I really love the Dresden files, I can't pick one in particular, but i think that's why...I love it when a series is so interlinked that it feels like one whole story. I love the characters, especially Harry Dresden as he always struggles to do the right thing even if it is the unpopular decision...he's a great character written by a great author: Jim Butcher.
Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. I discovered this book in the 1980s....and it took me almost a decade to figure that the parts about the fire bombing of Dreden were actually true. When I was a teenager I only concentrated on the science fiction part of the story. It is a book that gets better with each additional reading.
The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. The depth of his imagination has given me a lifetime of pleasure. The depth of his moral conscience has given me a lifetime of deeper understanding of good and evil, and guidance in many ways.
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides - It reminded me of the importance in perseverance... http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Soldiers-Fo … 0385495641
I absolutely love Dune, by Frank Herbert. I first discovered the Dune universe from a computer game when I was seven or eight years old. By the time I was 12 I'd read every one of Herbert's Dune books.
The universe that Herbert built absolutely sucked me in. When I first read it, it was just the wild adventure that intrigued me. As I grew older, I started to appreciate the ecological, political, and religious aspects of the book. I probably ought to reread it again in the near future.
Jonathon Livingston Seagull ... Richard Bach ... is my favorite!
Why? Because you can read it in under an hour and re-read it every year..... and think about it and all the lessons it spawns for a lifetime.
I was first exposed to that book when I went to a gifted and talented camp in middle school. It really resonated to me then as I was a quirky gifted kid and Jonathan is himself a quirky bird.
Neil Sperling,Thanks for sharing with us.
Sounds interesting.I'll try to read that book.
One of my favorite books is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. This book is a national best seller. This book is filled with practical wisdom and principles for people who want to take control of their lives and career. I truly recommend it.
A child called "It" - Dave Pelzer because it showed the strength and courage that this one little boy had during his years of abuse from his mother. He had a small series of books after this all in which were great, but this was by far my favorite book. The way it was written, the details behind the events, and just to feel the power from his survival
The Never Ending Story. It was a book that really set me on the path of reading. I read it in middle school and was so engrossed in it that I thought felt that my name would pop into the story at any minute after Balthazar sees his name appear in it. I got in trouble for reading in class. My mom was delighted. I was finally a reader. I read it again last year and it was as magical as it was the first time. Kudos to Michael Ende and to his brilliant translator.
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay: This book is absolutely amazing, perhaps the most inspiring book I've ever read. This is the only non-Sophie Kinsella book that I love (besides Harry Potter) and it honestly will make you cry (in a good way).
Thanks for sharing all of you.
Nowadays I'm liking this book. "THE 100" by "Michael H. Hart"
This book is about hundred most influential persons in history.It gives a brief biography of all of them.Take a look:
I hate having to narrow myself down to one book! I suppose though, like SidKemp, I would pick Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I love this story, because it deals with all the major questions that concern humans, but set them in the context of fantastic adventures. Apart of issues of love and hate, good and evil, the problem of war, Tolkien was very much ahead of his time in treating questions of the environment and ecology, making pollution and genetic engineering part of the evil that emerged from Mordor.
Despite using a fantasy/fairy tale setting, Tolkien's characters are complex individuals with many internal conflicts. As a result, it is easy to identify with them and feel for them.
Tolkien created a complete world with its own languages and legends, which can be further explored in his other books, essays and notes. This gives another feature that I love about his writing. When I read him, I enter his world fully. This element of escape is very attractive to me.
I first read the Lord of the Rings when I was 11. For the next ten years or so, I re-read it at least once a year. I read it out loud over a number of months as a bedtime story to my children. I hope to find time to read it again soon.
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