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The best book you have ever read?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7887points) November 1st, 2010

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marinelife's avatar

They’re so many. I can’t really pick just one.

Recently, I really loved Bill Bryson’s “Shakespeare: The World as Stage.”

FutureMemory's avatar

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Simply magical:D

poisonedantidote's avatar

Fight Club was good, but i do enjoy the movie more. it has a nice rythm and is like poetry. I guess, its probably The Black Cloud, by Sir Fred Hoyle.

Rarebear's avatar

My favorite book of all time is Watership Down.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Too many to name, but In This House Of Brede has always been a standout for me.

Rubrica's avatar

Either The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko (I think that’s his name, anyway) or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. They’re both delightful books.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I like alot of Mark Twain’s stories :)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Why? It is a novel about six family members that move from the US to the Congo so that the husband/father can do missionary work. The story is alternatively narrated by the five female family members, all with different personalities and perspectives on the same lifestyle change. It also touches upon religion, as well as political events happening at that time, such as the assassination of leader Patrice Lumumba.

Carly's avatar

Island by Aldous Huxley
It helped me shape my own personal philosophy.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@Carly And what is your personal philosophy if you don’t mind my asking?

ucme's avatar

Lord of the Flies. Reason? Unputdownable, yay a new word!

El_Cadejo's avatar

Cant pick a single book, but the Darth Bane Trilogy was by far my favorite series. They’re by far the most bad ass books I’ve ever read. I really wish they would have done this trilogy instead of ep 1–3. Ah well…

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

It’s a toss-up between Catch 22 and The Stand.

weeveeship's avatar

The Great Gatsby

Kardamom's avatar

“Standing in the Rainbow” by Fannie Flagg.

Blueroses's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer The Poisonwood Bible is so absorbing. When I emerged from that book I felt extreme cultural guilt going to the supermarket!

My favorite is usually whatever I’m reading now, but all-time best would have to be Godel, Escher, Bach because I’ve bought more copies of it than any other book when I loan it out, it never comes back and every time I pick it up I discover something brand new.

rts486's avatar

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain.

Aster's avatar

I don’t really know but Lord of the Flies was good. I also liked Communion by Whitley Streiber. lol

Jay484's avatar

Hunger games books were really good

ratboy's avatar

I don’t remember the title, but it was the last book I read. Some of the characters are Dick, Jane, Spot, and Puff.

Aster's avatar

Wow; I forgot about Puff !

JilltheTooth's avatar

I thought Puff ate Spot… being a dragon and all…

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@JilltheTooth Back to ‘60s grade school for you! Gracious almighty. Do not, under any circumstance Google ‘Dick, Jane and Sally’

Blueroses's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Too late with that warning. “Look, look”, said Sally. “Look where I’m pierced.”

ZAGWRITER's avatar

“The Gunslinger” by Stephen King.

“The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.” Wow.

Carly's avatar


Well, I believe that it’s possible to be happy with what you already have. The summer I read this book, I was out of a job and I grew to love being frugal. I also feel that most people, especially younger people like myself would be better off having more experiences doing manual labor. There’s such a strong emphasis on technology and the future, that it’s almost odd to read a line in a book that says “here and now!”

im kind of half-awake right now, but that’s my best response atm

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Blueroses Are you sure it was Sally and not Dick who said that? He might have been showing off his ‘Prince Albert’.

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