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Alberteinsteinmaloney | 6 comments Mod
In no particular order ...
1) Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
2) Great Apes, Will Self
3) Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
4) The Razor's Edge, W. Somerset Maugham
5) Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
6) Lamb, Christopher Moore
7) Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, Tom Robbins
8) The Magus, John Fowles

Ok, deciding between my last two favorites is stressing me out, so I'll come back to it. Let me know what you think.
M


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Shannon | 1 comments 1) Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
2) White Oleander, Janet Finch
3) God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

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Let me think about my other favorites before I add the last seven...


Alberteinsteinmaloney | 6 comments Mod
I loved God of Small Things, but I haven't read it for years and years. I'll have to add that to my re-read list.


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Amanda (mandasol) | 3 comments I love lists!

1. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
2. Sophie's Choice, William Styron
3. 100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
5. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
6. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
7. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
8. Gabriela Clove and Cinnamon, Jorge Amado
9. Love in the time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
10. House of Spirits, Isabel Allende


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Alberteinsteinmaloney | 6 comments Mod
Oooohh, I might have to add Love in the Time of Cholera to mine. I loved that so very, very much. Have you read Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter? Another fabulously epic romance.


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Basham! | 1 comments I can't believe Amanda stole my number one.

1. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Okay, seriously that is all I have too. This has become difficult...



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Susan Jost | 1 comments 1. Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins (really all of his books)
2. Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
3. The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
4. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
5. 1984, George Orwell
6. She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb
7. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
8. The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
9. Lamb, Christopher Moore
10. The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
11. Love in the Time of Cholera, GGM

I share a lot with you guys - great minds think alike I guess



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Elena | 4 comments 1. The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Salmon Rushdie
2. Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac
3. 100 Years of Solitude, GGM
4. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
5. The Death of Artemio Cruz, Carlos Fuentes
5. Middlesex, Jeffery Eugenides
6. The Brothers Karamozov, Fyodor Doystoevsky
7. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
8. A Hearbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
10. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

I just realized that a main theme in many of these books is death. I don't know what that says about me. Also, I had trouble with the order. I think this is more of my ten favorite.


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Elena | 4 comments Elena wrote: "1. The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Salmon Rushdie
2. Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac
3. 100 Years of Solitude, GGM
4. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
5. The Death of Artemio Cru..."



Oooh and I have to steal Love and the Time of Cholera



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Amanda (mandasol) | 3 comments Yikes. I should have prefaced mine with the fact that they are in absolutely no order. That would have been way too difficult.

I like your death theme Elena. Maybe it just reflects where you're at in the moment. Death-like or something.

Mine are almost entirely about love. Hmmmmm... Don't know what I've been thinking about. Spring fever, perhaps?


Alberteinsteinmaloney | 6 comments Mod
So adore Middlesex and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. I think it would be in my top 10 if the last forty pages or so didn't descend in an anger-fueled rant. The rest is so stellar, it just struck me like he didn't know how to end it.


Alberteinsteinmaloney | 6 comments Mod
Mine are about humor and magic/science and weird stuff. What does that say about me?


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Amanda (mandasol) | 3 comments you are weird ;)




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Elena | 4 comments Alberteinsteinmaloney wrote: "So adore Middlesex and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. I think it would be in my top 10 if the last forty pages or so didn't descend in an anger-fueled rant. The rest is so stellar, it j..."

Yes I understand that. I kind of forget about the last 40 pages. I think it just makes him seem more manic.


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Elena | 4 comments Alberteinsteinmaloney wrote: "In no particular order ...
1) Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
2) Great Apes, Will Self
3) Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
4) The Razor's Edge, W. Somerset Maugham
5) Brave New World, Aldous Hu..."


I almost put Brave New World on my list. loved it. I think I should reread it.



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Banandez | 1 comments 1. Franny and Zooey (this is definitely my favorite book, it always has been)
2. Stranger In a Strange Land (this book was mentioned in the Billy Joel classic, "We Didn't Start the Fire")
3. The Trial (I laughed all the way through this one, its ridiculous)
4. Cloud Atlas (so good)
5. Kalki (I can't believe I forgot this one, fucking amazing)

That's about all I'm good for.


Alberteinsteinmaloney | 6 comments Mod
9) Kalki, by Gore Vidal. Clearly one of the best books I've ever read. Can't believe I forgot it. Now I'm down to one last top ten ... eeek.


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