Recommended English books

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The Read Around The World Challenge is a global challenge. Anyone can join the challenge from anywhere in the world in any language they want. This is the list of all English books added by participants of this reading challenge.


The Mysterious Affair at Styles : A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Warbler Classics) by Agatha Christie EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
One morning at Styles Court, a country manor, the elderly owner is found dead of strychnine poisoning. Arthur Hastings, who is staying there, asks for help from Hercule Poirot, an eccentric Belgian inspector. Thus one of the most famous characters in detective fiction makes his debut. Contains the original illustrations and a detailed biography.


The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
To recall his memories, Yambo withdraws to the family home where he searches old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, and diaries to relive the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, and Fred Astaire.


The Mystery Guest : A Maid Novel by Nita Prose EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
When an acclaimed author dies at the Regency Grand Hotel, it's up to a fastidious maid to uncover the truth, no matter how dirty—in a standalone novel featuring Molly Gray, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid, a Good Morning America Book Club Pick Molly Gray is not like anyone else. With her flair for cleaning and proper etiquette, she has risen through the ranks of the glorious five-star Regency Grand Hotel to become the esteemed Head Maid. But just as her life reaches a pinnacle state of perfection, her world is turned upside down when J.D. Grimthorpe, the world-renowne... continue


The Mystery of the Yellow Room : Extraordinary Adventures of Joseph Rouletabille, Reporter by Gaston Leroux EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / France flag France
How could a crime take place in a locked room which shows no sign of being entered? Leroux's landmark tale of foul play and deception remains a blueprint for the detective novel genre.


The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER • An internationally acclaimed author delivers one of the most influential works of the twentieth century, showing a way out of despair and reaffirming the value of existence. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide—the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly presents a crucial exposition of existentialist thought.


The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
From the author of Strange Weather in Tokyo comes this funny, heartwarming story about love, life, and human relationships that features a delightfully offbeat cast of characters. Objects for sale at the Nakano Thrift Shop appear as commonplace as the staff and customers that handle them. But like those same customers and staff, they hold many secrets. If examined carefully, they show the signs of innumerable extravagancies, of immeasurable pleasure and pain, and of the deep mysteries of the human heart. Hitomi, the inexperienced young woman who works the register at Mr. Nakano's thrift shop, ... continue


The Naked Woman by Armonía Somers EN

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Longlisted for the 2018 National Translation Award "A wild, brutal paean to freedom. . . . Somers' feminism is profound, and complicated." --NPR "A surreal, nightmarish book about women's struggle for autonomy--and how that struggle is (always, inevitably) met with violence." --Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties A groundbreaking feminist classic from 1950s Uruguay, The Naked Woman was met with scandal and outrage due to its erotic content, cynicism, and stylistic ingenuity. The novel follows Rebeca Linke's ardent, ultimately tragic, attempt to free herself from a hostil... continue


The Name of Death by Klester Cavalcanti EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
The powerful true-life story of a Brazilian boy who could have been a fisherman but instead became the biggest professional killer known to the world--soon to be a major motion picture. Julio Santana as seen through the eyes of acclaimed investigative reporter Klester Cavalcanti is not a monster--he is a loyal son, a family man, a devout Christian who is tormented by his conscience with every shot. But in a cruel and lawless area of Brazil, where every life has its price, respect for life is a luxury that he can't afford. Trained by his uncle, an assassin, and initiated in murder at 17 years o... continue


The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco EN

Rating: 4     6 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate charges of heresy against Franciscan monks at a wealthy Italian abbey but finds his mission overshadowed by seven bizarre murders.


The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Oceania / Australia flag Australia
Winner of the Man Booker Prize “Nothing since Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has shaken me like this.” —The Washington Post In The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan displays the gifts that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary fiction. Moving deftly from a Japanese POW camp to present-day Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo Evans and his fellow prisoners to that of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has l... continue