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Subject: Your 10 favorite books
Date Posted: 5/10/2008 8:39 PM ET
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Here're mine in no particular order:

  1. Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  2. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  3. Big Trouble by Dave Barry
  4. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  8. The Terror by Dan Simmons
  9. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  10. Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson


Date Posted: 5/10/2008 9:13 PM ET
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I am sure I have left several off...

Color Purple by Alice Walker

Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 9:37 PM ET
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I think I'd probably list (in no order):

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Making of The Trouble With Tribbles by David Gerrold

The Time Traveler's Wife  by Audrey Niffenegger

The Collected Works of William Shakespeare

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 11:43 PM ET
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Wow; so hard to come up with just 10 after a lifetime of reading!  I just went over my BIR list, which I add to as I come across books on PBS that I've read.  So this is only a partial list, but the best I can do at a moment's notice!

Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte

Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen

Inklings-Melanie Jeschke

Exodus-Leon Uris

The Giver-Lois Lowry

The Hobbit-J.R.R. Tolkien

Space Trilogy-C.S. Lewis

Pilgrim's Progress-John Bunyan

Sit, Walk, Stand-Watchman Nee

Traveling Light-Max Lucado

Lester reminded me-all of James Herriot's books!


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Date Posted: 5/11/2008 12:58 PM ET
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1.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

3.  Christy by Catherine Marshall

4.  The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

5.  All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

6.  The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

7.  The Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

8.  The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

9.  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

10.  The Color of Water by James McBride

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Date Posted: 5/11/2008 1:56 PM ET
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Hmm, in no particular order, I will say

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
  2. Wuthering Heights
  3. I Know This Much is True
  4. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  5. Once Upon a Day
  6. My Sister's Keeper
  7. Middlesex

Not sure what else!

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 2:29 PM ET
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Mine are:

Hawaii by James Michener

Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Beach Music by Pat Conroy

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Cape Cod by William Martin

A Woman of Substence by Barbara Taylor Bradford

We are the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

Angela's Ashes (audio version narrated by Frank McCort)

Charm School by Nelson DeMille

Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 5:16 PM ET
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Wow. I don't think I can do that. Here are 10 books I return to over and over. Ask me tomorrow and I'll have a completely different list, probably.

  1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott
  2. The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
  3. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
  6. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  7. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
  8. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  9. April 1865 by Jay Winik
  10. A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman

 edited for formatting - and spelling, jeepers.


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The Giver - Lois Lowry

The Lord and the General Din of the World - Jane Mead (poetry)

Night - Elie Wiesel

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

The Neverending Story - Michael Ende

Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

1984 - George Orwell

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

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Date Posted: 5/11/2008 6:35 PM ET
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gosh can't narrow it down but overall longtime faves:

Boxcar Children=Gertrude Chandler Warner

Boxcar Children - Surprise Island-Gertrude Chandler Warner

Trixie Belden - Red Trailer Mystery-think this one is by Campbell

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Mackenzie's Pleasure - Linda Howard (like this entire series that were silhouette IM)

Wildest Hearts - Jayne Ann Krentz

Midnight Jewels - Jayne Ann Krentz

The Nerd Who Loved Me - Vicki Lewis Thompson

Better Read Than Dead - Victoria Laurie - 2nd in her Psychic Eye mysteries though I've throughly enjoyed all of them along with her ghost hunters series but this is probably the best one IMO

Storm Front - Jim Butcher - 1st in Dresden Files series - new read but liked it  a lot

dangit I need to add another couple and can't decide what to take off :-( so gonna cheat and list them here

Shelter Mountain -robyn carr (actuall all 3 of these are awesome!)

My Name is Asher Lev - chaim potok and the sequel 'the gift of asher lev'..there..think i'm done.nope more I like..think we need a '10 favorite authors, series or even genres 'thread!

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Date Posted: 5/11/2008 6:44 PM ET
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Very hard to keep it to ten!

1. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

2. Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

3. The Mitford series by Jan Karon

4. The #1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith

5. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

6. Body & Soul by Frank Conroy

7. Kiss of God  The Wisdom of a Silent Child  by Marshall Stewart Ball

8.  Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

10. Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell


Date Posted: 5/11/2008 7:49 PM ET
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let's see..mine would be

1. Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell

2. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

3. The Fountainhead- Ayn Rand

4.  Middlesex- Jeffrey Eugenides

5.  Little Children- Tom Perrota

6.  A Student of Weather- Elizabeth Hay

7.  The Great Gatsby-  F. Scott Fitzgerald

8. Where the Heart Is- Billie Letts

9.  Windchill Summer- Norris Church Mailer

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 8:29 PM ET
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1. Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

2. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

3. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

4. A Changed Man - Francine Prose

5. A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

6. Evening Class - Maeve Binchy

7. Case Histories -  Kate Atkinson

8.The Taking - Dean Koontz

9.  The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

10. Year of Wonders :: Geraldine Brooks

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 8:45 PM ET
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In no particular order: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, Possession by A. S. Byatt, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lamb by Christopher Moore, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. My list may change tomorrow but for now, this is as good as any. :)
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 11:27 PM ET
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Also in no particular order:

 Ten Stupid Things Women do to Mess Up Their Lives by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

 The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

 Stop Whining, Start Living by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

 Ten Stupid Things Men do to Mess Up their Lives by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

 Bad Childhood, Good Life by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

 Emma by Jane Austen

 Sarah Morgan - The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman edited by Charles East

 Captured by Scott Zesch

 Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillain Schlissel

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 12:21 PM ET
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1. Gone With The Wind- Mitchell

2. Pillars of The Earth -Follet

3. World Without End- Follet

4. The Firm - Grishom

5. The Queen's Fool - Gregory

6. The Chosen - Potak

7. The Sacrifice of Tamar - Ragen

8. The Source - Michener

9. Exodus - Uris

10. Sara Donati series

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 12:54 PM ET
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In no particular order here is my list :)


Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts

Charlotte's Web - E. B. White

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Wild Swans - Jung Chang

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

The Red Tent - Anita Diament

The Rapture of Canaan - Sheri Reynolds

Paradise of the Blind - Duong Thu Huong


Date Posted: 5/12/2008 4:55 PM ET
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1. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers

2.  Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo

3.  I Am The Cheese - Robert Cormier

4.  Eye Contact - Cammie McGovern

5.  Death Be Not Proud - John Gunther

6.  A Wrinkle In Time - Madeline L'Engle

7.  The Outsiders - S. E Hinton

8.  To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

9.  Fallen Angels - Walter Dean Myers

10.  Heart Of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 6:30 PM ET
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In no particular order:


The Stand.....Stephen King

Salem's Lot.....Stephen King

The Dead Zone.....Stephen King

Stranger in a Strange Land.....Heinlein

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.....Smith

Gone With The Wind.....Mitchell

Time Traveler's Wife.....Niffenigger

She's Come Undone.....Lamb

To Kill A Mockingbird.....Lee

Turtle Moon.....Hoffman


Date Posted: 5/12/2008 9:32 PM ET
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I'm listing my 10 favorite kids books:

Dr. Seuss' Sleep Book

Finn Family Moomintroll (tied with Comet in Moominland)

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Spectacles (by Ellen Raskin, I think)

A Beastly Circus

Kangaroo and Kangaroo

Can I Keep Him?

The Rotten Island by William Steig

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Goodnight, Gorilla

Peace today, Lisa

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Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:50 AM ET
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Ugh. Ten??

  1. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  2. The Loop, Nicholas Evans
  3. A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean
  4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  5. Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson
  6. One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson
  7. A Knight in Shining Armor, Jude Deveraux
  8. The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
  9. The Spymaster's Lady, Joanna Bourne
  10. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon - I haven't finished the series yet...

 ETA: The Book Thief. How did I forget the Book Thief??

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Subject: 10 Best
Date Posted: 5/13/2008 11:26 PM ET
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1.  Cold Mountain

2.  Centennial

3.  The Book Thief

4.  Gone with the Wind

5.  Jane Austen

6.  Power of One

7.  Peace Like a River

8.  Wheel of Fortune

9.  Eye of the Needle

10.  Lonesome Dove

So many wonderful books -- not enough time!!

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 8:24 AM ET
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1. Random Harvest - James Hilton

2. Rim of the Pit - Hake Talbot

3. The Uninvited - Dorothy Macardle

4. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

5. Now, Voyager - Olive Higgins Prouty

6. The Three Coffins - John Dickson Carr

7. She - H. Rider Haggard

8. The Source - James Michner

9. Lost Horizon - James Hilton

10. The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey

Subject: 15 Favorite Books (Not in Order) - All Great Books!!
Date Posted: 5/15/2008 6:08 PM ET
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A Man Called Peter - Catherine Marshall

Watership Down - Richard Adams

We the Living - Ayn Rand

Christie - Catherine Marshall

Killer Angels - Michael Shaara

The Robe -  Lloyd C. Douglas

The Mitford series - Jan Karon

All Creatures Great and Small series  - James Heriot

Harry Potter books -  J. K. Rowlings

 The #1 Ladies Detective Agency series - Alexander McCall Smith

The Ladies of Covington series - Joan Medford

The Time Machine - H. G. Wells

Winnie the Pooh  -  A. A. Milne

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Tao of Pooh' -  Benjamin Hoff

and many more!!

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