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#1 charliehorse

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:04 PM

Okay, so Sandra made us all excited with our greatest films, but what books are a permanent fixture beside your bed?

Obviously I'm a fan of the ever-reliable and trusty Jeeves and his affable master Bertie Wilberforce Wooster, as are some others of you, but I'm also very partial to Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince". :jump-for-joy:

What about you?
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 03:58 AM

One of my favorites is Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. It is an autobiographical family history of three generations of women in her family. I've always been fascinated with China and it's history and this book takes you through a lot of China's history through the eyes of people who actually lived through it. It's an awesome read! I've given it to several people and they all love it.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 06:32 AM

Okay I may not have read it in a long time but I would say Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and Hardy's Tess, yeah I go for the tragedy. On that note I must also mention the biggest literary disappointment I had when reading Wuthering Heights. It's billed as a great work, a timeless love story, well I thought it was a load of twaddle so much so I gave up on it half way through. The main characters were to one dimensional and just so mean and wretched that you couldn't care less what happened to them. It's an overwrought melodrama in my opinion.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 07:04 AM

Apart from the 'Jeeves' books (see previous threads!! ;) ) my favourite book of all time is 'The Woman In White' by Wilkie Collins; we read it when I was at school & I loved it!! :wub:

The very worst book I ever read was 'Cider With Rosie' by Laurie Lee; what a totally ghastly waste of time that was!........I only finished it because sadly I had to do it for 'O' level English Literature. Otherwise I think I would probably have chucked it after about page 2; it was the most dreadful trivial rubbish!!! :angry:

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#5 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 07:27 AM

My all-time favorites are The Pastures of the Blue Crane by HB Brinsmead; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. It's hard to limit the list. Posted Image

I read and reread Terry Pratchett, Barbara Hambly, and Diana Gabaldon's books. My hubby says he can tell how I'm feeling by what I'm reading!

Which book did I dislike the most? Hmmm, probably the A Scots Quair trilogy by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. It was set in the area of Scotland my husband and I lived in and the books were dire. I somehow forced myself to read all three books, hoping for a bit of light and happiness somewhere. It never happened and the books put me off reading for months.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:37 AM

You Can Heal Your Life

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The artwork alone is comforting and inspiring. I also print out relevant passages and hang by computer screen so I see it all day.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:31 AM

This is great :happy1-by-lisa-volz: I've got months of good reading now.

Hey, Jeannie, have you read The Little Prince? Just wondering as I've been keen to read Wind, Sand and Stars for a while now. Your recommendation is timely. Is it superior to the prince in your opinion?

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#8 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 03:05 AM

Oh yes, The Little Prince is also a favorite! Sand, Wind, and Stars is for grown-ups what TLP is for children, I think. I loved it. His imagery is vivid and beautiful. It's a book to read when you are alone and there's no racket to distract you. I've always thought it is full of 'Great Silences'.

I was fortunate to spend most of my working life in Europe and to be able to fly gliders (sailplanes) while I was there. So it's also one of my favorite flying books. Another good one is Beryl Markham's West with the Night.
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 09:32 AM

Thanks, Jeannie, I'm going to hunt them down today! I'm sold. It sounds like you had an exciting career. :D
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 10:15 AM

My kids have forbidden me to say "Oh Honey, I've been around!" Posted Image
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 09:57 AM

Hey Jeannie,

I've got Wind, Sand and Stars! Very excited.
:bye:
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 09:33 PM

My all time favorite book, actually 13 books I believe, is the "Left Behind Series" (could not put them down - read one a night). Also have read every book written by Victoria Holt. Also enjoyed both books written by Barbara Bush.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:06 AM

The Egg and I

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Betty MacDonald

Betty was hilarious! I live just 10 minutes away from Egg and I Road where Betty began her adventures in chicken farming. It's fun to try and figure out who she is describing in this book. There was actually a law suit brought against her by a local family who were not happy about how they are portrayed in the book. Born from
The Egg and I was the TV series Ma and Pa Kettle.

If you enjoy Barb's blogs you will also love The Egg and I.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:07 AM

Hi Janey:
I saw your post about a month ago and decided to read the Swans. It took a little while to get into it but it's fascinating. I know some Chinese history but the impact on the individual, then community, leaves you stunned. Thanks for the post. Have you read
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress? It is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Dai Sijie that was also made into a stunningly beautiful movie.
Warm regards :thank-you:
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Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:57 PM

KayTee,
I can't believe it's been February since I checked out this thread! I'm so glad that you enjoyed Wild Swans. I agree with everything you said about it! No I haven't read Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress - it's on my list now! I checked it out and it looks quite interesting. I've been reading like a maniac this year. I'm having a horrible time getting to sleep at night, so it's not unusual for me to read until 1 to 2 am. I just finished The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Excellent book! I'm now reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and half way into the second chapter I knew I was hooked. Looks like another late night tonight. :blink:
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 05:42 AM

Hey Janey, all three of Stieg Larsson's books were great, but three will be all there are. :(

When you have finished those, try John Burdett's Bangkok 8 and the sequels: Bangkok Tattoo and Bangkok Haunts. They'll keep you up nights too!
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 11:54 AM

I read a lot and a few of those books I have read and enjoy. The other I will get and share with you, recently I read "The curse of the Blessings" and "White Fire " by Mitchell Chefitz. Both books are great, and the stories burrow into our soul, and stay there.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:33 PM

I love Jodi Picoult's books. She has several I've read, but the one that comes to mind is "My Sister's Keeper". It was also made into a movie, but I felt the book was way better than the movie.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 04:21 PM

I'm going through the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series- enjoying every one of them. Reading without fear..................

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 01:44 AM

Hi Enjoy,

I have read three of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books so far. I was very surprised how great they were. Since they are so short and easy, and fun, I was always disappointed when the stories ended so soon. I wanted them to go on and on!
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