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Initial post: Sep 14, 2009, 5:36:04 AM PDT
your choice should derive from your sheer enjoyment of a particular book and not because of its selling success eg. Da Vinci Code. My choices would be:

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
Confederacy of Dunces - John K. Toole
Shantaram - Gregory D. Roberts
Dirty White Boys - Stephen Hunter
Summer of '42 - Herman Raucher
Aztec - Gary Jennings
Brothers - Bernice Rubens
A Rage Against Heaven - Fred Mustard Stewart
Forever Amber - Kathleen Winsor
The Seven Minutes - Irving Wallace
When The Lion Feeds - Wilbur Smith
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden

and since I initiated the post go kill me off like the odd number at the Last Supper, "The Crimson Petal and The White" by Michel Faber


Posted on Oct 29, 2009, 7:42:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2009, 7:52:00 AM PDT
The Last Witchfinder - James Morrow
Fox Woman - Kij Johnson
South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami
The Heartsong of Charging Elk - James Welch
The Death of Jim Loney - James Welch
Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich
The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Nicholas and Alexandra - Robert K. Massie
Tortilla Flats - John Steinbeck
Green Darkness - Anya Seton
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

I chose these because I love all the writing styles and the manner in which the stories were told, and because they moved me in some way. It was hard to come up with only 12, but I think these represent most of the best of what of I love and wish I had the talent to have written!

Posted on Oct 29, 2009, 8:17:19 AM PDT
1.Coldest Winter Ever-Sister Souljah
2.Midnight a Gangster's Story-Sister Souljah
3.Roots- Alex Hayley
4.Caribbean Time Bomb The United States' Complicity in the Corruption of Antigua -Robert Coram
5. Harriet's Daughter- Marlene Phillip
6.Are you there God its me Margaret-Judy Bloom
7. The Passion of the Christ-not sure who wrote this
8. Not without Laughter-Langston Hughes
9. The collected poems of Langston Hughes-Langston Hughes
10. Brother Anansi Stories-not so much a book, as West Indian folklore
11. Fat Chance- Leslea Newman
12. Under the duvet-Marian Keyes

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2009, 8:36:26 AM PDT
Interesting insomuch i have not heard of either Sister Souljah or James Welch before. Txs


Posted on Feb 5, 2012, 12:09:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012, 7:19:21 AM PDT
1. The Sun Also Rises-Hemingway
2. All Quiet On The Western Front-Remarque
3. Islands In The Stream-Hemingway
4. Mother Night- Vonnegut
5. A Very Long Engagement-Japrisot
6. Cold Mountain-Frazier
7. The Great Gatsby-Fitzgerald
8. The Old Man And The Sea-Hemingway
9. Slaughter House 5-Vonnegut
10. Shogun- Clavell
11. The Night In Lisbon-Remarque
12. The Moon Is Down-Steinbeck

Posted on Feb 6, 2012, 2:46:56 AM PST
12 Books I Wish I Had Written:
1. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
2. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
3. One Morning In Maine by Robert McCloskey
4. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
5. Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
6.Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger
7.The Shining or The Stand by Stephen King
8.Alas Babylon by Pat Frank
9. Peyton Place by Grace Metallious
10. The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
11.The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
12.To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (my favorite novel of all time)
These books are in no particular order and would vary depending on what day you asked me the question.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012, 3:46:22 PM PST
Kennan says:
My Sister's Keeper-Jodi Picoult
Handle With Care-Jodi Picoult
Change Of Heart-Jodi Picoult
The Lovely Bones-Alice Sebold
Terms Of Endearment-Larry McMurtry
Neon Angel-Cherie Currie
We Need To Talk About Kevin-Lionel Shriver
... need more!!!!!!!!

Posted on Feb 7, 2012, 9:05:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2012, 9:05:51 AM PST
F Mundo says:
There are a lot more than 12 books I wish I had written, but here's the short list for now:

1) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
2) Appointment in Samarra by John O'hara
3) Henderson, the Rain King by Saul Below
4) OF Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
5) Factotum by Charles Bukowski
6) Ask the Dust by John Fante
7) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
8) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
9) The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
10) Hunger by Knut Hamsun
11) The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
12) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Posted on Feb 12, 2012, 4:26:35 AM PST
dumb_ox says:
Crime and punishment
Thus spoke zarathustra
Bleak house
The plague
Les miserables
The idiot
Great expectations
Brothers Karamazov
Tales of mystery and imagination
Atlas shrugged
The illiad

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012, 4:39:47 AM PST
dumb_ox says:
I love "Ask the dust"

Posted on Feb 12, 2012, 4:47:15 AM PST
dumb_ox says:
13 "Heart of darkness"

Posted on Feb 12, 2012, 2:00:45 PM PST
I want to add another favorite to my 12: "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012, 4:22:27 PM PST
F Mundo says:
Me, too. I love the whole Bandini series, but the Ask the Dust is my favorite.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012, 5:00:53 PM PST
Ali Murtaza says:
I always wanted to have written 'Heart of Darkness' amongst many other brilliant books out there :)

Posted on Jun 2, 2012, 4:18:00 PM PDT
To Steal Her Love by Matti Joensuu
My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
Certain prose poems by Raymond Carver
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Home of the Dark Butterflies by Leena Lander
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Zadig by Voltaire
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Kaksi Kaupunkia (Two Cities) by Harri Sirola

Posted on Aug 20, 2012, 2:01:41 PM PDT
It- Stephen King
The Shining- Stephen King
A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betti Smith
1984- George Orwell
Blind Assasin - Margaret Atwood
The Pearl- John Steinbeck
The Silent House- Orhan Pamuk
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
The Spy Who Came in from the World- John LeCarre
Jaws- Peter Benchley
The Dark Tower series- Stephen King

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012, 3:11:11 AM PDT
I like your list. I also loved Jaws by Peter Benchley, The Shining by Stephen King, and The Pearl by John Steinbeck. I have taught the novel The Pearl many times and my students loved it, along with Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012, 3:54:51 PM PST
John says:
How could you go past 'The Lord of the Rings'? Not my favourite books but that isn't just writing another book - it's creating another world!

Other than that mine would be

Fight Club
The Catcher in the Rye
Meaning Of Theft
American Psycho
The Book Thief
And Pillars of Earth to round out the list

Ah, I could only dream to be that good!!

Posted on Jan 9, 2013, 1:35:02 PM PST
Paula says:
Like so many others, I first put Crime and Punishment. I guess this is the book we all strive to match or reach beyond. Certainly its influence shows in my novel The Rescuer's Path, as do those of Odd Man Out (book and film versions) and Hersey's The Wall. Here's my whole list:
Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky
Tell Me a Riddle - Olsen
The House on the Strand - Du Maurier
Liaisons Dangereuses - de Laclos
Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden - Green [Greenberg]
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Miller
The Dollmaker - Arnow
The Facts around the Helsinki Roccacios - Martel
(Fairytales of) Hans Christian Andersen
Cyrano de Bergerac - Rostand
Hamlet - Shakespeare
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