Your favorite book(s)?

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    Please share with us your favorite book(s) or books you have (just) read please!

    For me, I love The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy .. The idea of retribution or karma seems to right the wrong... Sadly, this is not true in life!
     
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    I came from a family where reading was encouraged. My mother and father used to read 2-3 books a week. Every Monday evening, we would go to the library with my parents. My mother would pick out 4-6 books for her and my father. We, when young, would be ushered into the children's section to pick out a book or two. I don't read as mush now as I did when I was little, but I still love to read when I can find the time. My last two books were:

    Killing England by Bill O'Reilly - a real close up and personal look into Washington, Jefferson & Franklin. Great book if you like American History.

    God, Faith and Reason by Michael Savage - insights into a lifetime of seeking. Good book.

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    I read from the Bible daily. My favorite book of the Bible is Proverbs. It is filled with great information on how to live a fulfilling life.

    For entertainment I like to read Florida mystery books such as the Jessie McDermitt "fallen" series. I read almost exclusively on my Kindle.
     
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    My favorite book(s)? The one in my hand, with my finger stuck in it for a bookmark while I wander around the house! I usually have two books going at once. I think my favorite of all time is Douglas Southall Freeman's Lee, with anything by Agatha Christie being a close second.
    I've read voraciously since I was five and rarely find a book I can't finish.
     
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    I don't have favorite book(s), but I do like a good read...

    Right now I'm reading about George Washington Carver. I've only found one book so far, but looking for others; the title of this one is:

    George Washington Carver
    His Life & Faith in His Own Words

    Author: William J. Federer

    I never knew just how incredible his life was and the impact he had on Agriculture.
     
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    that is a wonderful habit to get into. I think I will go back and look at Proverbs.

    in general, really don't have time to just sit and read, after I get home its making supper, tidy up, stuff around the house etc. weekends its gardens, errands etc. my down time is some TV for an hour and then off to bed. I do find a book to take when on vacation.
     
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    I love books by Edgar Allen Poe, plays by Shakespeare because of his insight into human character..
     
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    There is a series of five books written by David Eddings called The Belgariad. He wrote another series of five called The Mallorean. There are two books which go with them called Polgara and Belgarath. I love those books! :love:

    A boy grows into a man while fulfilling a prophecy. Magic and love stories, wonderful characters; foul villains and engaging heroes, all written with a sense of humor!! Definitely worth the read!! (y)
     
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    Esther Knapicius

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    anyone venturing to travel to this area, and love books, must stay here. been there twice. hope to again one day. make sure you see pixs of all the rooms. I love this place, to me the best B&B around, and been to a few. good food, great guests to meet. wonderful location.

    http://www.sylviabeachhotel.com/
     
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    I love to read, have been a reader all my life. Now days my reading time is mostly spent around horticulture.

    If you want a stay up half the night reading, can't put it down, what the.... kind of book. Read "Aztec" by Gary Jennings. Most entertaiing book I ever read, not for the faith of heart.

    My favorite author in general is Paul Theroux. His non fiction travel books are fantatsic as is most of his fiction. For non fiction, "Riding the Iron Rooster", for fiction "Mosquito Coast".

    My obscure selction would be "Two Prisoners" by Lajos Zilahy. A WW1 story, an english translation from Hungarian. Not a war story per se, very personal stories when it all comes down to it.

    So many other books I've loved.

    Oh and reading "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck while on vacation in Monterey (the central location of the novel in years past) was really great. I would read in the evening and walk the same streets and see some of the same sights as are in the book. I really like most of his books in general.

    For some reason as a younger man I was quite taken with the books by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
     
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    I can't read two books at once like you, although I have friends who can.
     
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    I'll have to look these books up.
     
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    Must be amazing experience! Surreal even!
     
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    (y) :D The Belgariad needs to be read first.

    The first book is Pawn of Prophecy.
     
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    Hi,

    I've not read a book in years but I do subscribe to "Fine Woodworking" magazine.

    Favourite books though just a sample;

    Turning & Mechanical Manipulation by Holtzapffel. Five volumes.

    Advanced Machine Work by Robert H Smith.

    The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by Charles Krenov.

    I now tend to learn from YouTube videos and also forums such as this forum. (y):)

    Kind regards, Colin.
     
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    I myself don't like fiction much. I used to want to learn creating graphics following magazines. But for some reason, I could never replicate them. In the end, I gave up.. I prefer making something rather than reading fiction or reading Bible. I do like to read real stories, especially gruesome murders .. I thumbed through one book on murder twice. Some of them are so horrible that I count my blessings that I don't have to live through them and yet they shed light on how depraved human beings can be.. For the same reason, I don't like to watch horror movies such as Jaws ..
     
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    stayed in the Edgar Allen Poe room at Sylvia Beach Hotel.
     
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    I am reading classic fiction. So far this year I have read all of the Jules Verne collection, G.K. Chesterton series, Bram Stoker's Dracula (much scarier than any movie) and am now working throuh H.G. Wells. Lots of fun.

    I too like anything Agatha. Every so often I'll reread old mysteries like the Alfred Hitchcock short story collections and an old mystery called Thr Red House mystery by Milne. Yes, the Winnie the Pooh author!
     
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    Strange that nobody has mentioned J K Rowling's novels.
     
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    Hi,

    With you mentioning Winnie the Pooh CanadianLori it brought back memories of about three years ago; Bron and I like to visit The Lake District (UK) and for many years we've passed the turnoff to the home of not Winnie the Pooh but of Beatrix Potter so we decided to explore; Bron loves little furry critters so what a delight it was for her as we visited the attraction; in the attraction we paid and waited until we were shown into the small cinema where we watched the story of Beatrix Potter; it was most pleasant sitting in this cinema where adults outnumbered the kids; just one of those little trips which are remembered for life; I too enjoyed it. :)

    http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/

    It was mentioned on TV a short while ago that book sales here in the UK had risen by 7% over the last year which is surprising considering all the electronic kit now in use. Our friend Tony is an author but his books cover vintage radio restorations and our best friends son has written many books on management he travelling the world giving lectures. My small claim to fame is in having over ten articles published in The British Vintage Wireless Society "Bulletin" and I was honoured with best restoration in 2009 which is surprising considering I know so little about the subject.

    https://www.bvws.org.uk/publications/bulletins.php/volume34number4

    One of my articles is Page 43. This is rather a specialist subject these days due to few now taking up vintage wireless restoration whereas in its peak many guys constructed their own wireless sets as an interesting hobby. How times have changed?

    Kind regards, Colin.
     
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