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What are your top ten favorite books? (2 Viewers)


Senior Member
Well, the thread is pretty self-explanatory . . . just list your top ten favorite books in any particular order. Here're mine, in no particular order:

1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
2. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
3. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
4. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
5. Moment in Peking by Lin Yutang
6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
9. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


1. Sigma protocol by Robert Ludlum
2. Hades Factor by Robert Ludlum
3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
4. Sabriel by Garth Nix
5. Lilreal by Garth Nix
6. Abhorsen by Garth Nix
7. To Kill A Mockingbird by
8. Animal Farm by
9. Harry Potter 4 & 5 by J.K Rowling
10. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King


Senior Member
1. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
2. The Time Machine by Herbert George Wells
3. The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) by J.R.R. Tolkein
4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
5. Swiss Family Robinson by Robert Lewis Stevenson
6. The Invisible Man by Herbert George Wells
7. The Ten Thousand by Michael Curtis Ford
8. Gods and Legions by Michael Curtis Ford
9. The Civil War Trilogy by Michael & Jeff Shaara
10. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


Senior Member
Clockwork Orange / Anthony Burgess
Lord of the Rings / Tolkien
Wilt Series / Tom Sharpe
Spellsinger Series / Alan Dean Foster
Murder in the Rue Morgue / Poe
Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain
Brave New World / Aldous Huxley
The Scarlett Letter / Nathaniel Hawthorne
Faust / Goethe
Hamlet / Shakespeare


Senior Member
I haven't read 10 books :(

My grade 8 science textbook was great. It stood high enough that I could use it as a screen while playing with my He-Man figures.


In no particular order because I couldn't possibly, except for the 'Harry' ones.

1) 'It'- Stephen King
2) 'The Witching Hour'- Anne Rice
3) 'Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban'- JK Rowling
4) 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'- JK Rowling
5) 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'- JK Rowling
6) 'About A Boy'- Nick Hornby
7) 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'- CJ Lewis
8) 'Charlotte's Web'- EB White
9) 'The Nightworld Series' (Couldn't choose just one!)- Lisa Jane Smith
10) 'The (Original) Vampire Chronicles'- Anne Rice


Senior Member
In no paticular order except for #1

1) The Complete Short Stories/W. Somerset Maugham
2) A Town Like Alice/Neville Shute
3) Les Miserables/Victor Hugo
4) Reflex/Dick Francis
5) The Stand/Stephen King
6) The Third Deadly Sin/Lawrence Sanders
7) To Serve Them All My Days/R. F. Delderfield
8] The Spiral Road/Jan de Hartog
9) A Handmaid's Tale/Margaret Atwood
10) Eye Of The Needle/Ken Follett


Ten Favorite Books


1. Krishnamurti's Notebook, J. Krishnamurti
2. Krishnamurti to Himself, J. Krishnamurti
3.Sexus, Henry Miller
4.Plexus, Henry Miller
5.Nexus, Henry Miller
6.The Mark, Marurice Nicoll
7. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
8.Tarantula, Bob Dylan
9.In Search of the Miraculous, P.D. Ouspensky
10 Tasting the White Water, Jack Daley (Ha Ha Ha)
I couldn't possibly put them in order, but here's close enough:

1984 - Orwell
Death of a Salesman - Miller
The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
A Rose For Emily - Faulkner (short story? eh...still counts)
The Picture of Dorian Grey - Wilde
Idlewild - Nick Sagan
On the Road - Kerouac
Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
Down and Out in Paris and London - Orwell
The Count of Monte Cristo - gah...tip of my tongue...Dumas! Yeah, that's it.


Senior Member
Ok ok so I've read ten books! Stop staring aaaaah!

In no particular order:

The Ender series

Bio of a Space Tyrant Series

Animal Farm

Just So Stories

The Misenchanted Sword


The Social Contract

The Gor series

The Birth of Tragedy and the Geneology of Morals

Romeo and Juliet

Happy? :) Aaaaah!


Senior Member
Brideshead Revisited, Waugh
Lolita, Nabokov
Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence
End of the Affair, Greene
Kim, Kipling
Don Quixote, Cervantes
The Divine Comedy: Hell (sod the others), Dante
Gulliver's Travels, Swift
Portnoy's Complaint, Roth
1984, Orwell


Senior Member
1 - Timeline by Michael Crichton
2 - Sphere by MC
3 - Firestarter by Stephen King
4 - Harry Potter 5 by JK Rowling
5 - The Andromeda Strain by MC
6 - Harry Potter 4 by JKR
7 - The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody
8 - Jurrasic Park by MC
9 - Harry Potter 3 by JKR
10 - Harry Potter 2 by JKR


Senior Member
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1) Pilgrim by Timothy Findley
2) The World According to Garp by John Irving
3) 1984 by George Orwell
4) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
5) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
6) Dune by Brian Herbert
7) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
8) Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
9) Animal Farm by George Orwell
10) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
wow, this is going to be really hard. hmmmm...

the catcher in the rye - jd salinger

the lord of the rings - jrr tolkien

life of pi - yann martel

the pineapple tart - anne dunlop

catch 22 - joseph heller

mr. pink whistle - enid blyton
i think this was a collection of random stories about mr. pink whistle, i was a child...i don't remember greatly! and i haven't been able to find a copy of the book ever since, i'm begining to think i imagined the whole thing!

king of the cloud forest - michael morpugo

les miserables - victor hugo

to kill a mockingbird - harper lee

THE BIBLE! from what i've read of it anyways...

now, these are by no means in order...nor will it be the same list in ten years time...even a years or a months time. these are just the books that spring to mind that i liked within the five minutes of me typing this. so..all apologies for the randomness. i like lots of stuff other than this like. and i didn't include plays or poetry collections in book form. thats cheating. lol.

ooh! penelope! i see you have the stand down in your section. i wouldn't know myself, but my dad says that the stand is the best book he's ever read. and he's read a hell of a lot of books! i plan to read it someday, i plan to read things my dad talks about because he's a very wise man.


Senior Member
In no particular order:

The Unknown Soldier - Väinö Linna
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Lentävä kirvesmies ("The flying carpenter") - Arto Paasilinna
Mort - Terry Pratchett
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy "Trilogy" - Douglas Adams
Deathscent - Robin Jarvis
Homeland - R.A. Salvatore

There must be dozens of good books that didn't come to my mind right now. My apologies to those masterpieces, since the memory of a man has its limits.


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strangedaze said:
7) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Hmm, I've never read this fully, but I'm very active on the message boards at www.muchmusic.com, and I've read some very bad stuff about this book by other posters. Their biggest claim is that it doesn't relate to what's going on in the world today, and is totally outdated. I've read an excerpt on www.amazon.com, and I quickly saw their point. Besides that, it looked very boring. Sorry.
strangedaze said:
8) Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
Okay, I've read this in Grade 12 English class. All I can say is how can you possibly put this in your top 10? *Vomits*

Now, I don't have a top 10, but I do have a recommendation: April Raintree or In Search of April Raintree by Beatrice Culleton. It's the story of two Metis sisters, one (the title character) in search of her identity. I read this in 11th grade and loved it. In fact, the novel I posted on here, "Hollie Springwood" is actually a parody of the novel (kind of like what West Side Story was with Romeo and Juliet. You must read this book.


So many really amazing books mentioned already, I think I could compile a top ten from them alone. Just thought i'd congratulate you all on your taste (particularly enjoyed the mentions of Siddhartha, The Great Gatsby, Clockwork Orange, Dorian Gray, Dune and Don Quixote). Can't say I approve of all the occurences of Harry Potter books mind you, particularly more than one of them! Egh! It's just The Earthsea Quartet written for 8 year olds. And isn't LOTR a bit of an obvious choice?

Zachary Glass

Senior Member
1. Franny & Zooey - JD Salinger
2. The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
3. Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
4. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
5. Too Loud a Solitude - Bohumil Hrabal
6. A Feast of All Saints - Anne Rice
7. Banana Rose - Natalie Goldberg
8. Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
9. Nine Stories - JD Salinger
10. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald