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3/27/11 12:20 P

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It's so hard to pick just one! And I think my choice would change, depending on the day, my mood, whatever. Like some others mention below, I usually don't reread books; I belong to a couple of swap sites as well as LibraryThing, so my routine when I've finished a book is to post a review and then offer it for swap. But there are a few keepers on my shelves, books that I might want to teach or that struck a particular chord with me.

Today, I'm going to choose The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru, which has been at the top of my list of contemporary novels since I first read it about 10 years ago. On Tuesday, I will start discussing it with my Honors class. I am really excited to be sharing this unique book with them.

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3/15/11 11:20 A

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Ooh, what a great thread! Love Don Quixote by Cervantes and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

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CHIPPEE's Photo CHIPPEE Posts: 13,499
3/6/11 8:41 A

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Just thought of another book: Papillon by Henri Chariere.
Reads like a novel, but it's true. What an amazing life story! emoticon

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2/18/11 4:33 P

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I have never heard of Christ in Concrete - am going right now to find it on Goodreads or Amazon!
Yes, it's terribly hard to choose! I loved Little Women when I was younger but was kind of surprised when I went back to it recently and wasn't as enthralled...however I didn't finish it so maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance.


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2/18/11 2:39 P

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Sara, can't believe it, me too!!! Love the Elegance of the Hedgehog, definitely one of the best, and thought Pillars of the Earth was a masterpiece.
I also loved Christ in Concrete. It was so beautifully written.
Little Women is a favorite which I've read numerous times. Now I'm prompted to read Room With a View. The list gets longer.....
p.s. How can one decide on the one best book ever? I can't. emoticon emoticon

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2/10/11 6:01 P

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My favourite book is 'Vanity Fair' by William Makepeace Thackeray. I probably read it once or twice a year.

The narrator is smart and funny, and the writer certainly knew how to keep the reader turning the pages.

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1/28/11 5:22 A

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Sidney, not to worry....I love SF and vampire fiction as well. I also like to stroll to the Young Adult section at the library and see what grabs my attention there.



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1/26/11 9:09 A

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Oh, thanks for reminding me of Room With a View! Time I reread it... emoticon

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1/26/11 12:48 A

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If it was written by Jane Austen, it is the BEST book I've ever read. That being said I'm also a great fan of Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. I just did a re-read of Room With a View by EM Forster and it was just as good as the first time.



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1/25/11 9:39 P

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I too read Pride and Prejudice every year at least once. It is definitely my all time favourite. I also love Emma. I hate to be such a stereotype, but there you have it. It truly is wonderful!

Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake is excellent, as are all of her books, but they do put me in a mood for a while. People love to hate her, but I think that is because she gets a good hold of the reader's emotions and drags them with her through some dark exploration.

Angela Carter is fantastic!

Shamefully, I am a big reader of a wide variety of fantasy, SF, and vampire fiction. I need my brain candy and I don't care who knows it!




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1/20/11 7:54 A

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I reread the Harry Potter books quite frequently. JK Rowling can sure write! I also reread Jane Eyre.

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
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1/14/11 10:24 A

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I used to read Lord of the Rings once a year since the 70th. But since the films came out... emoticon

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1/14/11 8:33 A

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I don't usually reread books, but there are two that I've read twice and will probably read again...
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Oh yes, and I did read Lord of the Rings twice, as well as Pride and Prejudice! emoticon Probably won't read Lord of the Rings again though emoticon

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1/12/11 6:07 A

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Pride and prejudice. I have to write down the date to make sure I only read it once every year.
The Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann comes in as a close second.

But I also have several that are "seasonal" that I read every year.

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1/12/11 6:02 A

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I have several that come to mind, (though I know there are more)
The Stand by Stephen King
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen



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1/12/11 6:01 A

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What is the bed book you ever read? Do you have one that you have read over and over again?



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