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    Quote Originally Posted by Hippyma89 View Post
    My old time favioute has always been the magic faraway tree from Enid Blyton, loved it as a child and still love it... opens your mind and makes you use your inmagination.... I just love it..
    The kids and I are half way through it!

    All time fave for me is Magician by Raymond E Feist - but I am a fantasy genre buff. Story of a young boy who, by fate and chance, grows to be a powerful magician, suffering the responsibility and loss that comes with power.

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    My all time favourite series!!! My 14yo DD is now a HUGE fan. I started a thread on them a while back
    I know I usually re read them at least once a year if not more!! I missed the thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Stephen King's Dark Tower series- 7 books following the quest of Roland, the worlds last gunslinger, as he tries to find the tower to save the worlds. All the worlds. Such vivid characters set in a world much like ours, that sometimes is ours.. Just awesome.

    Diana Gabaldons outlander series- time travel and historical fiction- again, awesomely vivid characters and a great yarn.

    Game of Thrones series- so bleak yet so addictive!

    Stephen king and Peter Straub did 2 books together- talisman and black house. Fantasy and mystery and gripping stories. Great stuff.
    8 books now!!!!!<3 Roland he is one of my idols lol

    I began reading ALL the wizard of oz stories there were I think 20 or so adventures written by frank Baum and so I thought I would give wicked by Gregory Maguire a go and I fell in love with elphaba the wicked witch of the west.

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    A lot of my favourites have been mentioned but my absolute favourite is a trilogy by Penny Vincenzi. The first book is called No Angel.
    It follows the life of a woman through wars, family, career etc and is just beautifully written and a lovely story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatieKitten View Post
    Also if anyone could remember any good books - which are generational women
    Daughters of England series by phillipa Carr (always laugh at her name) starts in the 11th century and each book is about the next daughter. I love it, I read them every few years, took me ages to get all the books when I was younger, they were no longer being published so I bought them all second hand.

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    All the books I love have been turned into movies. I'm always glad I'd read the book before it was a movie though coz the books always better.

    Where the heart is - about a girl that gets left by her boyfriend at a Walmart and she lives there until she has her baby.

    PS I love you - a beautiful love story

    The lovely bones - about a girl that got murdered, and what it's like in her heaven, what she goes through, what she sees. And about her family dealing with her loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broomdyke View Post
    8 books now!!!!!<3 Roland he is one of my idols lol

    I began reading ALL the wizard of oz stories there were I think 20 or so adventures written by frank Baum and so I thought I would give wicked by Gregory Maguire a go and I fell in love with elphaba the wicked witch of the west.
    Yes I read Wind through the Keyhole as soon as I could. Like revisiting old friends!

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    Not sure what my all time fav book would be, as different books appeal to me at different times, but I can very strongly recommended 'the book thief'. It's about a young girl's experiences in Nazi Germany and is just beautiful.

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    I can't pick one, but some of my favourites:

    Chekhov - The Cherry Orchard (a play, but the best one ever)

    Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd (probably my favourite book, but may be a bit slow going for some)

    Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland

    Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game (sci fi about a young boy who gets scouted to become great at what he thinks is just a war game, but turns out to be more)

    Arthur C Clarke - Memoirs of a Geisha

    Herman Hesse - The Glass Bead Game (beautiful and epic story)

    Emily Barr - Baggage (she combines travel based writing with crime/ mystery type fiction - good escapism)

    Jodi Picoult - Nineteen Minutes (about the factors leading up to a school shooting - couldn't put this one down)

    George Orwell - Animal Farm and 1984 (love them both)

    Arthur Miller - The Crucible (another play)

    So many more! I could keep going forever...

    And in a complete departure - I love love love all the old Sweet Valley High books, Point Horror, and Christopher Pike books. Ah 1980s teen fiction... Can't beat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomes83 View Post
    Pride and prejudice by Jane Austin. A well written romance novel that gives an insiders look at living in the Victorian era. Characters that you fall in love with.
    This ^^^! my sis has always thought it was to 'high brow' but we watched Bridget Jones Diary together the other night and I was pointing out ask the bits that were taken from P&P, now she says she might read it! Its just such a cool book if you can get past the language


 

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