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2-Graphic novels

3-Newspapers

4-encyclopedia

5-Online reference

6-Conclusion

1-books

Mark Twain

(1835-1910) Birth name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Twain is on nearly everyone's list of all-time great American authors. His humorous tales of human nature, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Huckleberry Finn (1885), remain standard texts in high school and college literature classes. In his own day Twain was a famous figure and a celebrated public speaker who toured widely.

R.L. Stevenson

(1850-1894) Stevenson was one of the most-read adventure novelists of the late 1800s. Among his most popular books were Kidnapped (1886), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), and Treasure Island (1883). The latter book features Stevenson's famous crafty pirate Long John Silver. Having suffered from tuberculosis for much of his life, Stevenson spent many years travelling in search of a climate that would suit his illness. He finally settled in Samoa, where he died in 1894 and is buried.

Jack London

(1876-1916) Jack London was an early 20th-century writer closely associated with San Francisco and adventure. His most famous book by far is The Call of the Wild (1903), the story of a peaceful California dog named Buck who is kidnapped and shipped to the wilds of Alaska. The Sea-Wolf (1904) and White Fang (1906) also were major hits. London was famous in his day for his dashing lifestyle: among other things he designed and built his own ship, the Snark, and sailed it to the South Pacific. He also was known (much like Stephen King) for his steady and prodigious output of novels, articles and short stories.

James Herriot

(1916-1995) James Herriot grew  up in Glasgow, Scotland. When he received his first veterinary assignment in the Yorkshire countryside, he found himself not working with lovable collies and chihuahuas, but rather big and brutal horses and oxen, whose kicks could send a grown man flying. In those days it was considered "unmanly" to work with dogs and cats. So Dr. Herriot spent the early part of his career mucking around barns and stables, dreaming of drawing-room visits to pampered poodles and furry felines. He recorded his veterinary adventures in a hilarious series of books beginning with the famous volume, All Creatures Great and Small. Filled with wonderful stories, both funny and tragic, Dr. Herriot's books have been an inspiration to animal lovers (and future veterinarians) for years.

Laurie Lee

(1914-1997) Laurie Lee is best known for his memoir of a Cotswold country childhood, the autobiographical Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and I Can't Stay Long (1975). The identity of Rosie, the eponymous heroine of Lee's memoir, remained a secret for 25 years after publication of the book. It was then revealed that she was Lee's cousin by marriage, Rose Buckland.
During World War 2 he published a collection of poems, The Sun My Monument, in 1944. This was followed by The Bloom of Candles (1947) and My Many-Coated Man (1955).
A Moment of War (1991) is about his experiences during the Spanish Civil War.

Richard Gordon

A doctor who has written over forty on or about medicine, including the famous Doctor in the house series. Dr Gordon lives in  London. (Doctor in Love, Doctor on Toast, Doctor at Sea, The Alarming History of Medicine, etc.)

Agatha Christie

(1890 - 1976) English detective novelist and playwright. Probably the most famous writer of detective fiction ever, an author whose books have sold more than 100 million copies and have been translated into some 100 languages, Agatha Christie and her characters are legendary. The mysterious affair at Styles.

Monica Dickens

(1915-1992) English writer, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. Monica Dickens published several books based on her own on experiences in working life. In 1970 she started to write the popular Follyfoot series for children.

Charles Dickens

(1812-1870) Charles Dickens wrote some of the most popular and widely read novels of the 19th century, from Oliver Twist to A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. An all-around workhorse, Dickens edited a monthly magazine, serialized his novels, gave public readings and came out with a Christmas story every year, including "A Christmas Carol" in 1843.

Sue Townsend

(1946- )A native of Leicester, Susan Lilian Townsend was born 2 April, 1946. Townsend left school at the age of 15 and married by age 18. Shortly after she had three small children, and was left by her husband to raise them. She later remarried and had a fourth child. Before her success with Adrian Mole (she also wrote the Adrian Mole play and television series), Townsend was chiefly a playwright. She has written many plays as well as drama shows for BBC television. Townsend still resides in a modest home in Leicester where she enjoys gardening and writes her books out by hand.

William Summerset Maugham

(1874-1965) Maugham trained to be a doctor and his experiences as an intern in the London slums led him to write Liza of Lambeth (1897). The novel was a success and Maugham quickly traded the surgeon's knife for the writer's pen. He became one of the most successful writers of the early 20th century; in 1908 he had four plays running simultaneously in London. His semi-autobiographical novel Of Human Bondage was published in 1915 and remains his most famous book. In later years Maugham became known as a master of the short story. He travelled extensively and based many of his tales in exotic locales, particularly the South Seas.

Edward R. Braithwaite

Dr. Edward Ricardo Braithwaite is the internationally known author of the bestseller To Sir With Love based on the author's experiences as a teacher in a tough section of London. The bestseller book was later made into a popular movie starring Sidney Poiter and whose title song was sung by the 1960s pop star, Lulu. Today, the book is still popular with a new reprint edition along with a release of the movie on DVD.

George Orwell

(1903-1950) George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Blair, who was born in India and educated in England. As a young man he spent 7 years in Burma working for the Indian Imperial Police. He returned to Europe, and in 1933 published his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, a first-hand account of his self-imposed poverty. He wrote dozens of political essays, but is most famous for his satire of Stalinist totalitarianism, Animal Farm (with its famous quote: "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others"), and for his description of modern dystopia in Nineteen eighty-four ("Big Brother is watching you."). 

Also Recommended 

and 

online libraries

Tolkien (The Lord of the rings), J.K.Rowling (Harry potter), Jeffrey Archer (the Kane and Abel trilogy), Joyce Cary (Mister Johnson), Evelyn Waugh (scoop), Margaret Drabble (The seven sisters), Graham Greene (the Quiet American), Aldous Huxley (Brave new World), Harold Pinter (the Caretaker), Katherine Mansfield (Selected Stories),… and OF COURSE William Shakespeare (Complete Works)
Edgar Allan Poe (short stories) Erskine Caldwell (Tobacco Road), Scott Fitzgerald (The great Gatsby), Ernest Hemingway (Old man and the Sea), Jack Kerouac (On the road), Norman Mailer (Why are we at War ?), Bernard Malamud (Short Stories), Arthur Miller (Death of A Salesman), John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men),…
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/

http://www.bibliomania.com/

http://www.classicreader.com/

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/ 

http://www.readprint.com/ 

2-Graphic Novels

Superheroes

Superman: The Man of Steel  / For All Seasons / Peace on Earth 
Batman : The Dark Knight Returns / the killing joke / Year One / The Long Halloween 
Catwoman: Selina's Big Score 
Kingdom Come  (Mark Waid, Alex Ross)
JLA: The Nail 
Shazam! : Power of Hope / Wonder Woman : Spirit of Truth  (Paul Dini)
Starman  : Sins of the Father  / Night and Day  / A Wicked Inclination  / Times Past 
Watchmen (Alan Moore)
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga  / God Loves, Man Kills  
Wolverine: Weapon X 
Spider-Man : Kraven's Last Hunt 
Marvels (Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross)
Avengers Forever 
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 1, 2 and 3
The Incredible Hulk : Banner (Brian Azzarrello, Richard Corben)
Astro City : Life in the Big City  / Confession/ Family Album / The Tarnished Angel (Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson)
Rising Stars (J. Michael Straczynski)
The golden Age
Tom Strong  / Top Ten / The League of extraordinary gentlemen (Alan Moore)

Science-Fiction

Star Wars
Star Treck
Etc.

Fantasy

Elfquest collection, 
Akiko collection, 
Bone collection, 
Cerebus collection, 
Groo collection, 
Usagi Yojimbo collection, 
The Hobbit, 
The Wizard's Tale,  
The Books of Magic, 
Castle Waiting

Humor

The Simpsons (by Matt Groening and various)

The tick

Milk and Cheese

 

Real Life

Maus (Art Spiegelman)

A Contract With God  (Will Eisner)

Strangers in Paradise

Tales of One Bad Rat 

Pedro and Me

9-11 Vols. 1 and 2

Detective

Sin city (Frank Miller)

Torso

Horror

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Preacher collection (Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon)

Pilgrim collection

Transmetropolitan (Warren Ellis)

Online Comics

http://www.onlinecomics.net/pages/

http://www.comics.com/

http://www.marvel.com/digitalcomics/

http://www.dccomics.com/

http://www.startingpage.com/html/comics.html

3-Newspapers

http://library.uncg.edu/news/ a website that lists hundreds of news resources from around the world that offer free access to current, general-interest, full-text news.

USA

Los angeles Times
The New York Times
USA Today
Washington Post

 

UK

The Daily Herald Tribune
The Guardian
The Observer
The Sunday Times
 

Canada

The Globe and Mail
The Star

australia

The Age
The Australian
The Sydney Morning Herald

new zealand

New Zealand Herald
The Press

South Africa

The Mail and Guardian
The Sunday Times

India

Telegraph India
The Times of India

Free Online Magazines

Discover
The Economist
Life
Money
Newsweek
Popular Science
Scientific American
The Smithsonian
Time
U.S. News & World Report

4-Encyclopaedia

http://www.bartleby.com/reference/ 

(a catalogue of online books and encyclopaedia)

http://www.m-w.com/maps/moremapsnyt.html

(online Atlas)

http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/

(university of Columbia encyclopaedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

(user-made encyclopaedia)

http://www.encyclopedia.com/

(encyclopaedia.com)

5-References

http://www.m-w.com/netdict.htm

(online English Dictionnary)

http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/

(American Heritage English Dictionnary)

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

(Cambridge dictionnary)

http://dictionary.reference.com/

(Dictionnary.com)

http://www.bartleby.com/quotations/

(quotations)

http://www.pantheon.org/mythica.html

(encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion)

https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

(The World Factbook)

6-conclusion

Read, read, read ! It doesn't matter what you read, but read !

Books, Magazines, Comics or Web sites of different interests, such as http://www.gamespy.com/ (video games), etc.

Remember : you must be PASSIONATE to be really good !

 

To finish, a quote  :

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body

(Sir Richard Steele)

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