Your Single Favourite Read of All Time

What is the one book you have read that you always recommend or would class as your favourite book of all time?

Please only vote for ONE book and if it's a series then just the first in the series.
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148 books · 78 voters · list created December 17th, 2014 by Carlyn (votes) .
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Carlyn 583 books
17 friends
Clare 6918 books
337 friends
Adriana 517 books
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☆Ruth☆ 5222 books
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Candace 1085 books
147 friends
Srh 918 books
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Malika 411 books
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Griselda 725 books
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message 1: by Marquise (new)

Marquise This is the most difficult list to vote on! Listing all your favourites takes long enough, at least for me, but . . . just one book? Impossible! :)


message 2: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie I'm afraid I had to cheat Marquise by voting for 2 books, but I really couldn't choose between them.


message 3: by Diane Lynn (new)

Diane Lynn I agree it's tough to pick just one. I'll have to read both of yours, Laurie. :D


message 4: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie I hope you will love them as much as I have over the years.


Meanwhile, someone just added the book "Watership Down" and I was tempted to vote for my 3rd book now AARRRGHH!

I didn't see your vote Diane? Are you having trouble choosing a favorite?


message 5: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy If I was limiting to my teen years I might pick Watership Down too. I had to look twice at it.


message 6: by Marquise (new)

Marquise Laurie wrote: "Meanwhile, someone just added the book "Watership Down" and I was tempted to vote for my 3rd book now AARRRGHH!"

Why not make it a Top 10, then, Laurie? We all are in a dilemma to choose just one.


message 7: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie I have started making a favorites shelf Marquise and WD is on that list. Were you suggesting making a Top 10 list then?


message 8: by Marquise (new)

Marquise Something like that, yes. I was suggesting to broaden the number of choices allowed to vote on for this list.


message 9: by Diane Lynn (new)

Diane Lynn Laurie wrote: "I hope you will love them as much as I have over the years.


Meanwhile, someone just added the book "Watership Down" and I was tempted to vote for my 3rd book now AARRRGHH!

I didn't see your vot..."


I voted for The Far Pavilions. It's been a favorite for gosh, 35 years. <3


message 10: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Oh I see now. That is a good idea for a new listopia I agree, should be a lot of excellent choices to vote for.


message 11: by Hana (new)

Hana Okay. I finally forced myself to narrow it down to the ONE book (actually series) that I re-read the most over the last ten years. And the winner is....*Hana fumbles with envelope*...Master and Commander!


message 12: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy \o/ Woooo Hoooo!!! \o/


message 13: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Hana wrote: "Okay. I finally forced myself to narrow it down to the ONE book (actually series) that I re-read the most over the last ten years. And the winner is....*Hana fumbles with envelope*...[book:Master a..."

Hana, Master and Commander is one of my favorite movies of all time but I haven't read the book. If the book is as good as the movie I definitely want to read it.


message 14: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie I'm so tempted to add the Little House Books to this list - I suppose that could go under a separate list of Your Very Favorite Childhood Book Of All Time.


message 15: by Hana (last edited Nov 24, 2015 02:24PM) (new)

Hana Good point, Laurie and thanks for the applause, Gita :) The Little House books would be strong competitors for the vote cast by Childhood Me.

The big question inside the question is "what defines my all time? If I was Teenage Me the vote would be for The Fellowship of the Ring.

Sigh. I'm having a sort of Groundhog Day moment.


message 16: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie I just made a new list where you can vote for your top 5 favorite adult fiction books of all time to narrow down the choices even more since I have so many favorite childhood books. I hope you have time to vote on it.
After the holidays I'll probably do a children's top 5 list when everyone isn't so busy.


message 17: by BookLovingLady (last edited Nov 24, 2015 07:37PM) (new)

BookLovingLady Laurie wrote: "I just made a new list where you can vote for your top 5 favorite adult fiction books of all time to narrow down the choices even more since I have so many favorite childhood books. I hope you have time to vote on it. ..."

A link to your list would be helpful... :-)


message 18: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Booklovinglady wrote: "Laurie wrote: "I just made a new list where you can vote for your top 5 favorite adult fiction books of all time to narrow down the choices even more since I have so many favorite childhood books. ..."

Oops! Sorry, I must've been having a senior moment :D

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...


message 19: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Marquise wrote: "Laurie wrote: "Meanwhile, someone just added the book "Watership Down" and I was tempted to vote for my 3rd book now AARRRGHH!"

Why not make it a Top 10, then, Laurie? We all are in a dilemma to c..."


Marquise wrote: "Something like that, yes. I was suggesting to broaden the number of choices allowed to vote on for this list."


Here's the link Marquise when you have the time to vote:
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...


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