All time favorite books

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  1. Buenos Nachos

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    Don't believe we have a thread like this. Curious of everyone's favorite books all time. Can be any genre. Trying to uncover must reads from like-minded dudes.

    My favs:
    -Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    -Sherlock Holmes Collection
    -Count of Monte Cristo
    -The Brothers Karamozov
    -A Confederacy of Dunces
    -Blue Highways
    -Lonesome Dove
    -Rise and Fall of Third Reich

    and a few others may be unfamiliar with:
    -Island of the World (M. O'Brien)
    -Father Brown (GK.Chesterton)
    -Kristen Lavransdatter (Undset)
    -A Canticle for Leibowitz (Miller)
     
  2. One Knight

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    Lonesome Dove was so incredible.
    I loved Brothers Karamazov as well, which I never expected to like as a high schooler.

    Most of my favorite "reading for pleasure" books have been Tom Clancy novels. Also the Harry Potter series.

    Also, for anyone into poker, the book called "The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King" is fantastic, highly recommended.
     
  3. RegimentML

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    Gentleman Bastard sequence
    Watership Down
    The Kite Runner
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy

    As a kid I was an extreme fan of the Redwall series, but those are geared towards young readers.
     
  4. Heavy Mental

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    The Silmarillion
    Lord Of The Rings
    Blood Meridian
    Dune
    The Brothers Karamazov
    For Whom The Bell Tolls
    Hyperion
    The Fountainhead
     
  5. The Blackfish

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    Jesus this is really hard.

    The Hobbit is my all time favorite book never to be supplanted because it is what made me love reading and 20 years later I love reading just as much as ever.

    LOTR
    Catch-22
    Suttree
    The Stand
    Wizard and Glass
    The Name of the Wind
    Words of Radiance
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Ask me again tomorrow and I'll probably give you a whole new list
     
  6. RegimentML

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    I'm the same with The Hobbit. That book, along with The Long Patrol by Brian Jacques, is what really got me into reading.
     
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  7. The Blackfish

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    Yeah Redwall and The Phantom Tollbooth helped too
     
  8. Heavy Mental

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    I was the same way but with Watership Down. Then I obviously crushed the Redwall books too.
     
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  9. Buenos Nachos

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    I read The Hobbit to my 5 year old son last year. Kid loved it. May or may not have wept a little after...
     
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  10. RegimentML

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    Yep, graduated to Watership Down and it's still one of my all time favorites.
     
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  11. Truman

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    This is an impossible task. However noticed on GR LKRFN88jp is reading Devil in the White City. It's one of my top 5 for sure. I think living in Chicago and being to some of the places bumps it up for me, but a great book regardless imo. I love all of Larson's books.

    Looking forward to how you like it.
     
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  12. Siameseflea

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    An incredible story! Highly recommended.
     
  13. Siameseflea

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    My favorites would be, in no order:

    Into thin air
    Skunk works
    Shadow divers
    Red dragon
    Six bad things
    The one percent doctrine
    Blackhawk down
    Yeager
    The power of the dog
    Generation kill
    Bravo two zero
    Killing Pablo
    The tunnels of cu chi
    Journey into darkness
    Interview with the vampire
    The making of the atomic bomb
    The hot zone
    The five fingers
     
  14. Truman

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    Hi new guy.
     
  15. Siameseflea

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    Hello. Sorry for the long list. I love to read! These are all killer books, I assure you.
     
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  16. Truman

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    No worries. It's a good list. Ive read Red Dragon, Blackhawk Down and Killing Pablo. Good books.

    Gin Buckets will appreciate the Don Winslow book. We do a monthly book club. You should jump in. February's book is this

    http://www.amazon.com/Brief-History-Seven-Killings-Novel/dp/159448600X
     
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  17. Gin Buckets

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    If you've read Power of the Dog, you absolutely must read Cartel. It's the sequel to it, same characters, and is even better.
     
  18. Gin Buckets

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    My list... I'll try to stick with only stand-alone books, because a series is a different thing entirely. My comments are on parenthesis.)

    Shantaram
    Art of Racing in the Rain
    Pillars of the Earth (Series to me means books written with the intention of being a series, this one wasn't)
    Ready Player One
    Lords of Discipline

    Following closely:
    Lone Survivor
    Miracle in the Andes (2nd fav book club book... I think)
    Cutting for Stone
    Savages
    Cartel
    The Game (judge me, please)
    Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
     
  19. Siameseflea

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    I'll check those out. How does your book club work?
     
  20. NC Wolfpack

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    Just starting Lonesome Dove. 30 pages in and I can already tell it's going to be a good one.
     
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  21. RegimentML

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    Picked it up at the used book store the other day for $4. I'm on a bit of a western kick and I plan on starting it soon.
     
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  22. Cornelius Suttree

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    Blood Meridian
    Crime and Punishment
    The Brothers Karamazov
    Suttree
    Moby Dick
    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    All the Pretty Horses
    Carpenter's Gothic
    Wise Blood
    A Piece of My Heart
    The Power and the Glory
    The Violent Bear It Away
    Libra
    Solo Faces
    Child of God
     
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  23. Cornelius Suttree

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    in like 2nd-3rd grade I was all about Hank the Cowdog and The Boxcar Children. Then in 4th-6th grade we were all about Brian Jacques books (and Calvin and Hobbes)
     
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  24. Upton^2

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    One Hundred Years of Solitude is the best book I’ve ever read
     
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  25. TC

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    Fiction
    • The Jungle
    • East of Eden
    • Grapes of Wrath
    • The Dharma Bums
    • The Postman Always Rings Twice
    • 1984
    • Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn
    • Sister Carrie
    • Cloud Atlas
    • Chronicles of Narnia
    • 300
    • Watchmen
    • Maus

    Nonfiction
    • Guns, Germs and Steel
    • Sapiens
    • Thinking, Fast and Slow
    • The Geography of Nowhere
    • The Illustrated A Brief History of Time
    • Devil in the White City
    • Gang Leader For a Day
    • Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic
    • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
    • On Human Nature (E.O. Wilson)
     
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  26. TC

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    This is on my shelf. I know it’s pretty literary...slow read or page turner?
     
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  27. Upton^2

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    I finished it in about a week. It’s not Faulkner or anything. The hardest part is a lot of the characters have the same name haha
     
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  28. bryix

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    East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath are definitely on my list.
     
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  29. Buenos Nachos

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    East of Eden is so freaking amazing. Def in my all time list.
     
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  30. Cornelius Suttree

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    reading Suttree always sends me into this mode where in the weeks that follow I hardly eat anything and wear the same shirts and socks for longer than I normally would. Because that's the life Sut is leading and I admire him for it

    I had never read it so deep in a state of self-isolation and I think I might be taking this to extremes

    when it comes time to go to the office in August I am gonna need an entirely new collection of pants
     
  31. stringmusic24

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    I’m oftentimes more a fan of authors than specific books. In light of that...

    Hemingway - A Moveable Feast, On Writing, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Old Man and the Sea, and numerous short stories

    McCarthy - Suttree, All the Pretty Horses, The Road, etc.

    Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath, Travels with Charley

    McCullough - John Adams, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback

    Abbey - Desert Solitaire

    Oliver - Upstream

    Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Doig - This House of Sky

    etc, etc.
     
  32. TC

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    No East of Eden? Cannery Row?
     
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  33. stringmusic24

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    I vacillated on whether to include EoE. I just re-read it and it didn’t grab me the way I remember, but that’s probably not indicative of any shortcoming with the book. I find that how a book affects you can be just as dependent on your current situation or mental state as the text you’re actually reading.

    To that end, I’ll revisit Cannery Row as well.