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Posted on Jul 21, 2012 8:44:12 PM PDT
noname says:
very good topic. very informative to me. I wish I could read that much to have my favoriate five

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 10:36:41 PM PDT
K. Murphy says:
1. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
2. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

some are young adult books but though I am now 22, those still stick with me. I will never forget them.
I love most books I read, reading has always been a favorite pasttime of mine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 10:38:22 PM PDT
K. Murphy says:
A Ring of Endless Light is one of my all time favorites too! My copy is worn to the bones from how many times I've read it. I have begun collecting other Austin family books too though I don't think I will love them as much as Ring.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 11:29:37 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
HJS wrote:

> Can anyone offer me a book
> in keeping with Shogun
> and Pillars of The Earth?

The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari
The Physician, by Noah Gordon
Quiet Flows the Don, by Mikhail Sholokhov

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 9:42:24 AM PDT
excellent choices....keep reading this post and go back to the begining and you will find many that will fit the bill.

I have indentified several that I want to read based on others list. good reading!

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 8:42:38 AM PDT
Donna C says:
2 books I have recently read that I recommend frequently are Unbroken and The Invisible Thread. Excellent reads!

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 9:30:02 AM PDT
Roncost says:
Pale Fire by Valdimir Nabokov
Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Wings of the Dove by Henry James
Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 3:13:38 PM PDT
chartroose says:
Ahh, I forgot about Trinity! Great novel -- I also really enjoyed Exodus.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 3:46:58 PM PDT
Rappleyea says:
What a great thread - it has reminded me of so many great books read years ago. Like others, it was very hard to limit my list to just five, but here's my attempt:

Shadow of the Wind (Zafron)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving)
Jane Eyre (Bronte)
Lord of the Rings trilogy (Tolkien)
Lonesome Dove (McMurtry)

And really, anything by Le Carre, Follett, Forsyth, Kingsolver, Rutherford, Uris, Irving, Tan, Heyer, Allende, Austen.... etc., etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 7:25:03 PM PDT
A Prayer for Owen Meany and Lonesome Dove. Two excellent choices. Owen Meany, an American Icon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 11:01:30 PM PDT
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Katy says:
Adrianna Trigiani's new book "The Shoemaker's Daughter" is my favorite one that this author has written

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 8:40:04 AM PDT
babybear says:
Read Alas Babylon last year, so good.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 8:50:34 AM PDT
babybear says:
My favorite all time in the Tolkien books
I also liked, in the last few years ...
The Giver
Alas Babylon
So B. It
Water For Elephants

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 10:05:09 AM PDT
noname: "very good topic. very informative to me. I wish I could read that much to have my favoriate five"

If you've read more than 6 books, you've read enough to have a Top 5!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 1:37:10 PM PDT
Right on 5 in what genre?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012 4:12:45 PM PDT
Penny Neal says:
Ii agree with you on Unbroken, one of the best books ever."

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 5:16:20 PM PDT
S. Sunter says:
Only 5!
Lonesome Dove
Jane Eyre
My Name is Asher Lev
Sherlock Holmes stories
A prayer for Owen Meany
Gone with the Wind

OK 6!

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 1:59:54 AM PDT
1. To Kill A Mockingbird
2. Lonesome Dove
3. Executive Decision
4. The Hunt for Red October
5. Gone With The Wind

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 8:03:51 AM PDT
S. Sunter says:
I forgot about Flowers for Algernon! I must have read that 10 times in my youth...

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 8:32:54 AM PDT
darthmaul01 says:
1984 by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 8:59:35 AM PDT
Frank Mundo says:
Crime and Punishement by Dostoevsky
Middlemarch by Eliot
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Lolita by Nabokov
Don Quixote by Cervantes

The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 10:17:52 AM PDT
Angle of Repose - Stegner
The Red and the Black - Stendhal
Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
The Raj Quartet - Scott
and for the sheer terror factor: the Bloodman - Pobi

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 6:03:06 PM PDT
Mimi G says:
1. 100 Years of Solitude
2. Little Women
3. Siddhartha
4. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
5. Dune

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 5:41:00 PM PDT
Josy Stokes says:
1. Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
2. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3. Seven Novels by Jane Austen
4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (holds a special place as my favorite novel from childhood)

I'd give the Harry Potter series an honorable mention for being pure fun.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 7:05:29 AM PDT
I'll look like a fool after reading my favorite novels in the future, but as of now, this is the best I can for for coming up with a "top 5", and in no particular order:

- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett which opened up a new world for me as far as literature goes. His writing is so intense and cool at once, great characters with all the quirks and personas of the period. One of the greatest crime fiction novels ever written, along with The Big Sleep.
- It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Politically haunting, Doremus Jessup is one of my favorite characters of all time. I've never read Babbitt, which I've heard can slog, but It Can't is gripping, I could never put it down. It gives you flawed characters and great insights into society by both showing and telling and delivering good prose.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Easily one of the greatest English works of all time, his writing is incredible and unlike some people I thoroughly enjoy the wordplay. He manages to make you as the reader find the characters so morbid but at the same time you feel attached and empathetic. And love is always the most wild affair there is.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I am in love with this woman and everything she has to say in Their Eyes. I don't necessarily love Tea Cake though I do appreciate him in parts, but Janey is another one of my favorite characters. Her own self consciousness, her mad devotion to herself and when given the chance, others, tugs at my heart. And I love the way Zora writes, breaking into amazing descriptions here and there and the us of the Southern dialect is amazing.
- Tattoo the Wicked Cross by Floyd Salas made me cry. I've never read Catcher in the Rye but this is my Holden Caulfield. Aaron D'Aragon is so young and you just want to jump into the novel and be one more ear of advice to him but you know it can't be that way and even if you could, what makes you think he would listen to you? The ending is so tragic it shook me. And Salas, wow, he writes dialogue exceptionally well and his insights into the smallest actions people take, the smallest sentences they omit, is the best I've ever read.
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