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I read for pleasure.  I enjoy novels that I can sink my teeth into, ones where I enter a world I knew nothing about previously and keep me enthralled for hours on end.  Ones where years later I still contemplate the characters and wonder how they’re doing.  I thought I’d share some of my well read titles in case you’re looking.  Without giving much away here are some of my top picks:

The World According to Garp by John Irving–  Garp’s world is anything but ordinary including his conception and death.  Follow along with three generations through some twisted circumstances born of a mother’s right to live her life her way.

Not Without my Daughter by Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffner- Equality and human rights are front and centre in this book but be forewarned, this is not fiction.  The shocking atrocities are real and they happen more than we’d like to acknowledge.  This book reads like a novel and is impossible to put down.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand– I bet you know little of the railroad, right?  Well you’re in for a lesson in this epic tale; Dagny Taggart is the strong-headed and brilliant daughter of the railroad who does not give up in the face of adversity even when the entire country doubts her.

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay–  One of my all time favourites, this spirited tale follows the path one small boy takes to unite all the tribes of Africa during some of the most turbulent and racial years the continent has faced.  First with your head and then with your heart is a mantra anyone can relate to.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood– Science fiction?  This description is often disputed by the author herself since she concludes that all science referenced in the tale already exists.  Either way, this world is not our world.  Corporations run the show, segregating important people from the not so much by keeping them in separate neighbourhoods and offering them different levels of security, law, education and goods.  The title characters do their best to heal the world with their own meddling.  The results are not what you would expect but fascinating none-the-less.

Watership Down by Richard Adams– For young and old alike, this tale told from the rabbit’s point of view is delightful, enchanting and heartwarming.  At times scary, this is nothing but life itself.  You will be cheering on this band of rabbits as they search for a new home.  If you were assigned this book in school, try reading it again as a willing adult and if you weren’t, then now is the best time!

Longitude: The True Story of the Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel– Phew, long title!  In the early days of world travel there wasn’t a reliable way to pinpoint your longitude, leading to hundreds of lives and countless treasures being lost to the sea.  This non-fiction books details the race to be the person to solve the riddle as large awards were offered by various committees.

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