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What is your favorite book?

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    alwaysamberposted 4 years ago

    What is your favorite book of all time? Mine is "A Long Fatal Love Chase" by Louisa May Alcott.

    1. ajwrites57 profile image89
      ajwrites57posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think it will always be "To Kill a Mockingbird". It was the first book that really spoke to me as a child when i read it. There are many great books that I love, but this tops my list.

      1. Chris Neal profile image83
        Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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!

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          ajwrites57posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          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).

    2. gxheladini profile image60
      gxheladiniposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

      1. Chris Neal profile image83
        Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah, that's a really good one too...

    3. PhoenixV profile image80
      PhoenixVposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Illusions -  Bach
      Where the Red Fern grows - Wilson Rawls
      Man Without a Country- Hale
      Catch-22 -Heller

  2. teresakbecker profile image76
    teresakbeckerposted 4 years ago

    My favorite book changes almost constantly - depending on my mood. Currently my favorite "business" book is Linchpin by Seth Godin.

  3. Zelkiiro profile image83
    Zelkiiroposted 4 years ago

    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.

  4. prettynutjob30 profile image82
    prettynutjob30posted 4 years ago

    "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.

    1. Stina Caxe profile image87
      Stina Caxeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That is a great one, I cried so hard!
      My favorite is Pillars Of The Earth!

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      "A Boy Called It" is a great book! Very sad, though.

    3. Chris Neal profile image83
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, that was a good one!

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    Vacation Tripposted 4 years ago

    `You Can Heal Your Life` by Louis L. Hay is my favorite book. It is full of positivity and yes till some extent I am very much inspired by the book. It shows how important and beautiful life is.

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I've never heard of that book. I will have to check it out. I enjoy reading inspirational books.

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    grand old ladyposted 4 years ago

    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.

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Oldie, but goodie smile

  7. Ikerot profile image60
    Ikerotposted 4 years ago

    Harmony by Project Itoh. It's a really good sci-fi book, quite fascinating.

  8. Chris Neal profile image83
    Chris Nealposted 4 years ago

    Although my favorite book is the Bible, as far as fiction goes it's a tossup between "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "The Little Prince." I cry every time I read that one. So deceptively simple.

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    Dan Barfieldposted 4 years ago

    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!

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I've never heard of it, but will have to check it out. I love reading!

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    AliciaCposted 4 years ago

    My favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I first read it in my early teens, when it made a big impression on me. I still love it.

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    misc-discposted 4 years ago

    On the Road (Kerouac), Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas), The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway), and Hocus Pocus (Vonnegut).

    1. Chris Neal profile image83
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      How could I forget The Old Man and the Sea? That's one of the all-time greats!

  12. Healthy Pursuits profile image89
    Healthy Pursuitsposted 4 years ago

    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.

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Love "Cold Mountain"...such an amazing story!

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    Hui (蕙)posted 4 years ago

    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...
    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/7660718_f248.jpg

    The leading man and the leading woman

    1. Zelkiiro profile image83
      Zelkiiroposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You know, this actually sounds really interesting. Too bad I can't read, speak, or understand Chinese whatsoever. D:

      1. Hui (蕙) profile image63
        Hui (蕙)posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        It was translated into 23 languages, including English, French, German, Japanese, Korean... You must read, speak, or understand whatsoever one of them. D:

        1. Zelkiiro profile image83
          Zelkiiroposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Oh! I'll have to find me an English translation of it soon!

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      This does sound interesting.

      1. Hui (蕙) profile image63
        Hui (蕙)posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Not just interesting, but great! 23 language translations and International "A Dream of Red Mansion" Academic Seminars! smile

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    Retro Potatoposted 4 years ago

    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.

  15. jhayden628 profile image60
    jhayden628posted 4 years ago

    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.

  16. Ivan Ivanov profile image81
    Ivan Ivanovposted 4 years ago

    I see Christianity thrown all over my face here in the forums ...

    Whatever ...

    My favorite book may sound childish to you, but it's the book I grow up with ... Harry Potter ...

    I think it is just as believable as the bible and has quotes greater than the Bible ...

    I believe that there is no God, but Dumbledore ... smile

    1. Hui (蕙) profile image63
      Hui (蕙)posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      smile smile smile

    2. ajwrites57 profile image89
      ajwrites57posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

    3. Chris Neal profile image83
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

    4. Chris Neal profile image83
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      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.

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    Anna Havenposted 4 years ago

    It would be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin for me. I was spellbound on first reading and I think it is so well crafted that  it makes it kind of timeless.

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I own it, but have never read it. I think that I might just have to read it!

  18. getitrite profile image81
    getitriteposted 4 years ago

    DARE TO WIN, By Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

    Life changing perspectives toward self motivation.  I suggest it to all who want to be seriously successful.

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      Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Weren't they the master minds behind the Chicken Soup series?  I'd trust that their other stuff would be pretty good.  big_smile

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        alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Love the Chicken Soup books, so much!

      2. getitrite profile image81
        getitriteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        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.

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          Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          That's impressive!

          I think one of my favorites of the 90's was The Tao of Pooh.  It gave me a new perspective on Pooh, of course, and introduced me to concepts that I found very helpful in my personal life at the time.

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    Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago

    Mine are:

    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

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      My mom loves The Thornbirds and To Kill A Mockingbird is wonderful!

    2. Chris Neal profile image83
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Alexander is definitely one of the greats!

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        Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I have loved it from the moment I read it.  I had a copy that I carried well into my adult years, but it got lost somewhere in a move.  sad

        I think we lose something as adults when we can't appreciate the innate wisdom in some children's stories.

        Hope you're well, Chris.  Think of and pray for you often. 

        smile

        1. Chris Neal profile image83
          Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you, I will take that where I can get it.

          Have you ever read "Love You Forever?" That's one of those books that's supposed to be for kids but the parents treasure it more than their children do. It still brings a tear to my eye.

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            Motown2Chitownposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I may have.  The title sounds very familiar.  If not, I will as soon as I can! 

            Well, trust that you're prayed for in my home and heart as often as I think of you!  Your year hasn't been easy, I know.

            smile

  20. cre8ivOne profile image80
    cre8ivOneposted 4 years ago

    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

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I own Pride and Prejudice, but have actually never read it. I hear that My Sister's Keeper is a very good book.

      1. cre8ivOne profile image80
        cre8ivOneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, it is indeed.  I have put a few books up that face you with moral decisions.

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          alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Love that idea!

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    lovebuglenaposted 4 years ago

    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.

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    Shanaayaposted 4 years ago

    my all time favourite book,novel i should say.. " A thousands splendid suns by khalid hosseini.. smile
    beautifully written....

  23. adity5 profile image82
    adity5posted 4 years ago

    'A Walk to remember', 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter' are my all time favorites smile

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    Beth37posted 4 years ago

    Always wanted to read the count of monte cristo, but haven't yet. its one of my favorite stories.

    Off the top of my head, my favorite book is probably No Compromise by Melody Green.

    1. Chris Neal profile image83
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That book holds a special place for me.

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        Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Which one?

        1. Chris Neal profile image83
          Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          No Compromise

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            Beth37posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Life changing.

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    Theophanesposted 4 years ago

    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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    Sphinxs Sanctumposted 4 years ago

    I mostly read True Crime now but when I was much younger, I cut my teeth on Anne Rice & to this day I Love the elegantly evolved characters from "The Witching Hour."

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I love True Crime books!

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    quicksandposted 4 years ago

    "Or I'll Dress You In Mourning" by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre!

  28. Samith Jhon profile image81
    Samith Jhonposted 4 years ago

    My all time favourite is definitely a series - Harry Potter! big_smile

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You all have such great ideas for books! I love to read and do so whenever I have free time. A lot of these books I have never heard of, so I will definitely have to check them out!

  29. Thelma Alberts profile image84
    Thelma Albertsposted 4 years ago

    My most favorite is the Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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      alwaysamberposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Love it!

  30. waynet profile image50
    waynetposted 4 years ago

    Ones with Boobies! big_smile only joking....my favorite book is the one that I haven't used for toilet paper and that is The Thief of Always by Clive Barker.....such a classic!

  31. Jana2 profile image61
    Jana2posted 4 years ago

    I love Nicholas Sparks books! Dear John, The Last Song, etc
    But I need to definitely read some more books... I've just been reading some online lately.

  32. ellemichele profile image81
    ellemicheleposted 4 years ago

    I am personally a fan of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

    It's almost impossible for me to choose just one favorite book, but this is the one I have fallen in love with most recently.

    Also, I'm obsessed with Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). It's such a great book for women! smile

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      Valorie Esquilonaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm crazy about "Thus Spake Zarathustra" by the german philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.  It's a philosophical novel and it has a very good plot.

  33. PDXBuys profile image85
    PDXBuysposted 4 years ago

    "The Martian Chronicles" (1950) by Ray Bradbury.  A close second is "The Illustrated Man" (1951) also by Bradbury.

    1. Chris Neal profile image83
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Both very good!

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    khmohsinposted 4 years ago

    My favorite book is Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond.

 
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