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Bestest books list

Hl Payne "bookfiend"
The list author says: "In my humble opinion..."
His Dark Materials Trilogy: Northern Lights, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass
His Dark Materials Trilogy: Northern Lights, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass
"Mind-blowingly good"
Birdsong (Oberon Modern Plays)
Birdsong (Oberon Modern Plays)
"Just has to be read and try Charlotte Gray afterwards as well"
Persuasion
Persuasion
"Obviously all the Austens are classics but Persuasion is my particular favourite to read. P&P remains the best adapted."
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"Douglas Adams is a God"
The Russian Concubine
The Russian Concubine
"First in the ongoing trilogy. Love love loved it."
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards)
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards)
"PLEASE Scott Lynch, keep going with this series...they're too good to give up on!"
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
"Obvious? I know...but undeniably good. Shame about the film."
Rebecca
Rebecca
"I cannot describe how much I love this book. Try Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman if you need a continuance to the story. Not as cringeworthy as the attempts to write a Pride and Prejudice sequel."
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
"My first attempt at this failed and was left on the shelf for years. Going back to it proved rewarding and it's now one of my top books."
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
"Oscar Wilde was and still is a geniius...however cliche that sounds"
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
"Classic"
Secret History
Secret History
"Just loved this"
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"Tiny little book and well worth the few hours it will take to read this"
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
"You can't pick one...and they HAVE to be read, the films miss out too much not to"
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
"I love all the earlier Philippa Gregory books. The newer ones are much harder work. This is one of my faves, I've never watched the film so can't comment."
The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion
The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion
"And for something with as much history as P Gregory but a bit more lightheartedness try Elizabeth Chadwick. LOVE all her books."
The Magus
The Magus
"I find John Fowles hard work but out of all his books this is the one worth working hard for."
Little Women (Oxford World's Classics)
Little Women (Oxford World's Classics)
"So many "children's" books I could add to this list. I could read this endlessly so this one makes it."
The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
"I know...another predictable choice? But ignore the overly-done films and vampire themes which seem to be everywhere these days and these books are addictive page-turners which I loved every minute of."
Atonement: A Novel
Atonement: A Novel
"I find Ian McEwan a bit depressing to read too often but this is by far his absolute masterpiece"
Neverwhere: A Novel
Neverwhere: A Novel
"This is my personal favourite Neil Gaiman but try any of them, they're awesome"
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
"Totally underrated classic. Maybe because of the hammering it's been given by Hollywood over the years? I don't know. Try it, it's worth it"
The Historian
The Historian
"Staying "on theme" with the supernatural, this is outstanding. Her next novel The Swan Thieves didn't blow my mind in quite the same way but is still above and beyond the average novel you'll read"
Labyrinth
Labyrinth
"A lot of people I know found this hard work to get through but I really enjoyed it."
Katherine (Rediscovered Classics)
Katherine (Rediscovered Classics)
"For good historical fiction this is an absolute classic"
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
"And now to kick off some quintessentially "english" books..."
Howards End
Howards End
"...Just as amazing as Brideshead..."
Three Men in a Boat
Three Men in a Boat
"...Perfect example of the self-mocking english character."
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia
"Another children's classic but also just as engaging on so many other levels. Don't overlook them. And the perfect companion to HDM to "bookend" my list."