Your top five books of all time?

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The title is pretty self explanatory.
Just wondering which five books people would rank as their personal highest?!
Also, I apologise in advance if there is already a similar/the same thread...
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1. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
3. Misery by Stephen King
4. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
5. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

No. 4 is pure sentimentality. His Dark Materials was my favourite series when I was younger. :rolleyes:
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There's no way on earth I'd be able to keep my list down to five. I'd need separate lists for children's and adult's books for a start, and even then I'd have to make them into Top 15 lists!
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1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
2. Red Sky In The Morning by Elizabeth Laird
3. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
5. I guess this would currently be Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling, though it could soon change when I finish Picoult's 'Handle With Care'.
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See, this is a *****, but I think I can pick five...

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
1984 - George Orwell
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

This is, of course, dismissing my favourite writers, favourite children's books, etc. But it's a list.
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Treasure Island
War and Peace
The Great Gatsby
Fiesta/The Sun Also Rises
The Lord of the Rings


Are probs the ones I find myself re-reading most often...
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(Original post by cpj1987)
1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
2. Red Sky In The Morning by Elizabeth Laird
3. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
5. I guess this would currently be Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling, though it could soon change when I finish Picoult's 'Handle With Care'.
I've never met anyone else who has read this and I love it!


+ Wuthering Heights, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Before I Die, Birdsong.
If you asked me again tomorrow though I'd probably change my mind..its a tough choice.
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yeah, i immediately thought "what about my favourite children's books?!"
hmm, not in any order but:

atonement - ian mcewan
the picture of dorian gray - oscar wilde
jane eyre - charlotte bronte
a thousand splendid suns - khaled hoseinni
the hobbit - tolkein :awesome:
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gahhh, how can people like wuthering heights?! it's so boring. unbearably so.
i made the mistake of thinking because i liked jane eyre, i might like the works of another bronte, but never have i been so wrong! i'm so glad i don't take english and don't have to read it like some people in my year (:


edit: this is just my opinion. please don't flame me and call me a seventeen-year-old who can't appreciate literature, like a six-year-old can't appreciate wine and cheese ._____.
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(Original post by Jellynubbin)
I've never met anyone else who has read this and I love it!
I read two of Laird's books as a child, that and 'Hiding Out', but 'Red Sky in the Morning' has always stuck in my head.

I read it first when my eldest brother was around 2 years old (making me 8), and remember imagining Ben as him and sobbing through the book, and then when my youngest brother (now almost 6) was a similar age I got the urge to read it again - thus spending quite a bit longer in tears imagining that Ben was HIM. Tch...will have to read it again some day.
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Harry Potter 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 :teehee:
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Infinte Jest - David Foster Wallace
The Collector - John Fowles
Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
House of Leaves - Mark Z Danielewski

This was so hard! After I'd typed 4 I still had about 10 in my head
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(Original post by cpj1987)
I read two of Laird's books as a child, that and 'Hiding Out', but 'Red Sky in the Morning' has always stuck in my head.

I read it first when my eldest brother was around 2 years old (making me 8), and remember imagining Ben as him and sobbing through the book, and then when my youngest brother (now almost 6) was a similar age I got the urge to read it again - thus spending quite a bit longer in tears imagining that Ben was HIM. Tch...will have to read it again some day.
My brother is called Ben and has disabilities - probably why the book got to me so much! I cry for a good 30mins after reading it every time, I don't know why I go back for more!
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1. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
2. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time - Mark Haddon
4. The Collector - John Fowles
5. Atonement - Ian McEwan
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Changes pretty much every day :giggle: really depends what mood I'm in

Today it is:

1. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
2. Idoru - William Gibson
3. Retromancer - Robert Rankin
4. Long Dark Teatime of the Soul - Douglas Adams
5. 1984 - George Orwell

Although I may come back tomorrow with a completely different list :giggle: and I'm currently reading the Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes...which will definitely end up amongst my all-time favorites :love:
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(Original post by saladdodger)
gahhh, how can people like wuthering heights?! it's so boring. unbearably so.
i made the mistake of thinking because i liked jane eyre, i might like the works of another bronte, but never have i been so wrong! i'm so glad i don't take english and don't have to read it like some people in my year (:


edit: this is just my opinion. please don't flame me and call me a seventeen-year-old who can't appreciate literature, like a six-year-old can't appreciate wine and cheese ._____.
I thought Jane Eyre was boring compared to Wuthering Heights, you 17year old
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(Original post by Jellynubbin)
My brother is called Ben and has disabilities - probably why the book got to me so much! I cry for a good 30mins after reading it every time, I don't know why I go back for more!
Aww :hugs:

That's what I love about books, though. I love novels that'll make me relate to them so much that I end up crying. :yep:
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Hold on. OP, are you just talking fiction, or can we have non-fiction too?
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(Original post by ily_em)
Harry Potter 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 :teehee:
replace 1 with 2 and 7 with 4, and that's me :P

although, i do also LOVE:
- Interview with the Vampire- one of those books i finished reading and was like 'woaaaahhhh'
- Let the Right One In
- Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Set in Stone
-The Hogfather
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(Original post by Asha1991)
1. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
2. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time - Mark Haddon
4. The Collector - John Fowles
5. Atonement - Ian McEwan
ah, the curious incident of the dog in the night time! i totally forgot about that, having read it so many years ago. i read his more recent "a spot of bother" a few years ago, but it wasn't nearly as good.

also, peep show! i think that might be the episode where superhans says to mark, "i was doing the buttons. there was line and you crossed it. i'm going to have to have a serious think about you. don't know if you can be trusted in a combat situation."
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