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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby TWErvin2 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:06 am

My top ten are:


Hexed by Kevin Hearne
A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
Dragon by Steven Brust
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker
When the Devil Dances by John Ringo
The Illearth War by Stephen R. Donaldson
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell

I just finished Citizen Soldiers by Stephen E. Ambrose and am starting Lord of Light by Zelazny (this would be a re-read for me)

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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby shannan94 » Mon May 05, 2014 8:30 am

I'm new here and this seems like a fun post to introduce myself with.

In no particular order.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A Moveable Feast by Hemingway
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
David Copperfield by Dickens
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
And yes, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

I'm also a big Harry Potter fan, though Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of the series. The Great Gatsby is also another favorite.

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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby margielynn » Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:01 pm

Here is my top 10 - not necessarily in order:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom
Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah
The End of Your Life Book Club - Will Schwalbe
The Cider House Rules - John Irving
Pavilion of Women - Pearl S. Buck
The Leopard Tree - Tim Merriman
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
Life of Pi - Yann Martel

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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby LRosa » Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:28 pm

Tolkien takes my top four! :D
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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby James A. Ritchie » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:06 pm

I don't know how anyone can make a ten most favored list. I love almost every book mention so far, and hundreds more besides. I can't begin to list ten favorites/

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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby pls » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:54 pm

With thousands of books read (see my Goodreads listings if you don't believe me), I can pull out a few favorites, several of which I've reread. In order:

Jan de Hartog - Call of the Sea
Mario Vargas Llosa - Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Mackinlay Kantor - Andersonville
Connie Willis - Doomsday Book
Laurie Lee - Cider with Rosie & As I Walked Out One Summer Morning
Arthur C. Clarke - Childhood's End
Losing Battles - Eudora Welty
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Other Stories - Flannery O'Connor
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime and Punishment
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
John Ball - Last Plane Out
John Green - Looking for Alaska
Chris Crutcher - Chinese Handcuffs
Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak
Karen Hesse - A Time for Angels
Gabriel Marquéz - Love in the Time of Cholera

I'm sure I've forgotten a few, but let's go with these. I also have a number of favorite authors whose books I have read avidly, although no single book has cracked the top ten: Victor Canning, Anton Chekhov, Robert L. Duncan, John Dunning, Geoffrey Household, Charles Larson, Nordhoff and Hall, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Nevil Shute, Martin Cruz Smith, Cythnia Voigt.

Most of these writers are reasonably well know, but an exception is Charles Larson, whom I consider a writer's writer, particularly his "The Chinese Game", a very tightly written mystery. Larson honed his novel craft by spending a number of years as a Hollywood scriptwriter, and it shows.
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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby James A. Ritchie » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:26 pm

I don't think I could even name my ten favorite writers, though I could probably name the ten most influential on my own writing, which isn't always the same thing.

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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby DrG2 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:08 pm

in no particular order (some of these have influenced me, although I don't necessarily think of them as great writers):

Joyce Carol Oates
Annie Proulx
Kurt Vonnegut
Elmore Leonard
Michael Chabon
Charles Bukowski
Chuck Pahlaniuk
Raymond Chandler
Robert Heinlein
J.R.R. Tolkien
Douglass Adams
William Shakespeare
Arthur Conan Doyle
John Steinbeck
L.Sprague DeCamp
Neil Gaiman
Cormac McCarthy

I only list authors of whom I have read more than one book (so William Peter Blatty, John Knowles, among others, don't make it).

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Re: Your Personal Top Ten...

Postby Lesley Vos » Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:07 am

Nice! My personal top 10 books include:

1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
4. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
5. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
6. Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque
7. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
8. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
9. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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