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Top Five Favorite All-Time Books

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Posted on May 15, 2012 11:48:43 PM PDT
J. Sherman says:
In no particular order.....
Mist of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Hundred Secret Sense by Amy Tan

Posted on May 16, 2012 1:00:07 PM PDT
A character in one of George R. R. Martin's books had this to say(paraphrasing):

A man has only one life to live. A reader lives a thousand lives.

I like it.

Posted on May 17, 2012 10:23:17 AM PDT
M. Weir says:
2.The Old Man and the Sea
3.The Davinci Code Series
4.The Great Gatsby

Posted on May 17, 2012 1:21:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012 1:25:22 PM PDT
Georgene says:
A few of my favorites are:
The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni
Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts
The Soloist by Steve Lopez
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
The Last Bookstore in America by AmyStewart
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
11/23/63 by Stephen King

Posted on May 18, 2012 1:23:52 AM PDT
A customer says:
1. Lonesome Dove
2. Tess of the d'Urbervilles
3. Lonesome Dove
4. Madame Bovary
5. Lonesome Dove

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 5:01:06 AM PDT
Guess you REALLY like Lonesome Dove...

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 3:29:56 PM PDT
jobo says:
If you have to list Lonesome Dove three times, you need to expand your reading horizons. There are so many great contenders out there (even the sequel Zeke and Ned).

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 3:42:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2012 8:02:51 AM PDT
jobo says:
Sharon and Suzy: I think the book to which you refer is "The Shoes of the Fisherman" by Morris L. West (it is the fisherman, not a fisherman). This was a best seller many years ago.
The choice of article, such as a or the, sometimes makes a difference in context, as in this book, in the Bible, as in searching for a particular book, etc.

Posted on May 18, 2012 4:34:46 PM PDT

Posted on May 18, 2012 8:30:12 PM PDT
1. The Holy Bible by God
2. The Killer Angels by Shaara
3. Capitalism and Freedom by Friedman
4. The Giver by Lowry
5. The Revolution by Ron Paul

I will also honestly say that of the many books I have read on religion, history, economics, mystery/thrillers, etc. that The Hunger Games series really does stack up well. It actually even comes close to my top five. Great revelations on the effects of tyranny and war on those that are coming of age.

Posted on May 19, 2012 12:09:16 AM PDT
TrustUrSelf says:
1. The End of Your World by Adyshant
2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
3. A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
4. The Tao of F. Capra
5. The End of your world by Adyshanti

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 10:39:38 AM PDT
jobo says:
Readsalot maybe Readsnotenough since his list of five favorites has the same book as first and last.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 12:48:18 PM PDT
I read "Girl of the Limberlost" when I was a teenager. If I remember correctly she left her children behind and moved away with her husband. 60 years later and I still don't find that realistic but it might be fun to read the book again.
Denver Dottie

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 1:52:34 PM PDT
So many books I have disliked I end up liking 20 years later. I almost think they do kids a disservice by forcing them to read some books in junior high and high school, before they are actually ready to read it with's happened several times with my daughter. Books she read a few years ago that she didn't like she likes now at 15...

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 12:05:20 PM PDT
Luvsunshine says:
The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy
Catch- 22 - James Heller
Sybil - Flora Schreiber (I think)
Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
The Hobbit - Tolkein

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 12:52:09 PM PDT
There are a number of reasons why "Catch 22" has become an icon of American writing. Incredible book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 1:36:31 PM PDT
Luvsunshine says:
I agree. Also, how many books inspire a phrase that everyone knows exactly what they mean when it's used?
Forgot, I also would put Atlas Shrugged way up there on my list.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 4:51:30 PM PDT
D. Brittain says:
Dr. Melvin,

I'm happy to see someone of your stature recommending L'Amour's Walking Drum. Up until now, I have never run into anyone who had ever even heard of it.
Also by L'Amour, Haunted Mesa.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 5:03:43 PM PDT
D. Brittain says:

I, too, live in New Mexico. And Death Comes for the Archbishop is one of my favorites, although I haven't read it in years.
If you like Michael McGarrity, then read his new one, Hard Country. It is pure Dona Anna and Otero Counties. And a great story, too.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 5:06:54 PM PDT
D. Brittain says:
Remember, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar hardly depicted Ancient Rome; it depicted late Medieval London.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 5:19:38 PM PDT
D. Brittain says:
I'm 73, and I literally learned to read via the Hardy Boys when I was in grades 4-6. I read some of them again in my late 60s. They're fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 5:22:21 PM PDT
D. Brittain says:

Don't be so rude to others on this thread.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 5:26:36 PM PDT
D. Brittain says:

Ah! The Hobbit. I stumbled onto it shortly after finishing grad school in the early '70s. Great escapist literature.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 10:18:49 AM PDT
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. Anne of Green Gables
3. The Diary of Anne Frank
4. Pride and Prejudice
5. The Giver

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 12:05:02 PM PDT
Lecie says:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Death in the Family by James Agee
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
This House of Sky by Ivan Doig
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
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