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NaturalBlues
Dec 26th, 2003, 06:56 PM
Looking at the "best film ever" thread I thought we could start a similar thread for your favourite book :)

There is only one book I've read more than 5 times and that's THE SECRET HISTORY by donna tartt. :worship:
Imo it's the best book I've ever read.

I also have a thing for stephen king ;) especially now that I've figured out that his books are connected :eek:

AjdeNate!
Dec 26th, 2003, 06:59 PM
Any of the Kay Scarpetta novels from Patricia Cornwell. Couldn't pick just one of them.

GBFH
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:00 PM
a tie between The Stand by Stephen King and Dune by Frank Herbert.

AjdeNate!
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:03 PM
I'm currently reading The Oracle of Kabbalah: Mystical Teachings of the Hebrew Letters and I am completely fascinated (if not thoroughly confused) with it.

GBFH
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:05 PM
lol, i'm currently reading....nothing....and thoroughly enjoying it.

AjdeNate!
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:07 PM
lol, i'm currently reading....nothing....and thoroughly enjoying it.
Well, I'm not reading it at this moment... but it makes for good pre-sleeping reading. :p

GBFH
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:09 PM
Well, I'm not reading it at this moment... but it makes for good pre-sleeping reading. :p

huh?

NaturalBlues
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:09 PM
a tie between The Stand by Stephen King and Dune by Frank Herbert.

I *love* the stand!
My parents think I'm crazy for reading such huge books :D

AjdeNate!
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:11 PM
huh?
:lol: You crazy lady!!

I love a book that makes me tired so I can sleep.

GBFH
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:13 PM
I *love* the stand!
My parents think I'm crazy for reading such huge books :D

pffffffft! your PARENTS are the crazy ones.

isn't the stand wonderful? classic good vs. evil...even though i'm always sad when nick dies :sad:

you ever read, "the eyes of the dragon?" that's my second fave king novel.

GBFH
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:14 PM
:lol: You crazy lady!!

I love a book that makes me tired so I can sleep.

i have your address, i'll mail you my accounting books.

guarantee you won't find dryer material ANYWHERE :lol:

AjdeNate!
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:14 PM
i have your address, i'll mail you my accounting books.

guarantee you won't find dryer material ANYWHERE :lol:
:p I'll have my own ACCT books soon.... 'member you're gonna help me stay on the Deans List, right? ;)

GBFH
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:15 PM
:p I'll have my own ACCT books soon.... 'member you're gonna help me stay on the Deans List, right? ;)

oh that's right. poor will.

lol, you won't need help, trust me.

AjdeNate!
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:17 PM
oh that's right. poor will.

lol, you won't need help, trust me.
Acct, Macroecon, and IT. Now the IT I can handle! :p

NaturalBlues
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:18 PM
pffffffft! your PARENTS are the crazy ones.

isn't the stand wonderful? classic good vs. evil...even though i'm always sad when nick dies :sad:

you ever read, "the eyes of the dragon?" that's my second fave king novel.

I don't think I've read it..
Bag of bones is also one of my favourites.. and the dark tower series of course :worship:

lilly
Dec 26th, 2003, 07:25 PM
can't really choose, but among my favourites:
Umberto Eco: Foucault's pendulum
Amélie Nothomb: Métaphysique des tubes
Donna Tartt: The secret history
Connie Palmen: I.M.
Tolkien: Lord of the rings

I'll come back later for more

matthias
Dec 26th, 2003, 08:37 PM
le parfum

Maajken
Dec 26th, 2003, 08:44 PM
the secret history and the remains of the day

Mercury Rising
Dec 26th, 2003, 08:45 PM
I've read (actually I even bought it) le parfum after reading about it here. It's good, I liked the way how Suskind told the story and the humor in it. I also like the fantasy-element. But I enjoyed other books more. Like LOTR and George RR Martins A Song Of Ice And Fire. Also Watchers by Dean R Koontz and Firestarter by King I like very much.

dubro
Dec 26th, 2003, 09:07 PM
american psycho, definitaly :p :devil:

KV
Dec 26th, 2003, 09:14 PM
Seldom read books, mainly when I'm sitting in the train. To make a choice go for "The talented mr. Ripley!" by Patricia Highsmith. Like "The quiet American" too by Graham Greene

~ The Leopard ~
Dec 26th, 2003, 09:35 PM
A few favorites:

LOTR - Tolkien
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Collected Poems - W.B. Yeats
Anarchy, State and Utopia - Robert Nozick
Anatomy of Criticism - Northrop Frye
Beggars in Spain - Nancy Kress
The Dispossessed - Ursula Le Guin
History of Western Philosophy - Bertrand Russell
Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre
Passage to India - E.M. Forster


Yeah, Donna Tart's The Secret History is also a great choice. :worship:

croat123
Dec 26th, 2003, 09:52 PM
i'm currently reading this thread :p

my favorites:

one hundred years of solitude by gabriel garcia marquez (and no, it's not as boring as the title sounds)

catcher in the rye (pure genius)

i'm about to start reading the da vinci code (along with everyone else here in the u.s.)

lilly
Dec 26th, 2003, 09:53 PM
Oh yes, Dostoyevski and Spinoza: tremendous! this is such a classy board :hearts: ;)
I hope that you're reading a book about kaballah with good sources, Athenaeum, cause there's a lot of crap about it out there!

and John Irving (especially The Hotel New Hampshire) and TS Elliott and Charlotte Brontë (Shirley rules!!) and Noam Chomsky!!!

skanky~skanketta
Dec 26th, 2003, 09:58 PM
1) Master of the Game/Nothing Lasts Forever/The Sands of Time - Sydney Sheldon (3 terrific books)
2) Daughter of Persia - Sattareh Farman Farmaian
3) Papillon - i forgot the author, but this book had me in tears!
4)Persuasion - Jane Austen
5)All Around The Town - Mary Higgins Clark
6) The Dollenganger Series - V.C.Andrews
7) Kiss The Girls - James Patterson
8) The Color Purple/Temple of My Affection - Alice Walker

lilly
Dec 26th, 2003, 10:06 PM
Jane Austen, that brings back memories... I read all her books in very short period long ago, but I had heaps of fun. She has such wit (almost as much as Charlotte Brontë), although the storylines are quite repetetive and predictable.

snoop
Dec 26th, 2003, 10:09 PM
IT - Stephen King

Monica_Rules
Dec 26th, 2003, 11:17 PM
I have three

The Stand-Steven King
LOTR-JRR Tolkein
Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire- J K Rowling

All very different but all great.

Rothes
Dec 26th, 2003, 11:20 PM
BlowFly (Patricia Cornwell) In German
The Green Book (Gadaffi) In German
A Genius in the Family (Hillary Du Pre) In Italian

Rothes
Dec 26th, 2003, 11:22 PM
treatise on religion & politics - baruch spinoza

Brianna, you have that book aswell??? :bounce: It's sooo comprehensive isn't it ??? :bounce: I really loved that book!

Elisse
Dec 27th, 2003, 12:07 AM
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

:worship:

Princess Fiona
Dec 27th, 2003, 01:11 AM
"The Bell Jar" - Sylvia Plath for me... The last book I read was "Talking to Addison" by Jenny Colgan - I really enjoyed it... :)

Ashie_87
Dec 27th, 2003, 02:51 AM
"Saving Francesca" Melina Marchetta
"Othello" William Shakespeare
"The Chronicles of Narnia" C. S Lewis
"Unseen: The Burning" Nancy Holder & Jeff Mariotte
"An Evening With The Messiah" Catherine Jinks
"Cold Mountain" Charles Frazier

GBFH
Dec 27th, 2003, 03:27 AM
hmm....been thinking a while...gonna have to add a few:

The Awakening - Kate Chopin
Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
the alienist and the angel of darkness - Caleb Carr

and...last but most certainly not least...the harry potter books by J.K. Rowling. while the similarities between them and the LOTR trilogy are almost absurdly obvious...her writing is simply magical, and i love it. screw all of you who don't :p

Come-on-kim
Dec 27th, 2003, 08:30 AM
There're lots of them... I can't really point out my favourite one! I liked a lot "Chien Blanc" from Romain Gary (it's about racism in America)

XMan
Dec 27th, 2003, 09:05 AM
Tchai - Jack Vance

King Satan
Dec 27th, 2003, 09:11 AM
The 3 little pigs :D

~ The Leopard ~
Dec 27th, 2003, 09:12 AM
A science fiction fan, eh, Xman?

So what other authors, apart from Vance?

irma
Dec 27th, 2003, 09:13 AM
momo

when you are young it's easier to really get caught by a story and also this book reminds me of some great times in my life when I stayed at my sisters house and we were reading it together
same for the secret garden.

the last book I read that really got me was de tweeling
but then I am not reading so many fictive books, more study books.

Tompier
Dec 27th, 2003, 10:30 AM
Last year I have read "Lord Of The Rings" and "Hobbit", for the first time, I did read it this year as well and I am going to read it in future many times so it has to be LOTR. But I can recomand....hmmm don't now the English title but it was Stephen Lawhead "TRILOGY OF DRAGON KING" or something like that. I have read first and the third book so far coz I can't find the second one :mad: - GREAT STUFF

thalle
Dec 27th, 2003, 10:53 AM
Some danish ones I don't remember.
All American Girl - Meg Cabot:o
First story (Nice'N'Easy) in Four Blondes - Candace Bushnell
Harry Potter:D

Nemesis
Dec 27th, 2003, 11:27 AM
My favourite child book was definately "Mr. Was" of Pete Hautman. When I think of it, it could have been a book for adults, but I loved it when I was 12 year old.

Right now, I love the Steven Saylor historical detective series, setted in the Roman background. Ian Rankin and Thomas Harris (Hannibal series) are my favourite English writers. "Geheime Kamers" from Jeroen Brouwers is my favourite Flemish book. And I loved Amelie Nothomb's "Mercure", which we had to read for French.

I plan to read Donna Tart's "The Secret History". My mom bought it years ago and says that I should read it too ... But I haven't found the time yet ...

Penne1
Dec 27th, 2003, 11:59 AM
The Fatal Shore - Robert Hughes
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
The Hours - Michael Cunningham

Colin B
Dec 27th, 2003, 12:39 PM
John Irving (especially The Hotel New Hampshire)

Good choice Lilly! John Irving is my favourite author. The World According To Garp and The Cider House Rules are great too.

My favourite book though, is A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The really sad thing is that after years of trying in vain to get the novel published, the author killed himself. His mum carried on trying after his death before someone saw what a work of genius it is. It's not only brilliantly written, it's also hilariously funny. I think if he had lived, he would be as huge today as John Irving.

I also like On The Road and The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy 'trilogy' by Douglas Adams, two more authors who, tragically, left us before their time.

Experimentee
Dec 27th, 2003, 01:50 PM
1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell were great books.
I like anything by John Marsden too, hes aimed more at teenage readers, but they are really good books, with good original plots.
I like most plays by Shakespeare too.
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is another favourite.

Lord Chips
Dec 27th, 2003, 07:16 PM
The Sigma Protocall by Robert Ludlum

*abby*
Dec 27th, 2003, 07:19 PM
the handmaid's tale-margaret atwood

American Me
Dec 28th, 2003, 01:31 AM
THE AVENGERS "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" - Celestial Madonna (full color reprint covering issues #129-135 and Giant Size Avengers #2-4)

spiceboy
Dec 28th, 2003, 11:12 AM
Memoirs of a geisha by Arthur Golden :worship: :worship:

monicain
Dec 28th, 2003, 02:15 PM
The Animal Farm -- George Orwell is the best.
Others are:
Dinner for two --
Prepared to the 21st century -- Paul Kennedy
The hunchback of Notredame --
The Ringu -- by a japanese writer is very very good, though the 2nd book is a bit too much scientific.
Le père Goriot -- Balzac, I luv it.
And I love Iliad and Odyssey-- by Homer so much.

Fat Frog
Dec 28th, 2003, 06:41 PM
Mirror Image-Diane Steele
or anything by Patricia Cornwell

lilly
Dec 28th, 2003, 10:00 PM
Memoirs of a geisha by Arthur Golden :worship: :worship:

:cool: excellent!!! couldn't put that one down, read it in 1 night

~ The Leopard ~
Dec 28th, 2003, 10:30 PM
THE AVENGERS "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" - Celestial Madonna (full color reprint covering issues #129-135 and Giant Size Avengers #2-4)

:lol:

The X-Men graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills is pretty good, too.

Gallofa
Dec 28th, 2003, 11:25 PM
My favourite book ever is "La familia de Pascual Duarte" (The family of Pascual Duarte) by Camilo José Cela. A close second is "Cien años de soledad" (One hundred years of solitude) by Gabriel García Marquez.

I love reading! :D I spend too much money buying books and accumulate them because I have no time to read them all! ;) I am currently reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde... recently I have read Jane Austen's novels and I found then delightful :D ... also "The god of small things" was great... and "The perfume" is a great book... so many!

Sonf@
Dec 28th, 2003, 11:26 PM
The silence of the lambs.

My favourite writer though is Marian Keyes.

starr
Dec 28th, 2003, 11:29 PM
My favourite book ever is "La familia de Pascual Duarte" (The family of Pascual Duarte) by Camilo José Cela. A close second is "Cien años de soledad" (One hundred years of solitude) by Gabriel García Marquez.

I love reading! :D I spend too much money buying books and accumulate them because I have no time to read them all! ;) I am currently reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde... recently I have read Jane Austen's novels and I found then delightful :D ... also "The god of small things" was great... and "The perfume" is a great book... so many!


:bigclap: I also like Marquez! I haven't read the family of pascual duarte, but I will look for it now.

Also have you read books by Amado... I think I am spelling that right. He's from Bahia in Brazil and wrote among other things The Two Husbands of Dona Flores. I really like him.

And I adore Jane Austen.

Gallofa
Dec 28th, 2003, 11:43 PM
Hey starr! I see I am not the only one with impeccable literaty tastes ;) :p

I haven't read anything by Jorge Amado, I should try to remedy that soon.

So many great books, so little time! ;)

monicain
Dec 31st, 2003, 03:07 PM
All the Shopaholics series. Just read the 3rd. Luv it ;)

SweetSugar
Dec 31st, 2003, 03:12 PM
And I like all books about Harry Potter!!! :wink:

CC
Dec 31st, 2003, 09:13 PM
My favourite book ever is "La familia de Pascual Duarte" (The family of Pascual Duarte) by Camilo José Cela. A close second is "Cien años de soledad" (One hundred years of solitude) by Gabriel García Marquez.

I love reading! :D I spend too much money buying books and accumulate them because I have no time to read them all! ;) I am currently reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde... recently I have read Jane Austen's novels and I found then delightful :D ... also "The god of small things" was great... and "The perfume" is a great book... so many!

When I was taking spanish in sixth form I had to read La Familia de Pascual Duarte and El Colonel No Tiene Quien Lo Escribe.

I suppose I didn't get the full impact because it was not in my first lang. but I remember El Colonel was a little sad. :sad:

CC
Dec 31st, 2003, 09:14 PM
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

:worship:

Loved Memoirs of a Geisha. :)

decemberlove
Dec 31st, 2003, 09:21 PM
fahrenheit 451 . ray bradbury
...read it when i was 10 and fell in love with it. i just got a signed 40th anniversary edition for my bday.

the stranger . albert camus
...cant get enough of camus.

CC
Dec 31st, 2003, 09:22 PM
hmm....been thinking a while...gonna have to add a few:

The Awakening - Kate Chopin
Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
the alienist and the angel of darkness - Caleb Carr

and...last but most certainly not least...the harry potter books by J.K. Rowling. while the similarities between them and the LOTR trilogy are almost absurdly obvious...her writing is simply magical, and i love it. screw all of you who don't :p

Loved The Awakening, hated Madame Bovary. Go figure. I started reading it at least three different times, but can't bring myself to finish.

lilly
Jan 2nd, 2004, 01:30 PM
Loved The Awakening, hated Madame Bovary. Go figure. I started reading it at least three different times, but can't bring myself to finish.

same here! I usually like books from that period and with that theme, but Madame Bovary doensn't do it for me. And I gave it 3 chances too, one time I made it halfway, but I couldn't take more... oh well, sometimes it's not there, like with 'The Perfume': everybody's raving about it, but for me it was totally boring.

hythger
Jan 2nd, 2004, 02:16 PM
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
A walk to remenber by Nicholas Sparks
Cronica de uma muerte anunciada by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
didn't enjoyed One Hundred Years of Solitude
At the moment i'm reading Viver para contá-la,also by Marquez!

CC
Jan 2nd, 2004, 06:09 PM
same here! I usually like books from that period and with that theme, but Madame Bovary doensn't do it for me. And I gave it 3 chances too, one time I made it halfway, but I couldn't take more... oh well, sometimes it's not there, like with 'The Perfume': everybody's raving about it, but for me it was totally boring.

Would it seem strange if I went even further to say I hated her? :devil:


:tape:

CC
Jan 2nd, 2004, 10:28 PM
That would qualify more as crazy. :tape:

lilly
Jan 2nd, 2004, 10:32 PM
:wavey: hi CC! :kiss:

CC
Jan 2nd, 2004, 10:39 PM
Hi Lilly. :cool:

Diya
Jan 3rd, 2004, 12:46 AM
Scarlett ..absolutely love it !

Heartbeat by Danielle Steel

skanky~skanketta
Jan 3rd, 2004, 12:59 AM
ewwww!danielle steele novels bore me to tears!the main characters are always like 40 and the hero is always like 50 something!

King Satan
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:00 AM
no one likes my book :sad:

skanky~skanketta
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:07 AM
which one is that babe?

King Satan
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:08 AM
which one is that babe?
the 3 lil pigs :sad:

Diya
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:09 AM
ewwww!danielle steele novels bore me to tears!the main characters are always like 40 and the hero is always like 50 something!

:wavey: How have you been ?

Happy new year :)

skanky~skanketta
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:11 AM
i'm good!how are you?

Diya
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:13 AM
i have been great ..........I have a 30+ white guy stalking me these days :eek: He says he is in love with me and i find that scary

King Satan
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:13 AM
omg. bragger. no one even asked that.

skanky~skanketta
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:16 AM
i did. its telepathy joe!

OMG dee!do you know him?file a complaint!get a restraining order. shag him if he's cute.

Diya
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:16 AM
omg. bragger. no one even asked that.

That i can ONLY get an 'oldie' to stalk me is bragging to you ? :sad:

skanky~skanketta
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:17 AM
lol

Diya
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:23 AM
Did you see any new Hindi films ? The Urmi-Saif thriller is out yet ?

skanky~skanketta
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:25 AM
no!cant wait tho!do u get hindi movies there?

Diya
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:28 AM
Kal ho na ho is the only one i seen and it was good ......I didn't see any other film :sad:

skanky~skanketta
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:30 AM
ugh!i've not even seen kal ho na ho yet!isit any good?

Diya
Jan 3rd, 2004, 01:43 AM
I am a big Saif fan so i am likely to be biased but its good ! I hear he is playing a neg character in his next flick with Urmi....He has this new unshaved look in the film and i can't stop drooling over his pics :drool:

~ The Leopard ~
Jan 3rd, 2004, 04:39 AM
That i can ONLY get an 'oldie' to stalk me is bragging to you ? :sad:


pffff, better than being stalked by some broke, brainless kid. Does he have a nice car?

Benny
Jan 3rd, 2004, 05:55 AM
Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden.
There is 7 other books that follow which are:
The Dead of the Night
The Third Day, The Frost
Darkness Be My Friend
Burning for Revenge
The Night is for Hunting
The Other Side of Dawn
and While I Live : The Ellie Chronicles

They are all fantastic and I recommend everyone to read them. You will not be able to put them down. They have all been bestsellers in Australia.