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#51 naturalista

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:42 PM

I'm going to go with sheer entertainment.

The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum (only the first one, the sequels suck)

I like the movies too, but they're very different and the first book is amazing.

#52 Miss Iceberg

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:42 PM

QUOTE (noname2 @ 15/03/2011, 04:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


This is a fantastic book, loved it!

#53 mccarro

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:43 PM

A tale of two cities, by Charles Dickens.


#54 namie

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:44 PM

Another vote for Pride and Prejudice.

I also love Extra Virgin: Amongst the Olive Groves of Liguria by Annie Hawes. It's actually more of an autobiography but it is really well written.

#55 niggles

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:46 PM

That's easy!

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

And the bonus is that it is completely approachable. It's transformative. I've never laughed as much as reading this either.

#56 BadCat

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:48 PM

Mila 18 by Leon Uris - fictionalised account of real events surrounding the uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in WWII.  Gut wrenchingly brilliant.

#57 babyboydec05

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:51 PM

Agree with all here and so many to choose from....but another that has a place in my heart is The Lovely Bones - Alice Seabold.

But please do not see the movie!!!!!

#58 boopyscreet

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:52 PM

Another kids book.

The wub.gif Ordinary Princess wub.gif by MM Kaye.

My first copy has worn out and is now in a special box, and I just bought a new copy which I am (slowly) reading to DD.

I read it at least twice a year.



#59 1ds1dd

Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:59 PM

A Fortunate Life.    A B Facey.     A classic.

1ds1dd

#60 emskies

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:03 PM

Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

#61 KimminyCricket

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:04 PM

I want to say House Rules by Jodie Piccoult because I've just finished it and could NOT put it down.  But realistically I have to say The Power of One by Bryce Courtney.  So incredibly powerful.

#62 purplekitty

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:06 PM

QUOTE (niggles @ 15/03/2011, 06:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's easy!

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

And the bonus is that it is completely approachable. It's transformative. I've never laughed as much as reading this either.

This one for me too.



#63 colby01

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:08 PM

I can't narrow down to one book - but after reading this thread I have just downloaded Pillars of the Earth. I hope I enjoy it as much as everyone else has.

#64 LovetheSun

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE (swahili @ 15/03/2011, 06:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pride and Prejudice.

So hard to just choose one!



QUOTE (beatrice11 @ 15/03/2011, 06:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hard to choose just one but my absolute fave would have to be 'A Suitable Boy' by Vikram Seth.



QUOTE (simsy @ 15/03/2011, 06:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
God of small things - Arundhati Roy

although there are so many good books to choose from!


Oh my 3 face books. I love books set in India. Also ANY of Barbara kingsolver's books. She's brilliant. I'm compiling a great to read list from this thread though.



#65 =R2=

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:34 PM

Can I say all of the above? LOL

I'm torn between River God (Wilbur Smith) and Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) - absolutely blasted away by both.

#66 ComradeBob

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:42 PM

QUOTE (niggles @ 15/03/2011, 07:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's easy!

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

And the bonus is that it is completely approachable. It's transformative. I've never laughed as much as reading this either.

Oh, it's transformative all right! I had to study that book for my HSC. Do you know how hard it is writing essay questions on a book with 40 odd main characters?  wacko.gif  It did my head in.

That was over 20 years ago and I still haven't been brave enough to re-read it  laugh.gif

Sorry, going to go double dip here though and mention one of my favourite teen books Pasture of the Blue Crane by Hesba Brinsmead. It's a lovely gentle coming of age story set in far northern NSW.

#67 ez21

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:44 PM

Cloudstreet - Tim Winton

#68 Banana Pancakes

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:45 PM

Without a doubt its the Time Travelers Wife. I read it years and years ago and re-read it occasionally.

#69 kadoodle

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:52 PM

Macbeth.  I know people roll their eyes at the idea of Shakespeare, but the sheer delicate beauty of the prose gets me every time.

#70 Mercurial

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:53 PM

Got some great ideas for this thread thank you.  

I'm another one for the Power of One by Bryce Courtney.

#71 Mummy To Be...

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:54 PM

QUOTE (noname2 @ 15/03/2011, 07:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


Another vote for A Fine Balance. An absolutely incredible book.

#72 kat11

Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:58 PM

Angle of Repose by Wally Stegner.

The first three chapters are woeful, but the finest book I have ever read.

Kath

#73 archyandmehitabel

Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:09 PM

QUOTE (boopyscreet @ 15/03/2011, 07:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Another kids book.

The wub.gif Ordinary Princess wub.gif by MM Kaye.

My first copy has worn out and is now in a special box, and I just bought a new copy which I am (slowly) reading to DD.

I read it at least twice a year.


Never heard of that one.  have read MM Kaye's autobiographical Sun in the Morning, which was brilliant.  haven't ever foudn teh follow-ups though I know they've been written.

favourite novel another vote for To Kill A Mockingbird.  Almost perfectly written book.

Thanks for the suggestions!

#74 Rachiee

Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:16 PM

The Pursuit of Happiness - Douglas Kennedy
(not the movie)

An amazing novel, my copy has been shared around about 15 people.

#75 killerrabbit

Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:16 PM

QUOTE (bobthekelpie @ 15/03/2011, 08:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry, going to go double dip here though and mention one of my favourite teen books Pasture of the Blue Crane by Hesba Brinsmead. It's a lovely gentle coming of age story set in far northern NSW.


+1

I love that book, I didn't think anyone else had heard of it!




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