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Subject: What are Your Favorite Books of all time?
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 10:25 PM ET
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"In the Name of the Rose"  Eco

"Stranger In A Strange Land"  Heinlein

"Rainbow Six"  Clancy

"Genghis Khan"  Weatherford

Alexander Hamilton"  Chernow

"Jane Eyre"  Bronte

Mythology   Hamilton

"The Power of Myth"

The Bible

"The Fall of Lucifer"  Alec

The Declaration of Independence/The Constitution

"The Spiritual man" Nee

"An Instance of the Fingerpost"  Pears


Date Posted: 12/29/2008 11:04 PM ET
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The Time Traveler's Wife
The Winthrop Woman
To Kill a Mockingbird
Memoirs of a Geisha
Gone with the Wind
The Mirror
Cane River

Date Posted: 12/31/2008 2:50 PM ET
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There are only two I can consider all-time favorites, just because they truly astounded me. I'm sure I'll be adding to this over time, though. Very rarely have I come across a book I didn't like.

  • The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie
  • House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski


Date Posted: 12/31/2008 5:32 PM ET
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  1. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson- all time favorite book!
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas- all-time second favorite book
  3. The Terror by Dan Simmons
  4. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  8. Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  9. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  10. anything by P.G. Wodehouse

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Date Posted: 12/31/2008 6:36 PM ET
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1. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell 2. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 3. The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling 4. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

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Date Posted: 12/31/2008 8:14 PM ET
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Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Into Thin Air- Jon Krakauer

Marathon Man - William Goldman

The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy

The Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon

The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M. Cain

Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier

Thank You for Smoking - Christopher Buckley

The Ugly American - Lederer & Burdick

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Date Posted: 1/1/2009 1:12 PM ET
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In no particular order:

  • Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park -- Jane Austen
  • Persuasion -- Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility -- Jane Austen
  • Cranford -- Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Three Men in a Boat -- Jerome K. Jerome
  • Pillars of the Earth -- Ken Follett
  • ALL of the "Barsetshire Series" -- Angela Thirkell
  • "Lucia" Series -- E.F. Benson
  • Portable Dorothy Parker -- Dorothy Parker
  • Benchley Roundup -- Robert Benchley
  • The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers -- Mary Norton
  • Jane Eyre -- Charlotte Bronte
  • Britannia Mews -- Margery Sharp
  • Rebecca -- Daphne DuMaurier
  • The Big Sleep -- Raymond Chandler
  • All Creatures Great and Small -- James Herriot
  • Hollywood -- Garson Kanin
  • Daughter of the Dales and Seasons of My Life -- Hannah Hauxwell
  • Mrs. Milburn's Diary -- Clara Milburn
  • Washington Square -- Henry James
  • The Wind in The Willows -- Kennth Grahame
  • The Warden -- Anthony Trolloppe
  • All of the Miss Read books
  • Sea For Breakfast and Hills is Lonely -- Lillian Beckwith

I am sure I am forgetting some but these are the heart of my favourites.

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Subject: Best Books
Date Posted: 1/1/2009 8:42 PM ET
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  • Illusions by Richard Bach
  • Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Emma by Jane Austin
  • Mysts of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostava
  • Hitler: Nemesis by Ian Kershaw
  • A Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway

I am certain there will be names of books added as I continue to read.

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 9:26 PM ET
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My favorites are:

A Tale of Two Cities and Little Women (these are the only books I've ever been able to reread, and I've reread them several times)

This is a funny question for me since I can count on one hand the books I've read that I've truly disliked....I thought there were more books that I truly treasured.  I could probably come up with more, but that's what I get off the top of my head.


Date Posted: 1/1/2009 11:47 PM ET
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This week I would have to say:

Dalva and The Road Home by Jim Harrison

Prodigal Summer and Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

The Temple of My Famililar by Alice Walker

Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

The Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko

The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

Grass and Raising the Stones by Sherri Tepper



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Date Posted: 1/2/2009 8:13 AM ET
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I, obviously, am a great fan of Russian authors, even though I never thought of that until making this list:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Then there are the following:

The Thorn Birds by Mccullough

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 9:00 PM ET
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My favorite is Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (time travel SF)

Stranger in a Strange Land-Heinlein (SF)

City of Diamond by Jane Emerson (SF)

Classics Pride and Prejudice, Prisoner of Zenda, Gaudy Night

Company series by Kage Baker (time travel SF)

Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust (SF in the style of Dumas)

Many others as well, I like Charles DeLint for urban fantasy, golden age of SF clasics, Amber series by Zelazny, etc




Date Posted: 1/13/2009 4:03 PM ET
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All Creatures Great And Small. 

To Kill A Mockingbird

The Outsiders

The Old Man And The Sea


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Date Posted: 1/13/2009 4:30 PM ET
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Dune by Frank Herbert

Have Space Suit - Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

Tool of the Trade by Joe Haldeman

Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card

Neuromancer by William Gibson

State of Fear by Michael Crichton

Big Trouble by Dave Barry

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 8:05 PM ET
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Of all time?  Whew, that's tough.  At the moment my favorite reads have been:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

and don't anyone dare laugh...

The White Mountains (of the Tripod Trilogy) by John Christopher  (my 12 year old introduced me to it and I couldn't put it down)

As a previous poster wrote, I don't desire to re-read many books, but the above I would relish the opportunity to neglect everything and just get lost in.


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Subject: Favorite Books
Date Posted: 1/17/2009 4:29 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/17/2009 6:01 PM ET
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I love The White Mountains trilogy.  I first read it when I was 12 and then again recently at 46.  And it was still great.

Subject: Good Question!
Date Posted: 1/17/2009 10:06 PM ET
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A Woman Named Damaris by Janette Oke

The Princess by Lori Wick

The Diving Bell by Todd Strasser

Beauty by Robin Mckinley


Date Posted: 1/17/2009 11:16 PM ET
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To Kill a Mockingbird

Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker

Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding

Memoirs of a Geisha

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen



Date Posted: 1/23/2009 11:44 AM ET
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Those that come to mind immediately are Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov.  I also have a place in my heart for the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which my mother used to teach her children to read.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 4:04 PM ET
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier


Date Posted: 1/27/2009 8:50 AM ET
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Probably the "Rama" series and the "Ringworld" series are my favorites.


Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:38 AM ET
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1.  Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

2.  The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

3.  To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

4.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

5.  The Pull of the Moon - Elizabeth Berg

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 1:54 PM ET
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1. David Copperfield

2. The Sun Also Rises

3.  The Paradise Wars by Stephen Lawhead 

I would also like to give "The Vicar of Wakefield" an honorable mention.


Date Posted: 1/28/2009 4:58 PM ET
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