Favorite Books

  1. Ok, we have the favorite movie thread going...how about favorite books? This is MUCH harder for me to narrow down as I read more books than I do watch movies but:

    ALL TIME FAV: "Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. (No, I never saw movie which I think was, what? 1940s? 1950s?)

    MOST FREQUENTLY READ: "Gone with the Wind," Margaret Mitchell. Although it's been awhile, I bet I read GWTW at least 12 times between the ages of 12 and 25. Forget the movie!

    SCI-FI/FANTASY GENRE: "Mirror of Her Dreams" (two-book series) by Steven Donaldson. A bit of time-travel fantasy-kinda stuff.
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  3. by   cargal
    Hi Zee. Yes, its your old bud! Nice to hear from you. Great post! Leave it to you! My old favs are Cheasapeake, by James Michener and Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.
    Most recently loved Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and I have become a solid Barbara Kingsolver fan. Her most recent Prodigal Summer is great reading.
    Zee did you ever read Ann of Green Gables with your girls. It made me lol!
    Great reading...............
  4. by   CEN35
    ZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

    Good idea.....but as you said much harder to narrow down. As most of my reading is work related, and not out of oure nothing to do! Usually I am online, at work or working around the house. NOt much time for Tv or just reading.
    I must say though, "Mutant Message Down Under", by Marlow Morgan was fantastic. It certainly makes me want to go down to Austrailia and just hang out, or even try the eco challenge!

    Rick
  5. by   neonnurse
    Zee, Me to!! I love to read, and I read more books than see movies.
    Heres my list: Pillars of the Earth and Hammer of Eden By Ken Follett, Gold Coast, Charm School, Generals Daughter, Word of Honor by Nelson DeMille. The Girl Who loved Tom Gordan by Stephen King. First Wives Club and Flavor of th Month by Olivia Goldsmith and if I can ever find it again, an obscure book called Erik Brighteyes. p.s. I always read the book before seeing the movie.
  6. by   Zee_RN
    Cargal...hi there...noticed you took your city of your posting, hehe. No, haven't read Anne of Green Gables to kids...I should give it to my one girl tho...she's my problem student but lately really into reading..she just finished abridged version of Great Expectations!

    Went thru a Michener period myself. Loved Chesapeake but never finished the last few pages because I didn't want to read about the destruction of the bay!

    Rick: Never heard of Mutant from Down Under..is it sci-fi (kinda sounds like it).

    Oh, and I forget to mention Gore Vidal...loved just about everything I read of his (Burr, 1876, Lincoln, Hollywood, etc.)
  7. by   CEN35
    Zeeeee.......

    Mutant message from Down under - I actually don't know for sure if it is sci-fi. The name is deceiving. It's actually about a guy who wanders into the Outback.....almost dies..and an Aboriginese tribe saves him. he can't understand them, or anything. Over time he learns to communicate with them, and learns how they survivie in the outback etc. He doesn't know where he is most of the time, so he doesn't know how to get back? At he end they take him within viewn of the nearst city. Turns out, they were trying to teach him about their culture and life in general........it was an awesome book!!! I have read it a few times, the last about 3 yrs ago.

    Rick
  8. by   neonnurse
    Originally posted by CEN35:
    Zeeeee.......

    Mutant message from Down under - I actually don't know for sure if it is sci-fi. The name is deceiving. It's actually about a guy who wanders into the Outback.....almost dies..and an Aboriginese tribe saves him. he can't understand them, or anything. Over time he learns to communicate with them, and learns how they survivie in the outback etc. He doesn't know where he is most of the time, so he doesn't know how to get back? At he end they take him within viewn of the nearst city. Turns out, they were trying to teach him about their culture and life in general........it was an awesome book!!! I have read it a few times, the last about 3 yrs ago.

    Rick
    Actually, Rick, I've also read Mutant Message, but I was under the impression that it was a true story about the author a woman who got lost in the Outback, encoutered Aboriginies for survival and frienship...I also later learned that it was not a true story, but made up. I don't care, I thought it was an awesome book with a wonderful moral.
  9. by   Kaliko69
    I love mysteries by women authors. I go to the library (when not studying) and walk down the mystery aisle and pick out about 5 or so books by women. SOme are good, some not so good. but its free

    also I love Janet Evanovich.. she is so funny

    Paula
  10. by   JennieBSN
    Read King's '...Tom Gordon' while waiting to be called to the stand in jury duty selection....if that tells you anything about how LOOOOOOONG that day was. Decent book. I also liked King's 'The Stand.' I like weird scary stuff, for the most part. Dean Koontz, King, etc.. As far as 'classic' reading goes, I would say that 'Catcher in the Rye' is very good...but haven't read it in a number of years. Thinking about reading the Bible cover to cover...I figure it might behoove me to know what's in there in entirety instead of just choice passages. Might be educational.

    Good thread, Zee...I may have to trot down to the library....
  11. by   Lumina
    Stephen King Fan here!!!
    Thinner
    Desperation
    The Regulators
    Bag of Bones

    They make me very nervous, though.
  12. by   CashewLPN
    hi... well... I'm definately a ken follett fan.. Tower of Eden is really good. Steven King wrote/is writing a series called 'the dark tower' now, that is totally not the usual steven king genre.. but it is soooo good... kinda sci-fi fantasy... Anything by james herriot is good too... the whole animal thing is good... this guy named Lou camuti wrote about is vet practice that was only for cats... very nice...
    oh--- star trek paperbacks are really cool... Big trekker here... hahaha.... I am not a GEEK!!!
    And, anything by Michael Chriton(SP) or Robin cook is great!

    Oh---- If anyone can suggest any fantasy/scifi type books that are good, e-mail me, or write back... (Yeti1313@hotmail.com)

    thanks!
    --BA
  13. by   bestblondRN
    I enjoyed Stephen King's "The Stand"--have probably read it half a dozen times over the years. Another favorite is "The Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy--the movie was a travesty when compared to the book. It is filled with imagery, and you can truly get so absorbed in the story that you feel as though you are there. It is far more setailed than the film, and really explores each of the characters and the dysfunctional family dynamics. The Barbra Streisand character (Dr. Lowenstein) is a very secondary character, unlike the film. I am currently reading "Tuesdays With Morrie" (finally), and am enjoying it as well.

  14. by   cargal
    Jogged my memory, BestblondeRN! I loved Pat Conroy's "Beach Music", Have read it twice and count it as one of the best books ever. So many great books, so little time...

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