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What is the best book ever written, in your opinion?

Asked by blueberry_kid (5957points) June 16th, 2011

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Cruiser's avatar

Blink, I wish I read it 2 years ago.

wundayatta's avatar

The Cat in the Hat

rOs's avatar

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

gasman's avatar

For non-fiction: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter; or Lectures in Physics by Richard Feynman.

Coloma's avatar

Eckhart Tolles ” The power of Now”.

Only138's avatar

I gotta go with Dracula also. I love the way the book was written.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Middlemarch by George Eliot. You can download it for free from

josie's avatar

The Naked and the Dead.
The Things They Carried
The Call of the Wild

mazingerz88's avatar

@Only138 Yey! At least I’m not the only one on this board who liked and enjoyed Stoker’s extremely creative style of writing atmospheric, suspenseful and horrifying prose! : )

Berserker's avatar

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. It’s about messed up heroin addicts and other flashy characters as they live their life in Scotland. It’s told through the narrative of the different characters, and eventually ends up to a small time scam. In between all that though, we get to see how each character thinks, and their views on many different things. If you’ve seen the movie, even Begbie is a little deeper than he appears on screen.

I also agree with Dracula, especially how the vampire is mostly painted through the fear that the characters of him, and what it leads them to do.

broughtlow's avatar

“The notebook.”

Only138's avatar

@mazingerz88 I really enjoyed the “diary” and “journal” writings. Never really seen another book quite like that one. It ruled! :)

King_Pariah's avatar

Steppenwolf and Demian (The Glass Bead Game may be a new addition to my best books, but we’ll see)

One could say that these two are my personal bibles and one is almost a biography.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Symbeline I’m aware there’s a movie On Trainspotting but I did not know it was a book first. Would you recommend the film? : )

mazingerz88's avatar

@Only138 Yes and we have yet to see the film that would do it proper justice, if that was even possible. Although the best movie of course is the one playing inside our heads as we read.

Berserker's avatar

@mazingerz88 Oh hell yeah. The movie is awesome; disturbing, funny, charming and haunting. It’s really an experience. You have to see it. :) The book is fantastic, and a lot more hardcore than the movie, but the movie is definitely worth a watch.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Symbeline Ok thanks. On to Netflix now! : )

filmfann's avatar

Day of the Triffids
The Stand
The Harry Potter series

Berserker's avatar

@mazingerz88 So let me know what you think. :)

AshLeigh's avatar

Chasing Brooklyn, by Lisa Schroeder.

Faidle's avatar

The Old Woman Who Swallowed The Fly.

Berserker's avatar

@Faidle What’s that about?

Faidle's avatar

What? Seriously? Google it. It’s amazing.

Berserker's avatar

Sorry. Lol.

Faidle's avatar

O.o This worries me…

krrazypassions's avatar

Dictionary of English Language

Berserker's avatar

@Faidle Sorry for not knowing about it I mean lol. I’ll Google it, don’t worry.

Kardamom's avatar

Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg. An extraordinary story about ordinary people.

Faidle's avatar

Good. :) Lemme know what you think. :D:D:D

AshLeigh's avatar

“More Spaghetti, I say!” by Rita Golden Gelman.[=

Faidle's avatar


8Convulsions's avatar

On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Hands down.

ucme's avatar

Never Give Up by Percy Vere. ;¬}

Stinley's avatar

Hard to say. Why are you making me choose? I’m not going to stick to the rules :D

Rachel’s Holiday by Marion Keyes is great. It seems like a bit of a fluffy book but slowly reveals a much deeper perspective.

I also like books about other worlds or realities and my favourite, though it’s not especially well written, is Replay by Ken Grimwood. Philip Pulman’s His Dark Material trilogy is great as is the Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger which I have just re-read

markylit's avatar

To Kill a Mocking Bird


For the classics, my fav “The Mill on The Floss” by George Eliot.

For contemporary reading, “Go-Boy!” A Life Behind Bars” by Roger Caron.

markylit's avatar

@Only138 yes indeed. i have read it an umpteen times and I know I can never get enough of it.

markylit's avatar

@MRSHINYSHOES i enjoyed reading The Mill on the Floss. Another great read.

throssog's avatar

” The Consolations of Philosophy”, Boethius

sahID's avatar

In fiction/classical literature, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (the unabridged version is way better then the abridged version.)

In nonfiction, Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now in a tie with Women Who Run With the Wolves by CLarissa Pincola Estes.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

And the Land Remembers.

Yellowdog's avatar

The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Tolkien has a real understanding of Norse and Celtic culture, language, and myths. He gives unity to all of it.

SmartAZ's avatar

When I was in seventh grade I was fascinated by a series called “The Boxcar Kids”, a family of orphans who lived alone in an abandoned boxcar. That would be illegal now, but it was still a vague possibility when I was in seventh grade.

Some things that surprised me: Everybody knows the bible has always been the best selling book. It is also the most shoplifted book. And the second best selling book of all time is Euclid’s “Elements Of Geometry”.

VenusFanelli's avatar

“Hung Lo Meng” is China’s greatest novel. I’ve seen two movie versions, one X-rated.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

The cave of time. A choose your adventure novel.

NomoreY_A's avatar

Don Quixote, Cervantes. The first modern novel and parts of it are still laugh out loud funny.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

A course in miracles.

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