What is the best book you've ever read, and why?
We all have favorite books for various reasons. What is it about your favorite book that makes it your favorite? Did it inspire change in your life?
When asked, “What is the best book you have ever read?” I couldn’t pick just one book in particular, as I love to read. But, as I thought about it, I realized there is one book that has touched and molded my life above any other. read more
I have way too many books that I consider my favorites. I guess I just love to read a lot. I can't really name any because there are too many. Thanks for asking the question.
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Jitterbug Purfume by Tom Robbins. It's fun, intelligent, and a great read by a great author!
I have read many good books and will mention a few here. Mary Poppins and Alice In Wonderland for the creative writing and imagination it stimulated. I read all the Cherry Ames and Nancy Barton series which both had great plots filled with suspense and action. I have read the Bible many, many times. Also, I truly enjoyed the book Watership Downs about a rabbit and his adventures. Did they inspire my life? I think they helped me to think creatively and think beyond what is and to dream about what could be.
I too have so many to list. The Road by Cormac McCarthy took my breath away. I had to take breaks just to gather myself. Snowflower and the Secret Fan, The Help, Kissing the Rain, The Burn Journals, Fat Kid Rules the World and more. Most of Stephen King's works are favorites: The Stand, Misery, Different Seasons, Full Dark, No Stars and more.
If you can get this novel it is a rib cracker but sadly enough it depicts harsh reality of life in parts of some African countries - The Cockroach Dance by Meja Mwangi
I have a list of the top ten in the English language:
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I've read perhaps thousands of books and in many genres. I love history, so Gone With The Wind is one of my top choices. It's very different from the movie that was so glamorized. The book presents a more realistic look at life before, during, and after the war. Journey of Souls served to underscore certain personal beliefs, and the book, Don't Call them Ghosts, both broke my heart and gave me hope at the same time.
The Velveteen Rabbit. It inspires me to realise tht any being, given true love, becomes real, even a ragged worn out stuffed rabbit. A truly inspirational book.
'Random Acts of Heroic Love' by Danny Scheinmann. It is a book written by a MAN who clearly understands the meaning of true love in many forms. It brought back a bit of faith in men that was lost at the time of reading it.
Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead are my favorites. Some of the ideas are a little "out there", but they really make you think about ideals and humanity.
One of my favorites is The Inhabited Woman by Gioconda Belli. It is about the life changing decisions of one woman while her country is simultaneously redefining itself during a revolution. Belli is Nicaraguan and was a fighter for the Sandinistas back in the late 1970s. Excellent writing. The original is La mujer habitada.
I'm with those who have too many favorites. I read a in a wide variety of genres and like different things for different reasons. While they aren't of huge literary merit, I find myself rereading certain books every few years ... The Narnia Chronicles by C. S. Lewis, The Last of the Breed by Louis L'amour, September by Rosamunde Pilcher, The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. Books are like old friends and I go back and visit the ones I dearly love.
In my personal opinion To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the best book of the 20th century. I know that is a rather bold statement, but the story is outstanding and the characters are real. Perhaps being a native of the southern U.S. and knowing how conditions use to be makes me appreciate the book even more.
The No. 2 book and every student should know this is The Old Man and The Sea. It is a good story and an easy but advance read. Thus, I was able to write book reports in the 7th, 10th and 12th grades of High School as well as my sophomore year in college. I re-read it each time and each time I was able to write the report from a different perspective.
A study in scarlet, because it introduced Sherlock Holmes.
Personally, I like " Don Quixote" by Miguel De Cervantes, because it touchs the heart of compassion, in a friendship that goes the distance.
The Wooden Horse by Eric Williams. I read it as young man and was fascinated by the true story of POW's escaping from the Nazis. This book could be the reason I have watched The Great Escape so many times...
"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. A "story for children" which is philosophical and deeply moving, poignant and self-critical. It inspired me to read it in 5 different languages - including the original French.
"Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Marquez is my favorite book because I love his writing style and his method for telling a great story. It inspired me to keep reaching for books with great use of language and imaginative, creative writing. I love it when words pop on a page with excellence. Good question.
Ooh, that's a hard one because I've read so many but right now I seem to be on some sort of evangelical mission to get people to read "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
Although other books may be of much higher literary merit, I loved "Forrest Gump". While the movie was more of a drama, the book was all comedy. You might not want to read it on a plane, however, as it literally had me laughing out loud!!
All the weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffery. Overall, it was one of the best written books I have ever read. It combines several elements perfectly. The end did bring a tear to my eye.
by Dean Traylor 2 years ago
What was the name of the worst book you've ever read?Some people point to Moon People. Others mention the numerous post-apocalyptic "Survivalist" tales. Either way, there are tons and tons bad books out there. What's your least favorite?
by Mariska Moller 17 months ago
What was the best book you've ever read and why?Can you give me a book review on the best book you've ever read?
by Kelsey Elise Farrell 3 years ago
What is the most life-changing book you've ever read?I'm not looking for your favorite book (unless of course it happens to be your favorite, too), I'm interested in what book has affected you the most. Good, bad, both--I want to know it all!
by Terrye Toombs 6 years ago
Who or what was the most memorable character you ever read in a book or story?Mine was Karana from "Island of the Blue Dolphins" because she managed to stay alive all alone for 18 years on an island after her people were taken away and her brother was killed by wild dogs. And to top it...
by Nigham 4 years ago
The best book/novel you ever read is...?What's your all-time-favorite book?
by sarahsherlock 8 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!
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