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  1. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  2. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
  3. “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Anne Frank
  4. “1984” by George Orwell
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" by J.K. Rowling
  6. “The Lord of the Rings” (1-3) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
  9. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
  11. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
  12. “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
  13. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
  14. “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell
  15. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
  16. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  17. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
  18. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
  19. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
  20. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wadrobe” by C.S. Lewis
  21. The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck
  22. “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
  23. “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
  24. “Night” by Elie Wiesel
  25. “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
  26. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L'Engle
  27. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
  28. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens
  29. “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare
  30. “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
  31. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  32. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
  33. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  34. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
  35. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling
  36. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  37. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
  38. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein
  39. “Wuthering Heights” Emily Bronte
  40. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  41. “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery
  42. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain
  43. “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare
  44. “The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larrson  
  45. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
  46. “The Holy Bible: King James Version”
  47. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
  48. “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
  49. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
  50. “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck
  51. “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
  52. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote
  53. “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller
  54. “The Stand” by Stephen King
  55. “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon
  56. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling
  57. “Enders Game” by Orson Scott Card
  58. “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy
  59. “Watership Down” by Richard Adams
  60. “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden
  61. “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier
  62. “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin
  63. “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
  64. “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway
  65. “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” (#3) by Arthur Conan Doyle
  66. “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo
  67. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling
  68. “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel
  69. “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  70. “Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge” by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  71. “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis
  72. “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett
  73. “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins
  74. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl
  75. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker
  76. “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman
  77. “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen
  78. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
  79. “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
  80. “The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel” by Barbara Kingsolver
  81. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  82. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger
  83. “The Odyssey” by Homer
  84. “The Good Earth (House of Earth #1)” by Pearl S. Buck
  85. “Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3)” by Suzanne Collins
  86. “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie
  87. “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough
  88. “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving
  89. “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
  90. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot
  91. “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  92. “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy
  93. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O'Brien
  94. “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse
  95. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
  96. “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut
  97. “Cutting For Stone” by Abraham Verghese
  98. “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster
  99. “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  100. “The Story of My Life” by Helen Keller
5 writing tips from fiction authors
  • Stephen King : « The writer’s job is simply to provide a show »

According to Stephen King, one of the most important advice to be given to young writers is that representation takes form in the mind of the reader. Good descriptions allow a good representation. You should reflect on which details should be added, which should be excluded?

Keep the ones which impress you the most and seem the clearest, Leave all the rest behind. Our eyes transmit pictures to our mind. If you want to transmit these pictures to your reader then you need to use your imagination and your memory. They are both crucial to describe rightly.

The basic idea is not to give every single details but to give enough detail to create an emotion. You  must have enough faith in your sense of representation to know when to stop. The pleasure of reading is in the pleasure of visualizing a scene in your mind and being the only one to imagine it in this exact way.

  • Anne Rice : « Writing turns you into a writer »

Anne Rice’s advice is of most importance. Young writers must write before else. It is writing which turns you into a writer.  Don’t give up. If you stop, start again. Keep everything you write. Cherish your style, your own music. Have faith in yourself and your work. The key is persistence.

Don’t let the critics get you down. If you are misunderstood, change your public. Repeat to yourself “I am a writer”. Keep in mind that the world needs writers, if you’re not tomorrow’s author, who will be?

  • Georges R.R. Martin : « The world is grey »

Always keep in mind that there is no good and evil, no clear line between them. Reality is infinitely complex.

Imperfection is the rule. Each and every one of us is grey, we all have the capacity to do both very heroic things and very selfish things. Understanding that allows to create complex characters. There is sense in everything we do, even the most questionable actions.

  • J.K. Rowling : « Read as much as you can »

J.K. Rowling couldn’t be more right; the best way to learn about style, characters and plot structure is to read as much as you can. You are probably going to start thinking that you are imitating your favourite authors but it is a great learning process and ultimately your own style will emerge.

Plan out your work. Writing without a goal sometimes allows the apparition of a good idea or two but it is not a viable mean to produce a complete story.

Write about what you know. Your own subjects of interests, your feelings, your beliefs, your friends, your family, all of it can be a good material support when you start writing.

Develop your taste for solitude because writing is one of the loneliest job in the world.

Finally, persistence is absolutely essential, producing these words is not enough; you will also need to survive critics and rejection. But the pleasure of seeing a book you wrote in a library is a reward worth all the efforts endured!

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sneaky weekend playlist

flume - say it (feat. tove lo)
drake - one dance
kanye west - ultralight beam
astrid s - paper thin
beyonce - freedom (feat. kendrick lamar)
haley reinhart - cant help falling in love
labrinth - jealous
rufus - say a prayer for me
the internet - gabby (feat. janelle monae)
rudimental - rumour mill (feat. anne marie & will heard)
beyonce - hold up
rihanna - needed me
justin bieber - company
young franco - drop your love
george maple - sticks and horses
daya - hideaway
duffy - whole lotta love
the temper trap - fall together
troye sivan - dkla (feat. tkay maidza)
calvin harris - this is what you came for (feat. rihanna)
jack garratt - surprise yourself
ariana grande - be alright
cazzette - sleepless
kanye west - feedback
rihanna - same old mistakes