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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
32,505 members, 1,849 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

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

Score: 8.11

2
4,324 members, 112 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), ahef1963 (9)

Score: 6.31

3
7,773 members, 84 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 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
11,011 members, 262 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4), ahef1963 (46)

Score: 4.36

5
10,013 members, 157 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1)

Score: 4

6
8,821 members, 197 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

Score: 4

8
43,744 members, 1,150 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2)

Score: 3.36

9
4,495 members, 69 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2)

Score: 3.36

10
175 members, 4 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 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
25 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
27,284 members, 351 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

ahef1963 (3): Probably my absolute favourite.

13
24,290 members, 782 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: dara85 (3)

Score: 3.04

14
4,429 members, 50 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3)

Score: 3.04

15
3,752 members, 77 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
6,035 members, 330 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4)

Score: 2.83

17
118 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
31 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

19
44,554 members, 734 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5)

Score: 2.68

20
31,033 members, 495 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: dara85 (5)

Score: 2.68

21
30,821 members, 953 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5)

Score: 2.68

22
28,784 members, 401 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6)

Score: 2.56

23
2,503 members, 141 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: dara85 (6)

Score: 2.56

24
17,388 members, 791 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8)

Score: 2.38

25
5,640 members, 162 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (8)

Score: 2.38

26
1,378 members, 40 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (9)

Score: 2.31

27
2,701 members, 69 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (10)

Score: 2.25

28
84 members, 3 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (10)

Score: 2.25

29
733 members, 19 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (11)

Score: 2.2

30
515 members, 12 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (11)

Score: 2.2

31
1,886 members, 54 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (12)

Score: 2.15

32
36 members, 0 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (12)

Score: 2.15

33
by Brom
940 members, 50 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (13)

Score: 2.11

34
560 members, 28 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 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.

35
6,651 members, 318 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (14)

Score: 2.07

36
863 members, 7 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 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.

37
20,849 members, 475 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (15)

Score: 2.03

38
2,598 members, 46 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (15)

Score: 2.03

39
7,616 members, 210 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (16)

Score: 2

40
1,370 members, 32 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.

41
3,562 members, 95 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 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.

42
9 members, 1 review
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (17)

Score: 1.97

43
41,261 members, 562 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (18)

Score: 1.94

Explanations:

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

44
4,428 members, 122 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (18)

Score: 1.94

45
3,752 members, 112 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

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

46
196 members, 10 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (19)

Score: 1.92

47
245 members, 6 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (20)

Score: 1.89

48
24,103 members, 1,093 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (21)

Score: 1.87

49
363 members, 9 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

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

50
23,777 members, 1,383 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (22)

Score: 1.85

51
1,793 members, 38 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (22)

Score: 1.85

Explanations:

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

52
1,813 members, 126 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (23)

Score: 1.83

53
4,938 members, 408 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (24)

Score: 1.81

Explanations:

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

54
18 members, 3 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (24)

Score: 1.81

55
12,762 members, 565 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.

56
2,909 members, 114 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (26)

Score: 1.77

57
20,245 members, 308 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (27)

Score: 1.76

Explanations:

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

58
50 members, 4 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (28)

Score: 1.74

59
5,045 members, 296 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (29)

Score: 1.72

60
4,381 members, 152 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (31)

Score: 1.7

61
16,498 members, 1,090 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (32)

Score: 1.68

62
153 members, 4 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (33)

Score: 1.67

63
570 members, 14 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (34)

Score: 1.66

64
110 members, 2 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (35)

Score: 1.65

65
7,627 members, 161 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (36)

Score: 1.63

66
2,502 members, 25 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.

67
413 members, 9 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (38)

Score: 1.61

68
5,745 members, 44 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 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.

69
4,458 members, 277 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (40)

Score: 1.59

70
3,311 members, 48 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (41)

Score: 1.58

Explanations:

ahef1963 (41): Changed my life completely.

71
4,467 members, 55 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (42)

Score: 1.57

72
4,815 members, 345 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (43)

Score: 1.56

73
16,601 members, 348 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (45)

Score: 1.54

74
60,803 members, 1,092 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 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.

75
34,321 members, 1,154 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (7)

Thumbs down: dara85

Score: 0.46

76
29,471 members, 538 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.

77
26,970 members, 297 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.

78
23,465 members, 556 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Score: < 0

79
21,806 members, 386 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.

80
29,704 members, 837 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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Started by: ahef1963 (May 2015)

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