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For now and not in any particular order, these are my choices.

 

Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom

The Siege by Helen Dunmore

Heidi by J Spyri

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini

Little Women by Louisa M Alcott

Falling Angels by Tracey Chevalier

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

Fair Stood the Wind for France by HE Bates

 

 

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Not in any particular order:

 

Into the water Paula Hawkins. 

Christine Stephen King.

Lord of the Rings Series J.R.R Tolkien. 

Morganville Vampires Rachel Caine.

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 

A Monster Calls Patrick Ness 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

The Last Tycoon F. Scott Fitzgerald 

the Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 

It Stephen King. 

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Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

vampire diaries series - l.j smith

ship of magic -robin hobb

the plant- stephen king

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

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

finders keepers - stephen king

the dark tower = stephen king

 

 

 

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In no particular order... 

 

1. Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami
2. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
4. Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
5. The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa

6. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
8. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
9. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
10. The Hours by Michael Cunningham

 

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(I measured them for the time that I was thinking around after reading them, been adult me, starting at 20 years old more or less. Some titles can be unexactly because I read them in spanish)
The Idiot - Dostoyevsky
The umberable lightness of being - Kundera
The old man and the sea  - Hemingway
Ulysses  - Joyce  
(Thomas Mann - **All of him**)
(Hermann Hesse - **All of him**)
(Jorge Luis Borges - **All of him**)
Fouche -  Zweig
A season on hell - Rimbaud
Love in the time of cholera  - Gabriel García Márquez

 

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I have only read the last one on your list, Love In The Time of Cholera, and it is a favourite of mine too. 

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2 hours ago, tigri said:

I prefer to listen to books 

Audiobooks count too! What are your top ten? :) 

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(not in order)

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Howard's End by E. M. Forster

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Jeeves and Wooster by P. G. Wodehouse

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones

 

So hard, I could have equally added The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Wind In the Wiilows by Kenneth Graham, Mister God This Is Anna by Fynn ... and so many more.

 

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This is mine, in no particular order! :)

 

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

IT - Stephen King

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

The War of the Worlds by H G Wells

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

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I developed such a headache the last time I attempted a top 10, and ended up feeling guilty toward all the great books that I didn't place in my top 10! :lol: I may leave it awhile before I make another attempt.

 

Some excellent lists here though!

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With no offense to anyone who has posted a list above, lists like this really wind me up for two reasons:

 

1. They often (but not always) come across as "Look at me! Look at what I like! Aren't I cool for what I like!" lists 

 

and - far more importantly:

 

2. They tell you absolutely nothing about why what is listed is worth investing time in!  If you really like something don't just make it a bullet point, tell people why you like it - tell people why you think it is good!

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On 23/08/2019 at 1:15 AM, Raven said:

With no offense to anyone who has posted a list above, lists like this really wind me up for two reasons:

1. They often (but not always) come across as "Look at me! Look at what I like! Aren't I cool for what I like!" lists 

and - far more importantly:

2. They tell you absolutely nothing about why what is listed is worth investing time in!  If you really like something don't just make it a bullet point, tell people why you like it - tell people why you think it is good!

 

I really enjoy reading lists like these.  Looking down the lists, there isn't one I've spotted that looks like one of those lists under (1).  As for point 2, I would agree that they don't tell anybody why you like them, and it would be even more interesting for people to add a relevant comment or two, but I find it fun to see the lists anyway, which books people enjoy most, the dynamics and variety of the selections, who chooses similar books to you, who is completely the opposite (these two give a good idea whose recommendations to follow!), etc etc. The context of a listed book is often quite informative.

Favourites are a very personal thing.  I maintain a list of 'favourites' at the front of my blog thread - these are books that I have awarded 6 stars too. What these six stars are is not a measure of 'excellence'.  They simply highlight the books which, maybe for specific, even non-literary, reasons, are particularly special in my reading.  These are the books that I would fight to retain in my library.  I hope, also, the list might help others find books that might be worth investigating further - but given that everybody has

 

Here's further on why I enjoy these lists:

http://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/13444-your-top-10-books/&do=findComment&comment=438297

 

Edited by willoyd

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