I'd loved the movie for years but didn't get around to reading the book until almost in my forties. When I did I discovered extra layers that the movie didn't even begin to touch on! It's a brilliant book!
So true--this was Harper Lee's only book--I'd love to have read more by her. I loved all the main characters of the book--even Boo (played by a young Robert Duvall in the movie--one of his first, if not his first).
It's most likely "Swallowing Stones" by Joyce McDonald. Sure, it's not exactly high literature and it's not exactly the most intellectually engaging book out there, but it's the book that got me interested in reading for pleasure, and I still love reading it to this day. It's my "comfort book," so to speak.
"A Boy Called It" was an incredibly sad and touching story of a young boys tragically, abusive life. This by far was one of my all time faves, it is amazing the crap this boys mother put him through. I cried from start to finish.
My favorite book is Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I was 16 when I first read it, and I've read it maybe five times since then. I always cry when I read it. Strangely, assassins like it. John Hinkley, who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan, had the book in his hotel room. Another assassin, Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon, also had the book in his possession at the time.
My favorite book of the moment (because it changes from week to week) is A collection of 40 short stories on the theme of the afterlife called 'Sum' by David Eagleman. Seriously awesome - check it out!
Oh, my. Well, "Pride and Prejudice" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" for long-term favorites. Then "Cold Mountain" and "Mink River" for more recent favorites. I just discovered "Mink River" and am in love with the language and the easy transitions from reality to fantasy in it.
World famous Chinese classic novel "A Dream of Red Mansion" written by Cao Xueqin in 16th century. The author presented a true social net and an old ideological system based on his own big noble family. There is no one complete story at all in the book as other novels do. The author described everyday life in a clan with complicated relations, based on which the author clearly showed audiences how a big family rose and fell, how the old ideological system caused tragedies. Talent was destroyed, love was strangled, everything got ruined... Only an empty world left behind...
It used to be 'Drood' by Dan Simmons until last December. Quite an exceptional piece of literature. I've always been in complete awe of Victorian London. Anyway, my favourite book now is 'The Girl with the Dragon tattoo' by Steig Larsson. Lisbeth Salander just blew my mind.
My all-time favorite book is the Bible. I make it a New Year's resolution to read the Bible through in a year. My YouVerson Bible app on my Iphone makes it easy because it tracks my daily reading. It also has several devotional pieces. You can highlight/bookmark your favorite verses. YouVersion has hundreds of translations, some that include audio. That makes it easy to find a version that readers can understand. Another thing I lik about my Bible YouVersion is that I can carry it wherever I go and access it at any time. Another favorite devotional is Streams in the Desert. It has very thought-provoking passages for every day of the year.
Here's a quote from The Guardian UK 2008--- Despite the furious pace of sales, Harry Potter will still have his work cut out to catch the Bible, which, according to the Guinness Book of Records, has sold 2.5bn copies since 1815, and has been translated into 2,233 languages or dialects. Billion.
Saying that the Bible is your favorite book (as I did) in response to a direct question is not the same as throwing it up in your face. Yeah, she may have gotten a wee bit enthusiastic, but she didn't go on to claim that anyone not reading the Bible was basically sub-par.
And it's not childish to like Harry Potter in and of itself. I listed The Little Prince, and the Alice books by Lewis Caroll are also personal favorites. Sometimes great truths are stashed in "childish" books. And nostalgia is also very powerful.
Yes they are the master minds behind Chicken Soup for the Soul. I read many motivational books in the 90s, but 'Dare To Win' was the only one that had a significant impact. I gave a copy to a college student who had decided to drop out. Once he read the book, not only did he go back to college, but was, for the first time in his life, on the Dean's List. He also lost the extra weight he had been carrying for awhile.
East of Eden - by John Steinbeck To Kill a Mockingbird - by Harper Lee The Thorn Birds - by Colleen McCollough The Velveteen Rabbit Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Spoon River Anthology - by Edgar Lee Masters
What a tough question! I have several different books that could be considered my favorites, because I divide them into different genres.
Here are a few that have left a lasting impression on me: *A Prayer for Owen Meany~ John Irving *My Sister's Keeper~Jodi Piccoult * The Giver ~ Lois Lowry *The Secret Life of Bees~ Sue Monk Kidd *Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austin
It is very hard to pick out just one book as being the favorite of all time. There are a number of books/authors that I love and consider favorites of mine. These include all books by Luanne Rice and all books by Thomas Kinkade.
Sometimes a Great Notion [Ken Kesey] has to be my all time favorite book. Its a very difficult read and extremely undermentioned but when you finally get the hang of reading it something really strange happens... its as if your transported into a real scenario and instead of feeling like you're in a movie or a situation you feel almost like an accidental voyeur and almost want to look away. Its such a raw intimate look at the characters and their world its startling. It is also a book you can read 100 times and get something completely different out of it every time.
I also very much appreciate A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe which I find to be a superb piece of satire.
Thirdly there is a kid's chapter book I read first when I was maybe ten called The Worldly Adventure of a Teenage Tycoon which to this day makes me laugh (and cringe.) It's an autobiographical account of a boy growing up during the great depression, as his wall street father goes a bit wacky, but don't be fooled the story is all about the boy and the trouble he gets into. Hilarious.
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