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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
28,822 members, 1,743 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

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

Score: 8.11

2
3,972 members, 106 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), ahef1963 (9)

Score: 6.31

3
7,129 members, 79 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
10,123 members, 235 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4), ahef1963 (46)

Score: 4.36

5
9,105 members, 137 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1)

Score: 4

6
7,864 members, 162 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

Score: 4

8
41,086 members, 1,102 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2)

Score: 3.36

9
4,147 members, 51 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2)

Score: 3.36

10
156 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
22 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
25,107 members, 315 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

ahef1963 (3): Probably my absolute favourite.

13
22,585 members, 753 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: dara85 (3)

Score: 3.04

14
4,103 members, 38 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3)

Score: 3.04

15
3,536 members, 73 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
5,507 members, 305 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4)

Score: 2.83

17
110 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
32 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

19
40,380 members, 686 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5)

Score: 2.68

20
29,234 members, 468 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: dara85 (5)

Score: 2.68

21
27,142 members, 863 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5)

Score: 2.68

22
26,208 members, 371 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6)

Score: 2.56

23
2,281 members, 133 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: dara85 (6)

Score: 2.56

24
15,680 members, 721 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8)

Score: 2.38

25
5,142 members, 153 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (8)

Score: 2.38

26
1,250 members, 32 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (9)

Score: 2.31

27
2,520 members, 64 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (10)

Score: 2.25

28
79 members, 3 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (10)

Score: 2.25

29
641 members, 19 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (11)

Score: 2.2

30
476 members, 11 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (11)

Score: 2.2

31
1,710 members, 52 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (12)

Score: 2.15

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

Lists: KimarieBee (12)

Score: 2.15

33
by Brom
835 members, 39 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (13)

Score: 2.11

34
505 members, 28 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 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
5,723 members, 277 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (14)

Score: 2.07

36
794 members, 8 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 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
19,683 members, 446 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (15)

Score: 2.03

38
2,360 members, 45 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (15)

Score: 2.03

39
7,147 members, 196 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (16)

Score: 2

40
1,240 members, 29 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 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
3,251 members, 91 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 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
37,784 members, 499 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
4,191 members, 116 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (18)

Score: 1.94

45
3,288 members, 96 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

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

46
184 members, 10 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (19)

Score: 1.92

47
225 members, 5 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (20)

Score: 1.89

48
22,788 members, 1,057 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (21)

Score: 1.87

49
333 members, 8 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

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

50
21,494 members, 1,338 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (22)

Score: 1.85

51
1,620 members, 37 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
2,696 members, 238 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (24)

Score: 1.81

Explanations:

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

53
10,471 members, 486 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (25)

Score: 1.79

Explanations:

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

54
2,633 members, 97 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (26)

Score: 1.77

55
18,671 members, 271 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.

56
44 members, 4 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (28)

Score: 1.74

57
4,507 members, 268 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (29)

Score: 1.72

58
3,990 members, 137 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (31)

Score: 1.7

59
14,768 members, 1,024 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (32)

Score: 1.68

60
140 members, 3 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (33)

Score: 1.67

61
457 members, 13 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (34)

Score: 1.66

62
104 members, 1 review
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (35)

Score: 1.65

63
7,230 members, 157 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (36)

Score: 1.63

64
2,401 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.

65
380 members, 9 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (38)

Score: 1.61

66
4,951 members, 39 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.

67
3,986 members, 249 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (40)

Score: 1.59

68
2,850 members, 45 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (41)

Score: 1.58

Explanations:

ahef1963 (41): Changed my life completely.

69
4,298 members, 52 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (42)

Score: 1.57

70
4,339 members, 330 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (43)

Score: 1.56

71
14,819 members, 297 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (45)

Score: 1.54

72
55,766 members, 1,017 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.

73
32,654 members, 1,130 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (7)

Thumbs down: dara85

Score: 0.46

74
26,942 members, 491 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.

75
24,116 members, 266 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.

76
22,199 members, 529 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Score: < 0

77
20,041 members, 341 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.

78
25,363 members, 649 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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