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Your Lifetime Favorite Book ?
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 9:54 am on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Your most Favorite Book Ever ? Best Book You ve read in Lifetime ? Just 1 name please, plus any reasons or thoughts or infact inspirations from it

Mine is

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This Book has changed lives of Millions of people around the world, and For years it has been a best seller. Here is one line from it and thats the Theme.

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream

I have read the book a Dozen times over the years and i read it again whenever i need inspiration



 11:24 am on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

impossible choice, but:

Heartsong by James Welch ... it's a novel, very unusual story, powerful book.


 11:03 pm on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Vesta & Satan's Sorrow.


 11:15 pm on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Probably a cookbook of some sort.


 1:16 am on Dec 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

by Philip Jose Farmer


 11:05 am on Dec 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald


 11:42 am on Dec 8, 2008 (gmt 0)


by Joseph Heller

[The Theoretical Underpinning of Murphy's Law With Examples]



 12:42 pm on Dec 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


 12:59 pm on Dec 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

And What biggest lesson have you taken/learnt from your Most Favorite book ? Has it changed something big inside you ?

And please also mention 1 small reason for liking the book so much

[edited by: Anyango at 1:02 pm (utc) on Dec. 8, 2008]


 12:56 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

>>And please also mention 1 small reason for liking the book so much

ok, edit->

Heartsong by James Welch

one man's struggle to make the most of his life, from an incredibly difficult starting position, he gets dealt a bad lot several times but is resilient - extremely hearwarming.


 1:42 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris.

It completely altered my understanding of humans and human behaviour. Never been able to look at Homo Sapiens in the same way since.


 2:43 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Rivethead by Ben Hamper

Funniest book I ever read, he is the "Keith Richards" of the UAW.


 2:54 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

The Bible.

I keep finding something new in it every time I re-read it.


 3:59 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

The Southampton Telephone directory,

The plot's a bit thin but there are hundreds of new characters on every page.


 4:29 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

I use the London phone book as my address book - I just went through and crossed out everybody I didn't know. Bit heavy - but I never get that problem where you think a three might be an eight. Or vice versa.


 5:14 am on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Coool, very broad range. Keep em coming!

Think i am going to get "Heartsong by James Welch " Today ;)


 4:46 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

I was there - Hans Peter Richter. The full version not the abridged shorter one.

Autobiography of a teenager growing up under Hitler in the 1930s who then joins the SS, a most moving book.


 7:56 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

The Hobbit...

Our family was living in eastern Canada when I started grade school, so my first few years of school where entirely in French.

When we moved back out west, I started taking school in English, and I baffled my teachers, because I'm an Anglo kid, who could speak, read and write in French perfectly, but was totally illiterate in my native tongue. One of my teachers solved this by giving me "The Hobbit".

I learned to read in my own language for the first time using that book, in the 3rd grade.


 8:04 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Swallows & Amazons, I re -read it every five years or so to remind me of what it was like to to be eight years old, and see the world once more through the eyes of a innocent child ;~)



 8:25 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Great new entries, love the "real life" touch in grelmar's fav book


 9:13 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

Catch-22 as has already been mentioned.


 10:32 am on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

Anyone else would like to share too ? :)


 10:42 am on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

Great thread.

Hard choice to call out one. I think the one that probably had the biggest effect on me (because it encouraged me to read more as a child) was Roald Dahls "Danny the Champion of the World".


 10:45 am on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

I was introduced by a friend to the self-help books world, and I would pick "the 7 Habits of highly effective people" as the one which made a difference in my life.

So, 7 Habits it is.


 11:17 am on Dec 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

The counte of monte cristo

Absolutely inspiring book, I keep meaning to read it in it's native french one day, but never quite get round to it.


 11:15 am on Dec 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

From your favorite books any lines that you love most ? Any quote, any one liner, any word of wisdom.


 5:10 pm on Dec 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Alice in Wonderland

I'm still chasing that rabbit.

There are so many quotable quotes, as well as at least one great song inspired from this story. It is much more than a child's tale.

The Duchess
If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.

Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin; but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever say in my life!

It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.

One thing that has made this book my all time favorite was that is was also the very first 'real' book that I owned, a paperback version given to me on my 6th birthday. I still have it, from 1959. And no, I don't read it anymore, the pages are far too brittle.

Curiouser and curiouser!

[edited by: grandpa at 5:21 pm (utc) on Dec. 28, 2008]


 5:17 pm on Dec 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Snow Crash - Stephenson!


 2:35 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hard to pick one. Here're three.

A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins. The early books of Harold Robbins are very sensitively written. This one is out-of-print I believe.

Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer - Archer's best ever, rated one of the 100 best books of all time by BBC.

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - A very inspirational book.


 5:16 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I really thought about this.. Thought and thought.

Finally I have a winner..

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Every page is unique and has deep wisdom.

You can preview it on books.google.com

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