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Which is your favorite book?

Asked by Christian95 (3260points) February 13th, 2009
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Bluefreedom's avatar

What a hard question to answer as I have so many favorite books. A few that I would throw out there right now would be:

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Shogun – James Clavell
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
1984 – George Orwell
Strangers – Dean Koontz
The Stand – Stephen King
War Day – Whitley Streiber & James Kunetka
Red Storm Rising – Tom Clancy

aprilsimnel's avatar

I have many favourite books as well, but the first that came to mind was God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut.


buster's avatar

Factotum by Charles Bukowski. This book is filled with betrayal, floozies, drunken antisocial behaviour, lewdness, and gobs more. I read it in one setting in the library in downtown Nashville. I love Bukowski.

madcapper's avatar

1984 – George Orwell
Siddartha – Herman Hesse
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
many many more just can’t think right now haha.

archaeopteryx's avatar

The Alchemist – Paulo Coeho
Veronica Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
The Devil and Miss Prymm – Paulo Coelho
The Warrior of Light (A manual) – Paulo Coelho

Beginning Python 2nd Edition – Magnus Lie Hetland

discover's avatar

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Trustinglife's avatar

Long Quiet Highway – Natalie Goldberg

It’s her spiritual autobiography. It’s the most intimate piece of writing I’ve ever read. I’ve read it several times, and it is so vivid I feel like I know the author personally.

nebule's avatar

Great Expectations…Genius!

Jack79's avatar

1. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
2. Guards! Guards! – Terry Pratchett
3. Carpe Jugulum – yup, guessed it…Terry Pratchett again
4. all the other Discworld books by Terry Pratchett
5. anything else with the name “Pratchett” on it, including “The Leaky Establishment” which he didn’t even write.

In that order.

LindaDT's avatar

1. Little Womwn By Louisa May Alcott
2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
4. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
5. This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolfe

janbb's avatar

So, so many, but to name a few:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Our Mutual Friend by Dickens
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Drop City by T.C. Boyle
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke
The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Time and Again by Jack Finney

Threare many others I can’t think of right now, but if I were stranded on a desert island with only these books, I could be happy (at least in terms of reading.)

janbb's avatar

edit – There

Blondesjon's avatar

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman.

It was the first book I read all by myself when I was learning to read. I’ve been devouring books ever since.

@BluefreedomThe Stand is on my list of books that I have read and reread and read and reread and…

baby can you dig your man?

mrswho's avatar

2001 A Space Odessy – Arthur C Clark,
Pride and Predjudice – Jane Austen,
Potter – JK Rowling,
Narnia – CS Lewis,
Black Holes and Time Warps – Kip Thorne,
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou,
Lord of the Flies – Willian Golding,
LOTR – JRR Tolkein,
Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne,
A Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde,
Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! ! ! – Douglas Adams,
I am America and so Can You – Stephen Colbert

syz's avatar

Stiff by Mary Roach
Broadsides from the Other Orders by Sue Hubbell
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollen

Baloo72's avatar

1984 – George Orwell
LotR – J R R Tolkien
Going Postal – Terry Pratchett
The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien
(I’m not sure exactly in which order though)

Bri_L's avatar

@Bluefreedom I am 20 min. from starting To Kill A Mockingbird.

The Deathly Hallows
Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Angels and Demons

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Bri_L. To Kill A Mockingbird was outstanding. How was Angels & Demons? I liked the Da Vinci Code.

@Blondesjon. I’ve reread The Stand a few times myself. Good stuff.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Mrs. Dalloway and Orlando by Virginia Woolf
I, Lucifer and Death of an Ordinary Man by Glen Duncan
A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson
Confession of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Wicked, Son of a Witch, and Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
American Gods, Coraline, Good Omens, Neverwhere and Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I’ll stop here, I suppose. I have so many, it’s hard to choose.

Bri_L's avatar

@Bluefreedom I thought that Angels and Demons was even better than the Da Vinci Code. I can’t explain why until you read it though.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Bri_L. Sounds good. I’m going to check it out soon. It’s a prequel to the Da Vinci Code correct?

Bri_L's avatar

I think so, yes.
I am excited about the movie. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. How can you go wrong?

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Bri_L. Agreed. Looks inviting to me.

emt333's avatar

I think my favorite ‘book’ is the collected Glass Family stories by J.D Salinger. A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters, Seymour- An Introduction, Franny & Zooey, and Hapworth 16, 1924. Each story is exquisite and inexhaustible. Together they form a literary collage of a family saga that’s a bona fide masterpiece.

Bri_L's avatar

@emt333 – Well written! I want to add your description to my Favorite book list.

chelseababyy's avatar

The Great Gatsby,
Icy Sparks,
It’s Kind of a Funny Story,
The Lovely Bones,
My Sister’s Keeper,
A Million Little Pieces (even though it’s apparently not really true.),
Pretty Little Dirty,
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

mrswho's avatar

@chelseababyy YAY Gatsby and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time!

Blondesjon's avatar

Stephen R. Donaldson’s Gap series is pretty tight.

angus thermopyle, how awesome a name is that

SherlockPoems's avatar

All time fav: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Was difficult for me the first time through but I have read it many times over now and find myself going back to read passages over and over. Now I mostly have fav authors of the moment… I read everything I can find by an author and once I have exhausted the available supply… I find another. Right now I am reading Catherine Coulter’s books. Gotta love a writer who calls one of her leading ladies “Sherlock”!

sdeutsch's avatar

@Blondesjon I love Are You My Mother? – it was one of the first books I read by myself too, and it’s always had a special place in my heart (alongside The Best Nest, also by Eastman…)

A few of my other favorites:

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
All of the Harry Potter books

There are dozens more, but these are the ones I can read over and over and never get tired of them…

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices by Brenda Love.

adreamofautumn's avatar

To be a really trendy 20-something (even though it’s true!) i’d have to say The Catcher in the Rye…also I really love THE GIVER as my all-time favorite. My current favorite (read a number of times back to back) is Eat, Pray, Love.
Also…LotR and Harry Potter.

mrswho's avatar

@adreamofautumn I’ve never really understood The Catcher in the Rye. I read it and I liked it, but I never picked up on the meaning that everone else seems to get. Can you explain it to me?

zephyr826's avatar

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott – My mother read it to me when I was little, and whenever I read it again, I think of her.
Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens – thank you Mr. Spitler for making me finish this book sophomore year.

adreamofautumn's avatar

@mrswho I think Holden just really resonates with people of the late teens/20’s crowd. He’s essentially just a kid, trying to find his way in the world, and is rebelling against all that he really knows in the process of trying to find himself. I think if you’re the right age his character is someone you can really identify with.

essieness's avatar

I’d have to go with The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Or American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld.

mrswho's avatar

@adreamofautumn Thanks :). I read it a while ago in my younger teens. I’ll have to read it again, and see what happens.

FujiokaHaruhi192's avatar

I love reading manga and I have many favourite mangas and books.
Books though would have to be
-The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
-The Chronicals Of Narnia by CS Lewis.
-The Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkien
-Harry Potter by JK Rowling
And I am currently reading Scott Westerfield’s UGLIES series.

gilgamesh's avatar

The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

ShanEnri's avatar

I have a favorite author, not a favorite book! So the author is R. A. Salvatore

deni's avatar

the alchemist by paulo coeho, as mentioned above, is a really beautiful book. its inspirational and exciting and wonderful.

Dabj's avatar

here are my fave bks:1. The canterbury tale, by Chaucer, 2. Lord of the flies, 3. Shakespeare’s plays, 4. One hundred years of solitude and all Knut Handsun books

tenderness's avatar

here my fave 10:
1. Master & Margarita By Bulgakov
2. The key to Rebecca By Follett
3. One hundred years of solitude By G.G. Marquez
4. They came to Baghdad By A. Christie
5. Pride & Prejudice By J. Austen
6. Farenheit 451 by R. Bradbury
7. Ossi di seppia By E. Montale
8. Il giorno della civetta By L. Sciascia
9. The Leopard By Tommasi Di Lampedusa
10. Gone with the Wind By M. Mitchell

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@tenderness Holy Christ. I knew there was some serious horsepower in that brain of yours but when you said you loved books I didn’t realize you LOVED books. My bad. I bow to your intellect.

tenderness's avatar

ah ah ah! kind of book worm… not verygood with art and music, but always liked to reading… although in 2010 less thinking more action!

mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCe's avatar

Sharp Objects & Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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