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What is the best book you have ever read?

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damnedgrubble Fri 03-Mar-17 22:34:53

I think mine has to be (at least at the moment) The House at the End of Hope Street because I grew up not far from there.

Which is your favourite book and why?

BeastofCraggyIsland Fri 03-Mar-17 22:52:45

I can't pick just one but the following I can read over and over again:

Pride and Prejudice - timeless
Jurassic Park - dinosaurs
The Lost World - more dinosaurs
The Lord of the Rings - epic
One Hundred Years of Solitude - magical
All the Harry Potters - literally magical
Anything by Bill Bryson - laugh out loud
Anything by James Herriot - my career inspiration
The Master and Margarita - genius

DarkestBeforeDawn Fri 03-Mar-17 22:53:41

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Crunchymum Fri 03-Mar-17 22:53:42

Nineteen Eighty Four.

Hands down my winner.

Crunchymum Fri 03-Mar-17 22:54:25

Reason is just how fucking gritty and depressing and prophetic it is.

JumpingJellybeanz Fri 03-Mar-17 22:56:19

The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen. Read it as a child at school and have loved it ever since.

OnHold Fri 03-Mar-17 22:57:05

A Prayer For Owen Meany

EssentialHummus Fri 03-Mar-17 22:57:42

Disgrace by JM Coetzee. There is not one spare word in that book.

empirerecordsrocked Fri 03-Mar-17 22:58:12

I couldn't do it. Every single one said above plus about ten million others. If a gun was to my head, to kill a mockingbird.

VanellopeVonSchweetz99 Fri 03-Mar-17 23:01:00

Agree Disgrace is v, v good. Didn't get the Nobel prize for nowt, still v readable.

gentlydoesit89 Fri 03-Mar-17 23:02:36

Another struggling to pick just one, so I'll go with the one that surprised me most, which was when I picked up The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett as I was about to fly to Greece for a weeks holiday years ago and absolutely loved it.

RedBullBlood Fri 03-Mar-17 23:13:30

Maybe not my favourite (and I couldn't pick just one anyway) but Cormac Mccarthy's The Road is seared into my brain. Read it a few years ago and will never forget it. Very spare and very grim.

damnedgrubble Fri 03-Mar-17 23:13:31

I've ordered the Owen Meany book. Pillars of the Earth was amazing.

elephantoverthehill Fri 03-Mar-17 23:16:26

A Thousand Splendid Suns and Wild Swans, but also Trainspotting, Pride and Prejudice, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Wuthering Heights. Too many I know and I've not got onto children's books I love

minifingerz Fri 03-Mar-17 23:16:42

The books which have poleaxed me in the past few years

- 100 years of solitude
- A Little Life (Hana Yanagihara)
- Any Human Heart (William Boyd)
- The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
- A God In Ruins (Kate Atkinson)
- The Line of Beauty (Alan Hollinghurst)

My lifetime favourites
- War and Peace
- Sense and Sensibility
- Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
- Love in a Cold Climate
- All of the Molly Keane novels

RedBullBlood Fri 03-Mar-17 23:19:18

Owen Meany will make you cry. Wonderful book. There was a movie made of it and it was shockingly bad!

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Fri 03-Mar-17 23:20:22

The Shellseekers - Rosamunde Pilcher
Phantom - Susan Kay
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Anything by Bill Bryson

elephantoverthehill Fri 03-Mar-17 23:22:21

I will be going to bed with Bill Bryson shortly grin via my Kindle.

AddToBasket Fri 03-Mar-17 23:23:52

I loved Cider House Rules.

I Capture the Castle
Jamaica Inn
All Jane Austen
The Sun Also Rises

Brixhambelle Fri 03-Mar-17 23:28:06

Kushiels Dart by Jacqueline Carey, an epic muti story line read, beautifully written love/ spy/ fantasy story, strong female lead.
Diana by RF Delderfield.
Polo by July Cooper.
The S,one Jumper by Nicholas Evans

Eragonsegg Fri 03-Mar-17 23:35:35

Not sure of my ultimate but, the first five people you meet in heaven by mitch albom. Stayed with me for a long time

annandale Fri 03-Mar-17 23:36:01

It's impossible to pick one.

I know it's a cliche but War and Peace really is absolutely mindblowing - if you can get past the first chapter - i just read it as if it were supposed to be a joke, then kept going, then i couldn't stop.

drigon Fri 03-Mar-17 23:41:17

Read Lucky Jim several times and the 2 Kate Atkinsons, A God in Ruins and Life after Life were excellent.

ProfessorPickles Fri 03-Mar-17 23:44:52

God Collar by Marcus Brigstocke, it makes me laugh out loud!

AIsForAndroid Fri 03-Mar-17 23:51:36

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
What a carve up, Jonathan Coe
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
Atonement, Ian McEwan
Are the first ones that come to mind. I must get back into reading again!

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