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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
36,869 members, 1,986 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

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

Score: 8.11

2
4,734 members, 129 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), ahef1963 (9)

Score: 6.31

3
8,420 members, 89 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
12,148 members, 293 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: dara85 (4), ahef1963 (46)

Score: 4.36

5
11,080 members, 179 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1)

Score: 4

6
10,194 members, 240 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

Score: 4

8
46,198 members, 1,190 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2)

Score: 3.36

9
5,031 members, 80 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2)

Score: 3.36

10
191 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
30 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 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
30,370 members, 414 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

ahef1963 (3): Probably my absolute favourite.

13
26,466 members, 829 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: dara85 (3)

Score: 3.04

14
4,872 members, 63 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3)

Score: 3.04

15
3,977 members, 88 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 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
6,749 members, 364 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (4)

Score: 2.83

17
125 members, 1 review
3.97 stars (3.97 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
35 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

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

19
49,518 members, 795 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5)

Score: 2.68

20
35,104 members, 1,040 reviews
4.36 stars (4.36 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (5)

Score: 2.68

21
33,099 members, 516 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: dara85 (5)

Score: 2.68

22
32,094 members, 445 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6)

Score: 2.56

23
2,721 members, 151 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: dara85 (6)

Score: 2.56

24
4,511 members, 345 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: dara85 (7)

Score: 2.46

25
19,365 members, 855 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8)

Score: 2.38

26
6,271 members, 182 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (8)

Score: 2.38

27
1,525 members, 49 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (9)

Score: 2.31

28
3,026 members, 84 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (10)

Score: 2.25

29
94 members, 3 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (10)

Score: 2.25

30
802 members, 20 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (11)

Score: 2.2

31
587 members, 14 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (11)

Score: 2.2

32
2,165 members, 60 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (12)

Score: 2.15

33
45 members, 0 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (12)

Score: 2.15

34
by Brom
1,085 members, 56 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (13)

Score: 2.11

35
632 members, 29 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 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
8,009 members, 373 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (14)

Score: 2.07

37
948 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.

38
22,300 members, 521 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (15)

Score: 2.03

39
2,874 members, 50 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (15)

Score: 2.03

40
8,242 members, 231 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (16)

Score: 2

41
1,536 members, 36 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
3,950 members, 103 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
13 members, 1 review
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (17)

Score: 1.97

44
46,060 members, 648 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
4,760 members, 125 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (18)

Score: 1.94

46
4,377 members, 131 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

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

47
213 members, 9 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (19)

Score: 1.92

48
258 members, 6 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (20)

Score: 1.89

49
25,830 members, 1,132 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (21)

Score: 1.87

50
379 members, 10 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

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

51
26,098 members, 1,422 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (22)

Score: 1.85

52
2,043 members, 44 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 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
2,853 members, 164 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (23)

Score: 1.83

54
7,056 members, 527 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (24)

Score: 1.81

Explanations:

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

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

Lists: KimarieBee (24)

Score: 1.81

56
15,850 members, 670 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (25)

Score: 1.79

Explanations:

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

57
3,218 members, 124 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (26)

Score: 1.77

58
22,338 members, 348 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (27)

Score: 1.76

Explanations:

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

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

Lists: ahef1963 (28)

Score: 1.74

60
5,634 members, 315 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (29)

Score: 1.72

61
4,817 members, 162 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (31)

Score: 1.7

62
18,585 members, 1,169 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (32)

Score: 1.68

63
168 members, 4 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (33)

Score: 1.67

64
713 members, 17 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (34)

Score: 1.66

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

Lists: ahef1963 (35)

Score: 1.65

66
8,044 members, 168 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (36)

Score: 1.63

67
2,647 members, 26 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (37)

Score: 1.62

Explanations:

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

68
444 members, 9 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (38)

Score: 1.61

69
6,782 members, 51 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
4,951 members, 297 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (40)

Score: 1.59

71
3,871 members, 54 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (41)

Score: 1.58

Explanations:

ahef1963 (41): Changed my life completely.

72
4,646 members, 58 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (42)

Score: 1.57

73
5,336 members, 357 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (43)

Score: 1.56

74
19,003 members, 395 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (45)

Score: 1.54

75
67,472 members, 1,205 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
36,333 members, 1,205 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (7)

Thumbs down: dara85

Score: 0.46

77
32,850 members, 581 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 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
30,158 members, 317 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
24,877 members, 592 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Thumbs down: ahef1963

Score: < 0

80
23,969 members, 419 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
34,764 members, 1,006 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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