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Old 21.01.2010, 12:00
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Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

What is your most favorite, funniest, overrated and life changing book you ever read? And what are you reading now?


Current book ?

- Life of Pi / Yann Martel


Favorite book ?

- A Wild Sheep Chase / Haruki Murakami


Funniest book ?

- Roald Dahl's short stories


Most overrated ?

- Remembrance of Things Past / Marcel Proust


Life changing ?

- Poems by Pablo Neruda
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Old 21.01.2010, 12:06
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

Thanks for this thread I haven't read much in the past couple of years (so don't have anything to add), but am just starting to again and am looking for recommendations!

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Old 21.01.2010, 12:09
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The Myth of Male Power by Warren Farrell
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Old 21.01.2010, 12:13
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

I love Pablo Neruda too, I liked the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I read it at a precise moment in time. The book that impressed me the most was "of love and other demons" and "memory of my sad wh..." by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The latter is a true and sublime love story
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I love Pablo Neruda too, I liked the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I read it at a precise moment in time. The book that impressed me the most was "of love and other demons" and "memory of my sad wh..." by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The latter is a true and sublime love story
Yes, how can I forget about GGM - he is a wonderful writer. And just comes to my mind: Isabelle Allende
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Old 21.01.2010, 12:16
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I love Pablo Neruda too, I liked the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I read it at a precise moment in time. The book that impressed me the most was "of love and other demons" and "memory of my sad wh..." by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The latter is a true and sublime love story
I totally loved the Alchemist. I read it in China b/c it was the only English book I could find, but it was fantastic!

I've found 95% of best sellers are pure sh** though.

For the SciFi/Fantasy fans out there, I think one of my favorites is Lord Valentine's Castle. I read it when I was 12, but man, does it have one hell of a twist in it. Great story.
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

My Experiments with truth - autobiography by Mahatma Gandhi
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yesterday -- LOVED it, can't wait to start the next in the series. For some reason I am drawn to these Swedish crime/detective books (including Henning Mankell).
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I love Pablo Neruda too, I liked the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I read it at a precise moment in time. The book that impressed me the most was "of love and other demons" and "memory of my sad wh..." by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The latter is a true and sublime love story
I must not have read this at the right moment for me -- I've started it a few times over the years and have never been able to get into it, so I just put it to the side.
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Old 24.01.2010, 11:33
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

The secret life of wobbats by James Woodford
Funny creatures and a good story of what curiosity is about
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

Read this one a while ago.
Couldn't put it down and I still feel the excitment of that extraordinary adventure when I hear it mentionned or think about it !!! Simply awesome !!!

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Old 24.01.2010, 11:37
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni will hit you like a sledgehammer. He is an excellent storyteller.
Reading Shantaram at the moment...its building us to an be an epic story
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

"The Discovery of Heaven" by Harry Mulisch
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand
"Company" and "Jennifer Government"by Max Barry

to name a few.
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Old 24.01.2010, 12:50
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

Current book ?
- Re-reading The Time Traveler's Wife.

Favorite book ?
- too many to choose from.

Funniest book ?
- Neither here, nor there by Bill Bryson

Most overrated ?
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

Life changing ?
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Old 24.01.2010, 13:37
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

Current book ?
- "El corazon helado" (the frozen heart) by Almudena Grandes

Favorite book ?
- "Un milagro en equilibrio" (a miracle in equilibrium) by Lucia Etxebarria

Funniest book ?
- "Home Truths" by David Lodge, "The gambler" (Igrok) by F.M. Dostoyevski (sorry, I couldn't choose only one)

Most overrated ?
- "The pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett (I couldn't finish it)

Life changing ?
- "The elementary particles" by Michel Houellebecq
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Old 24.01.2010, 13:54
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

Ahh, I'm afraid my contribution is not so structured as asked for by Allegra, sorry!

I read about anything I can get my hands on including cheap and silly romance (Harlequin anyone?), Clancy and Cussler style "action" (I enjoy Dirk Pitt stories), some crime type as well as science fiction and fantasy.

The only thing I don't read are horror books like Stephen King writes... I've read one or two but my imagination is too vivid - I like my sleep to be mostly nightmare-free.

I really like historical fiction though, whether it is something like Clan of the Cave Bear or something saucy and steamy like historical romance, particularly if the author actually cites references for the facts contained within at the end. You never know what useful information you'll learn (and retain!) from such silly reading.


One of my all-time favorite reads as a single book is from Piers Anthony, a book called Macroscope. Some of the other works of Piers Anthony are also interesting as he tends to combine sci-fi and fantasy pretty well, including his Cluster series (involving space travel and multiple species interactions) and his book Prostho Plus which is about a dentist abducted by aliens.
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Current books ?

The Shorter Boswell; Plain Tales from the Hills, Rudyard Kipling.



Favorite books ?

Candide, Voltaire; A Residence at Constantinople, Robert Walsh.



Funniest books ?

Eothen, Alexander Kinglake; Rare Adventures and Painefull Peregrinations, William Lithgow; Sketches of My Life, Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden.




Most overrated ?

Everything by Bill Bryson




Life changing ?

Vol I of A Residence at Constantinople...

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Old 24.01.2010, 16:28
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....or something saucy and steamy like historical romance, particularly if the author actually cites references for the facts contained within at the end. You never know what useful information you'll learn (and retain!) from such silly reading.
Would this be Philippa Gregory you are referring too? (don't worry I have a secret love of her books too )

Current book ?
Moab is my Washpot/Stephen Fry

Favorite book ?
The Bell Jar/Sylvia Plath, Rebecca/Daphne du Maurier, Wuthering Heights/Emily Bronte

Funniest book ?
Can't say I really read funny books but I did recently read a book called Pies and Prejudice/Stuart Maconie which gives an amusing insight into "us northerners"

Most overrated ?
Anything by Dan Brown, Ulysses/James Joyce (so confusing )

Life changing ?
Anais Nins collection of stories (I didn't know women could write such dirty wicked things and dare to publish it!! ) - as a sidenote her diaries about her affair with Henry Miller are also good reading (and less pornographic)

And a private poem that my dad wrote about my mum (it made me cry )

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Old 24.01.2010, 16:51
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Would this be Philippa Gregory you are referring too? (don't worry I have a secret love of her books too )

Ooh, Jemma, I'd not read her before that I recall, I'll have a peek for her next time I'm in a book store though. (I am running out of books at home that I've not already read.)
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Re: Books: Which one impressed you the most ?

Currently reading 'Do Gentelmen really prefer Blondes?' Witch is probably the best book written since Shakespeare was alive.

Faves... hum, I think the Hobbit would be one of my favorite.
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