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Postby Prof. Hailey Potter » Thu May 06, 2004 6:34 pm

I was just wondering; what's your favorite book? I kind of have a tie; The Princess Diaries series and the three books by Carolyn Meyer: Mary, Bloody Mary; Beware, Princess Elizabeth; and Doomed Queen Anne. How about you guys? laugh.gif

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Postby Maggie McGravin » Thu May 06, 2004 11:50 pm

my favorite books are a toss-up between three...no..FOUR different series. I like sequels, they're more fun to read biggrin.gif

the four are

His Dark Materials: by Philip PullmanThe Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass; Lyra's Oxford
The Dark is Rising: by Susan CooperOver Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; Silver on the Tree
Harry Potter: by JK Rowling I'm not going to name these, you know what they are.

and...

Sabriel; Lirael; Abhorsen (I don't know if there is an official name for this series, but I like it a lot, and I haven't read Abhorsen yet, it just came out recently..I think..anyway, these are by Garth Nix

it's the biggest toss-up and I really can't decide which ones are my favorite. maybe they should just ALL be my favorite, I'm sure that will work.

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Postby Aelita-chan » Fri May 07, 2004 12:14 am

Most of my books are part of series, so I'll just name the series off:

His Dark Materials
Harry Potter
Lord of the Rings
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Gossipe Girl

I love reading books so I can't really name off any others that I can remember...

P.S. Read His Dark Materials, it's a really good series though I recommend it for people who read at a high level because it does become a bit complicated.

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Postby Prof. Hermione Pena » Fri May 07, 2004 2:10 am

Ooo, yes, His Dark Materials! I've read those too, I really liked them, but they're not quite my fave. The Harry Potter books are definatly my favorite. I also like the Face on the Milk Carton books quite a bit, those are pretty high up on my list.
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Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Fri May 07, 2004 3:17 am

A favorite, single, book is The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmidt.

After that are the books, either in series, or collections, by these authors (not necessarily in this order):
J. K. Rowling (The Harry Potter books)
Agatha Christie (mysteries)
Neil Gaiman (The Sandman series!)
Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time series)
Anne McCaffrey (Pern books - - and the other, single books, or smaller series)
Mercedes Lackey (the Valdemar series -- and the Diane Tregarde series in particular)
Sheri S. Tepper (almost all of her books - my first one of hers was The Family Tree )
Zenna Henderson (The People books)
Rex Stout (mysteries)
Marion Zimmer Bradley (both the Darkover series and others)
P. G. Wodehouse (hard to describe but a total kick and treat to read)
Tamora Pierce (Alanna, Dane and 'their' world!)
Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)
Charles de Lint (Moonheart, Mulengro, Jack of Kinrowan, and almost all of his books)

... and that is just the (so-called) 'fiction' books, but I'll stop there! biggrin.gif

Hmm, had to add a couple more:
Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle (and also his The Power of Now and
the four books The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
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Postby Eleanor Chambers » Fri May 07, 2004 3:19 am

Neha Issar wrote:Read His Dark Materials, it's a really good series though I recommend it for people who read at a high level because it does become a bit complicated.

I love his Dark Materials, they are up there on my favorites list.

My favorites:

The Once and Future King
Les Miserables
His Dark Materials
The Dark is Rising Series
Lord of the Rings
Great Expectations (or anything by Charles Dickins)
The Ender Series


I love Ender's Game, and I've almost finished Ender's Shadow. I haven't read any of the other ones, but I am sure they are all good, especially the Bean series. He's cool. I love Les Mis lately, I've just started it and it is one of the best books I have ever read.
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Postby Alexandria Faethorne » Fri May 07, 2004 3:49 am

I have more than one favorite book, so I'll name the few that there are :

1. The Scarlet Letter ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
2. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff
3. The Odyssey ~ Homer
4. The Doll in the Garden ~ I can't remember who wrote this.



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Postby Ilona Littrell » Fri May 07, 2004 3:58 am

let's see......


the lord of the rings
and the harry potter books of course!
dune, by frank herbert (science fiction lover rolleyes.gif )
and a lot of others...
It would take forever to name all the books I love as I'm what you can call a bookworm rolleyes.gif

but I think these are my absolute favourite
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Postby Prof. Ashlee Sully » Fri May 07, 2004 4:44 am

A bookstore to me is like kryptonite to Superman. I could spend all my money in a bookstore, and I've come very close to doing so at one stage. As for favourites, I'll make a list.

Harry Potter Series J.K Rowling
Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snickett
Finding Cassie Crazy Can't think of the author, but I loved it.
Full Tilt/Speed/House and Blast Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes
Stephanie Plum Series Janet Evanovich

The last two are aimed at an older audience but I fell in love with them after the first line and I believe thats an important aspect to have in a book ... something that catches your attention straight away.
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Postby Rebecca Faethorne » Fri May 07, 2004 7:40 am

My favourite books that I would buy are

Harry Potter Series~ JK Rowling
Lord Of The Rings Series~ JRR Tolkien
Series of Unfortunate Events~ Lemony Snickett
His Dark Materials~ Philip Pullman
William Shakesphere Series (all his plays)~ William Shakesphere
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Those are just a few of the books which I have read and really enjoyed, classing them as my favourites.


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Postby Mirabella Nevlómë » Fri May 07, 2004 8:16 am

This is so hard because I'm such an avid reader! *g*

Without including the Harry Potter universe and the Lord of the Rings trilogy (because those are a given *LOL*), I'm a huge fan of Greek Literature. I have various books covering myths and several plays, Lysistrata being my current fave! *g*

Another book series I've just finished is the Left Behind series, which I really enjoyed.

I do enjoy some of Nicholas Sparks' books.

Lastly, I think my all time favorite book is Remembrance by Jude Deveraux, and I'm not afraid to admit it! *LOL*

There's so much more, but it's hard to choose! *flails about*
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Postby Mia Mayfair » Fri May 07, 2004 11:54 am

In no particular order, these would be my favourite authors:

Anne Rice (The Mayfair Witches, the Vampire Chronicles... well, in fact anything by Anne Rice)
JRR Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit)
J.M Gisbert (El último enigma, El misterio en la isla de Tóckland)
Robin Cook (Vector, Chromosome Six)
Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain, Timeline)
and JK Rowling (Harry Potter series)
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Postby Liarna Quinn » Fri May 07, 2004 7:50 pm

Apart from the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings books which have already been mentioned in every single post, i also love:

Needful Things by Stephen King - Although i love all of Stephen King's books, (he's my favourite author) this has got to be my favourite. It's one of his lesser known books which spawned an awful film adaptation, but a brilliant book

Bridget Jones Books Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding - Two great books for a laugh and ones i can read over and over again!

I am an avid book reader but i mostly read Stephen King books, and i can't be bothered to name all of his books!
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Postby Alley Kitten » Fri May 07, 2004 11:14 pm

My mom is the Assistant Childrens' Libarian at the local public library so I read a lot. I find that I like YA books more than adult fiction because they're faster to read and you don't have to work so hard at it. Here's a list of some of my favorite books:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (I've been a Tolkien fan sinse the 5th grade. I even have his signature tattooed on the back of my neck)
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Giver by Lois Lowery
Phantom by Susan Kay
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Artemis Fowl Series by Eion Colfer
Harry Potter Seires by J.K. Rowlings


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Postby Sima Wolfaxe » Sun May 09, 2004 6:32 pm

Harry Potter series (especially PoA) by J.K. Rowling
The Sons of Great Bear series by Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich
Winnetou (all three) by Karl May (and his all other books)
Godfather by Mario Puzo (and also his all other books)
Four Noble Truths by The Dalai Lama
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

And hundreds of others which I was just too lazy to write down... *grin*
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Postby Misty » Mon May 10, 2004 7:15 am

To Kill A Mockingbird
Les Miserables
Harry Potter
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Postby Nadia Afiqah » Tue May 11, 2004 9:38 am

I really loe these books:

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
Tuck Everlasting by ?????????????
The Baby-sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

An many many many more. Just can't remember. Haha. Oh yeah, and the Olsen twins books too.
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Postby Luthien Black » Wed May 19, 2004 2:32 am

Like a lot of other people here, I read heaps, so I have a lot of trouble picking my faves. I'll list a few:

JRR Tolkien (The Hobbit, LoTR, The Silmarillion)

Harry Potter (esp PoA)

The Ice Master by Jennifer Niven (amazing true story about an arctic expedition, I highly recommend it!)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sharon Penman books (historical sagas, I like the Welsh princes series best)

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (?)


I'm hoping to go up to the library this afternoon (if I feel up to it - I've been sick sad.gif ) I hope they have a copy of Dracula - I really want to read it. And I'm kinda tempted to read Les Mis - my parents have read it and warned me off, but a friend of mine really enjoyed it, and there's a few people here who did as well.
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Postby Aaron Wente » Wed May 19, 2004 3:44 am

Hey My favorite books are the harry potter sir. Like all of Tolkien's books, umm the three musketeres, the man in the iorn mask, tuck everlasting, the phatom tolboth, and alot of manga.


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