Favorite Books

  1. Maybe this was done before, but I'm curious.

    What is your absolute, all time favorite book or books?

    Mine are, first, Shogun by James Clavell, and Tai Pan, also by Clavell. Both books have intricately interwoven plot lines, and are really gripping reads. Something for everyone in both books. I think I have read both books at least 50 times. And, yes, it hurt choosing books not by Clancy as my favorites.

    Kevin McHugh
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Rustyhammer
    All time favorite?
    The Big Sky
    by A.B. Guthrie
  4. by   aimeee
    No way I can pick a favorite. I would have to pick at least one in every genre. Sho-gun and Tai-pan are right up there. In the spy novel category the Smiley trilogy by John Le Carre is probably my favorite. For non-fiction, I love Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen. I'll have to think on my other favorites for a while.

    The Big Sky, huh? I'll have to check that out. Haven't heard of that one.
  5. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by aimeee
    The Big Sky, huh? I'll have to check that out. Haven't heard of that one.
    Part of the reason I started this thread. Looking for new reading material!

    Kevin
  6. by   adrienurse
    The Griffin and Sabine series by Nick Bantock. Republic of love by Carol Shields. Shampoo planet by Douglas Coupland. Harry Potter series. An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks.
  7. by   shygirl
    "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris

    I am also reading another one of his called "Naked"
    He is very amusing to say the least.
    Shygirl
  8. by   JonRN
    My all-time favorite is "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, Indiana native with a very acute sense of irony that I love.

    Pappy
  9. by   Q.
    Ahem...

    Might I possibly suggest taking a gander at our very own Allnurses.com Book Club? I've bumped it to the top of the forum.

    Also, we're hoping that we generate enough interest in books to create our own sub-forum of Off Topic.
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Doestoevsky. I know, sounds geeky, but I think it should be required reading for everyone on the planet.

    I'd also say War & Peace (by Leo Tolstoy) - long long LONG read but well worth it.
    Last edit by LasVegasRN on Sep 25, '02
  11. by   aimeee
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks.
    Oh, I'm going to have to look for that one! Have you also read The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat? Awakenings is also very interesting. While the movie focused on the emotional side of the story, the book contains the technical details of the case histories, med. regimen, the physiological basis for their reactions, etc. I'll read anything by Oliver Sacks.
  12. by   nursegoodguy
    tv guide? Does that count?
    Okay, really anything by O'henry! Love his short stories!
  13. by   Tookie
    kmchugh

    Totally agree with you

    l love James Cavell - have read and reread his books
    as you mentioned Tiapan and Shogun - have you read also the other books in his saga of his asian series

    King Rat
    Noble House
    Gai Jin
    and Whirlwind

    King rat - was OK and whirlwind was good but l really enjoyed Noble house and Gai Jin - he managed to tie them all in even though he wrote King Rat first and whirlwind was last -( I think that was the order) l loved most of them I think he was a great author

    I also have really enjoyed lots of others - this thread has now made me go and find my 5 books in my libary by him of his asian series and maybe start yet again, reread them (my least favorite is King Rat)

    Cheers Tookie
  14. by   cmggriff
    I am a SF fan. My favorite is "Use of Weapons" by Iain W. Banks. There is a series of books by Stephen R. Donaldson that I really like; "Dune" of course; anything Heinlein wrote; and Orson Scott Card's Ender series. I have a collection of Robert Browning's poetry. I was reading some to my son the other night. Emily Dickinson is also a favorite but she is hard to understand sometimes. e.e. cummings and Ogden Nash a great too. But I wax verbose here. Gary

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