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What are some of your favorite books?

Asked by Wine (636points) December 12th, 2012

I’m just looking for a few good reads. I recently got back into reading and just finished Catcher in the Rye, Phantom of the Opera, and Rebecca. Any suggestions?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

What are some of your interests?

tranquilsea's avatar

Crime and Punishment
The Scarlet Letter
100 Years of Solitude
Anne of Green Gables
A Game of Thrones

I’ll post others when I think of them.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Are you asking for my favorite books or what I could suggest reading that’s like your books?

gailcalled's avatar

@Wine. Are you sure you are talking about the novel, “Phantom of the Opera” rather than the musical? I know of no one who has read it, even among the most voracious readers.

“The Phantom of the Opera (French: Le Fantôme de l’Opéra) is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialisation in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910.

Initially, the story sold very poorly upon publication in book form and was even out of print several times during the twentieth century; it is overshadowed by the success of its various film and stage adaptations.

The most notable of these were the 1925 film depiction, Ken Hill’s 1976 musical at the Theatre Royal Stratford East followed ten years later by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical that in turn inspired the 2004 film adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher.” Source

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Paradise Lost
Naked Lunch
Slaughterhouse Five

>not reading any of these books

Wine's avatar

@uberbatman I’d look into whichever you choose; I’m not too much of a picky reader.

@gailcalled Yes, I’ve read Phantom by Susan Kay and as I stated earlier I’ve just finished the novel by Leroux. Both of which I enjoyed.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I have a hard time reading unless its sci fi fantasy. I enjoy books that draw parallels to real life scenarios while still being imaginative. My favorite series hands down is The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. never really met anyone who’s read more than the first couple. I think Douglas Adams did a wonderful job of satirizing humanity while still telling a fun and engaging story.

I also absolutely love the Star Wars novels. There are a lot of different authors here and some better than others, though I’ve found anything by Zahn is great. My favorite trilogies are The Heir to the Empire and The Darth Bane trilogy. The reason I love reading star wars novels aside from being a huge nerd is because they have the ability to draw parallels to things like politics and ethical situations while still being a fantasy books in space.

JenniferP's avatar

Flowers For Algernon and My Sweet Charlie.

filmfann's avatar

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Catcher in the Rye
the Harry Potter series
The Dark Knight Returns (graphic novel)
The Life and Death of Mahatma Gandhi
True Grit
Trouble is My Business (a collection of short stories by Raymond Chandler)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Saw There

gailcalled's avatar

Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernières
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
War and Peace and Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
If you read The Phantom in French, you might enjoy the original Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo.

Novels by Louise Erdrich, Anne Le Mott, Alice Monroe, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Drabble.

Kardamom's avatar

Anything by Charles Dickens

Not sure if you are a male or female, but if you are a female I think you would enjoy the Hot Flash Club series (Please try to disregard the title ha ha ha) by Nancy Thayer.

Anything by Rosamunde Pilcher, especially Winter Solstice.

Anything by Gail Fraser (especially the Lumby series)

The entire Miss Julia series (by Ann B.Ross)

The entire series of All Creatures Great and Small books by James Herriot, especially if you are an animal lover and/or lover of the English countryside.

Bellatrix's avatar

What books do YOU like? Do you have a favourite or just favourite genres? That will give us a place to start.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@filmfann Have you seen the animated version of Dark Knight Returns yet? It’s pretty awesome, can’t wait for part two to be released so I can watch Batman beat the crap outta superman :P

OpryLeigh's avatar

@gailcalled I’ve got the book, The Phantom of the Opera. I read it as a teenager.

gailcalled's avatar

^^^Interesting. Is it worth reading? It was originally written in French.

OpryLeigh's avatar

@gailcalled I read it in English. I found it a difficult read but I enjoyed it. I also read The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the same time which became a favourite of mine, I was obviously going through a “classics” phase.

JenniferP's avatar

I can’t think of the name of it, but there is this book about a guy who was really down on society. He had $25,000 and burned it. He drove around the country in his car and then ditched his car and hitchhiked. He went to Alaska and went into the boondocks with inadequate supplies. When the cold came, he didn’t have adequate shelter or clothes and ran out of food. He starved to death. This is a true story.

gailcalled's avatar

Into the Wild, by John Kraukaeur, about young Chris McCandless

He does not burn his $24,000 but gives it away to charities.

“What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college to literally walk away from his life? Noted outdoor writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer tackles that question in his reporting on Chris McCandless, whose emaciated body was found in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992.”

Wine's avatar

Isn’t it illegal to burn money?

@JenniferP Sounds interesting, I’d love to read about a man who burned enough to pay for a couple of my college years.

gailcalled's avatar

Check your facts, ladies. He did not burn the money.

JenniferP's avatar

I guess I remembered it wrong. Oh well, I got it mostly right.

filmfann's avatar

@uberbatman Superman Vs. Batman will probably in Part 3, released in 2014.
Something to live for…

El_Cadejo's avatar

@filmfann Wait, how many parts are they doing? I thought they were just breaking it up into two parts…

filmfann's avatar

3 total was my understanding. Bummer.

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