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What are your top 10 favorite books ?

Asked by gilgamesh (227points) July 17th, 2008

summer = lots of free time = books

could also be a short story, essay, series of letters, etc
well here are mine

Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
Misery – Anton Chekov
Flow – Mihaly Csiksentmihaly
Self-Relaince – Ralph Waldo Emerson
De Officiis – Cicero
Doctor’s Dilemma – George Bernard Shaw
Oresteia Trilogy – Aeschlyus
The Plague – Albert Camus
Ivan the Fool – Leo Tolstoy

Also I’ll give an honorable mention to ” On Genius ” by Schopenauer

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mirza's avatar

The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Great Gatsby – Flitzgeral
Grapes Of Wrath – Salinger
Smartest Guys In The Room – Bethany McClean
Fight Club – Palahniuk
The Stranger – Albert Camus
Song Of Solomon – Morrison
No Exit – Satre

kevbo's avatar

The Gulag Archipelago I & II – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Your Money or Your Life – Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
How to Succeed With Women – Ron Louis & David Copeland
The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
Word Freak – Stefan Fatsis
Lullaby – Chuck Palahniuk
Choke – ” ”
Invisible Monsters – ” ”
Rant – ” ”

jacksonRice's avatar

you like the russians, gilgamesh! do you like vladimir nabokov? i would suggest starting with his memoir (Speak, Memory) if you haven’t read anything by him before (not, as you may have heard elsewhere, with Lolita)

nocountry2's avatar

@ kevbo – I love that you listed YMOYL

tinyfaery's avatar

1984-George Orwell
Our Ecstatic Days-Steve Erickson
Being and Nothingness-Jean Paul Sartre
Life After God-Douglas Coupland
Prometheus Rising-Robert Anton Wilson
The Awakening-Kate Chopin
A Handmaid’s Tale-Margaret Atwood
The Human Touch-Michael Frayn
Orlando-Virginia Wolff

(These are not in order, nor are they necessarily my top 10. I think that would be impossible to figure.)

lefteh's avatar

I honestly just sat here for ten minutes trying to come up with seven more.
Sorry, but I only have three favorites. In no particular order:
Salinger – Catcher in the Rye
Huxley – Brave New World
Camus – L’Étranger/The Stranger

nikipedia's avatar

In no particular order, and subject to change:

1. Of Mice and Men, Salinger
2. The Selfish Gene, Dawkins
3. Skinny Legs and All, Robbins
4. Jane Eyre
5. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Sacks
6. Phantoms in the Brain, Ramachandran
7. In Search of Memory, Kandel
8. Middlesex, Eugenides
9. Wuthering Heights, maybe?
10. Some Spanish poet.

MacBean's avatar

- Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1984 by George Orwell
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez (Shh. It counts.)
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
– the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
– the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
– anything and everything by P.G. Wodehouse

OMG, these are just the things that popped into my head quickly, and it was still tough to narrow it down to just ten… (And technically I didn’t, I guess.)

kevbo's avatar

@nocountry- thanks! yeah, that book changed my life until I started backsliding. I lived very well on $1,000 a month for the year and a half that I was a hardcore practitioner.

gilgamesh's avatar

nabokov seems interesting, i was planning to read Lolita soon

clairedete's avatar

Anthem – Any Rand

boffin's avatar

Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Ghrahme
Blue Highways – William Least Heat Moon
The Cannibal Queen – Stephen Coonts
Prairy Earth – William Least Heat Moon
River Horse – William Least Heat Moon
Blood, Tears and Folly – Len Deighton
The Willows in Winter – William Horwood
Winning Every Day – Lou Holtz
Dr. Eckener’s Dream Machine – Douglas Botting
My Zeppelins – Hugo Eckener

tiffyandthewall's avatar

the great gatsby – f scott fitzgerald
the perks of being a wallflower – stephen chbosky
animal farm – george orwell
1984 – george orwell
the catcher in the rye – j d salinger
the realm of possibility – david levithan
dangerous angels – francesca lia block
diary – chuck palahniuk
survivor – chuck palahniuk
junior – mcaulay caulken

lefteh's avatar

What an absolutely wonderful list, tiffy. Aside from the last selection, perhaps.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

@lefteh, thank you [[=
haha i never really cared for macaulay (however his name is spelled) but his book was really interesting. i actually gained some sort of weird respect for him haha

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