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Here are my Top 10 Books:

 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

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I loved Sophie's World! (in Dutch: De Wereld van Sofie). It was such a great book, and it was also educational.

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One of the things I love about this sort of thread, is how I can go down someone's list, going "Yes, yes, yes...." and then coming across a book that you either simply don't know, or, on occasions, even hate.  Equally, one can be going down a list completely disagreeing with every book, and then come across one that you both share a love for.  Just goes to show how diverse reading and reading tastes are - which, of course, is one of the absolute joys of reading. I'm really enjoying this thread, with loads to follow up!  (FWIW, Echo's list is a classic for what I mean: I didn't get on with Sophie's World at all, but absolutely loved Vanity Fair, Persuasion, and Lord of the Rings.  Haven't read Shirley yet - must do!  The Enchanted April has been on my radar for sometime after a friend recommended it to me, and have never heard of Faerie Tale or Randy Shilts - must investigate!  A really fascinating list - thank you for sharing).

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Very true, willoyd! :smile2: If you detect 3-4 novels that you've also enjoyed, you begin to expect to like the rest of the books on the list, if you've read them. And then you are floored when they've listed a dud :D 

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Good day readers!

I am new to the forum and excited to share favourite book list with my classmates. I am learning to be a part of a forum in my computer class and would like to ask a question:

 

  • If you were on a desert island, which book would you hope was with you.....

 

thanks for all your responses...

 

ps....

 

Mine would be: The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon....

 

Helen

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Good day readers!

I am new to the forum and excited to share favourite book list with my classmates. I am learning to be a part of a forum in my computer class and would like to ask a question:

 

  • If you were on a desert island, which book would you hope was with you.....

 

thanks for all your responses...

 

ps....

 

Mine would be: The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon....

 

Helen

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Hi Helen, welcome to the forum.   :welcome2:

 

We welcome new members as the more people to chat to about books, the better :), but please can you read our forum rules, as we don't allow new members to join to ask for help with homework, dissertations etc.  You can also have a look at this board for our guidelines and FAQ.

 

Hope to see you join in with discussions around the forum, and as a starting point there are a few fans of Outlander here so you might like to have a look at the Diana Gabaldon thread. :)

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I might as well throw my hat in the ring on this one:

 

BFG - Roald Dahl

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

1984 - George Orwell

A Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes

Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 - Sue Townsend

Platform - Michel Houellebecq

A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin

 

A nod to various books that have entranced me for one reason or another over the years.

 

A non-fiction version:

 

Seabiscuit - Lauren Hillenbrand

The Dirt - Tommy Lee/Motley Crue

Being Mortal - Atul Gawande

Do No Harm - Henry Marsh

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke -Ronald Reng

Have a Nice Day! - Mick Foley

How I Escaped My Certain Fate - Stewart Lee

Freakonomics - Steven D Levitt

American Caesars - Nigel Hamilton

Moneyball - Michael Lewis

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

The American Boy by Andrew Taylor

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

 

(not in any particular order)

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all my suggested top books can be found here

Hi cherac.  I've removed the address of your website from your first post, because as a new member, you will not be able to post links initially (please see our Forum Rules for more information about what links can be posted).  We'd love to discuss your top 10 books with you, but please post the list here so that we can see them in the forum. :)

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As of now:

 

-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

 

-Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

 

-Animal Farm by George Orwell

 

-The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

-Naked by David Sedaris

 

-The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

 

-The Birchbark House series by Louise Erdich

(favorites from when I was a kid  :smile: )

 

-The Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller

(technically a play, but I read it *like a book* for AP Literature in school, so I count it as a book)

 

-Candide by Voltaire

 

-War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

 

That was hard! 

 

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Okay, I did manage to do it, but only by dividing it into children's lit and current top ten lists. (Only a little bit of cheating!)

 

Children's Literature

Little House in the Big Woods

The Secret Garden

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Crazy Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Tom Sawyer

The Borrowers

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Diary of Anne Frank

Little Men

The Collected Works of the Brothers Grimm

 

Current Top Ten

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Malice by Higashino Keigo

Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Dark Age by Jason Gurley (short story)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The Humans by Matt Haig

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Oh wow this is hard emmm here it goes, in no particular order;

 

Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Narnia series - CS Lewis

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Millennium series - Steig Larsson

PS I Love You - Cecilia Ahern

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Mr Maybe - Jane Green

Me Before You - JoJo Moyes

Billy & Me - Giovanna Fletcher

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the lord of the rings - jrr tolkien
harry potter - jk rowling
to kill a mocking bird - harper lee
the surangama sutra
the ultimate hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy - douglas adams
truth vs illusion - joy su
thirukkural pearls of inspiration
my name is red - orhan pamuk
the prodigal daughter - jeffery archer
to the lighthouse - virginia woolf

 

i find below two amazing too..

elon musk - ashlee vance
how to develop a brilliant memory - dominic o'brien

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oh i forgot to add

 

JRD Tata: Letters - this 2 volume set has a compilation of letters between a great entreprenuer and his son who eventually succeeded him. I would place this above The surangama Sutra in my list above.

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Yeah, I'm not going to think too much about this one because it's not something I can really answer; it's just too hard to choose. This is just off the top of my head in no particular order like you said, and I'll probably forget something major.

 

  1. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
  2. The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway
  3. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  4. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  5. The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
  6. The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
  7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  8. Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
  9. A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny 
  10. The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

 

I'm already questioning myself so much, but whatever, let's go with it. I wish I could fit 12 Angry Men on there, but it's a play so let's just say it doesn't count. Although I put a graphic novel series on there so clearly I have no consistency, lol. 

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So hard to do, but I'll try.

 

In no particular order:

 

The Jungle Book (I or II) - Kipling.

 

The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas.

 

Animal Farm - Orwell.

 

1984 - Orwell.

 

Les Miserables - Hugo.

 

IT - King.

 

The Lord of the Rings - Tolkein.

 

Any book by Pratchett, but, especially, one of my beloved (almost read-to-bits) Discworld novels.

 

Frankenstein - Shelley.

 

David Copperfield - Dickens.

 

 

 

They are the books which come to mind, but they'll no doubt change hourly, daily, monthly and yearly.

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However did I miss this topic?  :D  Here's my Top 10, in no particular order:

 

  1. Other Voices, Other Rooms -- Truman Capote
  2. Maurice -- E.M. Forster
  3. Underfoot in Show Business -- Helene Hanff
  4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer -- Patrick Suskind
  6. Skin Lane -- Neil Bartlett
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray -- Oscar Wilde
  8. Dracula -- Bram Stoker
  9. Naked Lunch -- William S. Burroughs
  10. Buster Keaton Remembered -- Eleanor Keaton

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It is hard to rank them!

 

1- The God Father - Mario Puzzo

2- The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

3- Harry Potter serieas - JK

4- The Maverick - Ricardo Semler

5- The seven day weeked - Ricardo Semler

6- The Three Mosketeers - Alexandre Dumas

7- The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

8- The Happiness Hypotesis - Jonathan Haidt

9- Delivering Happiness - Tony Hsieh

10- The four hours work week - Tim Feriz

 

 

I read as much ficton as non-fiction, I like to keep the balance =)

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I have more than ten books that I actually love. Heaps More.

 

Just thinking on top of my head:

 

1)To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee

2)Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

3)The Professor - Charlotte Bronte

3)The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte

4)The Messenger - Markus Zusak

5)The Complete Sherlock Homes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

6)Journey To The Center of The Earth - Jules Verne

7)The Complete Novels of Jane Austen - Jane Austen

8)Life of Pi - Yann Martel

9)The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

10) The Prisoner of Birth - Jeffrey Archer

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oopphhh! This is pretty difficult indeed. My top few restaurants change pretty regularly but here it is for now:

 

1) Astragal - Albertine Sarrazin

2) Stoner - John Williams

3) Tropic of Capricorn - Henry Miller

4) Cooked - Michael Pollan

5) Hunger - Knut Hamsen

6) Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakhami

7) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

8) The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

9) Mother Tongue - Emine Sevgi Ozdamar

10) A Sense of Direction - Gideon Lewis Kraus

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Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

1066 And All That by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman

The General Danced at Dawn by George macdonald Fraser

Recollections of Three Reigns by Frederick Ponsonby

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym

Queen Victoria Was Amused by Alan Hardy

The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer

The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

An Autobiography by Agatha Christie

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My Top 10 books includes:

  1. "Fayroll" - Andrey Vasyliev 
  2. "The messenger" - Markus Zusak
  3. "The book thief" - Markus Zusak
  4. "The gray house" - Mariam Petrosyan 
  5. "The minds of Billy Milligan" - Daniel Keys
  6. "Geborgtes Leben" - Erich Maria Remark 
  7. "The Great Getsby" - F. Scott. Fitzgerald.
  8. "The Shadow of the wind" - Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
  9. "The two captains" - Veniamin Kaverin.
  10. "My life and Work" - Henry Ford.

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