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Initial post: 9 Apr 2014 22:30:17 BDT
BookWorm says:
About a year ago there was a thread on here where people posted their best read ever. I was new to Kindle at the time so I started to make a list of people's recommendations and slowly but surely have been working my way through it. I've lost the list, and can't find the thread so thought I'd start I new one, hoping to get some more recommendations.

Favourite books from the list so far -
Kite Runner
Book Thief
Life of Pi

Not so keen -
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Historian

Any suggestions?

What has been your best read?

Posted on 9 Apr 2014 23:42:53 BDT
Isabella says:
Can't say what my favourite ever is, it changes with mood and season but I really enjoyed this Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez 2014)

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 04:36:41 BDT
The Dairy Book of Home Cookery: New Edition for the Nineties Never found a cook book to beat it. Hey, you never specified Kindle or current :)

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 07:30:03 BDT
CBRetriever says:
A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues Books 1-5: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)

that's my most recent best

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 07:52:40 BDT
Kaylie says:
Some of my favorites so far this year are Floor Four & Darkly Dreaming Dexter both very good. Floor Four is a free e-book, and a short story, so definitely worth a check out.

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 08:52:29 BDT
Simon Ghent says:
If you've not read 12 Years a Slave I would certainly recommend it. The film is also great.

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 08:58:16 BDT
G. Heywood says:
A Tale of Two Cities
The Wasp Factory
The Stand
The Time Travelers Wife
Stranger in a Strange Land
American Gods
Oliver Twist

Those are some of my favourites. Game of Thrones is right up there too. The third book in particular (A Storm of Swords) was incredible.

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 09:35:41 BDT
Inga says:
The two favourite books of my book club in the last 5 years are:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Home by Marilynne Robinson

I loved both of them.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 11:06:10 BDT
Oooh a cookbook that I haven't got? - and a 'Like New' copy for 50p plus p&p - SOLD! ;o>

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 12:20:12 BDT
Sharon4 says:
Yes to both of these for me. I always know when a book's good because I turn into a bad-tempered hell-beast when other things come between me and it. Yes also to several of the other titles mentioned, including Game of Thrones, The Book Thief and Life of Pi.

Also these two A Suitable Boy and Perdido Street Station. In fact just about everything of Mieville's I've picked up so far has been compulsively more-ish. I also found My Cousin Rachel (VMC) and The Secret History ridiculously hard to put down.

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 14:43:59 BDT
Anything by Scott Mariani

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 14:49:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2014 14:50:27 BDT
The World According To Garp (Black Swan) by John Irving used to be a favourite although I haven't read for quite a while. In fact anything by John Irving is pretty good.

Setting Free The Bears (Black Swan) is also another favourite probably better then World According to Garp

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 14:53:17 BDT
eric rambler says:
I really enjoyed Nick Hornby's "How to be good". I was perhaps a little disappointed by the ending and after recommending it to someone else I found that they didn't think too much of it. It's similar in a way to Nevil Shute's "Round the Bend" (if I have remembered the right book) which is also a good read, in that it fascinates one with the supernatural but then fails really to deliver.

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 18:16:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2014 18:22:19 BDT
Doublell says:
The Good Soldier Švejk and his Fortunes in the World War

This is the only book I've read more then once.

It's also available in two parts for the Kindle.


I read this some years ago. It's recently become available for the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 18:46:41 BDT
@D: Thank you for Clochemerle. I'd recently purchased a second hand hardback through Amazon and promptly watched it vanish as a loan :( It's a wonderful read. Thanks again.

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 20:52:14 BDT
I love Body of Glass by Marge Piercy, I think its out of print now but it predicts the future with uncanny accuracy

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 21:16:58 BDT
Smudgeroonie says:
Agree with Isabella above in that it depends on my mood at the time, but some recent favourites are:
Under the Dome - a real surprise, had me absolutely gripped from start to finish;
The Bridges Of Madison County - real chick-lit but I enjoyed it more the second time of reading;
And favourites I read and re-read:
Good Omens
The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck "Essentials")
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
All the Shardlake novels by C J Sansom - brilliant books
And all Terry Pratchett's Discworld books - also brilliant!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 22:55:51 BDT
Isabella says:
Good Omens is brilliant.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 04:21:07 BDT
Pretty much anything by Mary Higgins Clark especially Stillwatch, Loves Music, Loves To Dance and All Around The Town. I own every book she has written and often re-read them. She manages to write exciting, complex thrillers without having to resort to gratuitous sex and violence.which is becoming more and more rare these days.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 08:38:14 BDT
Sharon4 says:
Body of Glass is wonderful, better, even than Woman on the Edge of Time (A Women's Press Classic) by Marge Piercy ( 2000 ) Paperback. BoG is in print, under the title He, She and it, but not, alas in Kindle. Still, new titles are being added all the time, so who knows?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 09:49:36 BDT
Steven says:
I'm reading this at the moment and am absolutely gripped! Wish I'd never started it now as I'm going to be one of the impatient ones waiting for him to write number 6!
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