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Best Book I have ever Read by Wheelrim on 12 May 2012 10:37pm
Please, If you want a brilliant book suggestion, read `A Fraction Of The Whole` by Steve Toltz. read the write-ups. its brilliant, witty, and FULL of surprises. Priceless.
Re: Best Book I have ever Read by TERRY S on 13 May 2012 1:09am
Sounds interesting. Best book I ever read was the Adrian Mole sries. Although, The Queen and I was really funny. Both are by Sue Townsend if you're interested. Also just read Love, Lies and liquor by MC Beaton which was amazing. Helps if you have read the other Agatha Raisin books first, though.
Re: Best Book I have ever Read by Spursfan2 on 13 May 2012 7:59pm
"Best book I ever read" is so difficult to choose, there have been so many, and at different times of my life I have had favourites.

First books I remember falling in love with were the Noddy series!! Especially the 1st, which I had when very small, collecting the whole series when a little older, maybe 5 or 6 years old.

At primary, I fell in love with other Enid Blyton books; especially the Famous 5 books [why, Enid, did you have to make 'Anne' so soppy?!!]. I also loved the Katy books, Little Women (+ Good Wives and Little Men) and Children of the New Forest amongst others. In fact I have been known to go down Nostalgia Street even as an adult and read some of them again (though I draw the line at Noddy!!). Our daughter inherited my love of reading (she took a reading badge for guides and still loves reading) and I was able to read HER Famous 5 books.

Then as a teen, I liked Mickey Spillane books. My fave book at age 14 or 15 was Virgin Soldiers by Leslie Thomas.

I have loved The Da Vinci Code (and all Dan Brown books); Agatha Christie; Cadfael books - you name it.

I love, and have, all Peter Kay's books - I just literally laugh out loud at something on nearly every page!!

At the moment I am reading the Shardlake series of books by C. J. Sansom and they are the best thing since sliced bread - until the next book!!

Re: Best Book I have ever Read by Lounge Trekker on 14 May 2012 12:21am
Good thread topic. Good to virtually see you, John.

There are many that would have topped my list over the years. I have to review my personal bibliography for a while before attempting to name one book to occupy this lofty perch.
Re: Best Book I have ever Read by Loretto on 14 May 2012 3:06am
I have favorites from different genres.

The Bang Bang Club (biography)
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun (Memoir)
Rebecca (Fiction)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (autobiography)
The Time Machine (Science Fiction)
Misery (Horror)
The DaVinci Code (Mystery)

I have read Wuthering Heights about 4 times in my life. That is my all time favorite book.

But of course as Anne said, that list will change and has changed over the years.

My favorite as a young girl was The Secret Garden.

I also liked The Ghost Stories of Sheridan LaFanu.

Laurence Olivier's autobiography was good read, brutally honest and a bit too open about his marriage to Vivian Leigh.

I think Peter Ustinov's autobiography was well written, witty and intelligent. Loved it.

PS I Love You, a biography about Peter Sellers was an eye opener.
Re: Best Book I have ever Read by ev on 14 May 2012 9:41am
"I am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action"
Re: Best Book I have ever Read by Spursfan2 on 14 May 2012 9:57am
Oh - Wuthering Heights is a favourite of mine too!!

Re: Best Book I have ever Read by Spursfan2 on 14 May 2012 10:06am
Last June I had a clearout of paperbacks, and (after selling a few on GreenMetropolis) sent 201 to the Village Hall Summer Fete (across the road). Some went back to my teenage years (and YES Johnny - they HAD invented the printing press then!!). Don't know how they sold as we were in Turkey.

I/we still have about 100 paperbacks (favourites) and the same or more in hardback form - these (the latter) I am hoping to sort at some stage and sell or give away.

I have read the paperbacks, and some of the hardbacks, but Zak can't understand why, with books on the shelves I haven't read, why I sometimes go back and read something again and again!! For example, Harry Potter I have read at least 3 times, Cadfael series ditto, and the Dan Brown books twice (I think).

But when you love a book, it is like going back to an old friend.

Re: Best Book I have ever Read by Wheelrim on 14 May 2012 10:56am
Nice feeedback, I am surprised, judging by the quality of the books mentioned, that no-one has given the thumbs-up to the two David Niven books, (autobiographical) `The Moons a Baloon` and the follow-up, `Bring on the Empty Horses`. Hilarious, eye-opening and a true view of what it was really like in the early days of Hollywood. very, very funny and a joy to peruse.
Re: Best Book I have ever Read by Spursfan2 on 14 May 2012 12:34pm
I read The Moons a Balloon YEARS ago, more than 20 at least. I liked David Niven, he was an excellent raconteur and you are right - the book was hilarious.

Bring on the Empty Horses is one of those books I have meant to read for ages.
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