|12-11-2013, 02:56 PM||#31|
Join Date: Dec 2013
Device: Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite 2
|12-11-2013, 11:47 PM||#32|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: somewhere south of the mason dixon line
Device: Nexus 7 FHD (aka 2013, 2nd gen), Kindle 2, Samsung Galaxy s4 Mini
I've been thinking and thinking and thinking about what to put here and finally i'm going to just... let her rip.
no preferential order given...
also prone here to list series rather than single books...
also as others have including a mix of short story and novel. didn't think of any nonfiction at least tonight, but I did include some juvenile literature that came to mind.
1. The Great Brain (entire series), John D. Fitzgerald (now i want to read it all again)
2. Anne of Green Gables (entire series, but the first novel is the fave), LM
3. Little House on the Prairie (entire series, but the first novel is still my favorite), Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
5. Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
6. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
7. The King Must Die, Mary Renault
8. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
9. DragonFlight (and all associated series), Anne McCaffrey
10.(short story) The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, Ernest Hemingway
11. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
12. Dracula, Bram Stoker
13. Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
14. Hawkmistress! plus every other book basically in the entire Darkover universe
15. Battle Circle!, (trilogized: Sos the Rope, Var the Stick, Neq the Sword, a compelling post armageddon setting) Piers Anthony
16. The Incarnations of Immortality series (favorite is the first, On a Pale Horse), also by Piers Anthony
17. Earth's Children series, favorite is the 2nd Valley of the Horses but the best known is probably the first, The Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M. Auel
prompted by other users to be included because i loved these, too
Exodus, Leon Uris (and Trinity, plus, all his other books!)
The Belgariad, David Eddings
|12-12-2013, 04:02 AM||#33|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: New York, NY
Device: aura hd
Books that have changed me, affected my language or way of thinking, or that i return to over the years:
1. Distinction, Pierre Bourdieu
2. 100 Years of Solitude, Marquez
3. Labyrinths, Borges
4. The Nick Adams Stories, Hemingway
5. Rings of Saturn, W.G. Sebald
6. Heart of Darkness, Conrad
7. Das Kapital
8. Snow Country, Kawabata
9. Setting Sun, Dazai
10. 10/18 collection of Cornelius Castoriadis' writings
so large works of political economy/sociology and brief fiction
|12-12-2013, 05:17 PM||#34|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern California
Device: Kindle PW
I do find it interesting to see other peoples' lists. Sometimes I'm nodding my head, "ooh, good one!" and other times I'm shaking my head, "really?" But I like the idea of not openly criticizing each other here.
I intend on checking out some books I never read in lists that otherwise have me nodding my head.
|12-12-2013, 05:58 PM||#35|
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Seattle, USA
Device: Kindle PW, K-Touch, Nook GL, K-Fire, Kobo Aura
These are the first ten that come to mind in this moment (some because I remembered how much I loved them when others listed them):
Cannery Row - John Steinbeck (also Sweet Thursday)
Walden - Henry David Thoreau
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (just read for first time and loved it)
All Jeeves and Wooster books by Wodehouse which I've read multiple times
The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
The Stand - Stephen King
Farewell, My Lovely - Raymond Chandler
Flowers For Algernon - Daniel Keyes
Zorro - Isabel Allende (actually, pretty much any book featuring Zorro)
Mila 18 - Leon Uris
Oh dear, and then there are Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch mysteries and James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books (most of them).
Edit: The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles can probably replace the Chandler. Or Dumas. An endless loop can ensue. (Then there is Tortilla Flat by Steinbeck...and The Grapes of Wrath)
Last edited by BelleZora; 12-12-2013 at 06:09 PM.
|12-12-2013, 10:08 PM||#36|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Device: Nook STR (rooted) & Sony T2
In no particular order:
The Tripod trilogy by John Christopher.
Coming through Slaughter and In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondatje.
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg.
The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke.
Confessions of a Good Arab by Yoram Kaniuk.
Roadside Picnic and Hard to be a God by Strugatsky.
The Great Gatsby.
The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks.
|12-13-2013, 02:21 AM||#37|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: North Carolina
Device: Sony 300
Top Ten Books
The first I thought of . .
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
The Things They Carried - Tiim O'Brien
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
The Liberation Trilogy - (An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle, The Guns at Last Light) - Rick Atkinson
The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy
The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
Washington's Crossing - David Hackett Fischer
Diplomacy - Henry Kissinger
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
|12-13-2013, 03:15 AM||#38|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle 3, Sony PRS-505, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S II
This is ... incredibly difficult.
Keeping to favourite books (which don't necessarily overlap with books I've appreciated or books I consider important or books I really should mention because they're more high-brow than those I am actually going to list but I won't because, well, they're just not truly my favourites), this is probably the best I can currently come up with.
Oddly enough, my love for practically everything on this list either dates from my childhood and teenage years or from the last decade or so. Other than Harry Potter, I cannot even remember anything I read between, say, 1994 and 2004, and I'm pretty sure I read quite a few books.
|12-13-2013, 07:01 AM||#39|
The Dank Side of the Moon
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Device: Kindle2; Xoom; Kindle Fire
|12-13-2013, 08:55 AM||#40|
I ♥ Calibre
Join Date: Aug 2011
Device: Kindle Paperwhite 2, Sony PRS-350, Hudl2
I don't have a complete list of ten, plenty of books that I really liked, but the two books that stand out for me are both books I read when I was young. One I go back and read from time to time and am probably well into double figures in the amount of times I've re-read it (and I rarely re-read anything), the other I read a few times as a kid, but I've not read it since as I always remember crying so much.....
1. Watership Down
2. This Perfect Day - Ira Levin
|12-13-2013, 01:26 PM||#41|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Device: Kindle 4/Kindle Fire HD/Kindle Fire HDX 7"
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Forever War by Joe Haldeman
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Return of the King by by J.R.R. Tolkien
Rumble Fish and My Side of the Mountain were the first two books I ever read and that I can thank for making want to read as a kid.
|12-13-2013, 01:37 PM||#42|
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Seattle, USA
Device: Kindle PW, K-Touch, Nook GL, K-Fire, Kobo Aura
|12-13-2013, 01:59 PM||#43|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Rosario, Argentina
Device: SONY PRS-505, PRS-T2
My (of course) completely unfair but representative lists:
|12-13-2013, 02:21 PM||#44|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Bay Area
Device: kindle keyboard, kindle fire hd, S4, Nook hd+
The Dispossessed-Ursula Leguin
Of Human Bondage-W. Somerset Maugham
Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
Sister Carrie-Theodore Dreiser
On the Road-Jack Kerouac
I, Iago-Nicole Galland
The Red and the Black-Stendhal
Fathers and Sons-Ivan Turgenev
O Pioneers!-Willa Cather
The Omnivore's Dilemma-Michael Pollan
Predictably Irrational-Dan Ariely
Debt: the First 5000 Years-David Graeber
Financing the American Dream-Lendol Calder
The Great Cat Massacre-Robert Darnton
The Forbidden Bestsellers of Prerevolutionary France-Robert Darnton
The Literary Underground of the Old Regime-Robert Darnton
The Great Divergence-Ken Pomeranz
The Murder of Helen Jewett-Patricia Cline Cohen
Fables of Abundance-Jackson Lears
Last edited by spellbanisher; 12-13-2013 at 02:25 PM.
|12-13-2013, 04:47 PM||#45|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Maine, USA
Device: Kindle PW; Nook HD; HTC Rezound
The Magus - John Fowles
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Beach - Alex Garland
Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Oryx & Crake - Margaret Atwood
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Watership Down - Richard Adams
Hyperion Cantos - Dan Simmons
The Prydain Chronicles - Lloyd Alexander
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood
In the Woods - Tana French
Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Steig Larsson
The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton
1491 - Charles Mann
Inferno: The World At War 1939-1945 - Max Hastings
Mayflower - Nathaniel Philbrick
The Monster of Florence - Preston & Spezi
Apologies for more than 10. I looked at my five star rated books on goodreads and included all books that truly stood out.
Last edited by usuallee; 12-13-2013 at 04:52 PM.
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