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What are your favourite books?

Description: I have a tag - "favourites" - which number around 40. What are your favourites? Feel free to add books, to thumb down books you didn't like, and to add comments.

Members: 6 participating members (show all)

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1
34,907 members, 1,921 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), KimarieBee (6), ahef1963 (44)

Score: 8.11

2
4,599 members, 119 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), ahef1963 (9)

Score: 6.31

3
8,121 members, 86 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2), bluepiano (3)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 4.4

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): All the Freudian undertone really turned me off to his and Lawrence in general.

ahef1963 (2): So evocative that I can see England, smell it, almost touch it.

bluepiano (3): Not in my top 500 but listing it because other comments have made me want to read it again. Evokes socially-striving working class in the north of England, invites a Freudian approach, explains Lawrence's twerpiness.… (more)

4
11,633 members, 278 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4), ahef1963 (46)

Score: 4.36

5
10,611 members, 172 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1)

Score: 4

6
9,660 members, 221 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

Score: 4

8
45,158 members, 1,172 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2)

Score: 3.36

9
4,810 members, 76 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2)

Score: 3.36

10
182 members, 4 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

aulsmith (2): This book explained so many things that happened to me and my friends. A brilliant analysis of how humans create new ideas

11
27 members, 0 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

bluepiano (2): This would almost certainly be in my top 500 favourites in fiction. I'm listing it because I wish more people knew about it.

12
28,977 members, 385 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

ahef1963 (3): Probably my absolute favourite.

13
25,428 members, 805 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: dara85 (3)

Score: 3.04

14
4,692 members, 59 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3)

Score: 3.04

15
3,905 members, 87 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

aulsmith (3): I swore off middle-aged academic angst novels after Herzog, but I couldn't put this one down and thought it was spectacular at the end.

16
6,511 members, 348 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4)

Score: 2.83

17
119 members, 0 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

ahef1963 (4): I bought this book for 10 cents at a flea market when I was 7 years old. Still much loved.

18
33 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

bluepiano (4): The non plus ultra of novellas.

19
47,338 members, 763 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5)

Score: 2.68

20
33,250 members, 1,005 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5)

Score: 2.68

21
32,183 members, 504 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: dara85 (5)

Score: 2.68

22
30,288 members, 421 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6)

Score: 2.56

23
2,631 members, 147 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: dara85 (6)

Score: 2.56

24
4,384 members, 341 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: dara85 (7)

Score: 2.46

25
18,397 members, 825 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8)

Score: 2.38

26
6,021 members, 174 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (8)

Score: 2.38

27
1,459 members, 47 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (9)

Score: 2.31

28
2,899 members, 79 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (10)

Score: 2.25

29
86 members, 3 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (10)

Score: 2.25

30
767 members, 20 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (11)

Score: 2.2

31
568 members, 13 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (11)

Score: 2.2

32
2,038 members, 58 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (12)

Score: 2.15

33
39 members, 0 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (12)

Score: 2.15

34
by Brom
1,030 members, 56 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (13)

Score: 2.11

35
601 members, 28 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (13)

Score: 2.11

Explanations:

ahef1963 (13): I'm a language and linguistics geek, and this book answered so many questions for me. Fascinating.

36
7,507 members, 343 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (14)

Score: 2.07

37
918 members, 7 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (14)

Score: 2.07

Explanations:

ahef1963 (14): The book that got me interested in paleoanthropology. Dated now, but intricately details scientific methods.

38
21,624 members, 501 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (15)

Score: 2.03

39
2,786 members, 50 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (15)

Score: 2.03

40
7,996 members, 225 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (16)

Score: 2

41
1,465 members, 35 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (16)

Score: 2

Explanations:

ahef1963 (16): As well as a great memoir, a history of the upper middle class at the turn of the 20th century.

42
3,787 members, 99 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (17)

Score: 1.97

Explanations:

ahef1963 (17): A required text in grade 10 English and an instant favourite. I felt an immediate connection to the outcasts.

43
10 members, 1 review
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (17)

Score: 1.97

44
43,869 members, 597 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (18)

Score: 1.94

Explanations:

ahef1963 (18): The excellence of Huxley's ideas and writing never fail to move me.

45
4,664 members, 124 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (18)

Score: 1.94

46
4,120 members, 124 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

ahef1963 (19): The wittiest book I've ever read. It never grows old.

47
207 members, 9 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (19)

Score: 1.92

48
249 members, 6 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (20)

Score: 1.89

49
24,994 members, 1,116 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (21)

Score: 1.87

50
377 members, 10 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

ahef1963 (21): The finest of Canadian Prairie Literature.

51
25,216 members, 1,403 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (22)

Score: 1.85

52
1,929 members, 42 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (22)

Score: 1.85

Explanations:

ahef1963 (22): Extaordinary historical fiction. One day I will visit the building erected in this tale.

53
2,466 members, 152 reviews
3.36 stars (3.36 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (23)

Score: 1.83

54
6,069 members, 484 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (24)

Score: 1.81

Explanations:

ahef1963 (24): I read this last week. Fell in love.

55
22 members, 3 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (24)

Score: 1.81

56
14,550 members, 625 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (25)

Score: 1.79

Explanations:

ahef1963 (25): The most wondrous fantasy world I've ever stepped into.

57
3,099 members, 117 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (26)

Score: 1.77

58
21,456 members, 328 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (27)

Score: 1.76

Explanations:

ahef1963 (27): The story, the language-play, the shocks: unbelievably brilliant.

59
51 members, 4 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (28)

Score: 1.74

60
5,400 members, 307 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (29)

Score: 1.72

61
4,640 members, 159 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (31)

Score: 1.7

62
17,642 members, 1,137 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (32)

Score: 1.68

63
162 members, 4 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (33)

Score: 1.67

64
627 members, 15 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (34)

Score: 1.66

65
115 members, 2 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (35)

Score: 1.65

66
7,930 members, 165 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (36)

Score: 1.63

67
2,588 members, 26 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (37)

Score: 1.62

Explanations:

ahef1963 (37): I love a scary book, and Lovecraft is the best for that.

68
432 members, 9 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (38)

Score: 1.61

69
6,384 members, 46 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (39)

Score: 1.6

Explanations:

ahef1963 (39): My favourite book when I was a child. It still provides me with much pleasure.

70
4,750 members, 290 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (40)

Score: 1.59

71
3,619 members, 51 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (41)

Score: 1.58

Explanations:

ahef1963 (41): Changed my life completely.

72
4,573 members, 58 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (42)

Score: 1.57

73
5,228 members, 356 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (43)

Score: 1.56

74
17,922 members, 375 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (45)

Score: 1.54

75
64,480 members, 1,154 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 0.46

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I really dislike the Bennetts.

ahef1963 (7): My absolute favourite for many years. First read when I was 16. I had no idea until that point that classic fiction could be funny.

76
35,465 members, 1,182 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (7)

Thumbs down: dara85

Score: 0.46

77
31,269 members, 567 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (23)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Didn't age well for me. I now find it misogynist and sentimental.

ahef1963 (23): I had no idea that a book could make me cry that hard, twice. Brilliant and heartbreaking story.

78
28,758 members, 309 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (30)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I find most of Hawthorne tough going. Too much character and too little action.

79
24,321 members, 573 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Score: < 0

80
23,065 members, 409 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Score: < 0

Explanations:

ahef1963 (0): The only book to have rendered me suicidal. That fact argues for the strength of Plath's prose, but I still don't like the book.

81
32,657 members, 938 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (20)

Thumbs down: dara85, aulsmith

Score: < 0

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I found the allegory too over-the-top to enjoy this one.

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