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.
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.
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.
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.
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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