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A.F. (scribe77) | 1777 comments Mod
List and discuss your favourite books.


message 2: by Mhairi (last edited Jul 26, 2011 02:56PM) (new)

Mhairi Simpson (mhairisimpson) | 142 comments My favourite book is actually an adult sci fi which verges on fantasy.

Decipher by Stel Pavlou

I love it mostly because it has a lot, and I mean a LOT, about language in it. Not just individual languages, but the construction of language, how it carries a culture, similarities between very far flung languages and cultures.

And it talks about Atlantis. I mean seriously, what more could a girl ask for? I LOVE this book!! I really must re-read it, actually. Which means re-buying it. I think my original copy is tucked away in a box in my mother's attic...

Oh, in case you're wondering, they have to decipher a 12000 year old code etched in crystal so as to save the world from destruction. YAY!!!


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Cambria (cambria409) That does sound like a great book!
My favorite book is Intertwined (Intertwined, #1) by Gena Showalter and the sequel Unraveled (Intertwined, #2) by Gena Showalter

They are awesome and they have a little bit of everything! Vamps, werewolves, witches, ghosts...


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I'll add a list of a few faves:

Mrs. Dalloway
The Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Confederacy of Dunces
Making Money
American Gods
Lowboy
Catch - 22


message 5: by Mhairi (new)

Mhairi Simpson (mhairisimpson) | 142 comments Cambria wrote: "That does sound like a great book!
My favorite book is Intertwined (Intertwined, #1) by Gena Showalter and the sequel Unraveled (Intertwined, #2) by Gena Showalter

They are awesome and they have a little bit of everything! Vamps..."


These look excellent! *toddles off to check out new book suggestions*


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A.F. (scribe77) | 1777 comments Mod
American Gods would be among my favourites, too. Others would be Possession by A. S. Byatt, Dune by Frank Herbert, 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion by Morgan Llywelyn and Sailing to Sarantium/Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay.


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Pat () The Ivy Tree and Touch Not The Cat by Mary Stewart
Dragon Song, Dragon Singer & Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey
Rest and Be Thankful by Helen McInnes
So many more....


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Jessi | 10 comments The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, Gone with the Wind, My Sister's Keeper, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, the Narnia books, the lord of the rings books, so many can't think of them all right now LOL


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Rizza (pillowheart) | 2 comments > Of course, Stephenie Meyers Twilight Series. But among them all, Breaking Dawn & Eclipse would probably be my favorites.

> The Mortal Instrument Series: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass; City of Fallen Angels All of them and of course City of Lost Souls & City of Heavenly Fire

> The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney would alwas be my fave paranormal romance book.

> Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature

> Jinx

> Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince & Clockwork Princess

> The Rescue

> 13 to Life, Secrets and Shadows, Bargains and Betrayals & Destiny and Deception

And other more. L'll edit it. Later. :)


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Carlajo Webb | 6 comments Hard decision; so many good books! Tuesdays with Muurie (is that correct spelling?)comes to mind, The Lord of the Rings and any of the witch books by Terry Prachett.


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Richard Phelan (richardphelan) | 5 comments The Lord of the Rings books are great. Besides that almost anything from Poe (The Fall of the House of Usher is great) or Stephen King (It and The Stand are two of my favorites). King's short stories - The Monkey and Jerusalem's Lot - are also two of the best short stories I've ever read.


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Mhairi wrote: "My favourite book is actually an adult sci fi which verges on fantasy.

Decipher by Stel Pavlou

I love it mostly because it has a lot, and I mean a LOT, about language in it. Not just individu..."


That does look really interesting.

Recent additions to my favourites shelf have been The Replacement which I thought was a great, creepy little faerie tale with an adorable anti-hero - and The Book Thief, which is probably one of the best books I've read, ever. I hardly ever cry at books but that one had me in floods at the end.


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D.D. Chant (DDChant) | 33 comments I like Cotillion, Friday's Child, The Unknown Ajax and These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer.

I like Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

And The Sooner by S.G. Alan.


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Robert Smith (remsmith) | 1 comments Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West

And many more come to mind....

So many works worth reading... 8)


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The Lord of the Rings trilogy, definitely. And one I like to mention a lot is 'The Time Traveller's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger. ♥


message 17: by Jason (last edited Mar 27, 2012 01:27PM) (new)

Jason Baldwin-Stephens | 69 comments Its pretty much impossible for me to pick just one favorite book but the ones that are always at the top of my list are:

The Stand
The Sun Also Rises
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Dune

I also just recently reread To Kill a Mockingbird (it's probably been about twenty years since I first read it) and that's my current favorite.


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A.F. (scribe77) | 1777 comments Mod
Jason wrote: "Its pretty much impossible for me to pick just one favorite book but the ones that are always at the top of my list are:

The Stand
The Sun Also Rises
[book:Something Wick..."


Excellent books to be at the top of your list.


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Dr.Saleh Alhayashi (salehalhayashi) | 3 comments Of course that is right that we have to look at every topic which will made us as we want.


message 20: by A.F. (new)

A.F. (scribe77) | 1777 comments Mod
Saleh wrote: "Of course that is right that we have to look at every topic which will made us as we want."

An interesting sentment, but I'm not certain what you are commenting on?


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Blake Hoy My favorites would have to be IT by Stephen King, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving, among so many others by Stephen King.


message 22: by Jason (new)

Jason Baldwin-Stephens | 69 comments Blake wrote: "My favorites would have to be IT by Stephen King, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving, among so many others by Stephen King."

A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of those fantastic reads that I always forget to mention when people ask about my favorite novels. The truth of the matter is it is one of the few novels that's every made me break down a weep at the end of it.


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Ashley (ashleyjeffery) | 4 comments My favorite books, Stephen King's Carrie, Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood, and Stacia Kane's Downside series.

Picking a favorite is way too hard but these are the ones I like the most lately. The ones I remember above all else.


message 24: by Amy (new)

Amy (amyspen) Crime and Punishment by Fyodyr Dostoevsky
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


message 25: by Arleen (last edited Jul 06, 2012 08:14AM) (new)

Arleen Williams | 68 comments Here's a question for all of you readers...

I'm in search of very, very easy beginning chapter books that would be of interest to adult immigrant readers to use in my ESL classes. I want well-written books with at least a few adult characters that deal with universal themes. Historical or American cultural themes are also a plus. Reading level from about second to sixth grade. Thanks for your help... my students will be grateful! Feel free to send my your suggestions here or at arleen.williams@seattlecolleges.edu


message 26: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (diankom) I would suggest the American Girl books, Arleen.


message 27: by Kayla (new)

Kayla (sweetlykayla) I love The Book Thief.
Arleen: I'd suggest The Little House books, Little Women, the Nancy Drew books (especially the originals)are easy to love. A Series of Unfortunate Events or The Chronicles of Narnia.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Carolyn Keene, Lemony Snicket, C.S. Lewis)
Hope this helps:D


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Kevin (kevinhallock) | 60 comments The Demolished Man is one of my favorite books. Bester was a genius.


 ~❤Rikka❤~ *living is just a symptom of dying* My favourite book is probably Clockwork Angel! The twist in it was amazing and I can't help but love the characters (even though the stereotypical 'bad-boy romance' in almost every book I know is starting to bore me a little)


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B.J. Kurtz | 5 comments My all time favorite book is Tuck Everlasting. I know it's a children's book, but I still love it!


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Victoria Grefer (vgrefer) | 5 comments My favorite book of all time is Les Miserables. It's such a BEAUTIFUL story and speaks so clearly about what it means to be human!


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Victoria Grefer (vgrefer) | 5 comments B.J. wrote: "My all time favorite book is Tuck Everlasting. I know it's a children's book, but I still love it!"

nothing wrong with loving children's books!


message 33: by Kayla (new)

Kayla (sweetlykayla) I agree, Victoria! I love Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.<3


message 34: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) My favourite story is John Milton's Paradise Lost, but my favourite novel is Excession by Ian M Banks.


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Alicia | 5 comments little women


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A.F. (scribe77) | 1777 comments Mod
Andie wrote: "little women"

I love that book too.


message 37: by Richard (new)

Richard (thepen) | 2 comments I just finished Leonard Seet's novel Meditation on Space-Time Meditation on Space-Time by Leonard Seet

Great book. Enjoyed it.


message 38: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Lafferty | 15 comments B.J. wrote: "My all time favorite book is Tuck Everlasting. I know it's a children's book, but I still love it!"Tuck Everlasting is one of my favorites too. I think it's great for all ages.


message 39: by Soo (new)

Soo (silverlyn) Written in Red by Anne Bishop has become one of my favorite books this year. There are others but that's the most recent one. =)


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Justin Brauchler | 3 comments Libby wrote: "I'll add a list of a few faves:

American Gods is a book I've been thinking about reading after A Scanner Darkly.



message 41: by Jim (new)

Jim Vuksic | 111 comments My all-time favorite books include the following:
"Son of the Morning Star" (Non-Fiction) by Evan S. Connell
"1,000 Years, 1,000 People" (Non-Fiction) by Gottlieb & Bowers
"The Clan of the Cave Bear" by Jean M. Auel
"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
"The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown
"The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
"The Gates of the Alamo" by Stephen Harrigan
"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro
"The Stand" by Stephen King
"The Godfather" by Mario Puzo
"the Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien

I realize it is a rather long list; but, being an old dude, I have accumulated a lot of favorites over the years.


message 42: by Toni (new)

Toni Bunnell (tonibunnell) | 27 comments Jim wrote: "My all-time favorite books include the following:
"Son of the Morning Star" (Non-Fiction) by Evan S. Connell
"1,000 Years, 1,000 People" (Non-Fiction) by Gottlieb & Bowers
"The Clan of the Cave Bea..."
I absolutely loved The Stolen Child. Amazingly I came across it at Heathrow airport on my way back from Iceland where I had been on a 'Hidden People' trip where changelings were mentioned. It really is a good book.


message 43: by Jim (new)

Jim Vuksic | 111 comments Toni,
Did I understand your profile correctly? You actually spin wool?
If so, you must be be among a rather unique group, numbering very few people, who still possess that skill.


message 44: by Toni (new)

Toni Bunnell (tonibunnell) | 27 comments Jim wrote: "Toni,
Did I understand your profile correctly? You actually spin wool?
If so, you must be be among a rather unique group, numbering very few people, who still possess that skill."
Yes, I do spin wool. It's taken quite a while to learn, especially as I insist on dyeing wool that I have dyed using plants which is not the easiest to spin.


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Toni Bunnell (tonibunnell) | 27 comments Soo wrote: "Written in Red by Anne Bishop has become one of my favorite books this year. There are others but that's the most recent one. =)"My favourite book for all time has to be Witchlight by Susan Fletcher with amazing descriptions including some of Glencoe where the story is set.


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John Logan (johnaalogan) | 92 comments Free Fall - William Golding
Darkness Visible - William Golding
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
Hunger - Knut Hamsun
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
The Idiot - Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
Cain's Book - Alexander Trocchi
A Green Tree in Gedde - Alan Sharp
The Leopard - Lampedusa
And...The Stand by Stephen King!


message 47: by Marianne (new)

Marianne Perry | 37 comments Hi John.
A writing teacher once told me The Leopard by Lampedusa was one of the best historical fictions he'd ever read. What is your opinion, if I might ask? I have set my novel in Calabria, southern Italy and am aware this island is south of the mainland. I've yet to read it and would welcome your comments. Thanks.

Mariannne Perry
http://www.marianneperry.ca
Author of The Inheritance


message 48: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer I love John Irving's, A Prayer for Owen Meany because of his quirky characters and ability to create odd stories that still connect with an audience.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was beautifully sorrowful. I thought the idea of making Death the narrator during WWII, genius!

Anita Diamant's The Red Tent a gorgeous story, which came about from a small mention of a name in the bible. I'm enamored of writers who can weave a fictional story from something so small.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon made me want to write so I can move readers like he moved me with this book. I love the history, characters, and the most realistic dialogue I've encountered in a book.


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A.F. (scribe77) | 1777 comments Mod
Denise wrote: "I love John Irving's, A Prayer for Owen Meany because of his quirky characters and ability to create odd stories that still connect with an audience.

The Book Thief by Ma..."


I loved the Book Thief. An amazing book.


message 50: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer A.F. wrote: I loved the Book Thief. An amazing book. "

I know! I couldn't stop crying reading the last ten pages or so.


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