Favorite books of all time

Discussion in 'Community' started by Nanda Devi, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. Nanda Devi macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2004
    East Lansing, Michigan
    I've been enjoying the film threads so much, I wanted to start another thread on books because I love good books even more than I love good films. (English major)

    List some of your favorites. I'll start the ball rolling with my following top picks:

    To Kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee; film w/ Gregory Peck also excellent)
    The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck... all of his books are among my favorites)
    One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
    Native Son (Richard Wright)
    Sexus (and the Tropics, Henry Miller)
    Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
    Population 1280 (Jim Thompson)
    A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)

    Ok, better stop now.... but I know I'll be back with more. :)
  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    too many books to name, so i'll just name some authors.
    Some of my favorite authors are Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Ayn Rand, Michael Moore, Jean-Paul Sartre, Frank Herbert, Philip Dick, JRR Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Maya Angelou, CS Lewis, Richard Wright, John Irving, Douglas Coupland, Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Graham Greene and Soren Kierkegaard.

    I love to read, so yeah :p
  3. richland macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2004

    One Book:

    1984 by George Orwell

    Hate reading. Love movies and writing my own.
  4. RandomDeadHead macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2003
    Douglas Adams

    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

    Nuf said ;)
  5. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
  6. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    My hands down favorite? Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. It is brilliant.

    Other great books? In no particular order:
    Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, of course.
    Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
    Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front.
    Brönte's Wuthering Heights. (not QUITE as great)
    Knowles' A Separate Peace.
    Shakespeare's Hamlet. (I don't quite know if it counts)
    Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (also don't know)
    Wiesel's Night. (great book, but I don't think I appreciated it as much as I ought to have--I was only 13 when I read it)

    ...and the last page or so of Dante's Commedia. It's really all that's worth in that book, although you might have to read the rest of the crap in order to appreciate the one kernel of beauty that is the conclusion of this work.

    I'm sure I'll think of more.
  7. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    almanacs of all sorts
    best 300+ colleges
    guinness book of world records
    henry and june
    how the west was won
    illustrated man
    mistral's daughter
    mueller's pc repair book
    the play romeo and juliet

    or at least that's what i have read more than once which is a lot for me since it's hard to read most stuff just once with all the reading out there

    and the ibook
  8. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    Deviating from the classics, I'll throw in Guy Kawasaki's The Macintosh Way and thau!'s Javascript Guide.
  9. Dros macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2003
    A Confederacy of Dunces
    Oscar and Lucinda
    U and I
    Gold Bug Variations
    All the Pretty Horses
    Speak, Memory
    Sometimes a Great Notion
    Portnoy's Complaint
  10. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    1) 100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Márquez

    2) 1984 - George Orwell

    3) Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  11. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    several of the previously mentioned, also Dan Simmon's Hyperion saga.
  12. Opteron macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2004
    South Australia
    Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn (Star Wars)
    Dark Force Rising - " " "
    The Last Command- " " "

    I, Jedi - Michael A. Stackpole (Star Wars)

    Dune - Fank Herbert, plus follow up's
    The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolken

    Worst book of all time
    Lilian's Story - Can't remember the author, but was a Year 12 text and was dreadful.
  13. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

    Inspector Lee

    Jan 24, 2004
    East Lansing, MI

    If you haven't read this book do so immediately before it is butchered in Hollywood. The author is John Kennedy Toole. Good stick Dros...

    Post Office (Bukowski)
    Women (Bukowski)
    Lonesome Traveler (Kerouac)
    Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
    Fountainhead (Rand)
    Hell's Angels (HS Thompson)
    Papillon (Charriere)
    Native Son (Richard Wright)
    The Magic Christian (Southern)
    All Philip K. Dick
    All William S. Burroughs

    And the worst book of all time has to be something they try to jam down your throat in college - Habits of the Heart.
  14. Mav451 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2003
    Haha man, three of you guys mentioned my 10th grade required reading...ugh 1984. I don't know if i like or hate it, as it was shoved down my throat for about 3 weeks of my life :(

    Maybe i will enjoy it more now that I'm in college? I dunno. I remember watching the movie--if you've seen it, I'll just say green meadows. You can finish the rest haha.
  15. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    Farenheit 451 - tells how ignorance became institutionalized and welcomed

    Stranger in a Strange Land - looks at the world from a different perspective, asks why we are the way we are

    Autobiography of Malcolm X - didn't know how much i didn't know until i read this book. great life story - i have to wonder how the world would be different were he still alive

    Speaker for the Dead (sequel to Ender's Game, which is also a good book) - another one on looking at the world from someone else's point of view

    Red/Green/Blue Mars - story of colonization, and revolution in thought and politics on mars. very grounded in today's science

    Honor Harrington series by David Weber, beginning with On Basilisk Station - pure epic space opera, very in depth writing, lots of talk on strategy and tactics, tons of character and story development
  16. topicolo macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2002
    Ottawa, ON
    Fifth Business - Great story of a kid's coming of age and well, aging. It's filled with cultural metaphors and some of the most lucid and flowing writing I've ever read.
  17. Interiority macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2001
    Microserfs - Douglas Coupland. That and a penchant for Steinbeck...
  18. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    MICROSERFS!!! awesome book :D
  19. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

    Savage Henry

    Feb 20, 2004
    in a one horse, two house, three pub town.
    Some good shouts going on here, the vote for Crime and Punishment particularly pleased me.

    And as much as I too would like to say To Kill A Mockingbird, I am only halfway through it (should be done come the weekend) so it would be unfair of me to say that one.

    Therefore, I would have to stand alone and go for the rich sumptuous political metaphor of Orwell's Animal Farm.
  20. bont macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2003
    Favorite book of all time

    'The Quantity Theory of Insanity' by Will Self :)
  21. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Catch 22, The Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison), Atlas Shrugged, Faith of the Fallen(Terry Goodkind), Executive Orders(Tom Clancy) Physics (Kernigan & Ritchie) Art of Computer Programming, The Bible(especially John, Job, and 1/2 Samuel)
  22. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    The Shannara Series by Terry Brooks.

    The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

    (I'm going off of memory so don't take that spelling too seriously) by Storm Constantine - Awesome but weird book.

    Elizabeth Haydon's Rhapsody series.

    Melanie Rawn's Dragon books. They are all 1 series that are put into seperate trilogies for some reason. I started with 'The Dragon Prince'.

    I'd also read The Da Vinci Code, it was an excellent book IMO.

  23. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    I didn't like the DaVinci code. I had issues with it. Let me explain it by saying that I like the Wheel of Time series until I read the Sword of Truth. Read "Foucault's Pendulum"
  24. bont macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2003
    Favorite books of all time

    Forgot to add...I like out-of-date A-Z street atlases too ;)
  25. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    I love TKAM and Julius Caesar as were mentioned above

    my favorite had to be the Great Gatsby

    books I didn't like that were mentioned are
    Farenheit 451 and Native Son and 1984, i'll defend these opinions at another point ...

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