Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's Your Favorite Book of All-time?


"A book is a gift you can open again and again" ~ Garrison Keillor

Last week, while writing my blog post about libraries, I found myself thinking about the power of books in general. How a story can transport us to an entirely different universe. How we can get literally lost in the pages for hours and become oblivious to anything and everything around us. I don't think anything else can do that in the way that books can. 

We all have that book...that first book that introduces us to the magic of reading. For me, that book was Mutiny on the Bounty. I read it for the first time when I was about 12, and I was simply transfixed. It follows the story of the HMS Bounty, a merchant vessel owned by the British Royal Navy in the late 1700s. 

The ship was transporting food and plants to the West Indies, but never made it due to a mutiny led by one of the crew members, Fletcher Christian. Mr. Christian orchestrated the mutiny due to the extremely cruel treatment of everyone on board by the captain, William Bligh. 

Long story short, the mutineers put Capt. Bligh, and those loyal to him, in a rescue boat, while they took control of the Bounty and set sail for a tropical island in the South Pacific. At the risk of spoiling it in case somebody ever would want to read it someday, I will not write any further. But I will say that it is an incredible book. I've never been so lost in a story. 

What about you? What is your favorite book of all-time?

163 comments:

  1. Hello Keith,

    Yes, the power of the written word can be amazing. Whether a book or a blog post, good writing has the ability to draw one in, entertain, amuse, educate and encourage the imagination yo fly in whatever way and direction it will.

    It is impossible to select a single book since at certain times of life very different writers have made their indelible mark!

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  2. That's a three-part answer.
    As a kid, The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
    As a teen, The Sword of Shannara. (Which inspired me to write.)
    As an adult, the Bible. A thousand stories wrapped up in one Truth.

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  3. Alex said 'The Mouse and the Motorcycle,' I loved that book! And he said The Bible, I love that book too. :)

    The two books that really hooked me as a teen were Great Expectations and The Count of Monte Cristo. I still love them both today.

    I know you said one... it's hard to pick just one. :)

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  4. As a small child my Mom opened a Golden Book and opened the world to me...before I hit public school I could read thanks to her and the little Golden Books.

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    1. How funny...my mom saved all of my little Golden Books and I am reading them to my daughter now.

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  5. Mutiny on the Bounty was a great tale, better because it was true. I'll go with Delores, Little Golden Books.

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  6. I watched the movie to that one with Gibson, that count? lol Can I pick me own? lol But yeah to me there is never an answer, same with movies, as there are far too many

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  7. The Lord of the Rings trilogy all the way for me!

    -James

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  8. Books can shape a mind!! And they do shape views! As of now my favourite book would be the Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

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  10. Gone with the Wind. I think I've read it over 50 times. I used to read it monthly when I was younger. It's been awhile since I got it out though... It might be time for another reading :)

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  11. The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein -- hands down the best book (for kids or adults) ever :)

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  12. I have several books that I regularly read, but Pride & Prejudice is my favourite. Although, after years of reading to my sons, I adore Monkey Puzzle, and almost got to the point where I could recite all of it by heart.

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  13. My most favorite book of all time is Little Women. I first read the book by Louisa may Alcott when I was in the 5th grade. To this day I have a copy of it on my book shelf. I also have a DVD of each version of the movie of it that has been made!

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  14. Books are my best friends from my childhood. It is really difficult to choose a favorite book for all time. Still I would say, A brief history of time by Stephen Hawking, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.

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  15. So many . . .
    First of all I remember the house, where I curled up, book in hand and invited into, then lost into another world. Always have had books surrounding me. Early on . . .
    Little Women
    Bobbsey Twins
    Nancy Drew

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  16. As a kid, I loved fairy tales and especially classic children books and my mom often read us stories and I was transported to far away places.
    I hadn't thought of that in year.

    As an Adult , I have so many I can't chose......
    My Bible is a great book too and the more I study it the more I get from it. It has everything.

    JB
    JB

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  17. and the list continues . . .
    I need to have stacks . . .
    Do not enjoy finishing a book and not having another to read.
    Library books, purchased books, e books . . .
    Holding a book in my hands is still my favorite . . .
    As I look back through the years, not sure if I can tell you the titles if the favorites, but I can tell you where I was, favorite chairs, sofas, corners of my book loving world!

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  18. oh not an easy question...i love books and i read a ton...ha....
    an oddball that most no one else will come up with is miles from nowhere by nami mun...usually if it is impactful i keep it on hte shelf and my shelves are full...smiles.

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  19. I don't think I can pick just one! I LOVE Tuesdays with Morrie and A RIP in Heaven. My guilty pleasure favorite book(s) are the Divergent series.

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  20. Tricky question. I really can't name a favorite. There are so many books which made my life better. One of my first books was "Das alte Haus", it is full of stories for children and I think my parents read it for me a million times and later I read it myself at least a million times.

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  21. I don't have a favorite book of all time. I've read TOO many of them, but there are several I ADORE. The one that set me on fire was My Friend the Monster in 3rd grade, followed shortly by The Whipping Boy. They turned me into a bookaholic. One of my favorites is Les Miserables. Seriously. I was on a high for 3 days after finishing...never mind that it took me a month to get through it. ;)

    Oh, Keith, I nominated you today. =)

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  22. Greatest influence . . .
    Frederick Buechner's many non fiction, fiction books . . .
    Tiny book, Wishful Thinking . . . was one favorite, A Room Called Remember is another . . .

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  23. Too many to name! Two of my all time favorite are Stephen King's THE STAND and Betty Smith's A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. (Yes, I know, quite a pair!)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  24. Tough one, but I will narrow it down to one: Bringing out the Best in People by Alan Loy McGinnis. :)

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  25. I would say the book I have read MORE than any other book is The Little Prince, and each time I read it I find some more meaning to it. It is a book that can be read and appreciated on many levels. As a young child my favorite series was The Boxcar Children series.

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  26. My favorite book of all time was Michael Shaara's The Killing Angels - a book about the battle of Gettysburg. What a powerful book. My youngest son was born after I read the book and I choose to name him about one of the men the book was about - General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Thanks for this post. I love thinking about the great books I have read.

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  27. As a kid, I loved 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'. as an adult it is more difficult to pinpoint favorites. I enjoyed 'The Chosen' and 'Desert of the Heart' but also many more.

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  28. When I was a kid there were 4 books I read over and over-"The Call of the Wild", "And Then There Were None", "Grimm Fairy Tales (and I mean Grim:)) and "Film Stars -2nd edition". As a teen "Diary of Anne Frank" and later-"Inside Oscar", "Sister Wendy's Paintings-all editions". I can't break it down to just one

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  29. wow I'm a prolific reader or use to be,as a child \hands downs all the stories from La Contesse de Segur, A Russian children book writer, such as 'les malheurs de Sophie. Older Gosh it's so hard, I loved the series from T.J. MacGregor about things you can't imagine, i love all detective series but for a stand alone I'm going with the best of all: Robert McCammon's Swan Song, if you haven't read it oh boy are you in for a treat. even and sorry Madeline Stephen King's The Stand doesn't hold a candle against Swan Song, the absolute best end of the world book you'll ever read, and what comes after......

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  30. Keith, I still have an old copy of "Mutiny on the Bounty" and I love it. Your question, however, is an extremely difficult one to answer. I've always been a voracious reader and it's a near impossibility to choose a favorite book. My favorite book seems to be the one I'm reading at the moment.

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    1. When I said "the one I'm reading at the moment", I didn't have a particular book in mind. I just meant that I love almost everything that I read.

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  31. Just ONE Keith? Really? Simply not possible, but...

    Right now that would be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; tomorrow would probably bring a different answer.

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  32. great post Keith for me is was the novel Wolves Against the Moon by Julia Cooley Altrocchi. first published in 1940. When we were kids at home Mom got us reading right away at the local library-especially in the summer.
    We used to go to the Indiana Dunes all the time, and it must have been during one of our hikes that the guide mentioned this area was originally a big fur trapping area of Joseph Baily back in those mountain man era days. so I had looked at the library and found this book-It is pretty much a true story written in a novel form-I loved this book so much that I ordered a copy from our local book store-I still re read this novel every 10 to 20 years or so.
    One year when I was blogging on Multiply I posted about this book-and the author's granddaughter found my post some how and commented-thought that was pretty cool-and made it all so much more real

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  33. Anything with pictures! Nah - probably Lolita by Nabokov. It gets a whole mixed bag of opinion on account of her age. There's some pretty fine quotes along with the black humour.

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  34. As a chronic book-lover, I can't give just one. ;) I'd have to say the Bible (I prefer the KJV) and Patricia MacLachlan's The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt. I read it about four times a year. :)

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  35. I have been an avid reader all my life--cept for those few years my Mom had to do it for me.
    Many I loved, The Black Stallion series hooked me on the bookmobile but I would have to put James Herriot's series as my all time favorites.

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  36. i loved charlotte's web and bambi as a young girl. young teens, i loved gone with the wind. read it twice after my older sister brought it home from the h.s. library.

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  37. i read a lot of books. when i was a kid my mom introduced me to enid's books and i loved them. there are other series that i love as well but i cannot recall what they called. but Harry Potter will always have the special place in my heart. seriously. J.K Rowling is genius.

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  38. everytime i finish a book i say it's my new favorite. but! i think of all time, On the Road- Jack Kerouac... it's one that you just feel in your bones.

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  39. HI Keith ... the Fairy Books by Andrew Lang late 1800s .. all different colours ... so lots and lots to read, then romance, then mystery and murder, then travel novels, now reference and real life stories of scientists and historians ...

    Loved your library though .. and then these books above ..

    I guess the 1926 Encyclopedia would be my best ... but not the easiest in 26 volumes to navigate! Cheers Hilary

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  40. I think for me more recently is The Game of Thrones series...it always keeps me on ht edge of my seat and coming back for more. All time all time however would be sixty-six books all contained in the Bible.

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  41. I don't think I can pin down one specific book. I know that I was very much into mysteries and ghosts as a child. (Wait. I still am!) I remember reading the Green Knowe series over and over, as well as Mary Stewart mysteries like the Moonspinners, and pouring over my mother's collection of Mary Roberts Rinehart murder mysteries -- which were falling apart even when I was a child in the '70's. I still have them, and they are mostly held together with rubber bands.

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  42. I have a lot of favorite books. I started reading - and being enthralled with reading - very early. Little Golden Books, comic books, Trixie Belden, my dad's paperback stash, anything I could find at the library.

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  43. Oh, do I have to pick one? Black Beauty made a huge impact on me while I was young, and I enjoyed the Warriors series through high school, but if I had to pick a book (or two) that I absolutely adore right now...The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (despite the fact that I have been slowly reading it for three-ish years. Intense writing style. Gotta read a little at a time.), and Sherlock Holmes. I'd peg those two as my top favorites, but really, every book I have ever read has left a piece of itself with me. If the story is good and the characters awesomely constructed, I'll be in a fan group over that book for months!

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  44. I am an avid reader, but since my late teens- all time favorite would be the Lord of the Rings series and the Hobbit.. I read those over and over.

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  45. really book fascinates like anything and even after completing the book... mind kept engaged for long. the first book i read with interest was gullivers travel! lol

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  46. Hi Keith! Of course I love this post, thank you for sparking me to think and appreciate all the good books I have read. The first book that really transported me was Dune in high school. Since then I have taken so many wonderful literary journeys, I have lost count. In recent memory, I loved the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Love is All There Is. Ask me in a year and I will have different favorites. I appreciate your first book love, it is timeless. Hugs!

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  47. I can't think of any one book. Every book I read is a favorite until the next book. I have a book to read all the time, year around. They are all wonderful. Right now I'd have to say all the Jack Reacher books.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  48. My all time favourite book is The Glass Pearl Game by Hermann Hesse ... mystery is to remain mystery ... but once I find out, I will whack you over the head with your book, Hermann ...

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  49. The book that got me hooked on reading was Nancy Drew and The Secret of the Old Clock. I had to read every single one of her adventures. However, the book that I always want to pick up and read again is The Secret Garden.

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  50. i absolutely love the mists of avalon by marion zimmer bradley. it was on my summer reading list the summer before junior year of high school. i was so screwed because i hadn't started on it and the book was so thick. but once i started i zoomed right through it. i love the arthurian legend and the perspective (through the women of the story) portrayed in the mists of avalon was something i had never seen or read before. it was amazing. i still have the book and can never ever get rid of it (i often sell my books to a used bookstore).

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  51. Can't pick one, but "Counting Coup" by Larry Colson, "Breaking Clean" by Judy Blunt, and "Things That They Carried" by Tim O'Brien are a few. all of Ursula Le Guin's books, especially the Earthsea books.

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  52. I can't remember my first favorite book...but I do have several that are high on my list. The Red Tent. Gone with the Wind. I know this much is true, by Wally Lamb.
    Great post!

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  53. My initiation into the world of English literature began with Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. We had a childrens version of the book in my home. It was a downer but I loved it...I was in love with Oliver ..cant remember how many times I have read it ....

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  54. Great post ..Loved reading about your fav book and all the books of people who commented :-)

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  55. Herman Hesse who wrote Siddhartha, superb.

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  56. I am simply unable to answer. I have favorite authors, but I can't pinpoint a "favorite book". But I do love reading everyone's answers :-)

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  57. I'd have to go with Heidi...I was transported...the goat cheese sounded so delicious and those mountains so beautiful, and all that human interest. Thanks for making me look back today!

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  58. I don't really have a favorite book, but I love the old classics. Mutiny on the Bounty sounds wonderful, and now I want to read it! All my kids love the Harry Potter books.

    ~Sheri

    by the way, I'd take coffee over tea any time. I love tea, but coffee........there's nothing like it, is there?

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  59. Asimov's 'Foundation' made an impression on me and stirred my childhood love of science fiction (includes all his spacer novels and the robot series). It's hard to pick just one as many books influence us at different time in our lives.

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  60. Mutiny is a classic, and there is even the movie. Mine is probably "One hundred Years Of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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  61. I must confess I have never read Mutiny on the Bounty (but saw parts of the movie). It does seem like an intriguing story; I'll have to read it some day. My favorite book growing up was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, but also re-read multiple times To Kill a Mockingbird, and in high school enjoyed The Grapes of Wrath. An all time favorite, I'm not sure I could just list one, however, the one that kept my interest that I almost burnt down the house (left potatoes on the stove too long cooking while I was engrossed in the book) was Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

    Interesting topic to think about.

    betty

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  62. Tove Jansson's The Summer Book. I finished it, turned it over and started again. And I still reread it most years (and her other books too).

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  63. The Harry Potter series will always be my favourite - I still re-read it regularly now. I'm not ashamed of that either - they are amazing books.

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  64. I started on the classics a little later in life (around 12-13) but I DO remember the very first big hard cover (no pictures) book. It was fiction and an adventure story by the sea with lots of children but the title eludes me now. I was 7 years old and it was the feelings during the read and how sad I felt when the story ended. The ending wasn't sad, I just wanted to stay involved with this marvellous adventure. Ah, memories!

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  65. This is a very difficult question to answer, Keith. I have many favorites! The one I keep remembering, though, is by Barbara Kingsolver and it isn't fiction. It is a true account of the decision she and her husband made to see how they would fare living on the land of his farm in Southwest Virginia. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is the title, and I think it is amazing! They moved from Arizona to the rural area of Virginia several years ago, and they are still there!

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  66. It has to be Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern!!! I simply loved it!!!

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  67. Crikey, that's a hard question. I guess I would be hard pushed to find another book I love more than The Lord of The Rings.

    And of course there are so many by the imaginative Roald Dahl and JK Rowling that I love in equal measures too.

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  68. As a kid, The Five Children trilogy by Edith Nesbit. As a teen-ager, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madelein L'Engle. As an adult (what you'd call New Adult these days), Jane Eyre. And then, as time has gone by, too many "favorites" to name. But I still like those earlier books as well.

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  69. I would say "Gone With The Wind", only read it once. I never care to read a book a second time. My youngest daughter used to read Nancy Drew over and over again.

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  70. I have a bookshelf where I keep books I know I will read again and again - books from childhood, classics, recent acquisitions - too many to mention - my life would be the poorer without them.

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  71. I've always said Stephen King's The Stand is my all-time favorite, so it's weird it came up in comments! I grew up reading Stephen King, so it had an impression on me as a young developing writer. I'm reading Gone right now and it's similar, but it's morphed into an X-Men type of thing, which isn't me. I'm going to have to check out this Swan Song, as long as people don't get superpowers and such.

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  72. I can't think of one. I'm sure there is one. Or maybe I'm not sure. Right now my brain is so deep into baking, I have zero interest in fiction.

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  73. I have so many favorite books... each with its special story... 100 Years of Solitude; 1984; The Elegance of the Hedgehog; The Alchemist; The Housekeeper and the Professor; some that i can remember...

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  74. I couldn't possibly choose! I loved "The Secret Garden", especially the illustrations as a child. I loved Jane Austin as a pre-teen. There's just so many great books for all ages.

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  75. I can't answer that question anymore. EIther about books, music or films. It discriminates against other works of art.

    Sorry for being a spoilsport! :-) I like reading so much that my favourite book is always the next one.

    Greetings from London.

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  76. Oh, I don't know if I can pick just one. When I was little, I loved "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman. When I was fourteen, I read "Once in a Lifetime" by Danielle Steel, my first romance that I still hold dear. I re-read a lot of books, too, but I can't identify one is my all time favorite. After looking at the comments though, I think "Jane Eyre" might be close to it. :)

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  77. It is so sad that most of the material I read is getting hazy in my mind.
    Among the very recent ones " A corner of the Universe " is a book that I really liked.
    I suggest that one should read and enjoy while young. I waited for my kids to grow up to read for fun. Now I have difficulty remembering the previous chapter so I have to keep reading and it takes forever to finish a book.

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  78. So many stories...The kings of Ireland was a good read. When I was 12 the Kon Tiki expedition was great and has stayed with me.

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  79. I haven't read that book but I'll have to now! I can read Blue Castle by L.M Montgomery over and over and over :)

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  80. I have been an avid reader since I was 12 and now I'm 59. No way to choose one favorite. I do like Danielle Steele and I love Amish books. I have read every genre.

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  81. I read your post earlier and was thinking about it ~ As a young girl, I love the Little Prince and still do ~ But now as an adult, I have so many books I love to read that I can't seem to pick one as a favorite ~

    Have a good week Keith ~

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  82. One book that sticks out to me as a kid was Island of the Blue Dolphins, not sure of the author, but it's about a Native girl on an island and it was just sad but good. Then the next book that always sticks with me is Night by Eli Weisel. That one is about the Holocaust. There are a million but I loves this one. Also, books by Ted Decker. He's amazing.

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  83. Besides the Bible my favorite book is Gone With the Wind.

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  84. to pick just one.... an impossible task I think. So I'll say the one that jumped into my mind first. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson. I read it in college and after years of not having time for novels this book brought me back to reading again.

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  85. Geez, I honestly don't think I can choose just one "favorite" book. That's like asking a junkie to say which "hit" was best.

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  86. I have so many favorite books but my favorite one is a book I have read about 20 times and loved it each time. It's a different story but it appealed to me. It's called 'The Mirror" ... I have loved books all my life and could read for hours, I rarely read novels anymore, kind of sad but I read blogs day and night :)

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  87. My book list just tripled in size with all of these comments

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  88. Ohmygosh...what an impossible question to answer. I'm a book-loving-crazy woman. I don't remember ever NOT reading. It's possible that I was born with a book in hand, and my parents wouldn't admit it. I really can't narrow it down, but there are a few that stand out. One of them is 'To Kill A Mockingbird'; a definite classic. The other is 'The Outsiders', which I have read a few times, and will no doubt read again. And the most recent that I'm in love with is 'The Life Of PI'. What a great story. And if you have an hour or two (or a few days), I can list quite a few more!

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  89. It makes me happy to see so many responses to this post, so I imagine it makes you happy too. :)
    So far, Jane Eyre is holding front and center for me.

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  90. It's hard to name a favorite book of all times, but I really love "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  91. The timing of this post is so cool! I have a post scheduled to go up on my lifestyle blog tomorrow about my favorite book of all time, because I reread it this month (actually I listened to the audiobook, which was just as amazing, the narrator was awesome). My review is basically just a jumble of raves about the book. It's The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, which is the story of a drug-addicted, alcoholic porn star who is driving on a cliff when he has a drug-induced hallucination of people pointing flaming arrows at him. To avoid being hit by the flaming arrows he drives off the cliff and is badly burned. While recuperating in the hospital he is approached by a woman who tells him that this isn't the first time he's been burned and continues to visit him to tell him about their life centuries ago. It's a really unique and beautiful story, although I don't think it's for everyone. But it weaves through different centuries and different countries and just.... I love it. :) And along with being my all-time favorite book, it features one of my all-time favorite characters, Marianne Engel, the woman who visits the narrator. I watched this video shortly after the book was released and was at the bookstore when it opened the next to buy it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBIsL6pwdo4

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  92. Oh, where to start...
    One of the books I've read over and over...The Stand by Stephen King. I love Harry Potter and my friends and I stood in line to get our books at midnight. I"m not even sure what to list here, I don't think I can answer our question. Are you on goodreads?

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  93. I do not think anyone can choose just one book. They enter our lives at different moments- times of growth in our lives, times of sorrow, times of renewal, times of discovery-and they spark imagination, create dreams, illustrate places and times in our mind, and teach us about life, emotions and people. Every book is different, but each fills a spot in the shelf of our lives.
    When young, I learned so much from reading The Velveteen Rabbit, The Giving Tree, The Little Prince and the Lorax. The book Secret Garden touched my heart and soul. I gathered nature close to me while reading the Black Stallion books and Beautiful Joe. A young teen discovered romance through Desiree (Napoleon and his love). Poetry stirred me first with The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, and now has been a constant in my life.
    I love poetry.
    I love reading.

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  94. I'm not sure I have a favourite of all time but I loved The Princess Bride as it was like a grown up fairytale :)

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  95. I can not say that I have one favorite book. I love the book that I read in my childhood. This is the book 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll.
    I loved another one I read already in my student years. This is 'Sherlock Holmes' by Arthur Conan Doyle. Both of these books I can always read them again and again.

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  96. When I was a child, my favourite book was 'Heidi' by Joahnna Spyri, but as an adult, I keep re-reading 'Beach Music' by Pat Conroy so it must be my favourite!

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  97. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. The stories behind the science of our world - the most fascinating nonfiction written like entertaining novels. I love that combination!

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  98. I have two books that I love reading to this day which started my love of books as soon as I could read. The first one was "The Little Princess", a book my mom gave me because she has loved it as a girl, too. And " The Black Stallion", oh how I loved the book series back then :) :) I need to re-read those books again, I haven't in a while. They bring back a lot of good memories. And I want to read your first book now :) Honey, please let's never stop reading to one another and let's keep books as an important part of our lives, always. I love you <3

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  99. For the life of me I can’t remember my first gripping book. There have been so many since.
    I do remember that I was the library’s best client, always returning books and asking for more long before I was supposed to finish them. Now I don’t use libraries, I buy books. Or borrow them from friends.

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  100. Hey Keith,
    When I was little my two favourite authors were Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson, I forget exactly which books were my favourite by them. Now, I love The Stranger by Albert Camus, the absurd reality of it all really resonates with me and I love the message Camus illustrates. Aren't books great?
    Just a quick note: I am unsure if I replied back to the email you sent out a while ago, I figured you'd have many replies, but I was so happy to receive it and so happy for you!

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  101. It has to be one of two...both historic romances I guess. Those are Gone With the Wind and the other is The Thorn Birds.

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  102. Well I have to admit that I started reading Nancy Drew at the age of seven. It started me on my path of non stop devouring of books. Laura

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  103. You will not believe this but it is a children's book- Wind in the Willows there is this mystical chapter in the middle about Pan and here in Findhorn where one of it's mystics wrote a book about his encounters with Pan it resonates. It is chapter for adults that is over the heads of most of us.

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  104. As you like it... , my favorite :)

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  105. What a fantastic picture. The textures tell a story of their own. I don't have a favorite book but I sure do love a good book when it pulls me in and I can be anywhere :) Have a great day!

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  106. Wow ... what a picture ... kinda I love ... Favorite books are many, infact all that I've read ... 'cause I pick only those I know ll interest me ... :)

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  107. My favorite book is,Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. It's the true story of a dying professor who shares what's really important in life to his former student, Mitch Albom. It really makes you think!

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  108. My favorite books are "The Great Gatsby" (and I liked it BEFORE that stupid Leonardo DiCaprio movie came out!) and the "Harry Potter" series. I think the "Harry Potter" series is especially well-written because the characters have so many sides to them. There are not the typical good guys who are always 100% good and bad guys who are always 100% bad. Everyone has their flaws and good qualities.

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  109. As a toddler, my mother read a story about Gilbert the donkey who ate plastic flowers and threw up. She came to hate that story. My sister and I loved it. We sat looking at the pictures as she read. We requested it for many, many nights, and could soon recite it with her as she turned the pages. We both were readers before starting school. I credit that to Gilbert. The next book that made an enormous impact was Anne of Green Gables. She was my first non-goodie-goodie protagonist; I was so relieved :) The third one that is indelibly imprinted on my mind was an old book that my mother had. She only owned a few books but treasured each one. It told the story of the Great Plague and The Fire of London. I think I found a link to it the other day. I was a young teen when I read it. Couldn't put it down. Hid it behind school books, read it by flashlight under the bed covers, took it to the bathroom with me.. I know. TMI :) Thanks for letting me share!

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  110. Gone With the Wind, Great Expectations, Harry Potter Series, The Kite Runner and so many more :-)

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  111. Oh definitely Wuthering Heights.
    When I first read it as a young teenager, it totally captured my imagination...and the magic is still with me now! :)

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  112. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley comes to mind. But you asked a tough question, and I probably have a handful of favorites.

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  113. Great post, Keith! My favorite book goes back to my childhood. It is Misty of Chincoteague by Marquetite Henry. I loved horses and always wanted to go to the Chincoteague Pony auction. Now, I go to Chincoteague to see the wild ponies but still have never gone to the pony auction..Now, I love a good mystery.. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  114. "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupery. I still have my 1971 edition paperback on my desk.

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  115. There are a few but I think the first one that comes to mind is Silence Of The Lambs. It was one of the first horror books I read and it kept me up all night long reading.

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  116. So many - loved all of Somerset Maughan's - love all those decaying post ex pat stories, sad but so satisfying. but also you cannot beat To Kill A Mockingbird

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  117. The count of monte cristo would be mine

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  118. What a wonderful post, Keith - I so enjoyed reading all the comments about everyone's favorite books. I have so many, but three that come to mind are rather old now and maybe out-dated, but they continue to be books that made a big impression on me. Gone With the Wind, How Green Was My Valley, and Green Mansions. The first two about the love of the land and place, the last one a magical and tragic story of misunderstanding. My favorite books are Autobiographies of overcoming struggles while living a life of adventure. I have never read your book, but I have it on my bookshelf. I will put it on my reading list. It sounds like it fits the criteria! xo Karen

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  119. I cannot name just one. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, the once and future king, Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, Bible. And now when I sign off I'll think of others that were more favorite. :-)

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  120. Asking me what my favorite book is is like asking me who my favorite child is (if I had children). :-) So many. I would say that Gone With the Wind is the first book that I read over and over, as I did Little Women. So many since then.

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  121. Huxley's Brave New World left a lasting impression. It was one of the first few books that I really digested. Gripping story it was . Thanks OE!

    Hank

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  122. I love your description of the books you've read. I didn't enjoy reading much when I was a kid and dreaded book reports. Now that I'm older it's such a nice way to relax. One of my favorites is by Wally Lamb; She's Come Undone.

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  123. I love Jane Austen and C.S. Lewis, I love "Edenbrooke" by Julianne Donaldson. My fav book right now is by Dennis Prager, "Still the Best Hope". Love this post!

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  124. Keith I love many books but my favorite of all times is "September"by Rosamunde Pilcher.
    And believe me I had read many amazing books
    Butthis touched my heart is a book I can read again and again.
    The book is in Scotland and is a lovely story.
    I saw before let the comment and is in Amazon .
    If someone wants to read.
    Love this post Keith:)

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  125. I read all comments and Im impressed how people of differents sites love the sames book
    WhenI was little books like the little prince orHeidi or little women were really important for me!

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  126. Oh gosh - so hard to choose just one favourite book! But I do love A Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez.

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  127. For me, my favorite books are all about ideas. As such, the book that first made a change in my life, and thus my favorite, is Tropic of Cancer. In Henry Miller I found someone who echoed my own thoughts on life.

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  129. The first two novels I read were Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Han Suyin's The Mountain is Young, both of which left lasting impressions. But I have lots of favourite books, and the list changes with age...

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  130. Love this post, Keith! That's a difficult question, too. I love so many books and (usually, hopefully) the most recent is my favorite. However, looking back I'd have to admit that the bible had the most impact on my life.

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  131. I don't know that I can pick a favorite book but I can say I feel that something is missing if I don't have a book I am reading another one selected to read next.

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  132. No way to to single out one, it's never worked with me. Wuthering Heights is romantic and passionate, Le Petit Prince is full of wisdom, Marquez created a world of his own....... Shakespeare! He's got it all. I'd agree that the Bible is The Book and Shakespeare is the UNIVERSE.

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  133. Books made a big impression on me all my life. I would be hard put to name a favorite, but I will say that as a youngster I read "To Kill a Mockingbird," so often that the covers fell off.

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  134. Hmm, I think it's been a decade since I had a single favorite book, even among novels. A decade ago it was a tie between the gentleness of Tolkien's The Hobbit and the probing of Stephen King's Desperation. Now, though? What appeals changes so greatly based on my mood. I can't pick between them all!

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  135. Hey Keith,

    Can I please have bonus points for commenting at nearly four in the morning. I've given up trying to keep up.

    I like your choice of book. My favourite book will be the one you write about your upcoming new reality with your lovely lady.

    A peaceful weekend to you, good sir.

    Gary

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  136. It is hard to answer. I really have two Neither Wolf, nor Dog; on the road with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn and Broken Colors by Michelle Zackheim.

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  137. My first reads were all the Nancy Drew mysteries, Gone With the Wind, Little Women..of all the books I've read, I too, am unable to choose one favorite I love them all.

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  138. Hello Keith!:) I've read most of the books mentioned, and enjoyed them all.
    It truely is difficult to choose just one, but as a child I loved Black Beauty, and as a teenager I devoured the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon, and still read them today. The book that made a great impact on me was the superbly written The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand, great for independent thinkers like yourself. It's so good to be back blogging!:)

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  139. Love those library photos!
    I guess it'd have to be The Lord of the Rings, since that's the one I've been rereading every year for over 20 years. But I do go back to a lot of the MG and YA books I read as a kid, too...

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  140. I too read M on the B when I was young but I think it's more appealing to the males.
    My all time favorite book was "Confederacy of Dunces." I way "was" because it may seem dated now and I never read fiction anymore.

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  141. For me it was the series of Charles Dickens, I don't know which one I read first but was totally fascinated by them. As for Mutiny on the Bounty, I saw the movie about 45 years ago with Marlon Brando in it.

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  142. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Have you read anything by her, Keith? Not exaggerating, she is amazing. Her "voice" is incredible, you won't believe it. Most of her books are that way. She's from rural Kentucky and Im so drawn to her accent! (You're a Kentucky boy!)
    This is the story of an evangelical Baptist, his wife and four daughters who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. Once they moved to Africa, everything changes, mainly for the wife and daughters. It touches on so much of what is really happening, their way of life in Africa, the politics, how they struggle with having to adapt. This novel is set during destruction in the Belgian Congo, and during one of the most dramatic , political chronicles of the twentieth century. I bet Beate would love it, too!

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  143. I've always been a reader especially when I was a teenager, I think the first book I loved was Gone with the Wind, before that I loved nursery rhyme books, later I moved to thriller type books, then mysteries and now I like more literary books and those with historical realism

    I see there is quite a good reading list compiled here for me to peruse and add to my list of good books to read.

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  144. Heeey, not a fair question! There are too many out there. But the ones which have had the biggest influence on my life (in one way or another) are: To Kill a Mockingbird, Exodus (a novel by Leon Uris) and Unbroken (non-fiction by Laura Hillenbrand.

    But like I said, there are many, many more that could make the list.

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  145. my favorite book is Thorny Hold by Mary Stewart, not just because of the writing itself, the book holds memories that make it very special to me and i believe that its this way with most books, there is far more to the memory of a book than the story, we hold fast the memory of the day, the feelings, what and where we were in our life at the time, lol, I am long winded, sorry,

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  146. Impossible for me to choose. So much depends on mood and circumstance. At best, I can say I narrowed down my choice of tattoos to Winnie-the-Pooh but even that isn't truly indicative.

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  147. Hi Keith,

    Great post and I have enjoyed reading everyone's favourites.
    Heidi was one of my all time favourites books as a little girl and probably Gone with the wind. There are so many wonderful books so this one was hard.
    Happy weekend
    Carolyn

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  148. Oh man, I can't play favorites with my books. I JUST CAN'T. Narnia is what truly hooked me on words and reading as a child though. Then there was an obsession with Little House. As I've gotten older the Bible continues to awe, inspire, and mystify me, Narnia forever enchants, Lord of the Rings total weakness, classic poetry is growing on me and anything beautifully written with voices can hold my attention. I just love books. They'll also murder me if I name a single favorite sooo....

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  149. I don't think that I have a favorite book. Like movies, I like to do it once, then move on to a new one. There is just so many to explore and so little time, I want to cram in as many as possible. However, I will say that the Harry Potter series is one I have considered re-reading. There was just so much magic in them, not reading them again in this lifetime would be a sin.

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  150. It seems my favorite book of all time is the one I'm reading. Today that's Girls With Swords. But the one I read every year because it's so good is by Anne Morrow Lindbergh--Gifts of the Sea..I also give this as a gift...but of course my absolute best of the best is my Bible...every single day!

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  151. "Dispatches" by Michael Herr, for its use of language, Crow Country by Mark Barker, for helping put mind brain back together and Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance - just because.

    Cheers - Stewart M. (PS busy and on the road - hence slow reply!)

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  152. How can you pick a favorite of your favorite things in the world? I love ALL my books, and I keep them and I reread them over and over because I love them all so much. The Narnia Books, the Little House books, Dolphin Island, and more, it just depends on my mood. My books have been there for me since I was a little girl, I don't think I could ever choose.

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  153. That's a toughie. I have so many that totally blew me away. Hitch hiker's guide to the Galaxy, The Hobbit, Confederacy of Dunces, The Alchemist.... Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas....How could I choose? Cats Cradle, 1776...............

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  154. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite.

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  155. My favorite when I was a child was The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Then I moved on to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Moving to adulthood my favorite was Chiefs by Stuart Woods.

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  156. I am an avid reader so I find difficult to pick just one... every time I am reading a book that I love I think this could be my favorite book ever but then I start a new one and I change my mind again... maybe I could make a list of my 50 favorite books...

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  157. Oh gosh, another killer question!!! To Kill A Mockingbird would probably make the top spot. But I also love The Count of Monte Cristo, The Book of Negroes (goes by a different name here in the US), Me Talk Pretty One Day, Unbroken, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Bomb, Siddhartha.....oh me, I could go on all day.

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  158. Hi Keith!
    I just came across your blog, and I like it for its interesting content. It's kind of hard to pick only one favourite book. As a kid, I loved all the Famous Five, Malory Towers and Nancy Drew series. Just recently I read the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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