TOP 10 BOOKS YOU'VE READ

  • alphatop

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    Apr 23, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    My first (serious) job was in the private bookstore/publishing house called "PLATO" in Belgrade, years ago...However, that's how I got "infected" with reading and books. Since then, I read tons and tons of books, but my top 10 list would be:

    1. "Songs of ice and fire" by (US writer) George.R.R.Martin

    2. "Vampire chronicles" by (US writer) Anne Rice ( incl. Interview with the vampire, Vampire Lestat and Queen of the damned )

    3. "One hundred years of solitude" by (Colombian writer) G.G. Marques

    4. "Persian mirror" by (Serbian writer) Miomir Petrovic

    5. "Samarkand" by (Egyptian writer) Amin Malouf

    6. "My name is red" by (Turkish writer) Orhan Pamuk

    7. "1000 splendid suns" by (Afghan writer) Khaled Hosseini

    8. "1984" by (British writer) George Orwell

    9. "Left hand of darkness" by (US writer) Ursula K. Le Quin

    10."Master and Margarita" by (Russian writer) Mihael Bulgakov

    What's your top 10? (or 5, at least)
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    Apr 23, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    I have just my alltime top of writers:

    J.Steinbeck, Truman Capote, Vonnegurt, Simak, Zelazny, Rex Stout, Conan Doyle, Dickens, Gogol and yes - JK Rowling ))
  • kent_dc

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    Apr 23, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    Top 10 - alphabetically cause I cant choose #1

    A Prayer for Owen Meany
    Cold Mountain
    Confederacy of Dunces
    One Hundred years of Solitude
    Slaughter-house Five
    The Deptford Trilogy
    The Great Gatsby
    The God of Small Things
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Stand

    And a few standbys
    Adventures of Cavalier and Clay
    Ghostwritten
    The Poisonwood Bible
    The House of the Spirits
  • hawkeye7

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    This was an intersting look into my own soul and what I feel is improtant.
    I was going to put them in an order but I would still be working on it in two weeks.

    The Stand (Steven King)----great story on how we could go so wrong
    The Vampire Lestat (Anne Rice) ---entertaining
    The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Tolkin)-----what can I say
    Beloved ( Toni Morrison)----the depth of the human soul and forgivness
    Conduct Unbecomming (Randy Shilts)----understand how far we have
    come but how far we have to go
    Becoming a Man (Paul Monnett)----Every gay man must read
    A Family Heart ( Robb Forman Dew)----read when coming out and then give it
    to your mother, she will love you even more for sharing this stroy
    Exodus (Leon Uris)---such an important story of teh creation of Isreal
    and what it means to be Jewish
    The Haj(Leon Uris)----Because the other side of the stroy must be told
    The Lords of Discipline (Pat Conroy)---- questions how men see each other
  • battlegeek

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    Apr 23, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    Glad to see books discussed on RealJock. Here are mine. I read a lot of nonfiction.

    1. Lolita
    2. Ragtime
    3. The Remains of the Day
    4. Rise of the Creative Class
    5. Devil in the White City
    6. Naked
    7. Under the Banner of Heaven
    8. All the President's Men
    9. Where Men Win Glory
    10. Foreign Babes in Beijing
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    Apr 23, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    Well i am sort of on and off in book reading but i had great time reading these:

    Kite runner by Khaled Hosseini
    1000 splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

  • Doug688

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    Apr 23, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    There are so many, but here is a list of ten, in no order, that are really important to me.
    Rabelais – Gargantua & Pantagruel
    Gogol – Deal Souls & short stories
    Tolkien – Hobbit & Lord of the Rings
    J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter series
    Monick – Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine / Bly – Iron John
    Dante – Commedia
    Pushkin – Eugene Onegin & Boris Godunov
    Voltaire – Candide & Philosophical Tales
    Faulkner – novels
    Dr. Seuss – picture books
  • bburg34

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    Apr 23, 2011 5:55 PM GMT
    top ten...

    The Brothers Karamazov

    Hamlet (play)

    The Cider House Rules

    The Cherry Orchard (play)

    Dead Souls

    Master and Margarita

    Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide (it worked)

    The Hobbit

    My Uncle Oswald

    A Sense of Direction by William Ball
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    In no particular order

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Howards End

    The World According to Garp

    The Fountainhead

    Empire Falls

    The Stand

    The Bonfire of the Vanities

    Wuthering Heights

    Great Expectations
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    HAVE YOU ALL FORGOTTEN DYANETICS... jeeze.
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    1.) Ordinary People

    2.) 1984

    3.) Me Talk Pretty One Day (and all of Sedaris's other works)

    4.) Never Let Me Go

    5.) Blood Meridian

    6.) Catcher In the Rye

    7.) Little Children (movie is better, though)

    ....

    Can't think of others right now.
  • Serch85

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    Apr 23, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    The portrait of Dorian Grey..

    The Count Of Montecristo...

    Angels & Demons...

    The DaVinci Code...

    The Pilgrim of Compostela...

    The Clockwork Orange..

    Chronicles of an announced death...

    100 years of solitude..

    The Metamorphosis...

    Veronica Decides to Die...

    The previous list order has nothing to do with the preference..


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    Apr 23, 2011 6:54 PM GMT

    Tough to cut the list to ten, but here's a try:

    The Odyssey

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Scarlet Letter

    A Christmas Carol

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    The Rabbit Trilogy

    A Prayer for Owen Meeney

    The Shipping News

    The Wealth of Nations


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    Apr 23, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    1) Slaugterhouse five - Vonnegut
    2) Brave New World - Huxely
    3) Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Chabon
    4) Everything Is Illuminated - Foer
    5) To Kill A Mockingbird - Lee
    6) Catch-22 - Heller
    7) The Hobbit - Tolkien
    icon_cool.gif Invisible Man - Ellison
    9) The Catcher In The Rye - Salinger
    10) White Noise - Delillo
  • FcukYea

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    Apr 23, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    Memories of a Geisha
    Hiroshima
    Wrinkle in time
    The Notebook
    All the Potter books
    The books true blood were based off of
    Twilight (Mehh)
    Dante's Inferno (English and Latin didnt understand much latin of course)
    All books based on greek myths
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    Here is my mix of old and new favorite books


    1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by Irving

    2. Papillion by Charriere

    3. The Historian by Kostova

    4. War and Peace by Tolstoy

    5. The Hobbit by Tolkien

    6. City of Thieves by Benieoff

    7. The Day of the Jackal by Forsyth

    8. Watership Down by Adams

    9. Snow Falling on Cedars by Guterson

    10.Sophie's Choice by Styron
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    Apr 23, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    What a pleasant surprise ......a thread that does not focus on male insecurities or regional conflicts. At the top of my head, the following:

    The Bible (Old Testament and New Testament)

    Odyssey

    Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita

    Orhan Pamuk -- The Black Book, Snow

    Ralph Ellison -- The Invisible Man

    Faulkner -- Sanctuary, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August

    Cormac McCarthy - No Country for Old Men, The Road

    James Joyce -- Dubliners

    Toni Morrison -- Beloved

    Thomas Kuhn -- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
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    Apr 23, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    The Brothers Karamazov-- Dostoyefsky
    100 Years of Solitude-- Marquez
    Foucault's Pendulum-- Eco
    The Archaeology of Knowledge-- Foucault
    The Alchemist-- Coelho
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle-- Murakami
    Harry Potter series-- Rowling
    Invisible Man-- Ellison
    Don Quixote de la Mancha-- Cerevantes
    Watchmen-- Moore & Gibbons
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    Apr 23, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    Here;s my top ten list:

    F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
    The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
    Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    Rant - Chuck Palahinuk
    1984 - George Orwell
    Love in the Time of Cholera - G.G. Marquez
    On Her Majesty Secret Service - Ian Fleming
    High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
  • tobyb

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    Apr 23, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    Great topic. My favorites:

    The Cider House Rules, John Irving
    Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
    Saturday, Ian McEwen
    Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam
    Foundation, Isaac Asimov
    The Great Unraveling, Paul Krugman
    The Future of Freedom, Fareed Zakaria
    Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson
    Tales from the City, Armistead Maupin

    There's a difference between the best books, and the ones that have the most impact on us. I listed the latter. Interested to see these lists.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 23, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    kreawiz5 saidI have just my alltime top of writers:

    J.Steinbeck, Truman Capote, Vonnegurt, Simak, Zelazny, Rex Stout, Conan Doyle, Dickens, Gogol and yes - JK Rowling ))




    When I was a teenager, I went to the library and read everything I could lay my hands on by John Steinbeck.
    As an adult, I bought and read everything I could find by Truman Capote.
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    Apr 23, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    1. Great Expectations
    2. The Prince
    3. The Social Contract
    4. Liar's Poker
    5. Night
    6. Sociobiology
    7. What's Bred in the Bone
    8. The Diary of Jane Soames
    9. Ruled Britannia
    10. Memories of a Geisha
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    Apr 24, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    the B- I- B - L - E

    (that's the book for me)
  • Webster666

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    Apr 24, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    --The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Neffenegger
    --In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    --Sacred Lips of the Bronx by Douglas Sadownick
    --Dry by Augusten Burroughs
    --Illusions by Richard Bach
    --John Adams by David McCullough
    --Truman by David McCullough
    --The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
    --A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
    --Wait Until Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    I absolutely loved each of these books.
    What makes a great book ?
    An author should be good at telling a story, using lots of interesting details.
    An author has to make me care about the characters in the story.


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    Apr 24, 2011 12:44 AM GMT
    tobyb saidGreat topic. My favorites:

    Foundation, Isaac Asimov

    There's a difference between the best books, and the ones that have the most impact on us. I listed the latter. Interested to see these lists.


    Loved Foundation,)

    as well as Great Gatsby and Tender is the night..

    Among my most favs from Steinbeck was and is - Cannery Row of course, East of Eden, Wayward bus and The winter of our discontent