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The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase (Recommended Reads)

The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth My rating: 4 of 5 stars Now, this book may not be for all. I write as a self-proclaimed failed writer.. this book surprised me and my ignorant, conceited, counterfeit pen. Thank God I am well beyond the years of being…
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The Sorrows of Young Werther (Recommended Reads)

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s surprising how many short novels can create such an impact. Apparently written in six weeks by a then 24 year old Goethe (according to Wikipedia at least), it is the descriptive language through which the passions are expressed…
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Passing (Recommended Reads)

Passing by Nella Larsen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sometimes, due to time constraints, my attention span, or laziness – I look out for recommended short novels or novellas as it is encouraging to be able to finish them. At the start of 2016 I was actively searching for them, and averaging about a…
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1984 (Recommended Reads)

1984 by George Orwell My rating: 5 of 5 stars Before I begin this one, let me tell you this is about the third attempt as the two, I believe, previous drafts disappeared with no trace, accompanied by my expletives and helplessness. Yet this book, cannot be left out of a recommended list. So I…
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The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up (Recommended Reads)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō My rating: 4 of 5 stars Now here was a book I had a hard time rating. Three months on – it stands among those, that I definitely recommend. Having read the contrasting reviews myself before starting and just…
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Brave New World (Recommended Reads)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are some pieces so well-known and renowned for being thought-provoking classics that you always seem to come across them. Eventually, the time comes when you eventually cave in and decide to commit yourself to reading that book. In some cases, you will…
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The Brothers Karamazov (Recommended Reads)

Recommended Reads The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have often found it hard to focus through and complete a large novel. The Brothers Karamazov is probably the longest one I have read – and what a terrific one it is! Taking nearly year of on-off reading, this set…
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Recommended Reads)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X My rating: 5 of 5 stars I don’t think an autobiography, or for that matter most books concerning iconic historical figures, are on the same level as this. It is definitely among those that should fit in a collection entitled ‘Books that changed my life’ or ‘Essential…
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