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marbear24
07-01-2010, 02:10 PM
I started this on my FB page, and thought I could bring it here for more of a variety...

My new goal is to conquer one of those "100 Top Books" lists. However, all the one's I've found are heavy on things like... Vonnegut and Lord of the Flies... you know, books that have the power to make me feel tortured merely by remembering them. So - you are now charged with helping me create my own. Give me your top 5 [at least] favorite books...

If people have mentioned a book before feel free to mention it again... as the number of times a book is mentioned goes directly towards how good it is...

I will post the final list to this thread when I've compiled it.

Thanks ladies!


ThicknPretty
07-01-2010, 02:15 PM
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Paint it Black by Janet Fitch

Running With Scissors, Sellevision, Dry or any of the books by Augusten Borroughs (sp).

Cotton (unsure of author)

Sorry if we were only supposed to suggest 1, I'm a reader!

marbear24
07-01-2010, 02:16 PM
Nope I want as many as you've got... I'd say at least 5 so that I get a variety :)


CanadianCutie
07-01-2010, 04:12 PM
Funny. I just started a favorite books listmania list on amazon. So I'll give you some of my choices for that. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence, The Shining by Stephen King, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy, Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner.

lizziep
07-01-2010, 08:58 PM
For a sci-fi/fantasy touch I'll throw in:

ender's game & ender's shadow - orson scott card
the sevenwaters trilogy - juliet marrillier
the name of the wind - patrick rothfuss
through alien eyes & storyteller - amy thomson
the book of lost things - john connelly

souvenirdarling
07-01-2010, 09:58 PM
The Name of the Wind was really surprisingly GREAT

A Prayer for Owen Meaney

The Last off the Crazy People - Timothy Findley

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Storm Front - Jim Butcher (whole series is excellent)

Rochester
07-01-2010, 10:43 PM
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Wait. I can only choose 5? :D

TheBunneh
07-01-2010, 10:58 PM
Glass Castles by Jeannette Walls
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

Ahhh! My mind is blanking, can't think of a fifth. =(

NiteNicole
07-02-2010, 12:59 AM
White Man's Grave - Richard Dooling
Coop - Michael Perry
The Outlander Series or at least the first three books - Diana Gabaldon
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris (this is my favorite of his books)
Bitter Is the New Black - Jennifer Lancaster
all the Auntie Mame books - Patrick Dennis
Diary of Provincial Lady - EM Delafield
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
An Irish Country Doctor and An Irish Country Village - Patrick Taylor

Do books with multiple votes stand a better chance of making the list? Because from the posters above me, I see a few more favorites:

Water for Elephants
Neverwhere and American Gods
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Sellevision



That's my list for now. Those are the books I hang onto and enjoy reading more than once.

mandalinn82
07-02-2010, 01:13 AM
All 5 books by Jen Lancaster, but if you want to limit to one, Such a Pretty Fat was the first I read. It got me hooked.

If you don't have horrible memories from it, 1984 by George Orwell is one of my favorites.

Second on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - it changed my life quite literally.

Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.

aliquot
07-02-2010, 01:29 AM
I will second the Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

mandalinn82
07-02-2010, 01:33 AM
I used to really love the Ender books, but had to abandon them for political reasons. Which made me really sad. That said, they're really amazing books.

Anything by David Sedaris, and I second the Augusten Burroughs suggestions.

Glory87
07-02-2010, 02:27 AM
Keeping my favorite books along the lines of "great books" (yet accessible):

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving (always gives me shivers at the end)

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

Watership Down - Richard Adams

therex
07-02-2010, 03:48 AM
I third anything by agustin burroughs!

The time traveler's wife- audrey neffeneger
The Golden Compass Trilogy
I second The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon!
anything by Don Dellilo


Also, don't be afraid of classic literature, it's so much more enjoyable when you're not being forced to read it.

mandalinn82
07-02-2010, 04:42 AM
Oh, I loved Watership Down. It's on my "To Read Again" list.

Are you going just for fiction? If not, Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics were truly fascinating pieces of work.

grrrkgrrrl
07-02-2010, 05:50 AM
the hitchhicker's guide to the galaxy by douglas adams + sequels

the little prince (le petit prince) by antoin de saint exipery

they're bloody fantastic (in a different way)

LisaMarie71
07-02-2010, 08:53 AM
It's hard to pick five absolute favorites, so I'm just going to throw out the first five great books I think of!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

ThicknPretty
07-02-2010, 10:11 AM
Oh I had forgotten Water for Elephants...that's a really good book. Another vote for that!

Also, Max Tivoli...which is I believe the book precurser to the movie Benjamin Button. That book made me SO sad and touched me in such a profound way...I was literally sobbing on the last page, it was just so tragic. Is it weird that a book that makes me cry is one of my favorites...lol.

OMG....how did I not mention TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD?! Good GRIEF Bethany, get it together. THAT is my number one favorite all time book. One of the first books I ever read oddly enough...after I had fallen in love with Gregory Peck in the movie...at the ripe old age of 8. :)

MonteCristo
07-02-2010, 11:03 AM
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Any of the Jeeves books - P.G. Wodehouse
The Harvester - Gene Stratton Porter
Mr. Midshipman Easy - Captain Frederick Marryat
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Scaramouche - Rafael Sabatini
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
The Taming of the Shrew - Shakespeare
Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Inferno - Dantes
Behold Your Queen - Gladys Malvern

I'm sure I can come up with more, but these are my favorites.

AnnieDrews
07-02-2010, 11:51 AM
Hands down the best book I have ever read, Stephen King fan or not, was The Stand by Stephen King.

I second To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

mandalinn82
07-02-2010, 12:43 PM
Are you going for good classic literature, or just a good book?

Annie - I just finished re-reading the book and watching the 6 hour miniseries for the stand.

Third on To Kill a Mockingbird.

Glory87
07-02-2010, 12:58 PM
The casting for the Stand is so weird. Some of it is BRILLIANT - Gary Sinise as Stu? Awesome. But ugh, Molly Ringwald and Corin Nemic (who I adored in Parker Lewis Can't Lose) were horrible, just horrible!

marbear24
07-02-2010, 01:04 PM
I'm going for just a good book. The lists I've seen of the "classics" have like nothing on them past 1980 - and although there were good books before 1980 - there have also ben great books written after them.

I'm not limiting it to fiction.

You can list as many or as few as you'd like. :)

Yeah, books with the most votes get ranked higher on the list. I'm going to give it a week or so, then I'll post my final list.

My favorites - which I will not include on the list unless they get other votes:

Deerskin - Robin Mckinley
Solstice Wood - Patricia McKillip
Alphabet of Thorn - Patricia McKillip
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Iliad - Homer

Glory87
07-02-2010, 01:09 PM
Oh, I liked the Mists of Avalon too :)

AnnieDrews
07-02-2010, 01:12 PM
Yes, the miniseries of The Stand is awesome. My family groans whenever it comes on because they know I have to watch it.

I agree that the casting was odd, especially Molly Ringwald, but I still love it. I really enjoy Rob Lowe in his role as "Nick".

Sorry to hijack...

LisaMarie71
07-02-2010, 02:03 PM
I was going to put To Kill a Mockingbird but I figured it was one of those high school books you'd already read. I've taught it several times, though, and it's one of the few that all the kids seem to like. I could never figure out why people don't like Lord of the Flies, though -- I like teaching that one! All that great symbolism!

CanadianCutie
07-02-2010, 02:31 PM
I second Lord of the Flies. Read it in 11th Grade English in high school and enjoyed it greatly. And I tend to be the type of person who, if told, you "have to read this book" I'll go into it not wanting to like it.

Onederchic
07-02-2010, 02:33 PM
I was going to put To Kill a Mockingbird but I figured it was one of those high school books you'd already read. I've taught it several times, though, and it's one of the few that all the kids seem to like. I could never figure out why people don't like Lord of the Flies, though -- I like teaching that one! All that great symbolism!
Lord of the Flies is one of my all time favorites along with The Thornbirds :D

mandalinn82
07-02-2010, 02:41 PM
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell was really fascinating.

Wysteria
07-02-2010, 03:20 PM
Mists of Avalon is freaking amazing, I must have read it about ten times.

I'd suggest:
Anything written by Terry Pratchett but particularly his Discworld series.
The Swarm by Frank Schatzing
China Lake by Meg Gardiner
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham (British crime author, his books are really gritty and quite disturbing)
Tokyo by Mo Hayder
The Golden by Lucius Shepard (not for the faint hearted or those that don't like a bit of... kink... to their vampires, but it's the PERFECT antidote to those godawful Twilight books)

Mmmyep. I could go on, I have a VAST library of crime fiction if anyone is interested in some more recommendations.

marbear24
07-02-2010, 03:28 PM
I was going to put To Kill a Mockingbird but I figured it was one of those high school books you'd already read. I've taught it several times, though, and it's one of the few that all the kids seem to like. I could never figure out why people don't like Lord of the Flies, though -- I like teaching that one! All that great symbolism!

I'm not sure why I hated it, I just did. I... it... it seems so contrived to me maybe? Like seriously, leave Piggy alone already! It was the only test I ever failed in English simply because I refused to take it.

I also really dislike Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and people think I'm crazy for that too :) Ha.

marbear24
07-02-2010, 03:30 PM
Mists of Avalon is freaking amazing, I must have read it about ten times.


Ditto. Read it as a summer reading assignment in 10th grade and fell in love with it!

midwife
07-02-2010, 04:02 PM
I'm not sure why I hated it, I just did. I... it... it seems so contrived to me maybe? Like seriously, leave Piggy alone already! It was the only test I ever failed in English simply because I refused to take it.

I also really dislike Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and people think I'm crazy for that too :) Ha.

I was totally traumatized by Lord of the Flies. Argh!!!

Ariana Franklin has a nice series about a medical examiner in medieval England that I can't get enough of. I second the Jim Butcher recommendation.

Clydegirl
07-02-2010, 05:24 PM
Mmmyep. I could go on, I have a VAST library of crime fiction if anyone is interested in some more recommendations.

Wysteria I love crime fiction. What would you recommend?

Wysteria
07-02-2010, 05:55 PM
Wysteria I love crime fiction. What would you recommend?

Ahahah awesome.

I'm mainly into British crime fiction, being British and all, so I'd recommend the following authors and my favourite book by each of them is:

Chris Simms - ****'s Fire
Mark Billingham - Sleepyhead
Colin Dexter - The Wench is Dead
Caroline Graham - The Killings at Badger's Drift
Mo Hayder - Pig Island

But anything by any of these is great, Mo Hayder is a fairly recent discovery for me but Pig Island had me hooked.

Of American authors my favourites are Meg Gardiner and Sue Grafton. Also, Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware books are fascinating. Beware reading those though, you'll find yourself analysing people around you!

silverbirch
07-02-2010, 06:21 PM
Any of the Jeeves books - P.G. Wodehouse.

Our household is currently convulsed by these books. We read bits out to one another, we quote them to each other, we giggle uncontrollably. Heartily recommended. Read a short story every night to stop night-time misery.

Clydegirl
07-02-2010, 07:46 PM
Ahahah awesome.

I'm mainly into British crime fiction, being British and all, so I'd recommend the following authors and my favourite book by each of them is:

Chris Simms - ****'s Fire
Mark Billingham - Sleepyhead
Colin Dexter - The Wench is Dead
Caroline Graham - The Killings at Badger's Drift
Mo Hayder - Pig Island

But anything by any of these is great, Mo Hayder is a fairly recent discovery for me but Pig Island had me hooked.

Of American authors my favourites are Meg Gardiner and Sue Grafton. Also, Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware books are fascinating. Beware reading those though, you'll find yourself analysing people around you!

I've read all the Kellerman books and James Patterson.

I will check out the British ones, some there I don't know.

therex
07-02-2010, 10:29 PM
oh! and anything by christopher moore, he's hilarious.

Rochester
07-02-2010, 10:51 PM
Seconding the votes for:
Water for Elephants
The Time Travelerís Wife
The Blind Assassin
Atonement (Enduring Love by the same author is also great!)

And adding anything by Alice Hoffman and Jodi Picoult.

Also, if you like fantasy, I definitely recommend the Indigo series by Louise Cooper and Memory & Dream (and everything else) by Charles de Lint.

marbear24
07-06-2010, 03:06 PM
Awesome ladies [and gents?]! Keep them coming!

lizziep
07-06-2010, 09:08 PM
another mention here for The mists of avalon - it is phenomenal.

so last post was sci-fi (and by the way mandalinn i totally get why you would stop reading anything by OSC for political reasons, and if you read some of his other series you'd be outright offended).... this post will be cultural

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
ALL of Amy Tan's books are phenomenal but I think i like "The Kitchen God's wife" the best. But really, I've read every one and they are great.
1000 Splendid Suns & The Kite Runner - Khaled Houssini
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (it's a tough read but worth it, if you want to experience the author in a lighter form Love in the time of Cholera is also really good)

marbear24
07-08-2010, 08:22 PM
Copy & Paste from FB...

These are the suggestions that I only received authors for with no specific works. Anyone have sugestions as to what the authors "best work" is?

Chuck Palahnuick
Neil Labute
Chuck Klosterman
Ariana Franklin
Alice Hoffman

And this is the list of all books that only got 1 vote. Anyone want to 2nd them so I can narrow the list down to 100? [I'd love 100 books with multiple votes!]. I've listed the title and author's last name.

1984 - Orwell
#1 Ladies Detective agency - Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Smith
And Irish Country Doctor - Taylor
Angela's Ashes - McCourt
Beach Music - Conroy
Behold Your Queen - Malvern
Bleak House - Dickens
China Lake - Gardiner
Coop - Perry
Cotton - Wesselmann
Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
Diary of the Provincial Lady - Delafield
Dracula - Stoker
Eat, Pray, Love - Gilbert
Everything is Illuminated - Foer
Farmer Giles of Ham - Tolkien
Five Golden Rings - Laurens
Frankenstein - Shelley
Glass Castles - Walls
Good Omens - Gaiman
Heart Shaped Box - Hill
House of Leaves - Danielewski
Howard's End - Forster
Howl's Moving Castle - Wynn Jones
I Capture the Castle - Smith
I, Claudius - Graves
Indigo Series - Cooper
Inferno - Dantes
Jeeves - Wodehouse
Jitterbug Perfume - Robbins
Lamb: Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend - Moore
Little Earthquakes - Weiner
Lonsome Dove - McMurty
Lorna Doone - Blackmore
Love Story - Segal
MASH - Hooker
Memory & Dream - De Lint
Mr. Midshipman Easy - Marryat
Omnivore's Dilemma - Pollan
On the Road - Kerouac
Outlannder - Gabaldon
Outlliers - Gladwell
Paint it Black - Fitch
Prince of Tides - Conroy
Scaramoouche - Sabatini
Second Glance - Picoult
Sherlock Holmes - Conan Doyle
Sleepyhead - Billingham
Storm Front - Butcher
Storyteller - Thompson
Such a Pretty Fat - Lancaster
The Book of Lost Things - Connelly
The Confessions of Max Tivoli - Greer
The Corrections - Franzen
The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Barbery
The Glass Lake - Binchy
The Golden - Shepard
The Good Earth - Buck
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Shaffer
The Harvester - Porter
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocolypse - Rankin
The Kitchen God's Wife - Tan
The Last of the Crazy People - Findley
The Late Hector Kipling - Thewils
The Little Prince - De Saint Exipery
The Pickwick Papers - Dickens
The Red Tent - Diamant
The Secret Life of Bees - Kidd
The Sevenwaters Trilogy - Marrillier
The Shining - King
The Sterile Cuckoo - Nichols
The Stone Angel - Laurence
The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway
The Swarm - Schatzig
The Three Muskateers - Dumas
The Velveteen Rabbit - Williams
The Water is Wide - Conroy
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Murakami
Tokyo - Hayder
White Man's Grave - Dooling
White Oleander - Fitch
Wind in the Willows - Grahame

I will post the final list in a few days...

Clydegirl
07-08-2010, 08:41 PM
I really enjoyed Beach Music and Prince of tides by Pat Conroy.

Wild Vulpix
07-08-2010, 09:19 PM
The Secret Life of Bees is adorable. I love it. Though you could cheat and just watch the movie... It, too, is excellent.

meggoat
07-08-2010, 09:25 PM
Most re-read: Mists of Avalon
Second most re-read: The Hobbit
Most loved classic series: The Lord of the Rings
Most loved contemporary series: Outlander by Gabaldon
Second place: His Dark Materials by Pullman
Currently reading: Kate Mosse's Labyrinth
Recently read: Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections
Most loved classics: Knut Hamsun's Hunger and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

meggoat
07-08-2010, 09:31 PM
And this is the list of all books that only got 1 vote. Anyone want to 2nd them so I can narrow the list down to 100? [I'd love 100 books with multiple votes!]. I've listed the title and author's last name.

Many of these are great books, but these three are definitely in my top 100:

Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
The Corrections - Franzen
The Pickwick Papers - Dickens

meggoat
07-08-2010, 09:49 PM
It's hard to pick five absolute favorites, so I'm just going to throw out the first five great books I think of!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

I'd forgotten about Murakami; haven't read "The Wind-up Bird" but loved "Kafka on the Shore"
Would second "Atonement"

And agree with everyone who put "A Prayer for Owen Meany" on their list - that's a pretty earth-shatteringly good book

lizziep
07-08-2010, 10:52 PM
i second, third, fourth On the Road - Kerouac!!

and i also second His Dark Materials- Pullman

TXMary2
07-09-2010, 10:09 AM
I am a book junkie. My all time favorites:

Gone With the Wind (movie too!)
Deep End of the Ocean
The Lovely Bones
State of Fear (awesome)
Patriot's History of the United States
The Hot Zone
Atlas Shrugged
East of Eden
The Color Purple
The Witches of Eastwick
The Catcher in the Rye
Lord of the Flies (a must read)
Animal Farm
Brave New World
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Island of the Blue Dolphins (still good after all these years!!!)
Fatal Vision (true crime)
A Stranger Beside Me (true crime)
DaVinci Code
Perfect Victim (The Girl in the Box)
Flowers in the Attic
Kiss the Girls
To Kill A Mockingbird

WaistingTime
07-09-2010, 10:42 AM
Some of my top all time picks are:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Expecting Adam
Memoirs of Geisha
Tuesdays with Morrie
Pillars of the Earth and the sequel The world without End

Glory87
07-09-2010, 11:23 AM
Yay, another vote for a Tree Grows in Brooklyn! I will second TXMary2's the Color Purple, too.

bargoo
07-09-2010, 11:36 AM
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marbear24
07-10-2010, 05:22 PM
The Final List!

The Stand - Stephen King - 8 Votes
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley - 6 Votes
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - 6 Votes
To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee - 5 Votes
A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving - 4 Votes
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 4 Votes
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - 4 Votes
Sellevision - Augusten Borroughs - 4 Votes
The Golden Compass [His Dark Materials] - Philip Pullman - 4 Votes
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - 4 Votes
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen - 4 Votes
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith - 3 Votes
Atonement - Ian McEwan - 3 Votes
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - 3 Votes
Dracula - Bram Stoker - 3 Votes
Dry - Agusten Borroughs - 3 Votes
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk - 3 Votes
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris - 3 Votes
North & SouthElizabeth Gaskell - 3 votes
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - 3 Votes
Running with Scissors - Augesten Borroughs - 3 Votes
The Corrections - Jonthan Franzen - 3 Votes
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - 3 Votes
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd - 3 Votes
A Thousand Spelndid Suns - Khaled Hosseini - 2 Votes
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle - 2 Votes
American Gods - Neil Gaiman - 2 Votes
Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt - 2 Votes
Animal, Vegetable, Mirale - Barbara Kingsolver - 2 Votes
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - 2 Votes
Beach Music - Pat Conroy - 2 Votes
Behold Your Queen - Gladys Malvern - 2 Votes
Bitter is the New Black - Jennifer Lancaster - 2 Votes
Bleak House - Charles Dickens - 2 Votes
Briar Rose - Jane Yolen - 2 Votes
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller - 2 Votes
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - 2 Votes
Deerskin - Robin McKinley - 2 Votes
Desperation - Stephen King - 2 Votes
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card - 2 Votes
Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer - 2 Votes
Glass Castles - Jeannette Walls - 2 Votes
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - 2 Votes
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman - 2 Votes
Heart Shaped Box - Joe Hill - 2 Votes
The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown - 2 Votes
House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski - 2 Votes
Howard's End - EM Forster - 2 Votes
Lamb: Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend - Christopher Moore - 2 Votes
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - 2 Votes
Life of Pi - Yann Martel - 2 Votes
Little Earthquakes - Jennifer Weiner - 2 Votes
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Marquez - 2 Votes
Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - 2 Votes
Memory & Dream - Charles De Lint - 2 Votes
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt - 2 Votes
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman - 2 Votes
On the Road - Jack Kerouac - 2 Votes
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Marquez - 2 Votes
Outlannder ~- Diana Gabaldon - 2 Votes
Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy - 2 Votes
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - 2 Votes
Sabriel- Garth Nix - 2 Votes
Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay - 2 votes
Sex, Drugs and Coco Puffs - Chuck Klosterman - 2 Votes [Author]
Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle - 2 Votes
Such a Pretty Fat - Jennifer Lancaster - 2 Votes
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood - 2 Votes
The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley - 2 Votes
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - 2 Votes
The Color Purple - Alice Walker - 2 Votes
The Complete Works - William Shakespear - 2 Votes
The Confessions of Max Tivoli - Andrew Sean Greer - 2 Votes
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas - 2 Votes
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time - Mark Haddon - 2 Votes
The Glass Lake - Maeve Binchy - 2 Votes
The Golden - Lucius Shepard - 2 Votes
The Great Train Robbery - Michael Crichton - 2 Votes
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Maryann Shaffer - 2 Votes
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova - 2 Votes
The Iliad - Homer - 2 Votes
The Little Prince - Antoin De Saint Exipery - 2 Votes
The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas - 2 Votes
The Name on the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss - 2 Votes
The Odyssey - Homer - 2 Votes
The Once and Future King - T.H. White - 2 Votes
The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens - 2 Votes
The Riddle Master - Patricia McKillip - 2 Votes
The Shining - Stephen King - 2 Votes
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway - 2 Votes
The Three Muskateers - Alexandre Dumas - 2 Votes
The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams - 2 Votes
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami - 2 Votes
The Witch of Portobello - Paolo Coelho - 2 Votes
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay - 2 Votes
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom - 2 Votes
Waking the Moon - Elizabeth Hand - 2 Votes
Watership Down - Richard Adams - 2 Votes
White Oleander - Janet Fitch - 2 Votes
Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - 2 Votes

sarahinparis
07-13-2010, 06:26 PM
Before I even read over your list I'm chiming in with my own suggestions from those you had missing a "second" vote :

These are the suggestions that I only received authors for with no specific works. Anyone have sugestions as to what the authors "best work" is?

Chuck Palahnuick - an acquired taste - very bizarre, quite violent. Not what I would consider a top 100, but interesting if you like contemporary literary fiction with a lot of testosterone & a little chemical enhancement.... I found "lullaby" a good read


And this is the list of all books that only got 1 vote. Anyone want to 2nd them so I can narrow the list down to 100? [I'd love 100 books with multiple votes!]. I've listed the title and author's last name.

1984 - Orwell
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Smith
Everything is Illuminated - Foer --> EXCELLENT
Frankenstein - Shelley
Howard's End - Forster
Jitterbug Perfume - Robbins --> I much preferred "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
Lonesome Dove - McMurty --> EXCELLENT
The Kitchen God's Wife - Tan
The Little Prince - De Saint Exipery
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Murakami --> EXCELLENT if you like Murakami (or other magical realism writers)

Others that I think are quick & fun but not so good as to make a top 100
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Shaffer
White Oleander - Fitch

Hated it :
The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Barbery
Eat, Pray, Love - Gilbert

Rochester
07-13-2010, 10:25 PM
The Complete Works of Shakespeare? Yowza, that's a lifetime project right there! :eek:

Looks like a great list...have fun reading! :book2: