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Apr. 8, 2012, 12:15 PM
Maybe some friendly competition with the "what are you reading" thread... :D

Looking to fill my kindle with some great reads.

What are your favorites?

Apr. 8, 2012, 12:25 PM
Books I have read more than 3 times:

1984 by George Orwell

The Chrysalids by John Windham

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Dead Cert by Dick Francis

Black Gold and King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

At least twice:

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (didn't read the final ones twice)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare (get an annotated version, much easier to understand all the language, jokes etc.)

Anne of Green Gables series and Emily of New Moon series by L. M. Montgomery

A Short History of Nearly Everything and In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Well that ought to get you started! Quite a few YA books - they are good so I don't care what classifcation!

Apr. 8, 2012, 01:04 PM
I agree with the Bill Bryson recommendation. Anything by him is worth reading.

Though recent, The Help is on my favorites list as is [I]The Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood[I].

I just read [I]Welcome to the World, Baby Girl[I] by Fannie Flagg and enjoyed it.

Have fun!

Apr. 8, 2012, 01:15 PM
Guilty pleasure books I have read more times than I can begin to count (and own in paperback & on my kindle...):

Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts & it's sequel (not as good, but nearly) Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts. I don't what it is about these particular books of hers - I guess I love the idea of DC in the 80s?? They're murder mysteries but with her usual romance. They both had me guessing until the very end too, unlike some of her others where it was obvious whodunit.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The entire Harry Potter series, but especially books 1-3 - sadly not available in kindle form :(

Others I love that are less "guilty pleasure", have read at least twice:

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

I'm currently reading Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire, about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It's absolutely heart wrenching but is on my list of favourite books because I wish everyone would read it. I also appreciate reading about it from a "real life" military perspective rather than the often watered down political version we get in the news/from other sources. Maybe if we all pay attention and don't ignore what we don't want to deal with/would rather pretend isn't happening, the next genocide attempt will be stopped before it gets started.

Apr. 8, 2012, 02:43 PM
Shakespeare, to me the greatest writer, and source of a lifetime of joy.

Apr. 8, 2012, 03:18 PM
Don Quixote de la Mancha :cool:

Anything by Vonnegut or Camus

Trinity by Leon Uris

Any Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky

There's more but I can't think of them right now.


Certified Book Whore :winkgrin:

Apr. 8, 2012, 03:22 PM
If you like history...
Faith & the Presidency by Gary Scott Smith

Apr. 8, 2012, 05:12 PM
I adore The Hunger Games trilogy, the Harry Potter series and anything by Dan Brown! Tami Hoag also writes some very good books. :)

Apr. 8, 2012, 05:23 PM
Bel Canto
Like Water for Elephants
The pleasure of my company

Apr. 8, 2012, 05:27 PM
"The Winds of War" & "War & Remembrance" by Herman Wouk. Epic.