Favorite book?

Do you have a favourite book that you've re-read until it was a mass of pages held together by string and affection?

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  1. waylander

    Favourites change over time I think. At 7 I was a great Enid Blyton fan. Teens through to early 20’s it was factual, mainly history and mainly military history.

    Then I found Tolkien. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

    Rcently I’s have to say my favourite would have to be The Fionavar trilogy by G G Kay. I’m on my fourth set, having lovingly destroyed the first three with overuse.

    1. justme1

      LITTLE WOMEN is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.
      I read this book over and over again , I kept it till I went abroad to live and it was falling to pieces..literally. I taped it with tape several times to keep it in one piece

      1. roseinbloom

        Justme, I love “Little Women” also. I like it much more after Reading the biography of her father and the biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne who was her uncle by marriage. I don’t read books over and over, but I read Little women when I was very young and then I read it a few years ago.
        It is one of my favorite books, for sure. When I was a child I read all the Alcott books. I -also remember loving “Rose In Bloom” more the Little Women. Little women exemplifies a contribution to literature. It is a the first novel that is factual and fiction.

        1. justme1

          The book called Jo`s Boys
          …. The novel is the final book in the unofficial Little Women series. In it, Jo’s “children,” now grown, are caught up in real world troubles. Think this was the sequel to Little Men .
          To be honest I have never read Rose in Bloom..but will do soon

          1. roseinbloom

            justme 1, Little Women followed the life of the author more than any of the other books. Louisa May Alcott never married in real life, and was a nurse or provider for her father and mother. She destroyed all her notes and journals, and we can only wonder how much her imagination was used in her later books;
            I can barely remember the books that I read as a child of about 10 years old.

      2. Madge

        Little Women my all time favourite I was in New England some years ago visiting my son. I was hoping to visit Concorde but unfortunately never got there. I was in an old book shop in Scotland and found the biography of Louisa May Alcott . So interesting.

    2. LoneRogue

      I couldn’t name a specific book as my favorite but want to mention A.B. Guthrie and his fiction books on western travel and development. The Big Sky and the Way West I believe were also movies as well as others I believe.

  2. rose1943

    Just, I just loved their books and had to go to Massachusetts to see their homes and also their graves…”sitting patient in the shadow, til the blessed light had come” memorized, from “MY BETH”. Love to know another fan. Also love the work of the Bronte sisters and travelled to Horwath and the moors in England to see their homes.

    1. roseinbloom

      Rose1943, I traveled to Boston and saw Hawthorne’s home in which Louisa May Alcott also lived for a while. I would love another Boston Trip.

  3. rose1943

    How could I possibly leave out all the works of Charles Dickens! Love them all and traveled to England for him as well. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle…all the Sherlock Holmes stories, I was glued to them.
    Henry David Thoreau who lived in solitude in the little hut on Walden Pond and wrote. Went to Concord MA to see this historic place. It was awesome! ( Don Henley from the Eagles Group put up the money to maintain this area).
    These works were the inspiration for my travels.
    Thank you, Ms. K, for this blog!

    1. roseinbloom

      Rose1943, I never got so inclined to visit places in novels, but I would enjoy doing it now. I would love to see Walden Pond and Emerson’s home.

  4. Ms. K. Post author

    I’m a Louisa May Alcott fan, too. Has anyone read “Rose in Bloom? I’ve loved that one as well as her more well-known books. I’m a big Susan Elizabeth Phillips fan, especially “Nobody’s Baby but Mine” and all of the Stars series. Katie Fforde is one of my favs. I’ve worn out the library’s copy of “The Rose Revisited”. Some of my favorite children’s books are “The Saturdays” series and the entire shoe series by Noel Streathfield, and P.L. Travers “Mary Poppins” series. Dragonwyck by Anne MacCaffrey, Jeffrery Deavers “Amelia Sachs/Lincoln Rhymes” series, and let me not forget my beloved and convoluted, Preston and Childs mysteries!

    1. roseinbloom

      After a of of comments and thought, I realized that Little Women influenced me more than I had realized. I realized that women could be very different and lead different lives and all could be good people.
      This book could have inspired the women’s movement that led to women getting the right to vote in the USA, and maybe other countries.
      Books influence us more than we realize.

  5. roseinbloom

    Some of my favorite books were non-fiction. “The Art of Loving”, The Naked Ape”, and Biographies. I really like historical fiction.
    A’s a child, I loved mysteries, and Zane Gray westerns. And animal stories by W. W. Burgess.

  6. TheWalker

    I have to admit I don’t really re-read many books. A few books I have really enjoyed at different times of my life are “A Christmas Carol” so uplifting. “Cider with Rosie” such an idyllic world or so it seemed to me then, “The Lord of the Flies” Good but disturbing. I don’t seem to put much time aside to read nowadays I think I should put it in the new years resolution. Nice topic.

  7. Rockflower

    Favourite book OMG! what a cruel choice that would be. There are all my art books, my needlework history. I’ve loved a few cookery books, lots of gardening books.A great deal of history and classic poetry. On the other hand I enjoy a good mystery , not so much Agatha Christie though. I do not know the languages well enough but I’ve always enjoyed translations because they do take you right into another culture.
    As a child I too grew with Enid Blyton, yearned to have the the boarding school life of Mallory Towers or the adventures of the Famous Five. Only recently I’ve learned what a strange woman Enid was in her real life. Loved all the fairy and fantasy books and still do.
    I think Black Beauty was the first book that made me cry. Cried over Uncle Tom’s Cabin, I suppose that book is not quite politically correct now. One of my treasured books was a book of traditional fairy tales, that was illustrated be Aubrey Beardsley and it were the illustrations that delighted me. All black and white but incredibly detailed. Looking at a copy of this book a year or so back, I realized the pictures had quite a bit of nudity and could have been seen as erotic! All that went over my head at the time, I just loved the design and art of them but I don’t think such illustrations would get in a Children’s book now LOL Wind in the Willows and Beatrix Potter took me into an animal world, again, it were the illustrations.
    All those classics we had to read for school, lots of Shakespeare and I remember the “light bulb” moment or rather two hours.Having been taken by the school to watch a performance of Hamlet, at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. Hearing actors bring the whole thing to understandable life….it was a revelation. I do read out loud, almost everyday, a Shakespeare sonnet and love the music of it.
    I do recommend reading those classics you read at school, you will find how you will now see those books very differently. We read Jane Eyre in class, and we 13 year old girls wiped our tears for Jane . Reading the book again, my thoughts were poor Mr. Rochester, first he has a mad wife in the attic and then he gets to be lumbered with Jane Eyre. Read Dickens again and you may find the simpering sweet little girl wives a bit creepy. I do read Jane Austin quite often, so much that I almost know whole passages by heart. Again it is not so much the actual stories although there is much wisdom there. It is the crystal clarity and elegance of the actual language. The music of the prose, her writing of the English language, is what Mozart is to music.
    I could ramble on but thanks for this little trip down memory lane.

    1. roseinbloom

      Rockflower, You inspire me to read more. I loved books, and they were a huge part of my life and I loved the language. I have the complete works of Shakespeare but I don’t read it very often. It is a huge book.
      What problem did you have with Jane Eyre as a wife. I missed that completely.

      1. Ms. K. Post author

        Len, I have a teenager’s Bible that I used to read with my daughters when they were young. It’s old and raggedy, but still i’ll read it, seeing its message and reliving happy memories.

  8. len1932

    I read the Bible every day and also write a weekly newspaper column. I have the little Bible I was given when baptized at age 9 in our church

  9. toners

    I have read Emile Zola’s Germinal so many times I have lost count- and have had three or four paperback versioins in tatters as the book always accompanied me on my journeys. First read it in my teens and then quickly followed it with La Terre- entranced by Zola’s use of language and his versatility. In Germinal he describes the mind and body numbing poverty of French miners and their society. A bleak cold heart rending story painted in black and white tones reminiscent of Grapes of Wrath. Started discovering more of Zola in the great Rougon-Macquart series of novels – each novel shows Zola masterfully painting scenes and characters with a brush as skilfully as Renoir.

  10. lo1234

    A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. I have had to replace it several times. It’s a “coming of age” novel that was required reading in high school. It covers many topics, War2, friendship, envy, morality, honesty etc. I think I will read it again!

    1. Scorpio

      I absolutely love a great series of books written by a Miss Read all about a county village school teacher and also the stories of all the other villagers. I have all these books in hardback and paperback. The paperback ones are held together by sticky tape annd love ? I reread them all the time.

      1. Ms. K. Post author

        Scorpio, I love the Miss Read books, too. There was also a series about a British wife and how she handled WW2 that I loved. Darn, I can’t remember the name. Charlotte Macleod wrote a Bostonian mystery series that was fabulous. The “Aunt Dimity” series is in the same vein, with a delightful paranormal element!

    2. roseinbloom

      I had never heard of this book, and I have learned that it was made into a movie. I don’t like sad endings, so I am not sure I want to watch it.

    1. Ms. K. Post author

      Love Rosamand Pilcher! I had a bonding moment with my father years ago, as we did a cross-country trip listening to “Shell Seekers” on tape. Nora Robert’s Irish series are wonderful.

  11. rose1943

    Another one of my favorite authors is ROSAMUNDE PILCHER. WHen I had first read “Winter Solstice” I knew I had to find more of her books. I have read all of her works, love them all. All take place in England and Scotland. Terrific writer I feel.

  12. Ms. K. Post author

    Of course, Rosamund Pilcher! Sometimes my husband will drop a Robbie Burns poem in my lap to soothe my ruffled feelings. lol I love Betty Neals, Lavryle Spencer, Michael Reilly, and Georgette Heyer -who’s novels are just as fresh and witty as they were 50 years ago.

  13. rose1943

    Four books I could not put down by Dan Brown. “The DaVinci Code”, “Angels and Demons”, “The Lost Symbol” and “Inferno.” The main character in all these books is Robert Langdon, a professor of religious iconology and symbolism at Harvard. His adventures will put you on the edge of your seat! Do not judge these books from the movies they TRIED to make from them. I felt they did a terrible job with them. I will just say please try them.

    1. Scorpio

      Love the books Rose but I have to beg to differ on your view of the films .I really enjoyed ‘Angels and Demons’ I thought it was a great movie great special effects and pretty true to the book.

    2. rose1943

      So glad to hear you’re a Dan Brown fan, Scorp…..and of Robert Langdon as well. What a great character! I wish he’d write more in this series.

  14. cfort22

    Two of my favorite books are “Norwood,” and “Dog of the South,” by Charles Portis, who is sometimes called “everybody’s favorite least-known great novelist!” Both so funny in a deadpan sort of way. Norwood Pratt is a simple feller, a wannabe troubadour from Ralph, Texas, who goes on an epic journey across America and winds up with a girlfriend, an oracular chicken, and a real story to tell. The novel begins with Norwood, discharged from the Army, being robbed blind by a family he meets on the bus back from Camp Pendleton, and Norwood never really gets less gullible. It’s just that eventually he runs into some people who aren’t trying to take advantage of him: Rita Lee, who falls for him almost immediately; Edmund, a British midget who’s just quit the USO; Joe William, who has every intention of paying Norwood the $70 he owes him.
    “Dog of the South,” is just as funny.
    Ray Midge is waiting for his credit card bill to arrive. His wife, Norma, has run off with her ex-husband, taking Ray’s cards, shotgun and car. But from the receipts, Ray can track where they’ve gone. He takes off after them, as does an irritatingly tenacious bail bondsman, both following the romantic couple’s spending as far as Mexico. There Ray meets Dr Reo Symes, the seemingly down-on-his-luck and rather eccentric owner of a beaten up and broken down bus, who needs a ride to Belize. The further they drive, in a car held together by coat-hangers and excesses of oil, the wilder their journey gets. But they’re not going to give up easily.

  15. Peter1954

    So many, so hard to choose.

    I’m a major major fan of anything written by H E Bates. All of the “Darling Buds of May” series but who doesn’t love “Purple Plain” or “Fair Stood the Wind for France”?

    Belive it or not “Day of the Triffids” changed my life

    Bernard Cornwall “Sharpe” series.

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.

    The “Northern Lights” trilogy.

    Lorna Doone

    Jane Eyre

    Everything that Susan Hill has written – “Strange Meeting” is fantastic

    I collect books, generally modern first editions. But nothing beats, discovering a great author you’ve never read before

  16. Peter1954

    Anyone read “Stoner” by John Williams? What an amazing amazing book. Read his other two novels, all three are so different but totally absorbing and utterly in-put-downable.

  17. jessamyne

    Definitely too many to name. John Steinbeck, Jack London, John Irving, Amy Tan…list could go on forever.

    I keep all my books. When people come to the house, they ask, “Have you REALLY read all of these.” I tell them, yes. And some of them, several times. I can relate to the folks here saying they’ve read an old favorite to tatters.

  18. MaddieW

    A book that I loved and re read several times, also watched the film several times was Message from
    Naam by Danielle Steel

  19. Paul

    I didn’t take reading seriously until I was well into my 40s, but I couldn’t face the day now if there isn’t a novel on the go. I was in my 50s before I read a Jane Austen novel, and I enjoyed “Mansfield Park” so much, that I just read all her other novels straight, one after the other over the following weeks, saving “Emma” until last, which became my favourite of her novels.
    Like most, I enjoyed everything I read by Charles Dickens, but I think my favouite classic has to be “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas. Just couldn’t put it down.
    But to answer your question.
    William Styron’s “Sophie’s Choice” is my favourite book.
    When I first read it, I had no idea what it was that Sophie had to choose as I’d not seen the movie: if it was actually out then. Some way through the story, I actually thought she’d already made her choice, but it wasn’t the one that the title referred to.
    The author involves himself in the story and his love and loyalty to his two friends makes for beautiful reading. The choice Sophie had to make stayed with me long after I’d read the book, and I’ve never been tempted to watch the movie in case it’s not up to the book.
    What a great question Ms. K.

  20. Ms. K. Post author

    There’s been a lot of down time at my job this month, so I’ve picked books from my boss’s bookcase and read. Omg, Danielle Steele makes me crazy. I don’t know who her editor is, but constantly repeating herself is mad. She writes emotionally, but I kept tensing, waiting for her to repeat what she’d already said on the previous page. I’m glad she’s popular and that some like her, but not a fan. I re-read Harry Potter, Nora Roberts and Nelson Demille, who came into his own droll, witty style in “Plum Island”. I really like him.