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Mon 23/04/07 at 10:51
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Okay I need some book recommendations for my site =) What books have you guys read and what are you reading at the moment?

I really haven't read much, apart from the Harry Potter series my ex got me to read, and a few Terry Pratchett books. So I really want to start reading something new. I did enjoy some books I got from the library, The Time Machine and Around the World in 80 Days. I had fun reading them. =)

I remember in other book threads on here, 1984 would be mention a lot. I'm guess it's a good book?

I found this nice list that the BBC did 4 years ago, some kind of Big Read and here are the top 100 books. How many of these have you read? So far I'm at 6/100. =(

1. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22 Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations Charles Dickens
18. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion Jane Austen
39. Dune Frank Herbert
40. Emma Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men John Steinbeck
53. The Stand Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
56. The BFG Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds Colleen McCollough
65. Mort Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
67. The Magus John Fowles
68. Good Omens Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards! Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies William Golding
71. Perfume Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses James Joyce
79. Bleak House Charles Dickens
80. Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle Dodie Smith
83. Holes Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
89. Magician Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
Wed 02/05/07 at 20:26
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Ineedsleep wrote:

> 89. Magician Raymond E Feist - THE BEST BOOK
> ON THE LIST
I must have missed that one.
Yeah, it's really good.
Wed 02/05/07 at 11:57
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Machie wrote:
> Okay I need some book recommendations for my site =) What books
> have you guys read and what are you reading at the moment?

Couldn't list all the books I've read, far too long (and not too everyones taste :). Any book recommendations site should have all Pratchett books and Magician (from the following list). Someone mentioned a Dean Koontz book - the best one of these was definitely, and still is, Watchers - nothing like the absolutely trash film they made of it.

Books I've read from the list are:

> 1. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien

No. 1? Each to their own I guess

> 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK
> Rowling
> 22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
> JK Rowling
> 23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
> JK Rowling
> 24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
> JK Rowling
> 25. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
> 49. Goodnight Mister Tom Michelle Magorian
> 53. The Stand Stephen King
> 65. Mort Terry Pratchett
> 66. The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
> 69. Guards! Guards! Terry Pratchett
> 73. Night Watch Terry Pratchett
> 84. Gormenghast Mervyn Peake - Does half read count? I really could not get into this at all.

> 89. Magician Raymond E Feist - THE BEST BOOK ON THE LIST

> 93. The Colour Of Magic Terry Pratchett
> 96. Kane And Abel Jeffrey Archer

Own quite a few of the 'classics' but never get around to reading them. I read Frankenstein and found it equated to trying to wade through treacle although I still found it a very sad read. Decided to never try other 'classics' after that.
Sun 29/04/07 at 01:21
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what a crock
Sat 28/04/07 at 22:55
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Mumbai Duck wrote:
> Would like to read:
> 3. His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
Read it. Now. Before I kill you.

*Sharpens knife in corner of Mumbai's room*.
Fri 27/04/07 at 20:06
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I read much more non-fiction.
If you want recommendations on poker books, I might be able to help :^)

I would quite like to cover some more fiction though. It'd be nice to be able to go at a book without feeling you're studying. It'd probably be quicker too.



Actually, I think I'll hold onto my 'would like to read' list. I think it covers all the fiction I wanted to get round to, so it'd be nice to have the checklist there.



Have read:
> 1. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
> 4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
> Douglas Adams
> 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS
> Lewis
> 25. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
> 35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Roald
> Dahl
> 36. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
> 46. Animal Farm George Orwell
> 51. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson
> Burnett
> 53. The Stand Stephen King
Took a looong time. I think it’s still the longest book I’ve read, over 1,000 pages.
> 56. The BFG Roald Dahl
> 57. Swallows And Amazons Arthur Ransome
> 81. The Twits Roald Dahl
> 87. Brave New World Aldous Huxley

> 94. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
An interesting read. It was short, which is always nice. However, using a fictional story to try to convince people of a particular form of spirituality, when it doesn't even demonstrate any self-evident truths or awaken any internal insight seems kind of hollow.
(No religious references, I really don't have the stomache for the banal arguments!)v


Have the book waiting to go:
> 20. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy


Would like to read:
> 3. His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
> 6. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
> 8. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
> 11. Catch-22 Joseph Heller

> 15. The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
("So I thought what I'd do is I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes" :^) )

> 54. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
> 60. Crime And Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
> 70. Lord Of The Flies William Golding
> 78. Ulysses James Joyce


Seen the film, and that’s enough:
> 16. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
> 30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis
> Carroll

> 21. Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
Awesome film. Very lame in parts, but overall, very thought-provoking. I was expecting much less

> 42. Watership Down Richard Adams
> 47. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
> 75. Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding


Ordered the DVD, to save reading the book:
> 52. Of Mice And Men John Steinbeck


Would watch the film:
> 2. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
> 19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de
> Bernieres
Fri 27/04/07 at 11:22
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Ignorance really is bliss, then? :)
Thu 26/04/07 at 21:28
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Have you ever read The Beach? the movie is meant to be awful, but the book paints some excellent imagery and is written in the most amazing way. Girls in Love, I feel, was one of Wilson's weaker works. but I'm male, and shouldn't know all this.
Wed 25/04/07 at 17:37
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> 1. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
> 2. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
> 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK
> Rowling
> 6. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
> 7. Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
> 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS
> Lewis
> 16. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
> 22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
> JK Rowling
> 23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
> JK Rowling
> 24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
> JK Rowling
> 30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis
> Carroll
> 31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline
> Wilson
> 35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Roald
> Dahl
> 43. The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
> 52. Of Mice And Men John Steinbeck
Probably my favourite book of all time.

> 56. The BFG Roald Dahl
> 58. Black Beauty Anna Sewell
> 63. A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
> 65. Mort Terry Pratchett
> 69. Guards! Guards! Terry Pratchett
> 70. Lord Of The Flies William Golding
> 74. Matilda Roald Dahl
> 75. Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding
> 81. The Twits Roald Dahl
> 83. Holes Louis Sachar
> 93. The Colour Of Magic Terry Pratchett

I love reading :) Though I have to admit, most of Terry Pratchett's books were only really half-read... I skip most of it if it doenst make me laugh.
Wed 25/04/07 at 15:52
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> 1. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
> 3. His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
> 4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
> Douglas Adams
> 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
> 7. Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
> 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS
> Lewis
> 16. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
> 17. Great Expectations Charles Dickens
> 18. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
> 22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
> JK Rowling
> 23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
> JK Rowling
> 24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
> JK Rowling
> 25. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
> 30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis
> Carroll
> 34. David Copperfield Charles Dickens
> 35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Roald
> Dahl
> 36. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
> 47. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
> 56. The BFG Roald Dahl
> 59. Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
> 74. Matilda Roald Dahl
> 81. The Twits Roald Dahl
(WTH? This was crap.)

I've read all of those.

Too bad they left out my favourite author, David Eddings and Christopher Paolini.
Wed 25/04/07 at 10:57
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I don't like these lists, they exclude too many better books. The ones I've read,

1. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
25. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis
Carroll
78. Ulysses James Joyce

Jose Saramago is my favourite writer. I'm currently reading through his sagacious output.

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