-read as an adult!  Supremely creepy.

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The Complete Works of Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

I love the fact that there’s a section detailing Poe’s life and that his poetry is included.  Poe is more than just The Tell-Tale Heart!  Plus if you’ve never read The Bells out loud, you may want to get on that.

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The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey

This is the absolute best zombie novel I have ever read!  A wonderful story that delves into what it means to be human, what it takes to survive, and who one becomes in the face of destruction.  Plus, the zombie virus in the novel is inspired by the fungus that infects ants in the Amazon commonly referred to as the “zombie fungus.”  If you don’t know, the fungus eventually bursts forth from the ant’s head. Then, they die.  Oh hey, this is also being turned into a movie!

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The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

One of my favorite characters of all time is the “whiskey priest.”  He is flawed in many ways, but stays true his moral code.  He doesn’t take any shit.  He does what he wants.  Like Eric Cartman.

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Everytime I read this novel, I find more truth within it.  Huxley’s writing style is lyrical and at times reads as philosophy.  If you buy this book you will read it for years to come.

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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Maze-like murder mansion….need I say more?  I’ve read a few books focusing on serial killers, but HH Holmes’ story is one of the most intriguing and bizarre.  Also Leonardo Dicaprio is making this book into a movie.  Win!

That's Leo buying up those film rights.

That's Leo buying up those film rights.

Budding Prospects by TC Boyle

This book is like if On the Road had any direction whatsoever.  It’s a humorous novel and a great introduction to TC Boyle if you’re unfamiliar with his work.

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So, what do you think?