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Jeaniegirl posted 12/24/2013 18:25 PM

I was recently having a discussion with a friend and the topic came up about BEST books. We decided to list our all-time favorites.

Here are mine. What are your favorites?

Grapes of Wrath
The Good Earth
Gone with the Wind
The Innocent Man

Jeaniegirl posted 12/24/2013 19:45 PM

Next book on my reading list is


trumanshow posted 12/24/2013 21:41 PM

Gone With The Wind


Minutes to Burn

really trying posted 12/24/2013 23:29 PM

water for elephants
a stone for danny fisher
the memory keepers daughter

not sure if I'm going to read PILGRIM'S WILDERNESS, still pondering that one so I'd love to hear how you like it.

[This message edited by really trying at 11:31 PM, December 24th (Tuesday)]

Jeaniegirl posted 12/25/2013 10:02 AM

ReallyTrying -- A Stone for Danny Fisher should have been on my list too! Love Harold Robbins books.

I haven't purchased Pilgrim's Wilderness yet but plan to.

kmom2662 posted 12/29/2013 21:05 PM

Anything by Octavia Butler, especially Fledgling and Kindred.

solus sto posted 12/31/2013 19:28 PM

East of Eden by John Steinbeck and pretty much anything by Larry McMurtry

And, in nonfiction, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

I have millions more that I love, but these are the books I read and re-read.

frigidfire86 posted 1/1/2014 12:55 PM

Everything written by Terry Goodkind. End of list.

looking forward posted 1/5/2014 19:33 PM

All books by Agatha Christie (I have a complete collection including original paperbacks from the 1920s and beyond)

Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd

itainteasy posted 1/7/2014 12:10 PM

This one isn't high literature or anything...but "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" (James Patterson) is an all time favorite of mine. I need to read it with a box of tissues and I have read it over 50 times, easily.

[This message edited by itainteasy at 12:11 PM, January 7th (Tuesday)]

GabyBaby posted 1/7/2014 15:43 PM

Books that I reach for over and over include:

Kane and Abel
The Prodigal Daughter
Gone with the Wind
The Good Earth
Pillars of the Earth
Harry Potter series
Outlander series
To Kill a Mockingbird
Clan of the Cave Bear
Sword of Shannara series
Born in Fire (Nora Roberts)
Born in Ice (Nora Roberts)
Born in Shame (Nora Roberts)
Philippa Gregory's Tudor series

Coachdig10 posted 1/17/2014 19:48 PM

Game of Thrones
Name of the Wind

MissMouseMo posted 1/19/2014 13:40 PM

The Journeyer, by Gary Jennings

Horrible first chapter and an ending that just sort of dribbled off, and even a pretty horrifying torture scene I had to skip over entirely...

Sounds awful, doesn't it? It still lives in my mind. It came to life...

phmh posted 1/19/2014 16:19 PM

My very favorite is "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. I reread it every few years.

sisoon posted 1/21/2014 15:54 PM

Brainstorming, not in order of preference or quality

John Barry, Rising Tide
Dorothy Sayers - Peter Wimsey series
Paul Scott, Jewel in The Crown set of novels
O'Brian - Aubrey-Maturin series
Rex Stout - Nero Wolfe novels
Will Cuppy, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
unknown author The Devil's Data Processing Dictionary
H. P. Lovecraft - most collections (I dislike Dreams and Fancies, which is the only one I own)
C. P. Snow, Strangers and Brothers novels
Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth
Joseph Kanon, esp. The Good German
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Reischauer & Fairbank, East Asia: The Great Tradition
Roger Butterfield, The American Past

[This message edited by sisoon at 3:56 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)]

really trying posted 1/22/2014 18:10 PM

I ordered a Fannie Flagg book, A Redbird Christmas, I've heard it's a great book and people seem to like anything by her. ?

I'm asking.

Looked into reading the Monuments Men vs seeing the movie but on this one, I think I'll see the movie.

Alex CR posted 1/29/2014 18:46 PM

So many good books....have been a reader since I was a child under the covers using a flashlight to read my Nancy Drew books, but after Dday I couldn't read at all. I really missed my reading.

After a few years I found I could focus and read again. I've been eating books ever since....these are some of my favorites.

Five Smooth Stones - Ann Fairbairn
Bridge of San Luis Rey – Steinbeck
1Q84 - Hiroki Murakami
Unbroken – Hillebrand
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
My Name is Asher Lev – Chaim Potok
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
On Writing – Stephen King
The Gunslinger Series – Stephen King
The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin (the whole series)

silverhopes posted 1/29/2014 23:34 PM

Shabanu, and the sequel Haveli by Suzanne Fisher Staples
His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass or The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) by Phillip Pullman
Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Kin of Ata Are Waiting For You by Dorothy Bryant
Cat & Mouse (sequel to Along Came a Spider) by James Patterson
The Silence of the Lambs, and the sequel Hannibal (the other two are OK too, but I like those the best) by Thomas Harris
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Pirates! and Witch Child, both by Celia Rees
The Remember Me trilogy by Christopher Pike
The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
probably a lot more...

We're supposed to narrow it down?
And that's not even counting comics!

[This message edited by silverhopes at 11:34 PM, January 29th (Wednesday)]

lost_in_toronto posted 1/30/2014 08:15 AM

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Loved this book growing up! I reread it recently and it was still a wonderful read.

gardenparty posted 2/25/2014 20:44 PM

Just finished "The Demonologist" by Andrew Pyper and absolutely loved his writing.

Huge Stephen King fan....I know it is not really literature but it sure is entertaining.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Cod, can't remember who wrote this one but it is a great read.

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