Best Books IV. – For Classics

Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Summary: Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where they scrutinize human actions with a “Big Brother” watching them. Defying the ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with someone.

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Title: To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Summary: This story takes place during the Great Depression. The main protagonist is Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, an intelligent though unconventional girl who ages from six to nine throughout the course of the novel.

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Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Summary: Pride and Prejudice follows through the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and the gentleman Fitzwilliam Darcy, a landowner. They must overcome their very own Pride and Prejudice in order to fall in love and marry.

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Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Summary: It is set in a dystopian society that burns books in order to control dangerous ideas and unhappy concepts. This novel tells of the story of Guy Montag, a fireman that questions the book burning policy and undergoes extreme suffering and transformation as a result.

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Title: The Great Gatsby

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Summary: This novel tells the story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved when he was a younger man. Told in the point of view of someone else, however, it goes through the motions of an unreliable narrator.

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Notable Mentions:

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Slaughter House-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Best Books III. – For Disney Retellings

Amazon.com: The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy)  (9780062678102): Chakraborty, S. A: Books

Title: The City of Brass

Author: S.A Chakraborty

Summary: In the eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman conning Ottoman nobles hoping one day to earn enough to change her fortunes. Resembling the street rat Aladdin, Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious dijinn warrior, during one of her cons. She soon learns that her cons have deadly consequences.

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Amazon.com: Alice I Have Been: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)  (9780385344142): Benjamin, Melanie: Books

Title: Alice I Have Been

Author: Melanie Benjamin

Summary: Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life had inspired the famous Alice in Wonderland, with her life from not only just a child, but as a wife, mother, and widow. She’s experienced many things throughout her life and as she nears her eighty-first birthday she knows that she will always be only “Alice.” A story based on both fiction and reality brings to life the passionate spirit of a woman who is not only worthy of her fictional alter ego, but has just a captivating life as the fictional one she inspired.

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Amazon.com: Ash Princess (9780375978395): Sebastian, Laura: Books

Title: Ash Princess

Author: Laura Sebastian

Summary: Theodosia was six when her country was invaded by the Kaiser, who took her mother, the Fire Queen, away by murdering her in front of Theodosia. Theo was then crowned Ash Princess; a title to shame her as a new life as a prisoner. Similar to Cinderella, this princess refuses to let anything more happen to her land as it has been pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends.

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Amazon.com: I Was Anastasia: A Novel (9780385541695): Lawhon, Ariel: Books

Title: I Was Anastasia

Author: Ariel Lawhon

Summary: Similar to the movie Anastasia, I was Anastasia is about Anna Anderson’s fifty-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. The real question is that is on everyone’s mind throughout the book is: Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman’s legacy?

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The Mermaid's Daughter: A Novel: Claycomb, Ann: 9780062560681: Amazon.com:  Books

Title: The Mermaid’s Daughter

Author: Ann Claycomb

Summary: Similar to The Little Mermaid, this is a modern retelling of the classic Disney movie with a twist where Kathleen stuffers from the bizarre experience of stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming thinking her tongue got cut out. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, temporarily. The question is: How far will Kathleen go in order to find out the truth about her bizarre pain? And what will she do when she finds out the truth?

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Notable Mentions:

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

Lost Queen – Signe Pike

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Juliet – Anne Fortier

Circe – Madeline Miller

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan – Sherry Thomas

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