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Your favourite books?

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by rkj87, Dec 29, 2011.

    Dec 29, 2011
  1. rkj87

    rkj87 Dormant account webby

    Beer Drinking Bum
    Since I just read an interview with Bryan (You must register/login in order to see the link.) and found out he studied creative writing I felt the need of opening this thread. Don't ask me why, but I always love to hear people speak about their favourite books, especially since it's sometimes kind of weird to meet webmasters and other guys from the industry that you would never ask about their favourite novels and they turn out to be Hemingway-specialists :D

    I read lots of books, most recently more scientific stuff, and here are my favourite books of all time which mean very much to me and have definitely influenced me in the way I think and act - or made me laugh like crazy:

    - Choke by Chuck Palahniuk (MUST READ. Serious! Lullaby, Fight Club... his old stuff rules!)
    - Catcher in the Rye (Guess most people at least heard from it. Classic!)
    - Solipsist (Henry Rollins - great guy and definitely a role model for me, not only because I love Black Flag)
    - Got Fight by Forrest Griffin (You don't have to be into MMA to love it - super funny!)
    - Everything (!) by Charles Bukowski - Easy to read and the dialogues are amazing.
    - A long way down by Nick Hornby (After reading it, you'll appreciate life more, I think)
    - Bullshit Nights by Nick Flynn (Did you have a fucked up father-son relationship? This book is for you!)

    Allright, gonna leave a little place for your book recommendations also :)

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  2. Dec 29, 2011
  3. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Web Dev.
    I like historical fiction (Roman Empire stuff and that sort of thing) and am currently reading the 2nd of a Ben Kane trilogy called "Silver Eagle" set in and around ancient Rome... read a lot of that.

    I like *some* thrillers as long as they aren't the slow descriptive character-building type LOL. Davinci Code was probably the most can't-put-down book I ever read and Dan Brown's other books were also very good. Funny how every book of this genre suddenly got released with the word "code" in the title after the success of Davinci LOL.

    I also enjoy one-off stuff ("I, Partridge" being the latest acquisition) and autobiographies of interesting people (ie: not 22 year old footballers!) with some life experience.
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  4. Dec 29, 2011
  5. 4 of a kind

    4 of a kind Repeated violations of forum rule 1.16 - troll

    Trans. Tech
    New York
    "Liberty And Tyranny"

    Author: Mark R. Levin
  6. Dec 29, 2011

    PNEFOREVER2 Senior Member MM

    Parcel Sorter.
    It tends to be mostly autobiographies I read,eg Roy Keanes and Wayne Rooneys last few books.

    Wouldn't mind re-buying some of the books I use to have years back though-secret seven and famous five by Enid Blyton (aka Mary Pollock),use to spend hours in my own world reading those books!
  8. Dec 29, 2011
  9. PegeeSue

    PegeeSue Full Member

    Finance Officer/Administrator
    True Crime is my passion. Ann Rule rules in true crime writing ! I also like Cathryn Casey and a few others. True crime books that delve into the minds of the killers and especially the forensics part of it all.
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  10. Dec 29, 2011
  11. Flyer187

    Flyer187 Senior Member PABnoaccred

    England, UK
    What Americans Really Want...Really

    Frank Luntz

    Eye-opening :)
  12. Dec 29, 2011
  13. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Dormant account

    Mommy, Make-up Artist, Writer.
    On the Hot Mess Express
    Anything James Patterson writes.....also The Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is another fave. I love true crime books..I read at least two books a week. Love reading and try to pass it on to my children as well.
  14. Dec 29, 2011
  15. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Web Dev.
    Ah yeah I read a couple of his recently too :thumbsup:
  16. Dec 30, 2011
  17. Jasminebed

    Jasminebed Cool old lady

    Not in workforce
    Asking to name your favourite books is liking asking to name your favourite children.

    A few that have had the biggest impact in how I live my life are:

    Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
    The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
    Time Enough for Love - Robert A. Heinlein
    Elements of Style - William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
    Mastering the Art of French Cooking - Julia Child
    The Joy of Cooking and The All New All Purpose Joy of Cooking - Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
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  18. Dec 30, 2011
  19. nisosbar

    nisosbar Ueber Meister PABnonaccred

    Right here
    I enjoy reading fun stuff (fantasy, horror, mystery/thriller), and sometimes, non-fiction.

    Anything by Terry Pratchett is guaranteed to make you laugh. He's got to be my favorite.
    James Herbert - wrote just a bunch of horror/sci-fi books in the 70's and 80's.
    James Dickson Carr - sort of the male counterpart to Agatha Christie.

    Some more 'furrin' stuff:

    Naguib Mahfouz, Abdelrahman Munif, Andre Gide, Anais Nin
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  20. Dec 30, 2011
  21. ksech

    ksech Dormant account

    Egads! I'm eclectic in my taste. I'm currently reading "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" (a religious book - true story, as told from a child's point of view)
    I've read all of James Patterson (except his new one Kill Alex Cross, which I saw in the book store yesterday)
    John Sandford (Prey series)
    JD Robb (Nora Roberts alter ego)
    Granny D (about a 90 year old woman who walked across the US)
    For the Thrill of It ( True story- 1930's Chicago)
    Chosen By a Horse (True story)
    Sarah's Key

    I used to read 5-6 books a week, but have a slight problem concentrating since I had my stroke. Now I have all I can do to read 1 or 2. I want to get one of those Nooks, thinking maybe the larger print will help reduce eye strain, which will help reduce the headaches (sounds like a good argument for investing in one right???? LOL) Anywhoo..
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  22. Jan 2, 2012
  23. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Freelance Designer
    Edmonton Canada
    I'm a mystery buff - I don't really have any favorite mystery books but I do have favorite authors - Agatha (of course!), PD James, Stephen Booth, Ian Rankin, Graham Hurley, Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill, Rennie Airth, Val McDermid, Minette Walters, Dennis Lehane, Caleb Carr.

    I do read other stuff too - I think my favorite books of all time have got to be "A prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving and "Boy's Life" by Robert McCammon. Also almost anything that Peter Straub ever wrote - if you like horror, "Ghost Story" is IMO the all time greatest horror novel I've ever read. :thumbsup:
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  24. Jan 16, 2012
  25. nisosbar

    nisosbar Ueber Meister PABnonaccred

    Right here
    Shutter Island was a HUGE disappointment for me. The book was gripping and suspenseful right up to the end, but the ending was cheap and simple and I felt really cheated.
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  26. Jan 16, 2012
  27. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Web Dev.
    I enjoyed the book but I tried to watch the film and gave up after 15 minutes... felt like an amateur dramatics society.
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  28. Jan 16, 2012
  29. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

    The PAB Guy
    In no particular order:
    • The Hobbit, Lord Of The Rings - Tolkien
    • Crash - JG Ballard
    • A Game Of Thrones - GRR Martin
    • Podkayne of Mars - Heinlein (gimme a break, I was 12!)
    • Schizmatrix - Bruce Sterling
    • Conan the whatever - RE Howard
    • Elric (anything) - Moorcock
    • Time Traveler's Guide to the Middle Ages - Ian Mortimer
    • Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
    • Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
    • Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
    • American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
    • Portrait of a Marriage - Nigel Nicolson

    ... I could go on for a while. :rolleyes:
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  30. Jan 16, 2012
  31. ksb11

    ksb11 Senior Member

    Personal Trainer
    Wait'n for a payout!
    Into Thin Air- Jon Krakauer
    Earth's Earliest Ages- G.H. Pember
    Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoevsky
    The Fifties- David Halberstam

    I can't remember all the books I read, especially when I was in my twenties. The above mentioned are just a few of my favorites from different genres.
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  32. Jan 17, 2012
  33. Dipity

    Dipity Dormant account

    Web Designer
    I will literally read anything, romance, thriller, suspense, as long as it's fiction. Can't stand non fiction.

    I echo the Terry Pratchett reccomendation, his books literally have me chuckling away to myself whilst reading.

    By far my favourite set of books are the Stephen King 'Dark Tower' series. If you haven't read them, I urge you to read them from book 1 up till the end (7 books in all), they are literally mind blowing. I must've read them all so many times over the years.

    Theres a final one being released this year too, 8 years after the ending book.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
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  34. Jan 17, 2012
  35. Realitybitez

    Realitybitez Experienced Member

    Cati Interviewer
    New Zealand
    I tend to gravitate to the same authors because I like their books and mainly sci/fic and fantasy:D

    Anne Bishop - most of them from House of Gain trilogy to The Black Jewel Trilogy (Favorite Author)
    Terry Goodkind - most of his books from Wizards Rule, Mother Confessor etc etc
    Terry Pratchett - most of their books. They're a crack up!:lolup:
    Alan Dean Foster - The Flinx series
    Karen Marie Moning - The Highlander Series
    Raymond E Fiest - most of them
    Janny Wurts - Daughter, Servant, Mistress of the Empire

    Im a total bookworm, and tend to read series more than anything:thumbsup:
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  36. Jan 17, 2012
  37. bsilva028

    bsilva028 Banned : multi-account fraudster PABnoaccred PABaccred

    i am reading "the secret"
    author Rhonda Byrne
  38. Jan 17, 2012
  39. jjezebel37

    jjezebel37 Meister Member mm1

    Belfast (Northern Ireland)
    Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad....

    Apocalypse Now, was based on this book, one of my all time favorite films.

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