Wednesday, January 04, 2006

You Recommend...

I have lots of new books to read, but I like to keep the list fresh. And I'll bet you've read some that I haven't. Hey, anything's possible! Or maybe you've heard of one that is amazing that I have never heard of.

Give me your top five book titles. No particular genre. In fact, maybe five different genres. Whever you have loved the most for any reason whatsoever. Tell me why. I need a good reason. Not for buying books, but for buying your book. Convince me!

I am eagerly awaiting the literary wonders that beckon!


heather said...

"Huckleberry Finn" is my favorite novel of all time (a MUST read, esp. if you haven't read it since h.s.)

"A Prayer for Owen Meany" (John Irving) is my second favorite novel of all time. Also a must read (the movie "Simon Birch" is based on this book - losely).

I just finished "My Name is Asher Lev" (Chaim Potok) for the second time - anything by him is great.

...sorry I stuck to the same genre. :)

Ben O. said...

Gotta go with -

"The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffeneger

"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas

"Bag of Bones" by Stephen King

"Dubliners" by James Joyce


"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

Nice question - Ben O.

anne said...

Oooo!! SO many good options! I'm writing them all down... :)

I have a couple of them, but haven't read them yet. I've heard "Time Traveler's" recommended by someone else before too.

Karen Rani said...

So glad you stopped by today! Thanks for 'coming out!' LOL!

I haven't read it yet, but I have been recommended to read "The Lovely Bones," by Alice Sebold. Here's the Amazon link if you want to read what it's about:

anne said...

Man...that one sounds really good, but sad...

My list is growing! I love it!

Nate said...

Wow - I second "Bag of Bones" by Mr. King. Great, haunting book.

And here's one that may (okay, probably won't, but hey) interest you: "Everything Bad is Good For You" by Stephen Johnson. Offers up a pretty convincing (although, I'm biased) argument for media types such as television, film, and videogames actually making us smarter! Exactly. Booyah.

Not saying it's my favorite book ever, but just one that I've liked a lot in the last few months. Seems well written and generally well-argued.

Jen said...

A Dive by Clausen's Pier

The Lovely Bones

Memoirs of a Geisha.....I could go on.....I love the site. I will be back to visit.

anne said...

Nate-if it makes me smarter, I would be happy to watch more tv. Just don't tell Andy...his hobbies take up enough time as it is!

I ordered Lovely Bones yesterday from Amazon...among like 10 others. :) YAY!

Hotwire said...

A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
Best opening sentence of any book ever.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
When I finished it I cried.

Catcher in the Rye
by JD Salinger
An almost perfect book

SLRd said...

I linked to your site through Sarah Cool.

I tend to have a rather eclectic taste in books that isn't shared by most people but a few I would recommend are:

Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. I was pleased to see that you'd already ordered it, I'm assuming a while ago.

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. You can't call this website Asylum without reading about a crazy woman.

I'm also a fan of Gregory Maguire who wrote Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and if you like good science fiction, you can't go wrong with anything Ursula LeGuin puts her name to.