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25 best free books

Our respondents recorded 27 votes for the books on the list as follows, but no new suggestions emerge

  • Book                                                                                                      
  • Votes
  • %

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This story explores the many difficulties associated with marriage and morality in 18th century England.
  • 4
  • 14.81%
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre follows Jane, an orphan, throughout her life providing readers with a compelling story full of love, social criticisms and many elements characteristic of the
  • 3
  • 11.11%
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: Many know little of this novel other than that its long, but the story takes readers through the impact of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia through a vast and varied cas
  • 2
  • 7.41%
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: When the Victorian scientist at the center of this story propels himself forward in time he discovers a world that may not be all that it’s cracked up to be.
  • 2
  • 7.41%
  • Little Women by Louise May Alcott: Follow along with the young women in this novel who come of age in this 19th century setting.
  • 2
  • 7.41%
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: This psychological short story will have readers questioning their own judgment about what’s real and what’s imagined.
  • 2
  • 7.41%
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis is one of Kafka’s most famous short stories, transforming traveling salesman Gregor into a horrifying cockroach.
  • 2
  • 7.41%
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: Pilgrimages were a major part of medieval life and you can enjoy several different perspectives as Chaucer’s characters travel to Canterbury Cathedral
  • 1
  • 3.7%
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert: French bourgeois life in all of its soul-crushing triviality is explored through the character of Emma Bovary in this novel
  • 1
  • 3.7%
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville: Follow along with this book as Captain Ahab tracks down his arch-nemesis the legendary white whale.
  • 1
  • 3.7%
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo: Full of tragic characters, this novel explores life from its beauty to its horror.
  • 1
  • 3.7%
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: Get a more personalized tale of life during the French Revolution as the monarchy is replaced by a regime responsible for terror and numerous executions.
  • 1
  • 3.7%
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: Treachery and lost love form the basis for this novel by Three Musketeers author Dumas.
  • 1
  • 3.7%
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Set in the years following WWI, this book explores the life of Princeton student Amory Blaine as he struggles with greed, morality, status and more.
  • 1
  • 3.7%
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: This abolitionist novel helped fuel the movement towards the end of slavery in the United States.
  • 1
  • 3.7%

 

 

 

 

 

The website Best Colleges Online has published lists of the best 25 free books in four categories. So this week's local knowledge is to use the knowledge of we locals to verify and enhance their choice. The key to all the choices is that they are available free online. They are out of copyright and all have  been added to Project Gutenberg. This week's poll asks you to agree or disagree with the choices and to add some of your own.

Just scroll down the page and click on the box above those you agree with, and you have the option at the very end to add just one you think should be on the list. Your choice should be available free somewhere on the internet and ready to download to your e-reader.

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