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Posted on Jul 9, 2012 7:23:09 PM PDT
What a wonderful thread! I have way more than 5 favorites so I will limit it to the 2 that basically changed my life-

1.) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
2.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
I read both when I was a young teen and they remain my two favorites novels now that I'm in my 30s. I keep a paperback copy of both in my nightstand just on the chance I may decide to read one of them for the hundreth time.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 2:47:48 AM PDT
SLAPPYWAG1 says:
1. THUS SPOKE ZARATHRUSTRA by Friedrich Nietzsche
2. ORIGIN OF SPECIES by Charles Darwin
3. THE UNBEARBALE LIGHTNESS OF BEING by Milan Kundera
4. THE REBEL by Albert Camus
5. THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS by Sigmund Freud

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 6:57:57 AM PDT
Lecie says:
I haven't read The Whistling Season yet, but I have a copy ready for the right time. Your comment may move it up higher in my "to read" list. :-)

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 1:14:32 PM PDT
1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
2. The Once and Futurte King by T.H. White
3. The Journeyer by Gary Jennings
4. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
5. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

These five are pretty much interchangeable with my top 50-100 books, which include almost everything by Mark Twain, many by James Michener, The Flashman books by George MacDonald Frazer, The Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell, The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher, The Origin of Species by Darwin, The Story of Civilization series by Will and Ariel Durant, many by Tom Clancy, Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Claire Robson, Aztec by Gary Jennings, Little Big Man by Thomas Berger...Hark, I digress...gone past my 5 favs. Sorry.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 4:15:48 PM PDT
D. Brittain says:
I think Vardis Fisher wrote a novel on the Santa Fe Trail back in the '50s. It was well done.
Don

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 4:16:04 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 11, 2012 7:38:54 AM PDT
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There are so many ways to answer a question like this, though. Yeah, there's the "life-changing" tack, but there's also the "gee, I wanna impress everyone so I'll make 'The General in His Labyrinth' my number 3..." way to go. So here are two lists from me: one of "Great Novels" that I dearly love, and the other are the books I read over and over just because I love them.

The Great Novels (and no, it doesn't include "The General in His Labyrinth," although I do enjoy Marquez):

1. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
2. Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
3. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
4. The Stranger (Albert Camus)
5. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

The "Real Books":

1. The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)
2. The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde)
3. The Agony and the Ecstasy (Irving Stone)
4. The Stand (Stephen King)
5. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) -- the only one that makes it on both lists, although "To Kill a Mockingbird" narrowly missed out on both.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 9:28:16 AM PDT
Trinity by Leon Uris
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Ireland by Frank Delaney
The Godfather by Mario Puzo (movie great too)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 9:54:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2012 9:57:02 AM PDT
Anonymous says:
Lola, Yes, yes -- The Betsy-Tacy series! Thank you for mentioning my favorite childhood series (books I have reread countless times since to revisit my old friends). Just as I was thinking I would have to post about them, I saw your list.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 10:45:03 AM PDT
jobo says:
I don't read a book to CHANGE my life. I read books to ENJOY my life. They may or may not effect change, but that's okay.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 12:46:04 PM PDT
Georgene says:
My sentiments exactly, I read to relax and take a trip without leaving the house!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 2:37:51 PM PDT
ReadAlot says:
My favorites:

LOTR
In Cold Blood
Killer Angels
Seabiscuit
To Kill A Mockingbird

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 2:59:24 PM PDT
1. To Kill A Mockingbird
2. The Great Gatsby
3. All the King's Men
4. Mystery (Peter Straub)
5. The Secret Life of Bees

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 4:14:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2012 5:47:40 PM PDT
Without agonizing too much, my top five novels for my last five years of reading are:
1. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
2. The Last Samurai by Helen Dewitt
3. The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
4. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
5. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 5:34:27 PM PDT
Jen says:
1. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
5. The Stand by Stephen King

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 8:50:27 PM PDT
dolly92us says:
This is really hard for me.Reading is my favorite thing to do but here is my list.....
1.Bible (KJV)
2.Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
3.The Hunger Games Series Suzanne Collins
4.6 Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks
5.The Client By John Grisham

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 6:19:11 AM PDT
This is not an easy list to make...

1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. The Stand by Stephen King
3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
4. The Twits by Roald Dahl (I loved this book as a kid and recently read it with my daughter and was pleased to see I still love it)
5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 9:23:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2012 9:24:48 AM PDT
D. Brittain says:
R.E.,
Probably no list of this sort is easy to make, so I'll just list a couple or three....
The Zimmerman Telegram by Barbara Tuchman.
The Year of Decision, 1846 by Bernard deVoto. (I put this tome on every list of this sort I make.)

DB

PS, I used to read The Twits to my 5th grade students -- I probably liked it more than they.

DB

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 5:28:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 13, 2012 5:39:23 PM PDT
Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald
Edie: An American Biography, Jean Stein
Dream At the End of the World, Michelle Green
Quiet American, Graham Greene

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012 7:05:48 AM PDT
Amazing! I read "Captains and the Kings" 20 years ago and it is still with me. I have a collection of books by this author whom I truly admire. If you want to understand corporate America, read this. 4-S QH

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 7:06:10 PM PDT
Love in the time of cholera - Garcia Marquez
Demian - Herman Hesse
The Perfume - Patrick Suskind
1984 - George Orwell
The agony and Ecstassy - Irving Stone

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 5:37:23 PM PDT
Becca says:
first five favorites that come to mind are
Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour
The Robe by Lloyd C Douglas
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
also
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 6:32:46 PM PDT
Andrea Griffin? Shouldn't you be from Mayberry?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 9:08:55 PM PDT
SidneyCarnevale, so nice to see anotherTaylor Caldwell fan here. I too have been collecting her books over the years and they are harder to find except through amazon. ' The Balance Wheel 'is similar to Captains and the Kings'and is set in pre ww1 America when greed was sweeping America and other nations towards war. Her novels have a strong message for the world today. Having read 14 0f her novels I have never failed to weep at least once. Here are a few you may like: 'There was a Time', 'Grandmother and The Priests' , 'A pillar of Iron', 'The Wide House' and 'Testimony of Two Men' .All great reads.It's really is great to see Caldwell appreciated here, amazon has a bio that's as amazing as her novels. check it out.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 9:16:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 15, 2012 9:17:56 PM PDT
Well, before I list my 5, I'd like to say I'm a huge horror/thriller fan. King and Koontz type stuff although i have read several other authors.
Also, I just got back into reading last April, and i haven't yet read alot of classic books that i own (such as Atlas Shrugged, War and Peace, The Hobbit, The Grapes of Wrath etc....)

My top 5 books are
The Pillars of the Earth-Ken Follet (World Without End would be on my top 10 ever for sure)
Bag of Bones-Stephen King
Weaveworld-Clive Barker
Boy's Life-Robert Mccammon
Ghost Story-Peter Straub.
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