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message 1: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments Inspired by the BBC Book challenge we are going to create our own one ;)

Everyone needs to suggest 5 books and we'll (royal we) compile it so we can have a GRUKAKF best 100 books.

If possible try not to double up on someone else but don't worry if you inevitably do I'll tell you to re-choose!

You can choose absolutely anything. Hopefully enough people will choose books so we can get to 100 (or we can go beyond that if more people join me!)

Have fun! :D


Jay-me (Janet)  | 4270 comments Five favourite books (that is five out of the many books that I have read, these 5 also belong to the shorter list of books that have been re-read more than once)

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill
To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield
Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6) by Terry Pratchett


message 3: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments added to list, thanks dudette :D


message 5: by Katie (new)

Katie Stewart (Katiewstewart) | 853 comments Narrowing it down to 5 after 50 years of reading is very hard!

Les Misérables
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Alchemist(Paolo Coelho)
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


message 6: by Marc (last edited Sep 16, 2012 06:45AM) (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 7463 comments The Castle Franz Kafka
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Haruki Murakami
American Pastoral Philip Roth
Cosmopolis Don Delillo
Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem


message 7: by Rosemary (grooving with the Picts) (last edited Sep 16, 2012 07:05AM) (new)


message 8: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments added until here :) thanks guys


message 9: by Kath (last edited Sep 16, 2012 08:29AM) (new)

Kath Middleton | 24030 comments The Once and Future King T H White
The Persian Boy Mary Renault
The Crystal CaveMary Stewart

Then I demand my rights as a cantankerous auld biddy, to have Cornelius Harker's entire Words to the Wise Saga - even those bits he hasn't written yet! - and Andy Barrett's Dead trilogy.
PS - can I have CH's and AB's books each bound in a single volume please!


Jay-me (Janet)  | 4270 comments Ignite wrote: "The Once and Future King T H White
The Persian Boy Mary Renault
The Crystal CaveMary Stewart

Then I demand my rights as a cantankerous auld biddy, to have Cornelius Harker's entire Words to the Wi..."


Well I sneaked Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit as one choice ;) plus I did wonder about adding all the discworld books by Terry Pratchett.


Of the books added since my choice there are 8 that I have read.


Rosemary (grooving with the Picts) (nosemanny) | 8485 comments Ignite wrote: "The Once and Future King T H White
The Persian Boy Mary Renault
The Crystal CaveMary Stewart

Then I demand my rights as a cantankerous auld biddy, to have Cornelius Harker's entire Words to the Wi..."


One of my choices is a trilogy as well Ignite, so I don't see why not! I have read 8 of the other suggestions too, and there are a couple that I have meant to read. Perhaps this will spur me on!


message 12: by Jim (new)

Jim | 19006 comments Jack Vance, the Lyonnese trilogy
Christian Cameron Tyrant (Which is actually four books but hey)
JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings (with The Hobbit bound into it)
Ellis Peters The Cadfael Chronicles
Terry Pratchett Haven't a clue which one


message 13: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments jim two of yours have already been picked so you got two more to go


message 14: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments Ignite wrote: "The Once and Future King T H White
The Persian Boy Mary Renault
The Crystal CaveMary Stewart

Then I demand my rights as a cantankerous auld biddy, to have Cornelius Harker's entire Words to the Wi..."


pfft, you are not an auld biddy! i claimed hp as one of mine - series are allowed, although when compiling the list i'll probably just put the first one down (as it's kinda like a starter to the rest)


message 15: by Karen (new)

Karen Lowe | 2219 comments Some lovely books in there already. Great to see Ellis Peters, thanks Jim! And anything by Mary Renault gets my vote too, thanks Ignite - and I'm also a fan of 'Once and future king'.

I adore Thomas Hardy... If I have to pick one, my fave is probably Far from the Madding Crowd
And then there's George Eliot. Definitely Silas Marner but I'd also want The Mill on the Floss

Tough choices now, but there's Mary Webb, Precious Bane, and of course Gormenghast (Glad we've already got Tolkein in there)

And that's without Jane Austen and Dickens... plus there are a couple of French novels I'd love to pick.


message 16: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments so......... the ones you have linked are your final choices?

we need a definite 5 here. no 'i-dont-know-what-to-pick'


message 17: by Karen (new)

Karen Lowe | 2219 comments Definitely, Elle!!

We used to do a top 100 when I worked in the library service, years ago. It always seemed to be Catherine Cookson who came out near the top. Somehow I think our list will be different. Tho so far, not that different. I'll hve to see if I've still got a copy to compare.
And thanks for a great thread.


Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 61383 comments Oh if we can do a series, I want Darren's Undead books.

The Man From U.N.D.E.A.D. Trilogy

Spider Robinson's Callahan books.

The Callahan Chronicals (Callahan's Place Trilogy, #1-3)

The Stand by Stephen King, of course

Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This is tricky...


message 20: by Darren (new)

Darren Humphries (Darrenhf) | 6824 comments Contact
The Mists of Avalon
Lost Horizon
The War of the Worlds
Dune

And I demand the right to add another half dozen because there are some others that I can't live without.


Jay-me (Janet)  | 4270 comments Philip (sarah) wrote: "Oh no!I would find choosing my hundred favourites easier.I am so glad some have been picked earlier."



That is why I left some of my other favourites out because I knew that they would be chosen by other people.

Are we counting my Terry Pratchett choice as the whole discworld series then? Or can someone else add other individual books from that series?

(Must admit though that there are a few cropping up in this thread that won't be finding their way onto my TBR list)


message 22: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments we are officially at 53 :D
(would be 55 if jim hadn't picked doubles)


im hoping someone picks hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. i unfortunately hadn't room for it.


message 23: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments Jay-me (Janet) ~plum chutney is best~ wrote: "Philip (sarah) wrote: "Oh no!I would find choosing my hundred favourites easier.I am so glad some have been picked earlier."



That is why I left some of my other favourites out because I knew tha..."



I'm going to be putting the first one down so it's a 'read them all' type thing. it means we have a variety of authors.

plus if we end up over a hundred and we have doubles by the same author i may ask if we could decide between them so we can have 100 different authors (in theory)


message 24: by Katy (last edited Sep 16, 2012 11:01AM) (new)

Katy | 3410 comments A few of mine have gone already! Including To Kill a Mockingbird.

so... in no order...

1) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
2) The Princess Bride - William Goldman
3) The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Okay, I can only come up with 3 right now. I will narrow down 2 more and get back to you...

EDIT -

4) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series) - Ann Brashares
5) Heidi - Johanna Spyri

That was so difficult!!

I didn't choose any of our authors, as I knew it would be too difficult to pick only 5, and assumed you'd put them in the list anyway (:


message 25: by Elle (last edited Sep 16, 2012 11:33AM) (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments brilliant katy :P you covered 2 that i really wanted too!!

edit to say: only the books picked will be going in the list. so if you want our authors in there you gotta pick em - but this is only going to be posted on here s a sort of challenge similar to the BBC one


message 26: by Laurence (new)

Laurence | 240 comments Tinker, Taylor, Soldier , Spy - Le Carre
Under the Greenwood Tree - Hardy
The Prize - Yergin
Goodbye to All That - Graves
A Maggot - Fowles


message 27: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments it'd help for future reference to link to the books please. just so i can get the full name and make sure i have the right one

thanks laurence


message 28: by Vanessa (aka Dumbo) (last edited Sep 16, 2012 01:25PM) (new)

Vanessa (aka Dumbo) (VanessaAKADumbo) | 8703 comments Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Omens-eb...


message 29: by Kath (new)

Kath | 1965 comments Past Caring by Robert Goddard (hard to choose just one of his)
Family Portrait by Graham Masterton
The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren
The Killing Of Emma Gross by Damien Seaman
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


message 30: by Ian (new)

Ian Ayris | 473 comments I like this :)

Right, my three choice are

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jonathan-Livi...

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
http://www.amazon.co.uk/To-the-Lighth...

Maggie, a Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revie...

Cheers,

Ian :)


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

Some of mine have been chosen already and I find it hard to just pick out five anyway.

All of Jane Austen's novels - but if you make me pick just one then Pride and Prejudice
Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals
Mary Ann Shaffer The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Fitzgerald Richard Wilde
Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest


message 32: by Jim (new)

Jim | 19006 comments Louise-Lesley (Elle) wrote: "jim two of yours have already been picked so you got two more to go"

oops
Asimov, the Foundation Trilogy The Foundation Trilogy
Alfred Duggan, I've a fair collection of his historical novels, I'd suggest Count Bohemond Count Bohemond


message 34: by Aoibhínn (new)

Aoibhínn (aoibhinn) | 3 comments 1. East of Eden  by John Steinbeck

2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

3. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

4. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

5. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans


message 35: by Pat (Scorpio) (new)

Pat (Scorpio) All the Books of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Touch not the cat Mary Stewart
Space Series Elizabeth Moon.
To the Grave Steve Robinson
All the Terri Reid series


message 36: by Tim (new)

Tim | 9442 comments In no particular order,
Sorry (no I'm not, and I didn't start it ;)) these are all serieseses rather than singleton books, but the highlighted book is the first in the series in each instance.

Rivers of London (Peter Grant trilogy) by Ben Aaronovitch
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next series) by Jasper Fforde
Mutineer (Kris Longknife series) by Mike Shepherd
Ender's Game (series) by Orson Scott Card
A Galaxy Unknown (series) by Thomas DePrima


Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 61383 comments Oh yes! Orson Scott Card!

Good one Tim!


message 38: by Jud (last edited Sep 17, 2012 12:41AM) (new)

Jud (Judibud) | 17949 comments I think all my books have been mentioned already

Pride and Prejudice
Les Misérables
Jane Eyre
A Time To Kill
The Red Tent (A new fav book thanks to this group!)

I need to think of another 2 at least for my first 2 choices, can't remember if anyone else mentioned Jane Eyre

Harry Potter Boxed Set


message 39: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments WE HAVE 2 MORE CHOICES TO GET TO A HUNDRED


Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4697 comments Odd Thomas series. Koontz.

Time enough for love. Heinlein


message 41: by Elle (new)

Elle (Louiselesley) | 7914 comments And we have 100!

WOOP.

I'll compile the list when I gets timeeeeeeeeee.


message 42: by Katy (new)

Katy | 3410 comments Simon (Highwayman) wrote: "Odd Thomas series. Koontz.

Time enough for love. Heinlein"


Cant believe I forgot the Odd Thomas series!


Patti (baconater) (Goldengreene) | 61383 comments Heinlein!!

Stranger in a strange land!

Time enough for love is good too though.

What's the main character's name? Can't recall...


message 44: by Jud (new)

Jud (Judibud) | 17949 comments YAY 100 :o)


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