The best book/novel you ever read is...?

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  1. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
    Nigham AFZALposted 8 years ago

    The best book/novel you ever read is...?

    What's your all-time-favorite book?

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    Kathleen Moralesposted 8 years ago

    Wow... Being an incessant reader for over forty years, I have to say "Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. I have read this book at least twenty times, and have said it would make a  GREAT mini-series on the sci-fi channel. Its about a comet hitting the Earth,  and what can happen before, during, and after impact. Fabulous read. Close behind that there is, "Watchers", "Summer of the Dragon", "Someone in the House", "River God", "Treasure", "Calico Palace"... Genre of previous list, fantasy, mystery/romance, paranormal, historical fiction, adventure, historical fiction of California. What is your

    1. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Haha, Kathleen I won't lie, but I haven't read anyone of these books you mentioned but yeah it seems we both have some mutual genres. smile
      I've a loooong list for favorite books  but nowadays it's "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green.  smile

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      Kathleen Moralesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Love meeting fellow manic readers... Hehehe.... Whats your current favorite genre?

    3. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      There're many including thriller, romance, suspense, fiction, YA, fantasy, horror, mystery, paranormal.  big_smile

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      Kathleen Moralesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Laugh! That's my favorite too! Growing up I was so jealous of Gumby...zipping into books, adventuring with the people in the! The ultimate readers dream! Right now am finishing Desert God by Wilbur Smith...fabulous story of ancient Egypt.

    5. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry for the very late reply! :p
      Hope you have finished reading  the "Desert God". How was it? What's its genre?

  3. connorj profile image71
    connorjposted 8 years ago

    Definitely J.R.R.Tolkein's manuscript titled There and Back or more precisely his works titled Lord of the Rings. It is so profound and timely especially as the World regresses to widespread suffering not unlike what a Nazi controlled Germany did a mere 70 years ago. Is there a significant difference between a Nazi - controlled area (I. e. Germany) and  an ISIS occupied area?

    1. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I didn't know about this book.
      J.R.R.Tolkein is an awesome writer.  And most of his books are in my 'to-read' list.  Hope to find time soon to read them. smile

  4. Zelkiiro profile image90
    Zelkiiroposted 8 years ago

    Oh, man. I can't. I can't even. I gotta cop out and pick two, because I can't go any lower than that.

    For the novel with my favorite straight-up narrative, I gotta go with "Santiago" by Mike Resnick. It's a sci-fi western that takes place all along the Galactic Rim, punctuated by stanzas of an epic poem written by the galaxy's premier poet, Black Orpheus, who writes of the many interesting people he's met in his life; he also writes of Santiago, an outlaw whose legend, deeds, and very appearance are larger than life, and who has the largest bounty of all time on his head. The story itself follows bounty hunter Sebastian Nightingale Cain, called "The Songbird" by Black Orpheus, on his quest to hunt down Santiago--not for the money, but just because he would finally do something he feels matters. He meets colorful characters along the way. Action, intrigue, and hijinx ensue.

    But the book that brings me the most comfort, the most satisfaction, and keeps me coming back over and over the most is "Swallowing Stones" by Joyce McDonald. It was the first novel I read of my own accord (without it being assigned or forced onto me, that is), and it really got me into reading, so it holds a special place in my heart. The story starts with Michael Mackenzie, who has just turned 17 years old, receiving his grandfather's Winchester rifle as a birthday gift. He goes into the woods and fires a test shot into the air not knowing that, a mile away, the bullet falls and kills a man on the other side of town. When the incident hits the news, Michael instinctively knows that it's his fault, and his half of the novel follows him as he wrestles with the guilt boiling within him. The other half of the novel involves Jenna Ward, the 15-year-old daughter of the man who was killed, as she tries to come to grips with her father's death and the foreign emotions it has instilled within her. Both sides of the story are incredibly compelling (especially for a young-adult novel!), and it deals very well with the themes of loss, the end of innocence, and healing, as both main characters' lives are shattered and they must learn to mature and deal with this harsh hand life has dealt them. Is it high art? Nah. Is it intellectually stimulating? Not really. But what it is is a damn fine young-adult novel that somehow finds a way onto my desk year in and year out.

    1. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Great review Zalkiiro. (y)  smile
      And the story of Swallowing stone is so much interesting that I just put the name in my "to-read" shelf.   I hope it's a happy ending book. smile

    2. Zelkiiro profile image90
      Zelkiiroposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The ending's not "happy," per se, but it's not sad, either. It's the most logical and satisfying conclusion the story could have, and that final chapter is still one of my favorites.

    3. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Okay, even then I'm gonna read it as soon as possible. smile

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    upscstudyposted 8 years ago

    my native language is Marathi so I used to read  lots of Marathi novels by my point of view yayati is the best Marathi can also get English version of it..

    1. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'll try to find it, Upscstudy! smile
      Thank you for your input. smile

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    Stargrrlposted 8 years ago

    I have so many!

    The Monk
    Moby Dick
    I Know This Much is True
    The Other Boleyn Girl
    The Witching Hour
    Jane Austen books
    Jane Eyre

    The list keeps going on and on...

    1. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I can understand, its really hard to choose the most favorite book from the "most favorite books". big_smile

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    Snakesmumposted 8 years ago

    Very hard question to answer!    I have several favourite books, which I can read over and over.

    One is Tom Clancy's "Executive Orders" - every time I read it I enjoy it more.  The Jack Ryan series of novels are all good, but this one is the best.

    Another favourite book is actually a fantasy trilogy. by Patricia McKillop, comprising of "The Riddle Master of Hed", "Heir of Sea and Fire", and "Harpist in the Wind".  It is the story of a young and innocent man coming into powers he never wanted or expected, and a woman who is afraid of what she will become.

    Of course, there are other books I can't go past, such as "Jane Eyre", and "Pride and Prejudice", but I could go on for ever about my favourite reading matter!

    1. Nigham AFZAL profile image62
      Nigham AFZALposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Looks like your favorite genre is classic. smile


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