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    Default Favorite books?

    Well, I love to read and am always looking for suggestions. So maybe I'll get some from other posters?? I doubt there's much of an mbti trend, other than maybe genres of books, but who knows.

    I tried to do my homework to make sure this topic hadn't been brought up yet, but nothing showed up in my searches (although I'm surprised??!!?).

    Here are some favorites (and I have a lot - but hey, I'll just write them all out) --


    Love in the Time of Cholera - Marquez
    East of Eden - Steinbeck
    Bleak House - Dickens (well, any Dickens really - David Copperfield, The Old Curiousity Shop, etc etc)
    The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky (also Crime and Punishment, and The Idiot is kinda cool, but it became quite tedious - and this is coming from someone who obviously can read your more 'tedious' books)
    Portrait of a Lady - Henry James (Wings of the Dove was really interesting also; just much more...challenging, and almost too psychological)
    The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
    The Razor's Edge W. Somerset Maugham (and I really enjoyed Of Human Bondage also, even though the protagonist drove me crazy in the middle 1/3 of the book)
    Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
    A House for Mr. Biswas - V.S. Naipul
    The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand - I must give her a shout-out, as at the time, I loved the book. However, the book also really depressed me (as did Atlas Shrugged) - so I will never read either again.
    Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

    LOTR series, and Silmarillion - Tolkien
    RAMA series - Arthur C. Clarke
    Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
    The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
    Ringworld series - Niven
    Wheel of Time series - Robert Jordan
    Sword of Truth series - Terry Goodkind
    Foundation series - Asimov
    Dragonriders of Pern series (hehehe) - Anne Mccaffrey
    DUNE series - Herbert and son

    From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present, 500 Years of Western Cultural Life - Jacques Barzun
    Piece by Piece - Tori Amos
    The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins
    A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
    Out of Africa - Isak Dineson
    Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

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    I didn't like The Poisonwood Bible (possible more like loathed, but I will concede that it was a in-class read), but I'd like to know what you saw in it. And I mean that in the most sincere way possible. It's entirely possible I approached it in the wrong mindset, and I'd like to know more. (And I happen to be too lazy to try and decifer the vague phrases used by book reviewers.)

    Other than that, I've only read LoTR and Memoirs of a Geisha on your list, so maybe... A History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I read it last year. One of those sprawling "mood" sort of novels, but I found this one actually touching. Not action oriented though, if you are into plot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colors View Post
    I didn't like The Poisonwood Bible (possible more like loathed, but I will concede that it was a in-class read), but I'd like to know what you saw in it. And I mean that in the most sincere way possible.
    Hey, I appreciate how you worded your question! As for what I saw in it, I think it helped that I've always been rather fascinated by religion, and how different people/personalities approach it, and then you throw in history, and sociology, and culture, and psychological things associated with it...just the whole complex religion topic. So the whole 'plot' of the book -- bringing a religion to a nation that...spoke a different language (literally and figuratively!), and the ultimate failure of it..appealed to me. And most of the books I have a deep appreciation for have a human element to them, and speak towards different personalities, and paint rich character descriptions - and also illustrate how different people react to the same situation quite differently. So Poisonwood Bible to me was also about how each of the family members reacted to the exact same situation, and how they each changed as a result (or, in some cases, didn't change). It's been a while since I read it...but that's what I remember.

    I have not heard of the Nicole Krauss book, so thanks for the suggestion!

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    Cool Victorian Literature

    If you like Dickens and haven't tried any of these authors, I recommend them highly:

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
    Far From the Madding Crowd and The Mayor of Casterbridge
    by Thomas Hardy

    These are pretty much the only books in the world that I can reread forever

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    Let's see...

    Till we have faces -- C.S. Lewis

    Lord of the Rings -- J.R.R Tolkien

    I am (not) Spock -- Leonard Nimoy

    Q-Squared -- Peter David

    The South was Right -- James & Arnold Kennedy

    Discourse on Method -- Rene Descartes

    The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams

    Psychological Types -- C.G. Jung

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    Strange Pilgrims- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    The World According to Garp- John Irving

    and why haven't you read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?!?! (I'm assuming that anyone with sense who's read it would love it!)

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    The Brothers Karamazov
    Crime and Punishment
    The Death of Ivan Illich
    Anna Kareina
    Great Expectations
    One Hundred years of Solitude
    The Stranger
    The Age of Reason
    Blood Meridian
    The Crying of Lot 49
    Death in Venice
    Metamorphsis - Kafka, not Ovid.
    King Lear
    Beyond Good and Evil
    Geneology of Morals
    Thus spoke Zarathustra
    Guns, Germs and Steel etc.....................
    One by one, over the months, the other bulbs burn out, and are gone. The first few of these hit Byron hard. He's still a new arrival, still hasn't accepted his immortality. But on through the burning hours he starts to learn about the transience of others: learns that loving them while they're here becomes easier, and also more intenseóto love as if each design-hour will be the last.

    Thomas Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow

    I can't go on, I'll go on.

    Samuel Beckett - The Unnamable

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    My favourite book is Don Quixote. I loved it because Don Quixote was a hilarious character... I also could kind of relate on some level, being the dreamer I am. I guess I can also relate to the part where people switch from thinking hes a madman to thinking he is sensible and intelligent, because that happens to me a lot. People think I'm dumb or on drugs but later say "oh, you're actually smart". I particularly enjoyed Don Quixote and Sancho's debates on philosophical ideas, and their differences in perspective. It was also hilarious how Sancho bought into Don Quixote's fantasies.

    Another one of my favourite books is The Hobbit. I read it years ago, so it has faded from my memory a bit, but I always liked it more than LotR because it was so laid-back and carefree. Plus LotR was very boring at times. The Hobbit wasn't. It was cheerful and adventerous

    I like On the Road by Jack Kerouac quite a bit. I love the way he describes things, its so free. "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" I love that kind of stuff. It was a little boring on occasion, but overall it was a really good book to read.

    Chronicles by Bob Dylan is a favourite of mine. He also has a great way of explaining things and describing events. Plus I'm a big fan of his music, so it was fascinating to read his thoughts.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray was good, too. I liked Oscar Wilde's dialogue a lot. He also had some great jokes, like saying that intellectuals have big ugly noses from thinking too much Great theme, too, its funny how relevant it is today.

    Although I havn't really read every word of any of his books, I like Jared Diamond. I started reading the book "The Third Chimpanzee" at my uncles, and it was really interesting, so I skimmed maybe a total of 3/4 of it over a couple of days when I was staying with him. I've also read some parts of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which is also quite interesting. Its about evolution and athropology, if you havn't heard of it.

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    Hey -

    I read Guns, Germs, and Steel several yrs back. I remember enjoying the overall message of the book, and learned some things, but I also remember getting a bit tired that the author kept restating his premise over and over and over again.....kinda reminded me of Ishmael in that sense... ;-)

    whatever - I'll have to look into your three books. And no, I actually have not read Hitchhiker's yet..... :-)

    athenian - hmm...five yrs ago I would have been more inclined to read some of those, but now I'm becoming much more into fiction than non-fiction!! I did read three by C.S. Lewis - Mere Christianity, Screwtape Letters, other....arg, can't remember the title. Anyhow, I like how he writes, although I no longer hold those religious viewpoints.

    Cerpin-Taxt - looks like there's a lot of crossover between what you've read and what I've read. I haven't read about half of what's on your list though, so I'll have to check some others out.

    GZA - I've read 'On the Road', and enjoyed it -- in a fascinated sort of way. He's like the anti-me, but it was interesting nonetheless. :-) I'll have to check out the Dorian Gray book - I've heard of it. I loved the Hobbit too, as a kid. You're right, it's 'happier.' I haven't read Don Quixote. I'm curious now, I'll have to add it to my list.

    Octavia - I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and loved them. I'll definitely look into the other authors -- and I already have!! I'm halfway through Far From the Madding Crowd and am loving it!!!!!!!!! Good suggestion.

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    Wuthering Heights -- Emily Bronte
    The Problem of Pain -- C. S. Lewis
    The Outsiders -- S. E. Hinton
    Dark Night of the Soul -- St. John de la Cruz
    The Three Musketeers -- Dumas
    The Horse-Dealer's Daughter -- D. H. Lawrence (I have something of a crush on him)

    My sister likes me to read out loud to her, and one of her favorites is "The Wind in the Willows". She's so Mole.

    I also collect really really awful paperback sci-fi from the 50s through the 80s. I love that stuff!
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