July 16, 2009

Caution: Falling Books (Or, How John Sandford and Dougls Coupland Conspired To Kill Me In My Sleep)

Because I'm all about mixing thing up, I'll start with a question instead of ending with one (though I reserve the right to repeat it later on) - what's your favorite book?

Picking a favorite book is tough for me. It's like asking who would you rather cuddle with - Beth, Mia or Owen? only books are pointy and when I accidentally fell asleep cuddling one the other night I had a line on my face half the morning. It's tough because I read a lot, ever since my dad handed me a pile of old science fiction novels that smelled like attic and told me I should check them out. My early reading years were littered with novels by Arthur Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. Turns out I wasn't a huge fan of Clarke but I devoured everything the other two read.

And now, I just love books. Of all kinds. I have a sick amount of books I've not yet read. I even had a pile of unread books on my bedside stand so huge I had to move it for fear that it would collapse and crush me to death in my sleep.

I'm somewhat infamous for asking questions of you without ever answering them myself. So, here I go, answering my own question. Here are my top 10:

  • Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card). Before Card went off the rails into the Land of Rampant Homophobia, he was a damn fine author. Ender remains one of my all time favorites.
  • Hyperion (Dan Simmons). Simmons can write anything - historical fiction, science fiction, horror - and write it well. This, his first real foray into sci-fi remains one of my most treasured reads.
  • The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell). I dare anyone to read this book and not be amazed.
  • The Memory of Running (Ron McLarty). One man, one bicycle. No, it isn't a disgusting viral internet video.
  • The Rabbit Factory (Marshall Karp). Look, it's a great book because Marshall pulls off this amazing feat of coming up with a compelling murder mystery with a great sense of humor, excellent well-developed characters, and heart. I don't know of anyone else who's pulled that off. Of course I'm also biased because Marshall happens to be a friend. And a damn good guy.
  • The Book Of Joe (Jonathan Tropper). There are books that make you want to stand up and run around your neighborhood screaming about their awesomeness. This is one of those books.
  • If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (Jon McGregor). Woven from brief snippets of lives, this is a beautifully written novel unlike most other novels written. It is elegant and scary and sad and wonderfully written.
  • The Ha-Ha (Dave King). If a novel's going to tug at my heart strings, it's going to have to do it naturally, not by some cold calculation by the author but by a compelling story with compelling situations and compelling characters. King managed that brilliantly in a story with characters I will not soon forget.
  • What Is The What (Dave Eggers). The power of this novel is unlike anything I'd previously read. Knowing it's a true story makes it that much more brilliant and horrifying.
  • The Bridge (Iain Banks). So hallucinatory and dreamlike, you can't help but be fully immersed in the fever-dream Banks creates.
Your turn - what are some of your absolute favorites? Posted by Chris at July 16, 2009 6:30 AM

Tuesdays with Morrie-read when I was going through a very difficult time in my life and just was so good for me.
My Sisters Keeper-I read this in one day, I couldn't put it down, loved it.
Where are the Children-I really like mysteries and Mary Higgins Clark used to be really good at them, her daughter on the other hand sucks at them.
Outrage-Because I really wanted to be my MORE disenchanted with the government
It's All Too Much-As you can see some of these are self help, lol which I need a lot of but this one really helped me not put emotional attachments to objects
Good in Bed-Just a really great read
The Four Agreements-Centered me
Along Came a Spider-Another book I read in one day because I couldn't put it down
And currently it's summer so I am reading Jen Lancaster, I've probably read almost 4 books from her in the last 3 weeks, they are really funny and light for the summer.

Posted by: Dee at July 16, 2009 7:44 AM

I read The Rabbit Factory on your recommendation and loved it!

My all-time favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Posted by: Traci at July 16, 2009 7:56 AM

I have the same problems as you do. I have an obscene number of books in my to be read pile. I read a lot, so I couldn't possibly put together a definitive list of favorites.

Here is one that immediately come to mind:
THE COLOR OF WATER: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother (James McBride). All of his writing is beautiful and musical to me, but this remains my favorite. It is both heart wrenching and hysterically funny. It is about his mother's struggle with and triumph over adversity, but it is also a story about his childhood and race in general.

Posted by: MariaV at July 16, 2009 7:59 AM

P.S. All of Dave Peltzer's books should definitely be on the list, beginning with THE CHILD CALLED IT. His story is sad and inspiring.

Posted by: MariaV at July 16, 2009 8:03 AM

I'd say you and I should trade libraries some time, except I think we would end up with a lot of things that we had already read! I really have a hard time picking favorites, but here goes:

Hyperion by Dan Simmons (which I am rereading right now, as a matter of fact)

Ilium and Olympos, also Dan Simmons

The Number of the Beast and Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein (actually ALL of the Heinlein books!)

The Algebraist and The Player of Games by Iain Banks

A Prayer for Owen Meany and Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin

Ah books...now I wish I could go home and read!

Posted by: Elizabeth at July 16, 2009 8:14 AM

Stones from the River (Hegi) - this book is not for everyone that I do understand but for me it remains my all time favorite book ever and everyone I have ever loaned my copy to have also enjoyed it infinitely. I love this book!

Bonus 2nd fav: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A coworker gave me this book on whim last year and even with pregnancy brain I could not/would not put it down. SO GOOD!

Posted by: Christina at July 16, 2009 8:44 AM

Wow - I'm so glad you changed the question to 'some of' because the singular first question gave me palpitations! It's late here and I'm sure to miss some, but here are a few that spring to mind...

Hyperion - it was amazing, and Stephen Donaldson's Reave the Just - not as dark as his other stuff (the Gap Series could seriously make you want to kill yourself) but both these books make me feel smarter for just reading them :)

Anything by Nick Earls - can't pick just one, they all make me laugh hard enough to embarrass myself in public.

Alex Garland - The Beach, and The Tesseract - Both excellent books, intricately constructed and v. unpredictable

Jane Goodall - In the Shadow of Man - Amazing insights into primate (inc. human) behaviour from her time living with chimps.

Anything by Alain Botton - I have a degree in philosophy, but this guy makes it sexy & fun.

Books that immerse me in a whole other world:
Zadie Smith - White Teeth
Fannie Flagg - well all of them really
Amy Tan - The Joy Luck Club, etc

And all the Harry Potter books - I laughed, I cried (howled really), I lined up till midnight for the last one and marvelled at my teenage daughter's poker face when she reached the end 18hrs later and didn't give ANYTHING away.

And my latest love, What Lucy Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I cried in every chapter, and can't wait till I forget enough of the details to read it again.

Sigh. They're all lovely really. I'll admit it, I'm a book whore.

Posted by: Jo MacD at July 16, 2009 8:48 AM

My problem is that I have a hard time remembering the books/stories I read... I'll remember snippets, but ask me for a synopsis a year later and I've got nothin' for ya.

However, there are a few that I remember...

-The Green Mile (in installments) by Stephen King (movie was awesome)
-The Blackstone Chronicles (in installments) by John Saul (needs to be made into a movie)
-The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver (movie sucked)
-Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son -- this book spooked the hell out of me!)
-The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (movie coming out in 2009)
-Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

I'm sure there are a few more, but I'm out of time this morning! :o) Thanks for asking.

PS -- I hate reading hardcover books because I usually drop them on my face when I fall asleep while reading in bed. I've found that they are quite painful with their hard edges and heaviness...

Posted by: ironic1 at July 16, 2009 8:54 AM

My absolute favorite book ever is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger-- I've read it three times and cried like a baby through the whole thing each and every time. I'm really, really nervous about the movie version that comes out next month-- if anyone doesn't know the story, they need to be exposed to the book first before watching what will inevitably be the not-nearly-as-good movie.

A close second is I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb-- real-life complex characters and a beautiful story-telling style from that guy. He's a fantastic author, and when I had the chance to meet him at the National Book Festival, he was so personable and kind.

Now you're talking my language big time on this post-- I love me a good book!

Posted by: morninglightmama at July 16, 2009 9:14 AM

I'm going to go with what pops into my head, because they're most likely the ones that have stayed with me, for years in some cases, and that's got to mean something. Also, these are just a FEW of my favorites; I'm a book whore too and I could do this all day.

-Ender's Game (Ditto to what you said.)
-Beloved by Toni Morrison
-The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
-Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
-One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
-The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
-Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire (though you should probably read Wicked first)
-The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
-The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

Oh, and I hate hardcover books because they don't feel as ... uh, cozy? I like to be cozy when I read. Yeah, total book whore. :-)

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 16, 2009 9:21 AM

You mention him in the title, but not in the list. One of my all time favs, "Microserfs" by Douglas Coupland. An alternately hilarious and weirdly honest take on the life of a computer software drone, with a shockingly poignant side that totally side blinded me.

Also, Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity", just because it felt so damned spooky to have Nick seemingly look into my brain and write a novel just for me. The movie is also an all time fav. :)

Posted by: martin at July 16, 2009 9:27 AM

I can't even begin to think of my favorite book...I just want to say that I hate you right now. My "to read" pile is already unmanageable and I will never get through it..now I have more to add to it based on your recommendations! I think I may have to quit my job and just read!

Posted by: Lisa at July 16, 2009 9:28 AM

Harriet the Spy, The Westing Game, and now for a few adult books: A Place of My Own (Michael Polan), Miss Wyoming (Douglas Coupland), The Tenor Wore Tap Shoes (obscure liturgical comedy) and East of the Mountains (Michael Gutterson).

Posted by: Heather at July 16, 2009 9:30 AM

My books in no particular order -

David Eddings - Guardians of the West -One of the first fantasy novels I read and I still go back and read it now. His newer books sadly are horrible.

Arthur Ransome - Swallows and Amazons -One of the first books I read as a child. Great series that I love reading but a little dated now.

Harry potter - Loved them all

Joe Simpson - Touching the Void - All about his story of breaking his leg high up a remote mountain in the Andes. To say he's lucky to be alive is an understatement. And just reading about his friend having to cut the rope will give you chills. Movie is not as good but still well done.

I have a ton more but these are the ones that first come to mind.

Posted by: Kiltedcap at July 16, 2009 9:37 AM

I haven't finished What is the What yet (in fact, I've only read the beginning) but it's on my list.

I have a hard time picking favorite books too. In fact, I don't know that I can right now. I will ruminate. This will give me something to post at my blog. It's about time for my tri-yearly post :D

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at July 16, 2009 9:45 AM

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. There are many reasons I liked this book, I guess primarily because I would like to think that one day in time I will find Katie again.

Posted by: Maribeth at July 16, 2009 10:11 AM

Too name a few....I can't pick a fave but these are some that have stuck with me...

The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) - amazingly written, haunting, just all around good stuff

The World is Black & White (Christopher Knight) - just finished this one, highly recommend it. Runaways, hookers, & cults. What's not to love? ;)

Fox in Socks (Dr Seuss) - I know...but I love Dr Seuss!

Belly Laughs (Jenny McCarthy) - she gives a no-holds-barred, hilarious take on pregnancy and everything that comes with it.

Gentlehands (M.E. Kerr) & My Brother Sam is Dead (James and Chris Collier) - read 'em in middle school but both turned out to be great reads.

Posted by: Kris at July 16, 2009 10:11 AM

Anything...and I do mean anything by John Grisham
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum (yes it is a book)
Lamb by Christopher Moore
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

My 'go to' book when I'm looking for something and don't know what to read The Complete Works of William Shakespeare...it has plays, sonnets, etc.

Posted by: Krush at July 16, 2009 10:31 AM

Anything...and I do mean anything by John Grisham
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum (yes it is a book)
Lamb by Christopher Moore
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

My 'go to' book when I'm looking for something and don't know what to read The Complete Works of William Shakespeare...it has plays, sonnets, etc.

Posted by: Krush at July 16, 2009 10:32 AM

I actually just bought Ender's Game because everyone loves it so much and yet I've never read it.

Picking one book is impossible for me, too. I love so many of them! Let's see. Neuromancer, by William Gibson. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. North River by Pete Hamill. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Laurie R. King's Locked Rooms,actually, pretty much all of her books, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, of course the Harry Potter books, I saw other commenters mentioned David Eddings and Diana Gabaldon, and the Westing Game...you know what, I should just stop now, or this comment will be 17 pages long :)

Posted by: bad penguin at July 16, 2009 10:37 AM


I'm going to have to do this in a blog post, because this would take too long.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at July 16, 2009 10:44 AM

To Kill a Mockingbird is by far my favorite book. Also up there would be One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Crime and Punishment, Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations. Pretty much though I will read anything and everything.

Posted by: Sarah at July 16, 2009 10:56 AM

The only one I recognized on your list was Ender's Game and that's an incredible classic. One of the best books I've ever read.

Posted by: Hannah at July 16, 2009 10:59 AM

I love to read. My favourite is called Before I Wake by Robert Wiersema. I too have lots of books I haven't read. I like to have a variety to choose from when I'm ready to start a new one. Also we've been going to the flea market alot and people sell books for cheap, so I just can't resist.

Posted by: Adi at July 16, 2009 11:12 AM

I just read The Sparrow a few weeks ago....did you read the sequel? I am waiting for it to become available at my local library.

Tough questions....I have read a ton of books, and my favorites change as the years go by. Here is a mix of current favorites and few old ones:

Frannie and Zooey (Salinger)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Rusdie)
Survivor (Chuck Palahniuk)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving)
Stones from the River (Ursula Hegi)
Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
Running with Scissors (Burroughs)
The Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver)
Ghost Story (Peter Straub) - this scared the crap out of me when I was 14 or 15

Posted by: Jen at July 16, 2009 12:03 PM

Yes! I have a group of post-its in my wallet that I keep adding book titles to everytime I get a recommendation. Time to go through these comments and add another page.

A lot of my favourites have already been mentioned, so I won't repeat them, except to mention Joshilyn Jackson who wrote Gods in Alabama & Between, Georgia (and others that I haven't gotten a chance to read yet because I have to buy them in the States). Her work is amazing.


Posted by: Procrastamom at July 16, 2009 2:01 PM

1. Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential.
2. Alice Sebold's Lovely Bones.
3. Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love (mostly the Eat & Pray part)
4. Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake.
5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is about 1/4 of a book away to becoming one of my favorites.

Then there are the series. Harry Potter 1-3 and 7, and most of 4-6. And The Dresden Files series which I love the characters and the sense of humor. The stories in some of them I could go without.

Posted by: oakmonster at July 16, 2009 2:13 PM

This is tough and I'm sure that I'll miss some of mine, but here goes:

The Stand by Stephen King,
Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks,
the Word and Void series by Terry Brooks,
okay, okay everything by Terry Brooks.
I enjoy Clive Cusslers novels, all the variations that he is involved in.
The Prisoner of Azkhaban is my favorite Harry Potter book, followed by The Half-Blood Prince, but all are great in my opinion.
The Long Walk by I can't remember, but it's a gripping true-life story about seven escapees from a Russian Gulag during WWII.
About the Author by again I forget the name off the top of my head, sorry.
About to start my first Dan Simmons novel Drood, I'll let you know if I like it, but you have probably already read it.
I could go on, but i will stop now, before I make a fool of myself. :)

Posted by: Roger at July 16, 2009 2:21 PM

As I was standing in a tiny basement bookstore this weekend in Seattle, staring at a whole shelf of mystery novels, I thought of you. I wanted to be able to go back through your reviews and pick out a novel that you liked but I couldn't remember. I ended up with something I knew I'd like, but I'm glad to see this list here. When I'm done with this one, I'll pick up Karp's Rabbit Factory.

Favorite all time? Gosh, the books I like are great not because of the writing but because of the time at which I read them. Therefore, Many Lives Many Masters is a fav, and so is Christine.

Posted by: Brad at July 16, 2009 3:38 PM

The first five that come to mind:

The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin -- It's a "kid's" book, but I've read it every year since I was 10. I love the mysteries and the final solution and it's one of the rare instances where I think the 20-years-later thing works well.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, by Gregory Maguire -- Cinderella told from another point of view. The writing is crisp and the POV character is a surprise.

Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice -- I get lost in her prose, no matter which book of hers I've read (except the porn ones, there I just get distracted) and this is, I think, her best story.

Hey Nostradamus!, by Douglas Coupland -- I think this is more of a right time thing, but it still gets when I think about it.

A Spell for Chameleon, by Piers Anthony -- It's just a charming story in a magical setting. It also opened me up into the world of epic fantasy, for which I am forever grateful.

Posted by: ticknart at July 16, 2009 5:20 PM

okay, i shall play along.
(but in no particular order)

the red tent - all about strong women and periods, and giving birth and all that good stuff that makes (some) guys go funny.

the alchemist - pulled me out of a very bad and dark depression.

neverwhere - just recently read this one. i think you would like it (if you haven't already read it)

to kill a mockingbird - cliche i know, but i read that when i was quite young and it really stuck with me and helped form me into the kind of girl/woman i am.

blankets - a graphic novel. the subject matter of it really struck me in a personal way.

j.d. salinger books were great aids in wading my way through a very lost time of my life.

jane austen books taught me to appreciate gracefullness, wit, strong women and traditions.

the hiding place - i must have read that at least 20 times when i was a kid (a true account about two sisters during the holocaust. i know, i read too many disturbing books as a kid)

are you my mother - i'm not even going to try and explain why that book is on my list.

bridget jones' - my go to books for when i need some cheering up.

Posted by: cri at July 16, 2009 6:20 PM

Books! My favorite subject and damn you because now I'm going through all my books listed on Librarything.com to find my favorites!:

1) REPLAY by Ken Grimwood. My #1 absolute favorite book in the world. I've read it probably 5 or 6 times and each time I feel like I'm reading it again. A middle age man "dies" one afternoon only to wake up in his dorm room...

The rest are in no particular order:
Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue - about a prostitute in England;
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
All of Ruth Reichl's books - Garlic and Sapphire, Tender to the Bone, Comfort me with Apples;
Richard Peck's - A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder. Both kid's books involving same characters. I read them on car rides to my husband and son (pausing to cry of course), I just re-read both and my husband is reading them now;
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger;
Kick me: adventures in adolescence by Paul Fieg;
and I'll stop here with:
Love and Hate in Jamestown by David A. Price;
and two books by Jo Ann Levy - Daughter of Joy:A novel of gold rush California and For California's Gold.


Posted by: NancyJ at July 16, 2009 8:54 PM

It's so hard to pick favorite books, there are just too many, but...

Kids Books: The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin) and The Egypt Game (Zilpha Keatley Snyder)

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)

The entire original set of Nancy Drew Mysteries (I will read these over and over and never get tired of them)

Anything by Ian Rankin, but especially the Rebus books

Anything by Christopher Moore

Two recent favorites: Amagansett (Mark Mills) and April & Oliver (Tess Callahan)

All-time favorite: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

I've also become a big fan of Ron McLarty and Marshall Karp, thanks to you. In fact, "Flipping Out" is sitting on my kitchen counter right now, waiting to be read.

Posted by: Akofaolain at July 16, 2009 11:14 PM

I was glad to see you mention THE SPARROW on your list. Amazing book. Have you read CHILDREN OF GOD as well? I read them back-to-back, and it was quite an experience.

According to my most recent check of my LibraryThing tags, I have 208 books tagged "to be read" - and they're all books I have in my possession. It's not a wish list.

Too many favorites to name, including a few (like the Harry Potter books) that people have mentioned already - that's why I started a book blog.

Posted by: Florinda at July 17, 2009 12:28 AM

So many right answers...

Off the top, for classic fiction, I love most Hemingway but especially The Sun Also Rises, A Moveable Feast and Green Hills of Africa; I used to read Joseph Heller's Catch 22 once a year, and I still would given the time that financial freedom supposedly grants. I find 1984 eerily prophetic in new ways every time I get to it. I love most Haruki Murakami books, he's one of the great living authors in my opinion, and After Dark and Norwegian Wood are favorites. I love Edward Abbey, absolutely starting with Desert Solitaire. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was unexpectedly influential for me, I expected fluffy dumbed-down spiritualism and found a man wrestling with many of the demons I fight, filtered through crazy diversions through Kantian dialectic and pragmatic secular Zen abstractions. Miles Davis' autobiography and Forces In Motion by Graham Lock are also nonfiction favorites dealing with music, also visited annually until I ran out of time to reread favorite books annually. I get kookier from there. (Take anything I like with a grain of salt, though - I like some Ayn Rynd books..)

Posted by: robert muller at July 17, 2009 2:07 AM

Diary of a Seducer, by Søren Kierkegaard

Posted by: Ren at July 17, 2009 8:32 AM

I found your blog through Gayle over at EDIWTB, and I have to say that all the love given to Hyperion makes me want to pick up again. One of my best friends lent me his copy last year and I still haven't read it yet. I've always poo-pooed sci-fi and haven't made time for that particular book, despite the fact that I went to college with Simmons' daughter (true story). I did recently buy his newest, Drood, which I'm pretty psyched for. Also I just finished reading Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell which I think, judging by your picks here, you would probably love :).

Posted by: Rachel at July 17, 2009 9:10 AM

You should vote in the NPR "Best Beach Books." "Enders Game" is one of them you can choose.


Posted by: Shevonne at July 17, 2009 11:01 AM

last night i thought about sending you this book to read, but i wanted to check if you had already read it. so i go to your list of things you've read and... dude, i can't go through that list. it's extensive. so a.) have you read The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein and b.) if you haven't, would you like to borrow it and c.) is that creepy that i want to send you this book to borrow? it's ok if you find that creepy.

Posted by: bri at July 17, 2009 11:54 AM

Oooh... this is a fun game.
The Good Mother by Sue Miller
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; Betty Brown
The Harry Potter series
Diana Galbadon's entire series
The Riverhouse Stories by Andrea McIntosh (I think)
the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, esp. Farmer Boy
anything by Amy Tan, Ursula Hegi and Gail Tsukiyama and almost anything by Ayn Rand
The Red Tent; Anita Shreve
Where the Red Fern Grows (can't remember the author)
The Hobbit; JRR Tolkien

Posted by: Leah at July 17, 2009 12:43 PM

now that i'm done done with school i find i have time to read. also that i've gotten rather lazy with the whole reading thing. i would much rather listen to an audiobook and draw or sew or cook. but i'm looking for new books to download and read.

i'm with you on The Sparrow. So amazing.

another book i really enjoyed recently was Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff. hysterical.

Posted by: hannita at July 17, 2009 5:12 PM

Too many good books and not enough time to read them all! It's difficult to pick just a few favorites, but Who Moved My Cheese and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten were the first ones I thought of. When I was younger, I would read anything by Danielle Steele or V.C Andrews, usually the entire book in one day.

When I was much younger, my brother and I found boxes of my Mom's and uncle's old books in my grandparent's attic. We fell in love with the original Trixie Beldon books, and the original Bobbsey Twins series. Of course there were all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries also.

Well, enough of my rambling, my longest standing favorite goes to Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

Posted by: Just Rambling at July 17, 2009 6:13 PM

Oh yeah - Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart. Can't forget Bridge of Birds...

Posted by: robert muller at July 17, 2009 11:48 PM

I haven't read any of those, and I may just.

Favourite books. Just off the top of my head.
Blindness, Jose Saramago. (I refuse to see the movie because (1) the whole point is that you aren't supposed to see it and (2) the novel is perfection. It makes me want to read Portuguese.

Les Fous de Bassan, Anne Hebert (Not sure what it's called in English) beautiful and poetic. It's about a murder but it raises more questions than it answers. I think I may need to read this again. I cried when this author died.

In the Skin of the Lion, Michael Ondaatje. Everyone knows Ondaatje for the English Patient, but this is arguable the better book. Not an easy read because he is so poetic. But I love him. He releases a new book, I run out and buy it.

I could think up more but my brain is blank... hmmmm.... just finished Our Lady of the Forest interesting. Very interesting.

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