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    Top 10 Favorite Books

    Okay, we've done movies, television shows and songs in the past.....let us go with books!

    TOP 10
    1. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
    2. Nicholas and Alexandra - Robert K. Massie
    3. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
    4. Peter the Great - Robert K. Massie
    5. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - Okay, this book is famous for
    being long and boring...but it actually features one of the most
    touching love stories.
    6. The Last Tsar - Edvard Radzinsky
    7. LOTR Trilogy - Tolkien
    8. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
    9. Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
    10. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    1. Jane Eyre -- Charlotte Bronte
    2. The Jewell in the Crown - Paul Scott
    3. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    4. Dracula - Bram Stoker
    4. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    5. Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
    6. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
    7. Shroud for a Nightengale - P.D. James
    8. Salem's Lot - Stephen King
    9. Outlander Series - Diana Gabaldon
    10. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

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    In my line of work, I read a great deal of children's lit so mine would be....
    1. All the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder..the "Little House" books
    2. "Anne of Green Gables"
    3. All of Jane Austen's Novels, "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma", etc.
    4. "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"
    5. "A Wrinkle In Time"
    6. "The Thornbirds"
    7. "The Agony and the Ecstasy"
    8. All the "Harry Potter" books
    9. "The Hobbit" and "The Trilogy"
    10. "Ivanhoe" 42

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    1. "Paradise" - Toni Morrison
    2. "e: a novel" -- name of the author escapes me at the moment. Some British dude.:D
    3. "Waiting to Exhale" - Terry McMillan
    4. "Parable of the Sower/Parable of the Talents" - Octavia Butler
    5. "A Murder is Announced" - Agatha Christie
    6. "Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady" - Florence King
    7. "Mama" - Terry McMillan
    8. "Vile Bodies" - Evelyn Waugh (gotta love a book that you have to put down for a second every 3 or 4 pages and say out loud, "OMG, I cannot believe these people!!")
    9. "Brothers and Sisters" - Bebe Moore Campbell
    10. "Bright Lights, Big City" - Jay McInerney

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    first of all, forgive me if there are mistakes in the titles but I read most of these books in italian or in russian and so I don't know the titles in english
    1_"the master and Margarita" ,Mikhail Bulgakov
    2_"100 years of solitude", Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez
    3_"the house of the spirits", Isabel Allende
    4_"the lord of the rings", J.R.R. Tolkien
    5_"thetral novel", Mikhail Bulgakov
    6_"stories of Bosnia", Ivo Andrich
    7_"the dream of a ridiculous man", Fyodor Dostoevskiy
    8_"white nights", Fyodor Dostoevskiy
    9_"the songlines" , Bruce Chatwin
    10_"here's the story",Daniel Pennac
    ok, eleven:anything by Flavio Soriga
    twelve:"terre des homes",Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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    The Chronicles of Narnia: C.S. Lewis

    The Shining:Stephen King

    Jane Eyre: C. Bronte

    When Your Child Drives You Crazy: Eda Leshan

    How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids Will Talk: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

    From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankenweiler:E. L. Konigsburg

    The Winning Attitude: Michele Kwan

    To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee

    Moby Dick :Herman Melville

    edited to add The Stand: Stephen King (how could I forget)
    Last edited by nthuz; 04-24-2004 at 08:34 PM.

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    woo, books...does epic poetry count? I say it does...what about plays? and graphic novels?

    let's just call this "paper-based fiction-type stuff I like", ok...

    the Iliad - Homer
    Gormenghast novels - Mervyn Peake
    The Aeneid - Virgil
    The Joy Luck Club - amy tan
    the god of small things - arundhati roy
    the secret history - donna tartt
    iphigeneia in aulis, the bacchae, medea - euripides
    the oresteia - aeschylus
    the divine comedy - dante
    tess of the d'ubervilles - thomas hardy
    to the lighthouse - virginia woolf
    His Dark Materials trilogy - philip pullman
    earthsea novels - ursula leguin
    Sandman g/novels - Neil Gaiman
    JTHM - Jhonen Vasquez
    lolita - vladimir nabokov
    riddley walker - russell hoban

    uh..that'll do for now!

    kat.

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    My favorite books are (in no particular order):
    Harry Potter series
    The Winning Attitude, by MK
    The Nancy Drew series
    The Princess Diaries series
    The Island of the Blue Dolphins
    Bud, Not Buddy
    From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    Secret Life of Bees
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    A Single Shard
    Esperanza Rising
    Replica series (it's a shame they stopped printing them)

    --Hermione

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    1. "Long walk to freedom" (biography of Nelson Mandela)
    2. "little women"
    3. "A boy called 'it'"
    4. Any of T. W. burgess' children's books (written in the 1910-1930 time frame, and SO cute)
    5. "Whispers' by Dean Koontz
    6. Any of the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex stout
    7. "The stand" by stephen king
    8. "East of Eden' by John steinbeck
    9. "The Four agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz
    10. Anything by Toni Morrison

    I can't even think of all the others i've read and enjoyed....books are a passion!

    Kasey

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    1. The Bible
    2. Left Behind
    3. Little Women
    4. Anne of Green Gables
    5. My Seregi
    6. Dicey's Song
    7. Glorious Appearnce
    8. Chalk Box Kid
    9. Stuart Little
    10. Homecoming

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    The first two are easy:

    1. Master and Margaritta by Bulgakov
    2. Satanic Verses by Rushdie

    For the other 8 I will just list some of my favorites:
    3. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
    4. Arch of Triumph by Remarque
    5. Kafka's stories
    6. Dostoevsky. If I had to pick, I'd say Brothers Karamazovs.
    7. Slowness by Kundera
    8. Philips Roth's trilogy: I Married a Communist, American Pastoral, and Human Stain.
    9. Theater by Maugham
    10. Nabokov. Let's say Luzhin's Defense.

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    I can't do them in order..and I can't do 10 either. But here are some!

    A Tale of Two Cities (SO good.)
    The Great Gatsby
    Lolita (Wow! That was great!)
    The Phantom Tollbooth (Best book from childhood.)
    I like Tamora Pierce..fave is probably In the Hand of the Goddess.
    A Cook's Tour
    Harry Potter series

    And a lot of others which I can't remember right now...

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    OH, I LOVED The Phantom Tollbooth!!!!

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    My definate top five is:
    Jewels of the Sun - Nora Roberts (first in a trilogy, but this was my absolute favorite)
    She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
    Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer (one of the funnist and most interesting books I've ever read)
    High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
    The Lake of Dead Languages - Carol Goodman (confusing at points, but soooooooo well - written)

    Others (in no particular order) would be, Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon), Zero Tollerance (Toller Cranston), Almost anything by Nora Roberts, The Hours (Michael Cunningham or something like that), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon), Silent to the Bone (e.l. konigsburg), The "Cat Who" series (Lilian Jackson Braun), The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys (Chris Fuhrman) and The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

    Thats all I can currently think of, but I'm sure if I went and looked in my book shelves I could find more....
    Laura

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    This post is so helpful, I was just about to post a thread asking for recomendations for summer reading. If anyone has any recomendations for me based on my list it would be much appreciated.


    I couldnt do ten, but here are 11 of my favs in no particular order


    Fast Food Nation- Eric Schlosser
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...60938455&itm=1

    The Bean Trees- Barbara Kingsolver (she is my favorite author by far, and so many of her books would make my list... but this is the one I read first when I was introduced to her)
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/tex...44&TXT=Y&itm=2

    All the Peter Spier picture books (People, Rain, Christmas, Noah's Ark)
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...04018?v=glance

    Alas Babylon- Pat Frank
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/tex...40&TXT=Y&itm=3

    The Once and Future King- TH White
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/tex...04&TXT=Y&itm=1

    LOTR/Hobbit- JRR Tolkien

    Les Miserables- Victor Hugo

    The Sweet Valley Series- Francine Paschal (wow, more of a sentimental choice as I realize they are horrid texts)

    Red Earth and Pouring Rain- Vikram Chandra
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/tex...34&TXT=Y&itm=1

    The Awakening- Kate Chopin
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/tex...53&TXT=Y&itm=1

    Blood and Money- Thomas Thompson
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...86709472&itm=4
    Last edited by Longhornliz; 04-25-2004 at 02:29 AM.

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