The List of My Favorite Book….the Sequel

I can’t help it.  Once again, I found myself talking to someone about a book and saying “Oh that’s my favorite book!” And, of course, it’s one of my favorite books.  In October, I posted My List of Favorite Book and realized that I couldn’t possibly list every book that I loved.  Perhaps I should just write a list of books I’ve read more than 5 times.

Before I get to the actual list, I want to ask if anyone is reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline?  My son suggested it and I really like it.  I don’t love it yet, but I may. Excellent sci-fi, which is very hard to find. This book has won several awards and Spielberg is coming out with the movie which is slated to be his best yet. But it is filled with trivia about the 1980’s.  Not my favorite decade, so some of it I’m not familiar with.  But definitely will keep reading it.  If I find myself wondering what is going to happen next in a book, it’s a keeper. Click here for Goodreads description.ready player one

So now to my actual list.

  1. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester.

the professor and the madmanAs only Simon Winchester can do, this book reads like fiction but is a   true story.  Absolutely fascinating and I’ve read it at least twice……..               Now I want to read it again.


3.  I can’t believe in my October post I totally left out Charles Dickens. I inherited this beautiful set of Dickens books. Oddly, I have read only 3 of them.  Christmas Stories, Oliver Twist and Pickwick Papers.  I also love Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.  dickens collectionI think that only a sadist would read Bleak House, but maybe you have to be a lawyer to appreciate it.  But I’m sure some of you loved that one, too.


4.  I’m cheating a little here because I had Winnie the Pooh on my October list.  But I’m including it here because I have 2 great copies of it.  This older copy of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne was published in 1948 and has wonderful illustrations. My parents bought it in London for my brother and inscribed it in 1949.  I was yet to be a twinkle in their eyes.  My other copy is The World of Pooh and was published in 1957.  This also has wonderful illustrations, although the cover has really taken a beating. Fully equipped with evidence of a mouse having chewed the upper right corner.  So quaint, but if I saw a mouse now I’d be running screaming out of my house.illustrations in the world of poohwinnie the poohthe world of pooh

Isn’t the map great?

5.  I’m going to end with Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.  Now, this is absolutely my favorite book. Ooops. Well, ok, not. But one of them.  It’s definitely time to read this again.tess of the d'urbervillesMy list of my favorite book…..the sequel.  Stay tuned for the prequel.

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25 Responses to The List of My Favorite Book….the Sequel

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    My list changes frequently, but there are always those books that come first to mind when people ask for my favorites. But I don’t read many classics, and the ones I read were long ago so they tend not to make my list. The first ones that come to mind for me are “A Fine Balance”, “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and “Midwives.” Loved those books.

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  2. When I think of the hundreds of books we had in the cottage, there weren’t that many authors! Hubby liked Jack Higgins, and then suddenly he didn’t. We had all of Matthew Reilly’s (he hasn’t written anything for a few years now) and my comments on Lee Child are plentiful, having not bothered with his latest two offerings. I have just finished the latest David Baldacci book (someone else I had the complete ‘set’ of), and I was really disappointed. My tastes have changed, so I thought I’d read some classics by Jane Austin, and couldn’t get into those either.
    I did enjoy Dances with Wolves and The Abyss though. We had both on special edition video which went back to the book and were much better than the original cinema releases.

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  3. I’ve read Ready Player One, and sometimes I feel like the only person in the world who was not a fan. -.- I didn’t HATE it, mind you, I just didn’t think it was worth going gaga over.

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      That’s about my feeling, but I’m probably more up the liking scale than you are. I got completely caught up in a couple of chapters and then not so much in others. Usually I can’t put a book down, although I am a little slower with non-fiction. But Ready Player One isn’t calling me in the same way. Thank you for commenting. I enjoy “speaking” with you, because I think that you and I have much in common with literature. And when we disagree, we can have a lively discussion.

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      • I maintain part of my problem with Ready Player One may have been my medium for it. I listened to it as an audio book, and Wil Wheaton’s narration did not…thrill…me. To say the least.

        And same 🙂

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  4. Bea dM says:

    I grew up mainly with French and Russian authors, and though an avid reader, my knowledge of Engish classics is patchy. Favourites vary over the years, I like to move on: the literature out there nowadays is so multi-cultural and energizing. I love good thrillers and sci-fi, both help me keep up with modern English language and dialogues, and the second offer peeps into where we might all be heading 🙂 I read lots of essays too, am now on “Adventures in the Anthropocene” by Gaia Vince, which is pretty close to sci-fi anyway!

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  5. OMG I love “Ready Player One.” It is fantastic. I think it would appeal more to a male of my age who grew up playing video games in the 80’s and is still playing them today.

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  6. Inira says:

    Think I’ll go download some of this, it’s always nice to have some new recommended books. My favourite is Little Women my Louisa May Alcott, have you read it or the series?

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