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Initial post: 4 Oct 2013 12:24:35 BDT
Atherleyboy says:
Of Human Bondage - Somerset Maugham
Long walk to freedom - Nelson Mandela
Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood
Grapes of wrath - John Steinbeck
Poisonwood bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
1000 Splendid suns - Khaled Hosseini
Rebecca - Daphne De Maurier
Possession - A S Byatt

Posted on 4 Oct 2013 12:44:34 BDT
I Readalot says:
This kind of thread has appeared before and I always struggle to decide on a top 10, I am sure that this list is very different from the one I came up with last time.

Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Cloud Atlas -David Mitchell
Lord of the Rings - J R R Tolkien
Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon (really the whole Cemetery of Forgotten Books cycle)
Birds Without Wings - Louis de Bermieres
Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolano
Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
The Story of Edgar Sawtell - David Wroblewski
The Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino
Angelmaker - Nick Harkaway

That misses out Atwood's Maddaddam trilogy, Blue Hour - Alonso Cueto and Graham Joyce should really get a mention as well, just far too many great books to choose from.

Posted on 7 Oct 2013 16:59:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Oct 2013 17:00:30 BDT
I agree I Readalot - my top ten has changed a little since last time I thought about it, but that is bound to happen if you continue to read good books! And we have a couple of shared favourites - I doubt either of those will ever be replaced though.

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (a cheat but I love them all)
Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
The Time-Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (another cheat, but all 3 books need to be as one)
The Girl With Glass Feet - Ali Shaw
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Carter Beats The Devil - Glen David Gold

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 19:10:50 BDT
I Readalot says:
I can safely say those 2 are there to stay. Shades of Grey and Carter Beats the Devil could both easily have featured on my list, maybe I might be able to manage a top 100!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 20:16:09 BDT
I class good books by the ones I read and cant wait to reread if that makes sense.. ones I dont want to end. My top ten:

Pillars of the Earth -Ken Follett
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-Steig Larsson
Anna Karenin - Leo Tolstoy
The Island - Victoria Hislop
The Thread - Victoria Hislop
The Memory Keepers Daughter- Kim Edwards
Sepulchre - Kate Mosse
Jude The Obscure - Thomas Hardy
1000 Splendid Suns _ Khaled Hosseini
Hidden Lives -Margaret Forster

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2013 00:19:38 BDT
I list five of those in my favourites too, but, sorry, i just can't settle on ten, I like so many.

Posted on 8 Oct 2013 11:00:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Oct 2013 11:01:05 BDT
Nicci says:
I base my list on books that had me totally absorbed from the first page and had me reading every spare minute that i had. These are also books that have lingured in my memory when so many other books have long since been forgotten. In no particular order:

Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
Roots - Alex Haley
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
The Help - Katherine Stockett
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingslover
Room - Emma Donoghue

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2013 21:18:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Oct 2013 21:21:43 BDT
Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
Victoria by Knut Hamsun
Chronicles of Brothers (a series of books not yet finished) by Wendy Alec
The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Ninja by Erich Van Lustbader
The Bible - over 60 books in one by various authors who are believed by many to have been divinely inspired.
Day of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
Shane by Jack Schaefeur

I also love many more recent and past so my top ten will probably be changeable. recently read the first three in the series chronicles of brothers and will soon start the fourth.

Posted on 10 Oct 2013 15:31:15 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I do love Sci-fi and at he moment I am reading all the Star Wars novels, problem is that when I started I did not know that there are over 150 books written by vast amount of different Authors, so it hard to read a varied amount of novels. But I do love John Grisham and my favorite novel is 'Playing for Pizza'. My wife bought it for me one Christmas and now every other year I still read it at that time of year. Maybe I love it because it reminds of a time in my life when everything was good and yes it cheesy I know but it reminds me off my wife.

Posted on 10 Oct 2013 21:29:01 BDT
Obelix says:
Collected Poems - Philip Larkin
Death of A Naturalist - Seamus Heaney
Essays - George Orwell
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
The Cement Garden - Ian McEwan
Last Orders - Graham Swift
Looking For A Ship - John McPhee
Up In the Old Hotel - Joseph Mitchell
A Country Doctor's Notebook - Mikhail Bulgakov
Unreliable Memoirs - Clive James

Posted on 10 Oct 2013 22:19:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Oct 2013 22:34:06 BDT
Chris says:
I'll try to pick one of each sort.

Small Gods Terry Pratchett (humour)
Grail Quest Bernard Cornwell (historical)
Otherland Tad Williams (scifi/fantasy)
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C Clarke (sci-fi)
Drawing of the Three Stephen King (cross-genre)
The Judas Tree A J Cronin (general)
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath (autobiographical)
Hell House Richard Matheson (horror)
The Elephant Whisperer Lawrence Anthony (journal)
The Borrowers Mary Norton (children's)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2013 08:21:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Oct 2013 08:22:46 BDT
Karen Stewart,
What do you mean with "cheat"?

Posted on 12 Oct 2013 15:30:36 BDT
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Posted on 12 Oct 2013 15:37:30 BDT
Powderfinger says:
Just picking 10 is really difficult!
Glad to see that someone else also rates Knut Hamsun's books. Anyway here's my 10 in no particular order. Couldn't decide whether to include Mary Braddon or Wilkie Collins from the Victorian contingent - but have gone with Braddon for the moment.

Growth of the Soil - Knut Hamsun
Dimanche and other stories - Irene Nemirovsky
The Fortnight in September by R.C. Sherriff
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson
Ringstones and other curious tales - Sarban
A Fragment of Life - Arthur Machen
Someone at a Distance - Dorothy Whipple
Vixen - Mary Braddon
The Man Who Walked Through Walls and other stories - Marcel Ayme
Strandloper - Alan Garner

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2013 23:07:04 BDT
Marand says:
And your post has what connection with the thread?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 09:47:36 BDT
I mean that instead of picking a single book, I chose a series. Some people complain that is a cheat or a cop out. I disagree, if a book is in a series and you enjoy the series as a whole then I think it is reasonable to select the whole series as a favourite.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 18:41:00 BDT
I Readalot says:
Marand, after your comments in another thread I just took a look - painful.

Posted on 14 Oct 2013 20:34:52 BDT
Hard to narrow it down to ten, but here goes and definitely in no particular order (as they say on reality TV!)

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Shadow of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The Guernsey literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Scaffer
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
1000 Splendid Suns - Khalid Hosseini
The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood

It's so difficult to narrow it down to ten! in half an hour I would probably change my mind.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013 17:24:41 BDT
Atherleyboy says:
All favourites of mine - what else do you recommend reading? we obviously have similar taste

Posted on 16 Oct 2013 20:13:09 BDT
M.W. says:
I have not taken part in one of these posts before, so here goes in no particular order ...

The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
Memoirs of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
The Black Angel, John Connolly
The Millenium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
Perfume, Patrick Suskind

Oops, I broke the rules and posted 11!

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 14:51:01 BDT
D. Morrison says:
Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Le Carre
Bleak House Dickens
The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald
Anna Karenina Tolstoy
The Woodlanders Hardy
The Sound and the Fury Faulkner
Scarlet and Black Stendhal
Les Miserables Hugo
Parade's End Ford

Posted on 20 Oct 2013 21:24:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Oct 2013 08:22:17 BDT
Sombrio says:
I found it a very fascinating experience to read through other people's list of their ten favourite books, finding some overlaps with loved books of my own, and even more 'as-yet-unencountered-strangers'. All the lists turned out to be so interesting that I decided to throw caution to the wind and whip together the first ten that came to my mind as gems in my own life, (all of which I have re-read at least once). As with everyone else here, their order is of no particular significance :

Slaughterhouse Five .....................Kurt Vonnegut
Cat's Cradle..................................Kurt Vonnegut
My Family and Other Animals........Gerald Durrell
Shogun.........................................James Clavell
Treasure Island..............................Robert Louis Stevenson
Siddartha.......................................Herman Hesse
The Day of the Jackal..................... Frederick Forsyth
Acceptance of What Is...................Wayne Liquorman
Catch 22........................................Joseph Heller
City of Lingering Splendour............John Blofeld

Posted on 28 Oct 2013 10:36:16 GMT
Some great books already mentioned , and I appreciate folk's ' Top 10 ' will change , the more books you read , I have at least 200 + in my collection that I haven't picked up yet .
If no one minds too much , I am going to include 3 books as one choice as they are a trilogy , also I have to include a Graham Greene book , making it a Top 11 , sorry !

1] The Sea , The Sea - Iris Murdoch

2] Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

3] Foucalt's Pendulum - Umberto Eco

4] Earthly Powers - Anthony Burgess

5] Any Old Iron - Anthony Burgess

6] Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

7] Libra - Don Delillo

8] One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

9] The Kindly Ones - Jonathan Littell [ probably my favourite ]

10] The South American Trilogy - Louis De Bernieres [ The War of Don Emmanuel's.. , Senor Vivo.... , The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman ] .

11] Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene

So , more than 10 , but all worth reading . It's difficult choosing a Top 10 , a Top 20 might be easier or even a Top 50 , but I did my best !

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 21:31:55 GMT
ruth true says:
Top 10 is always difficult.
If you have read hundreds of books it is almost impossible to pick a top 10 but anyhow here goes in no particular order:

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes
The Outsider - Albert Camus
The Trial - Franz Kafka
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
Canada - Richard Ford
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster

Posted on 10 Nov 2013 13:09:04 GMT
Bethi says:
I am amazed that Jane Austen doesn't appear on anyone else's list, but she certainly does on mine. Here goes:

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Harry Potter series by J K Rowling
Precious Bane by Mary Webb
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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