Reading Books

Jun 15, 2006 06:51 # 43056

betty *** smiles...

Favorite Book EVER

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While in the process of moving out of my now ex-boyfriend's house I was sifting through some old boxes in the garage and I found a box of books that I have had forever.

In this box was a book I thought I had lost a long time ago, and MAN was I happy to have found it.

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley was sitting underneath a copy of Emma where it has been hiding from me all this time.

It's not too worn, because it is the copy that I bought to replace my other worn out copy. I don't know what it is about this book, but it just makes me feel good, enthralled even though I know what is going to happen when I turn the page.

I have never read the first book The Blue Sword, nor have I ever felt the need to read any other of McKinley's books. I have this superstition that getting into a series will ruin the magic of this one story.

I'm interested to hear what books other NAOers think of as their all time favorites. A book that once you turn the last page, you can open the cover and start it all over again.

I'd love to try some of your favorites.

I am just me, searching for simplicity.........and a good hair stylist

Jun 18, 2006 04:40 # 43089

Bunk *** throws in his two cents...

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Well, I'll just say mine is The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Trilogy in Five Parts.

I eternally love this fairly short series because it fits my sense of humour absolutely perfectly. It's just the right blend of sarcasm, wit, absurdity, cynicism, commentary, and sillyness. And of course, the third book (Life, The Universe, And Everything) opens with my favorite scene in a book of all time.

"History is more or less bunk." - Henry Ford

Jun 20, 2006 04:22 # 43107

betty *** replies...

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I love Douglas Adams also. He is definitely a man of insane talent. The first time I read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I was living in San Francisco. I would actually guffaw outloud no matter where I was- which earned me some interesting looks on the bus.

I am just me, searching for simplicity.........and a good hair stylist

Jun 25, 2006 06:09 # 43151

Salvial_Ten *** replies...

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My favorite book ever has just recently been crowned the king of my book collection. Its Fight Club, hands down. Chuck Pahlaniuk's use of first person narrative is supurb and the sheer violent, dark, humor of the book just makes me smile. Sure, the movie is huge and I love it almost as much as The Godfather (that I'm still reading the novel of) but there's something about that book that is totally enthralling.


--Jami Yeah, that's gonna sting in the morning.

Jul 06, 2006 12:55 # 43242

WASABI *** replies...

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Dune. Frank Herbert's Dune series influenced me in ways that no other book ever did.

On the other hand, there's also Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead. Not because of the book (which I love, anyway), but because thanks to it I started reading more of Card's works. And now, Card is my all-time favorite author.


Aug 29, 2006 01:21 # 43379

jbooker ** replies...

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Betty wrote:

I'm interested to hear what books other NAOers think of as their all time favorites. A book that once you turn the last page, you can open the cover and start it all over again.

I have to say that I love Terry Pratchett - particularly the Bromeliad (or the Gnome trilogy) - these books are excellent. I also really like 'The Carpet People' (also Pratchett).

I also have a great love for all things Tolkien. It all started when the first movie came out. I'd never read the Lord of the Rings, and didn't realise that it was right up my street - fantasy fiction is my favourite genre - I guess I lead a sheltered life up to that point.

After I saw the movie, I went out the next day and bought The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy as a set, and read it in a couple days. Yes, the entire set - I just couldn't put them down!

A few years later, the films were all done and dusted, I'd bought the extended editions and watched them back-to-back, and still wanted more. That's when I discovered The Silmarillion - now I was really hooked.

For those that don't know, The Silmarillion is like the bible of Middle-Earth - in that it's a heavy-going historical account, rather than a story. It's extremely compelling reading, setting the background to the Lord of the Rings - literally thousands of years of history packed into one book - it really is like a huge mythological tome.

After reading this (and then the Hobbit and the 'trilogy again) I STILL wanted more, and I'm currently satisfying that with the book 'Unfisished Tales' - post-humously published by Tolkien's son, Christopher (as was The Silmarillion) which is basically a collection of unfinished expansions of stories either shortened down for The Silmarillion, or even only alluded to.

While they're broken texts (some more than others) requiring comment from Christopher Tolkien to help the reader fit it in, it reall does make interesting reading and provides a valuable insight into Tolkien's world.

Still to come is 'Book of Lost Tales' which are short stories which Tolkien brought to completion but were never published. Most are almost 'side-stories' which don't affect the general history of the world at all - such as stories about Tom Bombadil. When I've read that I might come back here and give a quick review.

I know some people will probably think it's a bit of a cop-out, and a lot of purists will say 'you only read it because of the films' - but so what? The films lead me to one of the most fulfilling reading experiences of my lifetime. I think that just makes Peter Jackson all the more deserving of kudos.


They will never forget you 'til somebody new comes along... - The Eagles, "New Kid in Town"

Aug 31, 2006 15:38 # 43385

zen *** replies...

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I'm not much of a reader, so any book that I've actually managed to read all the way through--on more than one occasion, might be my favorite.

In that category, I'd have to include "A Confederacy of Dunces", by John Kennedy Toole. Largely for its very memorable lines, like Myrna Minkoff's consistent use of "Dear Sirs" opening her letters, the prose and style is riveting and completely engaging.
It details the exploits of the main character, Ignatius J. Reilly, as he trudges through the French Quarter looki9ng for work befitting to his "nobel stature." Essentially, he has far too much smarts and book-learning, and far too little real-life experience for his own good, or well-being. The results, quite honestly, are hysterical.
In my opinion, it's a must-read for anyone who posts in the BOOKS section.

For those interested, a link, which gives an excellent synopsis.

Once Fred Neitszche declared God is Dead, f*ck became the most important word in the English languag

Aug 31, 2006 17:19 # 43390

majic *** replies...

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Your use of language to describe your thoughts is pretty damn spectacular. I don't know what it is about your writing, but it seems as if you could turn anything into a work of genius. Infact I think I'd be hard pressed to cite any post by you that wasn't *worth* reading.

If I could have just one ounce of whatever it is you have that generates this kind of brilliance I'd be going somewhere in this world.

You are right at the top of my list of people worth listening to.


Mar 27, 2007 08:01 # 44239

smashedmotif * replies...

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I'm interested to hear what books other NAOers think of as their all time favorites

Prelude to Foundation, by Isaac Asimov.

This book is awesome. I love this book, a lot. I even listened to the audio book serveral times. One of my favorite characters is Rach of Billybutton. Rach is a character, let me tell you.

Plus, I love how Hari Seldon speaks with Hummun. Concerning the latter, Hari speaks in logical terms how he thinks that Hummun is a robot.

I love reading Russian Literature!!!

Mar 27, 2007 12:50 # 44245

andromacha *** has a suggestion...

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*Foreword* I don't know if this is going to be my favorite book ever, however I do feel like this at the moment.

I want to suggest to all of the Naoiees to read "Age of Iron" by J.M. Coetzee. It is definitely a great piece of literature, very heart felt, and wonderfully written. I do wonder how it is possible that a man can give descriptions of a woman's life in such a well detailed, careful and precise manner.

He won the Nobel prize for literature with this title, but he has written several other books, which are surely going to be just as good. He's like a pearl in the sand. I am thankful to be taking a course that made me discover such a wonderful author.

To give you a try of what he is capable of, let me quote here:

How I longed for you to be here, to hold me, comfort me! I begin to understand the true meaning of embrace. We embrace to be embraced. We embrace our children to be folded in the arms of the future, to pass ourselves on beyond death, to be transported. That is how it was when I embraced you, always. We bear children in order to be mothered by them. Home truths, a mother's truth: from now to the end that is all you will hear from me. So: how I longed for you! How I longed to be able to go upstairs to you, to sit on your bed, run my fingers through your hair, whisper in your ear as I did on school mornings, "Time to get up!". And then, when you turned over, your body blood-warm, your breath milky, to tak you in my arms in what we called "giving Mommy a big hug", the secret meaning of which, the meaning never spoken, was that Mommy should not be sad, for she would not die but live on in you.
To live! You are my life; I love you as I love life itself. In the mornings I come out of the house and wet my fingers and hold it up to the wind. When the chill is from the northwest, from your quarter, I stand a long time sniffing, concentrating my attention in the hope that across ten thousand miles of land and sea some breath will reach me of the milkiness you still carry with you behind your ears, in the fold of your neck.
The first task laid on me, from today: to resist the craving to share my death. Loving you, loving life, to forgive the living and take my leave without bitterness. To embrace death as my own, mine alone.

I don't want to make it too long, but I hope that I managed to get some curiosity in you for you to be willing to know what is going to happen next. A little insight: she lives in South Africa during apartheid; she is a white woman. Her daughter is in her 30s and fled to America where she married an American. She swore she'd not get back to South Africa at least until the apartheid would break off. The older woman, the mother, who is writing this letter to her daugher for her to read after her death, is affected by terminal cancer and will die soon. I know it seems a very sad and full of anxiety novel, but I do assure you that it is really well written, a great piece of literature, and is definitely worth reading. Furthermore, it describes the condition of South Africa during apartheid, and I think that it is important for us, the young, the future, not to forget about such things, so that we can prevent them from happening again.

Italy no longer accepts illegal immigrants. Mr. B sink their boats!!!!!!!

Mar 27, 2007 13:07 # 44246

smashedmotif * replies...

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This seems like a nice book to read while vacationing on a Hawai'i island. I can picture myself on a nice oceanside patio with a slight ocean breeze blowing, relaxing in a chair and absorbing the authors descriptions, with a nice cup of cocao in my hand.

(note: cocao may seem a quaint choice of drinks while on a beach in Hawai'i, but I really enjoy drinking it.)

I love reading Russian Literature!!!

This post was edited by smashedmotif on Mar 27, 2007.

Mar 28, 2007 13:03 # 44269

Deimos ** replies...

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I think it has to be said that as an engineering student Im not expected to have any kind of opinion on literature. This is, of course, wrong. I love books, so as for one favourite book is a bit difficult to pin down. I find it hilarious that I can advise my friends at the Oxford just up the road on books to write their essays on.

Engineering students can do literature, but students of literature cant do engineering.

So first book on my list would have to be "A Scanner Darkly" by Phillip K Dick. I got it before the fairly recent film adaption (which in itself is quite rare since it stays faithful to the book, and well worth seeing) and absolutely love the way that Dick writes about Arctor's personality splitting into two people.

Second on my list would probably be something by Pratchett. Night Watch, maybe. Good read, good message.

The last I'd put down would be The Prince by Machiavelli. One of several books I like about human nature.

Sir Deimos, Beater of Ass.

Jul 31, 2015 13:21 # 47516

tonyclark7151 * replies...

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My very favorite one is Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Very interesting set of books full of twists in the plot. I recommend to everyone.

Calm, Patient but crazy person, looking for adventures.

Oct 11, 2015 09:07 # 47532

Salvial_Ten *** replies...

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I want to update my favorite book to a series. The Wheel of Time saga/chronicle/whatever you want to call it. I screamed and cried and cheered and felt emotionally drained after the last book. I haven't had that reaction in a long, long time.

--Jami Yeah, that's gonna sting in the morning.

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