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What is the most enjoyable book you have ever read?

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    sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago

    I decided at the beginning of this year that I would read more but I do believe that, like wine, life is too short to read bad books!

    I have recently purchased the kindle app on my iphone and am keen to purchase but I can't see the wood for the trees!

    1. Susana S profile image92
      Susana Sposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Probably Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, but it really is hard to choose! I read constantly and have several favourites.

    2. dutchman1951 profile image60
      dutchman1951posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      "A Pirate looks at 40"  J. Buffett

      had fun reading it.

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      bougracposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      hi everybody i miss the opprtunity to share this new subject with you here . i am really interested in literature and i love reading books especially literature novels , magazines, journat, news , media , reading about scientific researches, and about foot-ball teams . but i am so unhuppy with the time passing and feel worry about the day's death before being known worldwidely .i come up one day with a bad thinking . as i become older and have now 23 years old woops. do not laugh i may discover what you think about this middle age , you probably say it's the age when you florich ok maybe for you but for me it's quite different and i have lost 20 whitout reading anything . god!! that's the real problem america children hve startd with adsense before us !!! they have access to internet when they are 10 years .................

  2. Cleanclover profile image59
    Cleancloverposted 6 years ago

    "How to gain benefits from wheat grass juic"

  3. kmackey32 profile image80
    kmackey32posted 6 years ago

    This is odd but I do not have a long enouph attention span to read a book....I have actually never finished one...

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      sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm a bit like that myself. That's why I need to know the book is good first, it might spur me on!

  4. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 6 years ago

    "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. It may not change your life but it may just change your thinking.

    1. pisean282311 profile image57
      pisean282311posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      i second that..but she wrote book bit late..it would have been ideal gift for karl marx...her fountain head is my favorite...

  5. Cleanclover profile image59
    Cleancloverposted 6 years ago

    I prefer to listening than reading. There re cd's and tapes i listen

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      sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I also prefer music but feel that there are probably some great books that I should read too before I die!

  6. richtwf profile image59
    richtwfposted 6 years ago

    That's a real tough one Sarah!

    Mmmm let me think ... I would suggest 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' by Richard Bach. It's a great little read which you can easily read in one short sitting and leaves you with an indelible and poignant message for life.

  7. calpol25 profile image77
    calpol25posted 6 years ago

    Ken follets "Jackdaws" ultimately the best ever war story book ever written smile

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    sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago

    has anybody read 'War and Peace'?

    1. Misha profile image75
      Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      With you attention span you don't want it. It's about a dozen times a regular book size smile

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        sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        You obviously know me too well already smile

        1. Misha profile image75
          Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          LOL You just commented on your attention span above, hence my conclusion smile

          1. WryLilt profile image86
            WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I've actually read it twice. It is a good read but the epilogue is a killer!

    2. rebekahELLE profile image90
      rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I think I made it half way.. I do want to finish it at some point. the language is so rich and detailed.


      what kind of books do you like? you know with your Kindle, you can order some of the classics free, there is no cost for most of jane Austen books if you like her style, Pride and Prejudice, etc.

      http://freekindlebooks.org/

    3. Ron Montgomery profile image60
      Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Stay away from ALL Russian authors.  If you're not suicidal already you will be after reading them.

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        sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks - I'm not sure whether i'm put off or more intrigued now smile

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          Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier remains one of my favorites.

          Some folks earlier suggested "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand.  If you think you may have a taste for her philosophy -I'm betting you won't - maybe read "Anthem" first.  Same author, same point but less time invested reading it.

          1. rebekahELLE profile image90
            rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Cold Mountain is a beautiful piece of American literature at its finest. and it's not hard to read.

            The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway 

            Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

            I enjoyed Anna Karenina (another long Russian novel)

            I'll think of more. there's one I'm thinking of and can't remember the title! hmm

          2. EmpressFelicity profile image84
            EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Actually, I'd say the most readable of Ayn Rand's novels is We The Living. It covers the same ground as Orwell's Animal Farm, but is even more chilling than Animal Farm because it's set in the Soviet Union of the 1920s and is written very, very well by someone who had actually experienced what it was like in the Soviet Union at that time.  If anyone thinks that Communism is a good thing, We The Living is the perfect reality check.

            I enjoyed Atlas Shrugged but I did find the fanaticism a tad off-putting in the end.  The Fountainhead is better, IMO.

            It's weird but Ayn Rand is almost unknown in my home country (Britain).  Her black-and-white views don't sit very well with the English way of looking at things but I still think she's well worth reading.

            1. WryLilt profile image86
              WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              We The Living made me cry. It's just so poignant and it can't be described unless you read it. Yes there are some deep moral undertones but on a relationship and personal level it is beautiful, too.

      2. ThoughtfulSpot profile image83
        ThoughtfulSpotposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I still didn't find any of those as bad as Tess of the D'Urbervilles.  I was depressed for weeks after reading that one.

  9. SilentReed profile image88
    SilentReedposted 6 years ago

    There are so many. But  my all time favorite would definitely be Alexandre Dumas' "the Count of Monte Cristo".

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      sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, I'll make sure that one is on the list.

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    Pearldiverposted 6 years ago

    I was really lucky because with my favorite book I didn't have to hurry to read it before my batteries went flat lol

    I don't know if you know it because it wasn't a very fast seller... it was : The Hare and the Tortoise.

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    rembrandzposted 6 years ago

    I read this one loads of years ago, but I remember so vividly how I enjoyed reading it.

    It's If tomorrow comes by Sidney Sheldon

  12. C.V.Rajan profile image68
    C.V.Rajanposted 6 years ago

    Story: Harry Potter Series (All books)

    Spiritual: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years ago

    Usually the book I'm reading is my current favorite. If you want an all-out page turner, go for the Laurell Hamilton Anita Blake vampire hunter series. Guilty Pleasures is the first in the series.

    If you want an beautifully written and crafted, incredible family saga, placed in the American mid-west, that involves secrets and a murder, try Nancy Pickard's "Scent of Rain and Lighting." She's my current favorite writer. It's one of the best plotted books I've ever read.

    Quirky and totally creepy relationship book, brilliantly written, "A Reliable Wife."

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years ago

    Oh and if you haven't read "The Help" by Stocket, you simply have to.

  15. ThoughtfulSpot profile image83
    ThoughtfulSpotposted 6 years ago

    What sort of books do you enjoy.  Its so hard to narrow this down!

    For easy reading, w/ a bit of romance rolled in try the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  Its a historic, romance, science fiction, fantasy series.  (I know, weird, right?) The story is totally fictional with a fantasy twist (involves time travel) but Gabaldon does some amazing research and keeps the settings and historical data accurate.

    I love the Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jane Auel.  Although, I'm still waiting for what is meant to be the final book in the series... I have a feeling I might be waiting a long time.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the twisted fairytale novels of Gregory Maguire:  Wicked (which is TOTALLY diff't from the musical), and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.  (He has more, I haven't read them all yet.)

    As for classics, (modern classics) - I found On the Road by Kerouac very impactful.  Its the only book I've ever taken notes on while reading for enjoyment (I scribbled in all my margins just b/c I had so much to think about.)

    I love reading any and all of Shakespeare's plays, but I'm a quirky little theatre geek - reading plays is not for everyone.

    I just finished I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, and, honestly, I still haven't totally decided if I loved it or hated it.  Its so bizarre.  I wish someone else would read it and tell me what they thought! lol.

    Gosh... So many more.  I think I'll stop before I spend my whole lunch break doing this!

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      sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I just read your review of that one. Sounds really odd. I might see if I can find it. I'll let you know how I get on smile

      1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image83
        ThoughtfulSpotposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Please do.  I've been dying to find someone else who has read it.  I've had a response or 2 to the review from people who have, but not very much...

  16. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 6 years ago

    I'm glad you are back, ThoughtfulSpot. I missed your thoughtful spots. smile

    1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image83
      ThoughtfulSpotposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Misha!
      I've missed you too.

      I'm only a little back.  On a quarter break, but studying for some additional exams. 

      Probably no time to get any hubs done (too much thought involved for my current energy level) but I may be able to pop in the forums now and then! big_smile

      1. Misha profile image75
        Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Don't worry about hubs, just have fun with us smile

        1. ThoughtfulSpot profile image83
          ThoughtfulSpotposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          How could I not!? lol

          1. Misha profile image75
            Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            And I am glad you do smile

  17. Timmy(B) profile image61
    Timmy(B)posted 6 years ago

    The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson is easily the best book i have ever read.

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      sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      What genre is it?

  18. Jackson Riddle profile image67
    Jackson Riddleposted 6 years ago

    Great Expectations is up there for me

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    hamstersmessiahposted 6 years ago

    My favorite book(s):  The Parade's End tetralogy by Ford Madox Ford

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    Hannah Renowdenposted 6 years ago

    For me, there isn't a more perfect book than Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.  There is a very good reason she didn't feel the need to write anything else!

    1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
      Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm using a similar strategy.  I'm going to write my one novel at 85 years of age and receive the Pulitzer posthumously.

    2. MeGunner profile image61
      MeGunnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      'To Kill a Mockingbird'; is there a movie of the book? I think av seen somtin like that and it was wonderful. Just not sure if the title was exactly this

      1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
        Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, the title is the same.  It was filmed I believe in the 60's and starred Gregory Peck.

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    anonimuzzposted 6 years ago

    I can't name THE best one ever. I can say, though, that I've recently read José Luis Peixoto's "The Implacable Order Of Things" and I was really impressed by its very sad beauty. José Saramago's "Blindness" is also among my favorites. I need to read more from both.

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    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

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  23. lamayabooks profile image59
    lamayabooksposted 6 years ago

    I'd say Life of Pi by Yann Martel!

  24. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 6 years ago

    Read:

    Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy (1979–1981)
    The Universe Next Door
    The Trick Top Hat
    The Homing Pigeons

    By Robert Anton Wilson

    If you want your brain to hurt. big_smile

  25. MeGunner profile image61
    MeGunnerposted 6 years ago

    Mine is Mark Twain's 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer'!!!

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    sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago

    Wow lots of suggestions coming through now - thanks everyone!

  27. prettydarkhorse profile image66
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    Agree with To Kill A Mockingbird and the Southern novel about love, war -- Gone with the Wind

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    ahostagesituationposted 6 years ago

    "Rain of Gold"--Victor Villasenor.  I read the last word of that nearly 600 page book, opened back to the first page and started reading it again.  It's phenomenal.
    Fiction--I really liked Alice Walker's "Meridian."    At work most of us are reading the "Hunger Games" trilogy and it is disturbing and wonderful.  Really happy some of the classics made it to the top for the people posting.

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    attemptedhumourposted 6 years ago

    John Steinbeck's classic, 'The Grapes of Wrath' is one of the most memorable books i have ever read. It was chosen on a TV book review program recently and the panel pointed out that each chapter was written in a different style, something to be honest, that i had not really picked up. Oddly though the panel didn't mention the one thing that to me that set it above all other books that i have ever read. Simply the best ending ever. Cheers

  30. bayoulady profile image81
    bayouladyposted 6 years ago

    Let the Hurricane Roar!  by Rose Wilder Lane. (The hurricane that she is referring to is weather on the plains as they live in their dugout. ) I think you will like it. Written in the 30s and still in print!

    She was the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and her book is about when Charles and Caroline were newlyweds (I think if I remember right...)I still love Laura Ingalls Wilder's books.

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    sarahsherlockposted 6 years ago

    Kindle don't have To Kill a Mocking Bird! In fact there is much that Kindle doesn't have sad

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    miolunaposted 6 years ago

    Cecelia Ahern - P.S. I love you
    Cecelia Ahern - Where Rainbows End (titled Rosie Dunne or Love, Rosie in the U.S.A)

 
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