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  1. #1
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    A few of your favorite novels

    Hello berries!

    I am sort of cheating a little bit by posting this here but I respect all of your opinions and I couldn't help myself. I love to read and I am in search of those books that you could literally read over and over. I want you to tell me your absolute favorites. I am not picky in subject matter, I'll read anything. But to give you an idea a few of my favorites are, The Kite Runner, Room, Jane Eyre, The Secret Garden, The Light Between Oceans....

    I'd appreciate any and all suggestions. Thank you!!!
    Ben & Lainy
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    I have so many favorites. This is tough!

    Off the top of my head:

    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
    Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
    John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It) by David Wong

    Short story collections:
    Water and Fire by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson
    The Barnum Museum by Steven Millhauser

    At the moment I'm really enjoying What Maisie Knew. I also love Anna Karenina, The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost, if you can deal with super dense language.
    Gwen
    College student, bookworm, terrible influence.
    Owner of a cat: Minerva "Minnie"


    Current favorites:
    Belphoebe Cosima Sybella Ailsa Celia
    Prosper Finn August Malcolm Zephyr

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    Oh I just read The Ocean at the End of the Lane and LOVED it! It wasn't what I was expecting but I really enjoyed it. The Princess Bride has been on my "To Read" list forever, I should just start it already!

    Thank you for your reply.
    Last edited by lainy; September 21st, 2013 at 05:32 PM.
    Ben & Lainy
    10.8.12


    Violet Audrey Laine . Lola Felicity Kate . Daisy Elizabeth Joy

    Aurelia, Avalon, Catherine, Juniper, Lydia, Magnolia, Mira/Mirabel, Quinn, Summer, Tessa, Vesper, Zelda


    Archer Gregory James . Hugo/Leo Benjamin North . Finnick Daniel Sage

    Arlo, Asher, August, Beau, Bodhi, Dominic, Ezra, Forrest, Grey, Julius, Theodore

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    A few... this is going to be long, I love too many books.

    The ones Gwen said and...

    Jane Austen - Emma
    Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
    J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter series
    J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion & The Hobbit
    Neil Gaiman - Stardust, Good Omens and Neverwhere
    D.H. Lawrence - Lady Chatterley's Lover, Women in Love, Rainbow & Sons and Lovers
    Kate Atkinson - Life After Life, Behind the Scenes at the Museum & Human Croquet
    Kate Morton - The Forgotten Garden
    Jeanette Winterson - Written on the Body, The Passion, Lighthousekeeping & The Daylight Gate
    Sarah Waters - Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet &
    Andrew Davidson - The Gargoyle
    Dante Alighieri - The Divine Comedy
    Homer - The Odyssey & The Illiad
    Junot Diaz - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao & This is How You Lose Her
    Anne Peile - Repeat it Today With Tears
    Siri Hustvedt - Summer Without Men, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl & What I Loved
    Margaret Atwood - Alias Grace, Cat's Eye, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride & The Blind Assassin
    A.S. Byatt - Possession & The Children's Book
    Joanne Harris - The Evil Seed, Sleep Pale Sister & Chocolat
    Elizabeth Smart - At Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
    Nancy Garden - Annie on My Mind
    Ian McEwan - Atonement
    Audrey Niffenegger - Her Fearful Symmetry
    Knut Hamsun - Hunger & Victoria
    Sir Walter Scott - Ivanhoe
    Linda Olsson - Astrid and Veronika, Sonata for Miriam & The Memory of Love
    James Salter - Light Years & A Sport and a Pastime
    T.M. White - The Once and Future King
    J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
    Jennifer Egan - A Visit From the Goon Squad, The Keep & The Invisible Circus
    Virginia Wolf - The Waves & To the Lighthouse
    Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian
    Angela Carter - Heroes and Villains & The Magic Toyshop
    Elizabeth Hand - Immortal Love
    Milton - Paradise Lost
    Edmund Spenser - The Faerie Queene
    Donna Tartt - The Secret History
    Nicole Krauss - The History of Love & Great House
    Melissa Bank - The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing
    Anaïs Nin - Delta of Venus & Henry and June
    Carol Birch - Jamrach's Menagerie
    Jess Richards - Snake Ropes
    Maggie O'Farrell - The Hand That First Held Mine, After You'd Gone, The Distance Between Us, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox & My Lover's Lover
    Esther Freud - Lucky Break & Hideous Kinky
    Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus
    C.S. Lewis - Till We Have Faces and The Chronicles of Narnia
    J.M. Barrie - Peter Pan books
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    Oh Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden was lovely! And apparently I need to check out the rest of Neil Gaiman's novels.

    Thank you ottilie!
    Ben & Lainy
    10.8.12


    Violet Audrey Laine . Lola Felicity Kate . Daisy Elizabeth Joy

    Aurelia, Avalon, Catherine, Juniper, Lydia, Magnolia, Mira/Mirabel, Quinn, Summer, Tessa, Vesper, Zelda


    Archer Gregory James . Hugo/Leo Benjamin North . Finnick Daniel Sage

    Arlo, Asher, August, Beau, Bodhi, Dominic, Ezra, Forrest, Grey, Julius, Theodore

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