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Title: What is your favorite book?
Post by: CC on September 12, 2010, 02:51 PM
What is your favorite book?

Any book -- pic book, MG, YA, adult. I know, I know you can't possibly pick one, but what's the first one you think of?


For me, I'd say Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
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Post by: G.R. on September 12, 2010, 03:04 PM
At this point, I would go with Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Disturbing as it is, it's such a beautifully crafted piece of work...

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Post by: Carrie on September 12, 2010, 05:13 PM
There's no way I could possibly pick just one! But the first book I thought of was Anne of Green Gables. It meant so much to me when I was growing up, and I still re-read it regularly.
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Post by: Mike Jung on September 12, 2010, 05:33 PM
Michael Chabon also jumps into my mind, but for THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY. A book for the ages. Lisa Yee's MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS is also a contender. As is Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME. And Thomas Wolfe's THE RIGHT STUFF. Maybe Anne McCaffrey's DRAGONSONG. How about Nick Hornby's HIGH FIDELITY? Possibly Crockett Johnson's masterpiece, HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON. Or...see, the thing is, it's never been one book. The list of favorites just keeps getting bigger.
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Post by: Jennifer D G on September 12, 2010, 05:55 PM
Two popped into my head immediately and then three-hundrend-and-eighty-nine titles immediately followed.

But, in fairness to your question, here are the two:

THE HOLLYHOCK WALL (a picture book) written by Martin Waddell with the most amazing illustrations by Salley Mavor. An absolutely perfect book.

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver

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Post by: Debby G on September 12, 2010, 09:04 PM
Definitely Catcher in the Rye.
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Post by: ecb on September 13, 2010, 12:43 AM
TAMSIN by Peter S. Beagle
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Post by: olmue on September 13, 2010, 06:03 AM
A WRINKLE IN TIME, Madeleine L'Engle
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, CS Lewis
HARRY POTTER (because it's really all one book, split into seven), JK Rowling

because they resonate with me more than anything else, because they've held up under multiple readings, and because they hit me in all the places that make me feel and make me wish I could do that in writing as well.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on September 13, 2010, 06:39 AM
Hmm.  For YA, A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer or The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope.  Picture book, Zoom at Sea by Tim Wynne-Jones or Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey. For adult, either Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke or Uncharted Territory by Connie Willis or The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer or...must...stop...
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Post by: mariannabaer on September 13, 2010, 07:40 AM
The book that I've read over and over since I was a teen is MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS by Gerald Durrell. It's a book I'd recommend to anyone. Just writing the title makes me want to start reading it again right now!
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Post by: andracill on September 13, 2010, 08:28 AM
First book that came to mind:  ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card
Second book:  PROTECTOR OF THE SMALL, by Tamora Pierce (and yes, that's a quartet, but I always read it as one book)
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Post by: redheadedali on September 13, 2010, 07:54 PM
Absolute #1 favorite: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Favorite YA: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Favorite MG: The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye
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Post by: Wonky on September 13, 2010, 10:06 PM
Hmmm. Maybe Frank Herbert's DUNE.

Stephen Baxter's MANIFOLD: SPACE recently made a huge impression on me...
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Post by: ccw on September 14, 2010, 03:13 PM
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. Oh, how I love this novel.
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Post by: Meglin on November 08, 2010, 07:41 PM
A Light In the Attic- Shel Silverstein
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll
Jane Eyre- Charolotte Bronte
These are the books I read over and over or will just open up and read whatever page I land on.
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Post by: J.Ro on November 09, 2010, 02:57 AM
I'll go with three

The Velveteen Rabbit
Because of Winn Dixie
Poisonwood Bible

oh one more

Water for Elephants
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Post by: Joanna on November 09, 2010, 11:12 AM
Sorry, just one won't do. :smile

Lord of the Rings
Middlemarch
King of Attolia
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Post by: Deva on November 09, 2010, 11:30 AM
The one that actually popped into my head first was Watership Down by Richard Adams.

Though like everyone else here I would have a very hard time actually choosing a list of favorites. There are so many fantastic books!
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Post by: Laine on November 28, 2010, 03:14 PM
This changes...I remember when I was a kid, The Incredible Journey was my favorite book (still have the copy I had then!). And I remember when Six of One was my favorite, The Mists of Avalon, The Monkeywrench Gang, The Lord of the Rings...

Now? I love Fire by Kristin Cashore, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, and The Hunger Games trilogy.

But the book I'd be least willing to relinquish if stranded on a desert island? The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, by Christopher Moore. Or...aaaah!  :chickendance
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Post by: Aimee W. on November 28, 2010, 04:08 PM
My all time faves will be HP and LoTR, probably until I turn to dust.

My fave read this year was WICKED LOVELY~ Oh, my stars and garters and forks and fireflies and kitchen sink. I loved, loved, loved it. When I finished the last page and set it down, I thought, This is how it's done.
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Post by: terrylynn on November 28, 2010, 04:55 PM
Cold Nights, Fast Trails by Dave Oleson
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Post by: jenniferfisher on November 28, 2010, 06:21 PM
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Angela's Ashes
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Post by: teri on November 28, 2010, 06:25 PM
At this point, I would go with Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Disturbing as it is, it's such a beautifully crafted piece of work...



I have to agree with G.R.  This book continues to amaze me with every read.

Also love The Cage by Audrey Schulman.  A masterful book.
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Post by: myriad_of_colors on November 29, 2010, 12:14 AM
I have no ONE favorite! And it's killing me to try and pick one, I'd have to say Harry Potter and Beka Cooper: Terrier by Tamora Pierce.

BUT I'd like to add Pride and Prejudice, The Wide-Awake Princess, My Boyfriends' Dogs, The Mortal Instrument series....  SO MANY! :bricks
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on November 29, 2010, 07:59 AM
Books I reread: The Alice books, Watership Down, the Harry Potter series. Can't choose among them for a favourite.
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Post by: Tammi on November 29, 2010, 08:05 AM
Favorite MG:  A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
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Post by: ChrisLH on November 29, 2010, 06:05 PM
For adults: Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger
For my inner child: The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis. I can't pick out only one from the series.
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Post by: mswatkins on December 02, 2010, 06:22 AM
Adult: A River Runs Through It
MG (and overall favorite): The Black Cauldron
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Post by: Melissa K on December 02, 2010, 10:43 AM
The first book to pop into my head was Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt, which was one of the most important books to me while I was growing up. I have a million more, but I'm going to restrain myself from listing them all. Instead I'm going to go work on my WIP.
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Post by: AnneN on December 02, 2010, 11:39 AM
I can't have one favorite!  But the book I reread in times of great trouble is DAVID COPPERFIELD.
 :hearts
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Post by: amykated on December 02, 2010, 11:43 AM
One of my favorite books of all time is The House on Hackman's Hill by Joan Lowery Nixon.  It was the first book I ever read that scared me so much I couldn't sleep that night.  More than that, it was the first book that really made me feel what the characters were going through and that's why I hold it at the top of my list. 
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Post by: Mr. K. on December 03, 2010, 11:03 AM
Mine is Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate Dicamillo. It's the book that first inspired me to write a middle-grade novel.
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Post by: ruecole on December 03, 2010, 11:46 AM
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. It's the only book I've ever read that I can read and reread and never seem to get tired of.

Rue