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What's the best book you've ever read?
« on: Nov 15, 2017, 12:56:54 AM »
I'm curious - what's the best book you've ever read? It doesn't have to be a book I guess, could be poems or something similar.

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 15, 2017, 02:59:15 AM »
I don't know about others, but it's too broad a question for me.

The best book in the last year maybe?

The best book of a certain genre?

Other criterias?

How would you answer?
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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 15, 2017, 11:51:48 PM »
I guess I was viewing it like your favourite book - but I see what you mean as it's very difficult to answer! I haven't read tonnes of books so was kind of looking for ideas. Some of mine would be: 'A Street Cat Named Bob' and 'How I live Now', 'Plague 99' and then some poems by Edna St Vincent Millay.

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 16, 2017, 12:10:07 AM »
 My favourite books include; The God Of Small Things, The Day Of The Triffids, The Lord Of The Rings, Mrs Dalloway, Half Of A Yellow Sun and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.  Is that enough to be going on with? 

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #4 on: Nov 17, 2017, 02:17:50 PM »
A few that come to mind are: Tracks, The Goldfinch, Love in the Time of Cholera, Mrs Dalloway, Nightwood, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle.

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 18, 2017, 02:13:53 AM »
Dostoyevsky - Crime And Punishment, Tolstoy - Anna Karenina,  Saint-Exupery - Little Prince, Virginia Woolf - To The Lighthouse,.
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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #6 on: Nov 18, 2017, 02:16:12 AM »
Nothing light-hearted, Artist?  ;)
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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #7 on: Nov 22, 2017, 11:13:51 PM »
My favourite books include; The God Of Small Things, The Day Of The Triffids, The Lord Of The Rings, Mrs Dalloway, Half Of A Yellow Sun and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.  Is that enough to be going on with?

I now think Woolf should have called it 'A Day in the Life of .....' Or 'On a Single Day'. The brevity of the actual title disturbs me now, compared with the rest on your list ;D

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 23, 2017, 02:08:17 AM »
I don't know about others, but it's too broad a question for me.

How would you answer?
Like Chewwy. . . Loved The Birth of Venus, as that was the last one I read. That's like
asking me to name my favorite European country. Although,I can name my favorite
European city>LONDON
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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #9 on: Nov 23, 2017, 03:11:51 AM »
I have so many favourites too!

In vey random order, and missing out loads:

The Woman in White, Rubyfruit Jungle (I did warn it was going to be random), The Amber Spyglass, Small Island, N-W, Pride and Prejudice, De Koning van Katoren, Soldaten huilen niet, Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve and The Book Thief

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #10 on: Nov 23, 2017, 05:16:53 AM »
But they're your favourite's right, not all time?

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However, now looking up Rubyfruit Jungle, so job well done.   8)

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #11 on: Nov 23, 2017, 08:01:13 AM »
I dunno, Chewwy, I think it's probably an unanswerable question (the OP). I suppose if I was religious then I might find 'The Bible' the best book I'd ever read, but even that doesn't work, as the Bible is a collection of a lot of books.

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #12 on: Nov 23, 2017, 03:23:33 PM »
 I think you’re all overthinking it. Just some of your favourite books really. I could write quite an extensive list but I just put the edited highlights.
 I like Rubyfruit Jungle, it’s good, I’ve read it a couple of times. Wouldn’t say it was one of my faves though.
 Oh yeah, and I know that I should enclose the titles in  single quotes, but I cba, innit.
LFL, I also like White Teeth,possibly more than NW. It needs a jolly good edit because it’s very baggy, a bit self-indulgent,  but it’s very entertaining.   

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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #13 on: Nov 23, 2017, 07:30:09 PM »
Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
[/size]"My little story has become your history. "----her first paragraph.
Although historical fiction, it motivated me to research: TE Lawrence,
 Winston Churchill, the 1921Cairo Conference and Lady Gertrude Bell.


Not sure that my friends with an English education heard the facets
of these personalities . I know  I had some surprises but USA
doesn't even teach us about the Orphan Trains.

I highly recommend this. I read it in 3 days
favorite? I like eggplant, butternut squash, lobster, crabs, fish,
Brussel sprouts now that the states has figures out how to
prepare them.
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Re: What's the best book you've ever read?
« Reply #14 on: Nov 23, 2017, 10:51:29 PM »
Yes, like Slantrhyme says you can list a few books if you can't pick just one.

I remembered that I really liked a book called 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon. Maybe time to reread that.