Favorite books?

1380015_550257571714272_475597457_n (1)A friend just gave me this. It’s a painting… of my favorite books… and my books. So this got me thinking about just asking you about your favorite books… and why is it that they’re your favorite.

I’m not sure if you can see all the titles, so I’m just gonna list them here:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
  • The Way to Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by G.G. Marquez
  • The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • As I lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Anna Karenina by Lev Tolstoy
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman

So… what are your favorite books?

 

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64 thoughts on “Favorite books?

  1. A few of my favorite books…too many to actually list, so off the top of my head: Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Huckleberry Finn, Little Women, Charlotte’s Web, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Separate Peace, Vanity Fair, Gone With the Wind, How Green was my Valley, All Creatures Great and Small, Winesburg Ohio, The Spy who came in from the Cold, Patriot Games.

  2. Off the top of my head, they would be:
    1. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
    2. EIMI (E. E. Cummings)
    3. The Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai)
    4. Under the Glacier (Haldor Laxness)
    5. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
    6. The Toss of a Lemon (Padma Viswanathan)
    7. The Go-Between (L.P. Hartley)
    8. Tinkers (Paul Harding)

  3. What a lovely question! The Great Gatsby is well up there and lots of Irish writers, including Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright in non-fiction and poetry by W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh. In Sociology, my stand out book is T.S. Kuhn’s, The Social Structure of Scientific Revolutions as it offers so much in terms of helping us to see things from different perspectives.

  4. Hey Cristian! :)
    My favorite books are the “Among the Hidden” series of books, my Latin Vulgate bible, Quivering Daughters by Hillary McFarland, Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, Captivating by Stasi Eldredge, and anything by Mark Regnerus.

  5. great list! i have too many favorites to list–someday i will blog my top ten or something but one i saw missing from your list that i love is an old sci-fi book titled A Canticle for Leibowitz by walter miller. oh and then there is The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway and don’t forget about . . .

  6. The Chronicles of Narnia which I read aloud with my children taking turns. They were in 2nd and 4th grade. It is one of my favorite accomplishments. My daughter is now 30 and when the movie versions were created, she was able to critique based on that reading experience.

  7. George MacDonald (Scottish writer of the late 1800’s) was a genius. I would recommend LILITH and THE PORTENT. His mystical style has definitely influenced mine. Awesome stuff- and free on gutenberg.org

  8. Choosing my favorite book is like asking me which major organ I can live without. That being said here’s a few that I love:

    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler and The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee

  9. No Boundry (Ken Wilber); The Dark Materials trilogy (Philip Pullman); Toni Morrison’s novels, especially Beloved, Song of Solomon and Paradise; almost anything by Michael Ondaatje, especially The English Patient (completely different from the movie), Anil’s Ghost and Divisadero; Deepstep Come Shining (C.D. Wright); To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee); The Passion (Jeannette Winterson); About a Boy (Nick Hornby), to name some of my favorites. Thanks for sharing, asking and starting a resource for other recommended books.

  10. Emotional Alchemy by Tara Bennett-Coleman
    Great by Choice by Jim Collins
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
    The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
    The Road Not Taken, Selected Poems of Robert Frost by Louis Untremeyer

  11. Great painting—how lovely of your friend.
    Apart from my favourites from the classics, a more recent favourite book is The Stolen Child, by Keith Donohue. It’s a gripping magical reality novel based on the myth of the changeling.
    At the moment, I’m reading The Luminaries, by my compatriot Eleanor Catton. At 28, Catton has just won the Man Booker prize for The Luminaries, set in New Zealand’s South Island during the 1860s gold rush. I can tell you that, 50 pages in, I am finding it enthralling and beautifully written, with a most brilliant structure based on the 12 zodiac signs and the 7 planets.

  12. Mine are:

    The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Phantom of The Opera by Gaston Leroux, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, The Dragonlance Chronicles (books 1-3) by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman, Dragonlance Legends Trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman, Eon by Allison Goodman, Eona by Allison Goodman, The Big Sea by Langston Hughes, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult, Tears for Water by Alicia Keys, Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth by Alexandra Robbins, I Am J by Cris Beam, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millajay, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Portrait of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, The Diary of Anne Frank, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and American Gods by Neil Gaiman

  13. Wonderful picture. Difficult to list all my favorite books but Ferney by James Long is a firm favorite. A tale of reincarnation. The Forgeotten Garden by Kate Morton. I was transported into this story. And anything by Stephen King because he is the master.

  14. Saw History of Love on your list. Yes. Great book.
    You might check out a book that is similar in some ways- Fugitive Pieces

    Recent favorites:
    The Tiger (gripping. Narrative non-fiction)
    The Tiger’s Wife (hmmm, see a trend here?)
    Sorry no more tigers.
    Ian McEwen On Chesil Beach
    Wild
    Cutting For Stone

  15. What a beautiful gift idea!! I LOVE IT! Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting, The Life of Faith Series (Martha Finley and Mission City Press), Where the Mountain meets the Moon,Hunger Games, Passion and Purity (Elizabeth Elliot), The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (C.S. Lewis), The Problem of Pain (C.S. Lewis)… And I could go on and on!

  16. The Stone Raft (José Saramago)
    Five weeks in a balloon (Jules Verne)
    Politics (Aristotle)
    Zen and the art of Motorcycle repair (Pirsig)
    Democracy in America (Tocqueville)
    God on tour (Jardiel Poncela)
    A confederacy of fools (John K. Toole)
    Journey to the end of night (Celine)
    Inés and the Joy (Almudena Grandes)
    The club of queer trades (Chesterton)

  17. Old man and the sea. Fear and loathing in Las Vegas. Brave new world. Gullivers travels. Woman in white. Lolita. Oliver twist.

  18. The book Thief, by Markus Zuzak is still one of my favourites. How original to have (………..) as the narrator! Please don’t laugh, but The BFG by Roald Dahl still holds my attention as an adult. As a teacher I read it to my students and never got sick of it. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods didn’t affect me like Anansi Boys did. The fable in that story is liberating, and any story that can do that is a gift.

  19. My favorite books:
    1.Birds of feather by Jacqueline Winspear
    2.Captivated and Charmed by Nora Roberts
    3.Hold on the dream by Barbara Taylor Bradford
    4.Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    5.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    6.Devils Feather by Minette Walter
    7.A necessary women by Helen Van Slyke
    8.The capitalist nigger by Chika Oyieki
    9.The purpose driven life by Rick Warren
    10.Better together by Rick Warren

  20. Love American Gods! I’m a big fan of the Adventures of Kavalier and Clay as well. Chris Claremont’s run on Uncanny X-Men is revered in the comics world, but “mainstream” book-folk should give that a look too. There are some amazing payoffs to the long-term storytelling in there.

  21. It’s very hard for me to pick my favorite since there are so many but if I had to pick, I would choose

    1. To Kill a Mockingbird
    2. Anne of Green Gables
    3. The DaVinci Code

  22. The Childhood of Jesus– it’s not a favorite, but it is an affecting novel. It’s one I believe everyone should read. It has an impact. It’s not one that would end up on a typical “these are the most quoted top ten favorite books I love list” that everyone knows everyone loves. We know those are great books. But what about the book that you love- that you don’t want to tell anyone you love? Because that’s the one that touched you deepest, and matters the more than these that you listed.

  23. Some of my favourite books include: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx, Anne Tyler titles including Ladder of Years, The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon, Flush by Virginia Woolf. Also I have just read The Man Who Loved Children by Christine Stead. Written in 1938, it’s an often overlooked Australian classic.

  24. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is my all time favourite book. It was a childhood favourite, and the reason I still like it is because in a way it is a little bit idealistic and innocence. It is about a genuninely lovely boy who simple makes the world a nicer place. The moral of the story is also that good things do happen to good people. It is pure escapism for me.

    I have to admit, even as a writer myself, I’m not this nice to my characters.

  25. Nice post. Some of my favorite books are:

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien;

    The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien;

    The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton;

    Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand;

    Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery;

    The Reb and the Red Coats by Constance Savery;

    Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill;

    The Chronicles of Narnia, numbers 2 through 5, by C. S. Lewis;

    ‘Ware Hawk by Andre Norton;

    The Many Worlds of Andre Norton by Andre Norton;

    Beast Master by Andre Norton;

    Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn by Timothy Zahn;

    Star Wars: Survivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn;

    Cobra Alliance by Timothy Zahn;

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle;

    Men of Iron by Howard Pyle;

    The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde;

    The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry;

    Witch World by Andre Norton;

    Forerunner Foray by Andre Norton;

    The Cherokee Trail by Louis L’Amour;

    From the Listening Hills by Louis L’Amour;

    Last Stand at Papago Wells by Louis L’Amour;

    Shane by Jack Schaefer;

    Hondo by Louis L’Amour;

    Star Trek: The Great Starship Race by Diane Carey;

    Marvel Masterworks #3: The Avengers by Marvel Comics;

    West of Dodge by Louis L’Amour;

    Star Trek: The Janus Gate trilogy by L. A. Graf;

    Sword of Clontarf by Charles A. Brady;

    Star Trek: The Covenant of the Crown by Howard Weinstein;

    Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, and House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones;

    Valley of the Sun by Louis L’Amour;

    Dealing with Dragons; Searching for Dragons; Calling on Dragons; and Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede;

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling;

    A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck.

    It’s a very long list. And it keeps getting longer, thank goodness!!! Once again, good post!

    • It’s nice to see someone who still loves to read books. Someday you might consider adding one of mine to your list even though I don’t write in the genre you prefer. Right now, I only have one book published, so there’s not many to pick from. :)

  26. I never can resist an opportunity to make a list, nor the chance to talk about books! My list, in no particular order is:

    – The Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling
    – Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
    – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran-Foer
    – The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    – The Hunger Games trilogy – Suzanne Collins
    – We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
    – The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
    – Divergent trilogy – Veronica Roth
    – The Help – Kathryn Stockett
    – Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    – The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

    And so many more!

  27. When I fall in love with a book it’s deep and it’s forever. My favourite kind of book is the one you re-read over and over. The one you have bought more times than you can count because you love it so much you keep giving it away so others can share in your love. For me that book will always be The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

  28. Cristian, I sampled a little of your writing when you liked my last piece on WordPress, and I realised what a wonderful compliment you were giving me. You are a truly amazing writer. But you haven’t hit your stride yet, which is OK. You have so much talent and promise it sickens me! (Kidding) Let me write back to you further when I have had the chance to read more of you. I loved many of the same books you do. Too many of them to list. I love almost anything by Le Carre. Two writers I didn’t see anyone mention are Kazuo Ishiguro (Remains of the Day and Never Let You go) and Haruki Murakami (QB84). Also Isabel Allende (Fortune’s Daughter) As far as Non Fiction goes, everyone should read the essential Nietzsche (Thus Spake Zarathustra — I read the Everyman translation. If it’s the only Nietzsche you read, it’s enough.) The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein is good too, if a bit of a downer. Finally, I take the liberty of a Certified Old Fart speaking to a Young Turk: Baudelaire said: Plus l’homme cultive les arts, moins il bande.
    Make sure you don’t spend ALL your time writing!

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