Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Favorite Book Club Books So Far?

Since my previous post talks about our book club, I thought I'd quickly list my top 10 favorite books of all the books we've read so far as a group (click on them for more info and the menus):
I love classics and my all-time favorite genre is the Gothic novel. Classics aside, my top 2 favorites from that list are The Shadow of the Wind (a recommendation from my MIL) and The Thirteenth Tale. Cane River and The Kite Runner and The Chosen are vying for third place.

Of the classics, Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird definitely claim the top 2 spots.


D'Arcy said...

YES! I just got a copy of Cane River without knowing anything about it. I can't wait to read it!

I love The Chosen!!!! So much!

I just finished Reading Lolita in Tehran...what a powerful world that created for me.

Books are my life!


Jill O said...

My all time favorite books are To Kill a Mockingbird and Jane Eyre. So great! I haven't read a few of these, thanks for the suggestions. I am always on the lookout for a good book. =)

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

You picked some wonderful books! To Kill a Mockingbird, The Merchant of Venice and The Kite Runner also top my list as well.

Hey you need to come over to my blog and see the video I just put up this evening... I think you'll "dig" it.

Dr. Mark said...

Stacy and I have similar tastes so that list sums up my favorites as well. My favorites are The Shadow of the Wind and The Thirteenth Tale.

I have to put in a plug for my Japanese "heritage," though. The Samurai by Shusaku Endo is a great read. We read that one quite a while ago in our book club. He is one of the more "accessible" Japanese authors translated into English. His watershed work is probably Silence and it is well worth the read.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Have you read My Antonia? That, and Love in the Time of Cholera are probably tied for the "top spot" as my all time favorite piece of fiction.

They are both absolute masterpieces (completely different types of fiction, but equally amazing.....)

terahreu said...

Have you read East of Eden? That is a great read. My other favorite is the Professor and the Madman and Pillars of the Earth.

Have you also read Splended Suns? I heard that is a great book if you love Kite Runner (which I really did).

Thanks for the suggestions. I will be getting the Alchemist this week. Can't wait.

Jagged Rocks said...

I love Jane Eyre it is one of my favorites, along with Wuthering Heights. However my all time favorite has to be The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

J Fo said...

WHAT A GREAT POST!! I love it when we all get to talking about books. I have a hard time picking favorites but I'll tell you 2 of them are on that list. (Emerson's name was almost Harper and if we have a boy Atticus is on the list!) Right now I'm reading Teacher Man by Frank McCourt. He's a little dark in his Irish wit and dry humor, but isn't that right up the Foley's alley? I'm also teaching TKAM and Wuthering Heights right now. Fun stuff, but not a lot of time for personal reading.

Chelle said...

I loved this post and your previous book club post. I occasionally refer to your Food For Thought blog to get book ideas and I love, love, love to read the accompanying menus. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay said...

I need to get into reading again. I was doing so well for awhile...I enjoy reading, I just wind up doing other things then I get home from work! Shame on me! Reading is so much better for my mind than watching That 70's Show (not all night, one maybe two episodes). I heard that Kite Runner was hard to choke down. I read 1000 Splendid Suns ( same author) and I really loved it, although, it got a little graphic and some points as well. I really want to read the Chronicles of Narnia but have not yet. WE have the books...maybe that willbe my Christmas project!! :)

bythelbs said...

Thanks for the book recommendations! I'm always looking for books to read.

Boquinha said...

Great comment, everyone! I love hearing your thoughts on this!! Thank you so much for sharing!

D'Arcy, you will LOVE Cane River!

Jill, go figure that we have that in common!

HWHL, great video! We're so on the same wavelength with that!

Sweetie, I almost mentioned that book. I made a list of about 20+ books and whittled it down to 10. That one was in the top 15. For those who know the Gessels, Van translated his work into English.

HWHL, I haven't read those, but my mother loves My Antonia! Thanks for the suggestions!

Terah, believe it or not, I haven't read East of Eden. I have this love-hate thing with Steinbeck. I've heard mixed reviews on that one. I haven't read A Thousand Splended Suns--I've heard the same. I hope you like the Alchemist! It's not the greatest book I've ever read, but it's a wonderful allegory just the same.

Kim, we've read those, too! But I haven't read TSP! I've seen the movie, but it's been a while.

JESSICA!!!!!! Nooooooooo!!! The night I read your comment, I was dreaming of babies and baby names and politics. :P Seriously, you're kidding, right? Atticus is SO next on our list, too, for boy names! Although I'm not sure we're having more kids. :P But Emma and Atticus are the next names!! We've decided we can both use it since there are so many Davids in the family. Why not several Atticuses, too. :) How can you NOT like an Atticus, right? :)

I haven't read that one by him, but we've read Angela's Ashes and it was very good.

Rachelle, I love to hear that! Thank you!!

Lindsay, if you read, when will you knit?? ;) The Kite Runner is intense and graphic and though I don't usually do well with books like that, I have to say that I loved the book and it stayed with me for a very long time. Beautiful story!

Lbs! Thanks!! :)