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What is the best book/novel you have ever read?

Asked by DAVEJAY100 (326points) June 23rd, 2014

This may possibly have been asked before,but here goes.
I’ve read some fantastic authors over the years and just the other day I asked myself this very question. I drifted through the works of many great writers in my quest to find the most memorable books that came to mind, and the Charles Dickens classics etc scored strongly of course, but actually I came back to the novel, two in fact, that impressed me most over a lifetime of reading. Surprisingly these were written by the modern day author Wilbur Smith. Two of his very first novels came to mind. They were “When the lion feeds” and the sequel “A Sparrow Falls” Really great stories about the life of a farmers son in South Africa during the 1840’s. I read many more of his books later but was sadly disappointed at his more recent novels which went a little over the top for me. Those first two though are well worth reading, and for me were hard to put down.

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talljasperman's avatar

R.A. Salvatore’s The Crystal Shard… and the Cleric Quintet from R.A. Salvatore

Blondesjon's avatar

Each and every one that I have read to the end.

Even the books I have only read to the end once.

AshLeigh's avatar

My favorite book is I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells.
Though I go through a book every few days, so it could change any time.

Kardamom's avatar

Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg.

It’s an extraordinary story about ordinary people. I love all of Fannie Flagg’s books, but this one is my favorite. It’s set in simpler times, and you will meet a bunch of people that you will probably wish that you could know for real, or at least could have met if you had lived during the 1930’s thru the 1970’s in a small town in the Midwest. The main character, Dorothy, is a mother, a wife, and a radio host who doles out common sense advice about cooking, the weather, the news and keeping a home. I wish I could be more like her.

dina_didi's avatar

I like The alchemist from Paulo Coelho! You can find many great suggestions others gave me here:

Berserker's avatar

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.

anniereborn's avatar

“On a Pale Horse” by Piers Anthony. I love the entire Incarnations of Immortality series, but that is my favorite.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein
Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
The Birthday Book Dr. Spock Dr. Seuss

@anniereborn My favorite by Piers is a novel called Macroscope. It was marvelous!

flip86's avatar

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. 7 books in all.

jca's avatar

A great book for young readers is The Phantom Tollbooth.

Any of the EB White books – Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.

As an adult, I liked Snow Falling on Cedars.

johnpowell's avatar

I hate to say it since the author is such a horrible piece of shit. I will go with Enders Game for fun and I just couldn’t put it down.

Siddhartha for the book that had the most profound change in my life.

Megan64's avatar

Books come a long at just the right time, and are my favorites at that time. I tend to think of fiction books as favorites, but I enjoy reading mostly non-fiction in my free time (when I have it) and a do read a lot of non-fiction. Here are a few favorites from both from throughout my life:

The Awakening – Kate Chopin
Blow-Up and Other Stories – Julio Cortázar
Buddhism Without Beliefs – Stephen Batchelor
The Fall – Albert Camus
Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces – Angela Carter
Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
The Liar’s Club – Mary Karr
The Last of the Just – André Schwarz-Bart
My Life in France – Julia Child
The Places That Scare You – Pema Chödrön
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

maybellekim's avatar

Harry potter :)

Inferno – Dan Brown

fightfightfight's avatar

The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson (horror)
The Boy Who Reversed Himself by William Sleator (sci-fi)
Diadem by John Peel (fantasy)
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your class president (comedy)
and lots more!

antimatter's avatar

Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Finger prints of the Gods

Adagio's avatar

The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@Adagio That was a fabulous movie, too!

Adagio's avatar

@Dan_Lyons Yes, the movie was pretty good but the book was in a whole other league of its own.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@Adagio Thanks. I’ll check it out.

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