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This is part two of my list “101 books to read before you die” collated by book lovers, for book lovers! If you’d like to read part one, then click here.

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Claire Mellor @Thebristolreader

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This is an engrossing novel that explores a little-known part of history through the experiences of three beautifully drawn characters. Adichie describes Biafra's struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s. Along the way we learn about love, loyalty, betrayal, colonialism and moral responsibility. This is a truly memorable and emotional read.

Anonymous

The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
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Somehow, it will give a meaning to your life.

Anonymous & Aisha Riaz @aisha_riaz93

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
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Magic and a story about friendship, love and life you will never forget
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I'm in just love with this series. I know if any one out there reads this series, they will definetly learn something from it.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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This book is so profound and uplifting. Stockett succeeds in creating a painfully believable world while developing characters you will love, hate, admire, and never forget. I adored this book and recommend it to everyone!

History of the Rain by Nial Williams
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Because the story is everything but exciting and still overwhelming at the same time. Williams' way of telling the story of Ruth, who has been diagnosed with Leukemia, is exceptional and his style of writing turns this novel into a true masterpiece.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
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Just a great read, funny and thought provoking.

Kayley @kayley90

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Absolute classic.

Hannah Franklin @hannahlouise.franklin

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
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It’s an incredible novel that spans so many topics beginning with the tempestuous winds of the mother daughter relationship between protagonist Sophia and her long ailing mother as they travel to Spain to hopefully find a cure. While there, under the care and guidance of the enigmatic Dr Gomez of the Gomez clinic, who helps Sophia as much as he does her mother, the book fans out effortlessly and absorbingly into a journey of learning to find your own voice and what it really means to be yourself amongst the ever moving influences around you. Levy explores the changing tides of identity, our desire to know ourselves, and our search for a feeling of purpose or understanding and so much more. It’s a book that stayed with me long after the last page.

The House of Special Purpose - John Boyne
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Its an incredible book with history (russian history) and love and adventures.

The Humans by Matt Haig
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It’s a brilliant, entertaining story but has a lot of depth to it and is a great reminder to love our planet and the gift that is life.

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Lexi Clark @L_exi._

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
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It’s one of the best books that I have ever read , I just couldn’t put it down and it’s definitely worth more people reading it.

It by Stephen King
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It’s scary, it’s weird, it’s gripping and it’s a great sample of King’s writing style. Pennywise is one of the greatest all time villains imo.

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Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
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It's truly a thriller (ignore the rubbish TV adaptation which had no similarity) all about out obsession with social media and how much of our identity we share. If it is so much, how easy would it be to become someone else?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
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It’s what go me into reading YA.

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
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It’s a beautiful and emotionally story surrounding family, where you must choose between what you want to do, and doing the right thing, even if no-one would find out other than your partner.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Expupery
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It is a perfect story that all children and adults should read, with stunning illustrations - and the author is so fascinating too. And I collect it in so many languages.
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Told through the eyes of an innocent boy wanderer, this is an important read for adults. It reminds the reader to be open minded, kind to others and accept our differences.

Aisha Riaz @aisha_riaz93

The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
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It's a classic story and I strongly suggest this book to everyone. They should take a leap of faith and read it, so they can not only enjoy Tolkein's way with the words,but also his enrichment of text with the silmarillion bits, and at the end his verse will complete the visit at Middle Earth. This book is all about our imagination. It's up to us how far we can take it and we all know that sky is the limit.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
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"It's a story about two bookworms who spend their time together when in middle school, reading in an ex-closet library on weekend. They fell in love around 14 but went their separate ways in high school to meet 11 years later. The characters' fondness of books is so endearing."

Christine Bea @christine.bcl

The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
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YA books are good!

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Modern Love by Daniel Jones
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This books is filled with perspective! Love in friendship, relationship, family. Love through anger, loss, fear. It was amazing and formative.

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
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It’s a book about a Palestinian family and the story is told through four generations, beginning with Palestine before the occupation and ends with Palestine in current times. A must read for anyone who wants to know what it's like for Palestinians to live under occupation.

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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A mix between Harry Potter, Game of thrones and The Lord of the rings.

Connie @conniereads

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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It’s the perfect example of fantasy realism, and is exquisitely written!

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One by Sarah Crossan
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If you haven't read free verse fiction before, One is a good place to start! Sarah Crossan is the master of free verse fiction, and in this book she tells the heartbreaking but hopeful story of conjoined twins going about their every day life and ultimately facing the hardest decision they'll ever have to make. Warning: it will make you cry.

Lisa Rowe @GemsLisas

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
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It made me think about my life and changing it for the better. Inspirational!

Anonymous

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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It’s a great romance filled with adventures and family.

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Anonymous & Elisabetta @elisabetta.fella

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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It’s a timeless classic.
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Such a classic that everyone needs to read. Filled with romance and drama, all you need in a good book.

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