What is the best book you've ever read?

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  1. violetrose

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    Our neighbors have a foreign exchange student coming to stay next week, she has bought the girl a Kindle and is trying to fill it with great novels for her to read while she is here. She has asked the neighbors for their favorite book. As a teacher and a former reading teacher I found it so hard to narrow down to just one! In the end I had to go with The Stand by Stephen King.

    What is your favorite book? Can you pick just one?
     
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  3. Breezy_Carol

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    There are so many. I really liked Water for Elephants.

    Also have to say that I strongly disliked The Stand but everyone has their own tastes.
     
  4. violetrose

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    Really? What did you dislike about it? I was a little hesitant to name it since it's so long but she asked us to choose our favorite and that was mine. My husband doesn't read so I made him choose To Kill A Mockingbird which was my second favorite, in case the girl doesn't like The Stand. :rotfl2:

    I also enjoyed Water for Elephants. The movie did not do it justice!
     
  5. Soldier's*Sweeties

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    I can't pick just one, but the books that have really stuck with me and I have read many times are:

    The Giving Tree
    The Great Gatsby
    Dante's Inferno
     
  6. zippingalong

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    "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

    or

    "The Red Tent"
     
  7. Jennasis

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    How old is the girl?
     
  8. mombrontrent

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    I also really enjoyed Water for Elephants. While the movie was also good it in no way compares to the book. It glossed over so much and left major parts/story lines out as wall as major characters. However most books to movies are like this as they have to fit it into a 2 hour or so window.
     
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    My all-time favorite is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
     
  12. Mickeynutty

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    Wow, that is tough. I think I would have to go with The Good Earth, by P. Buck, for a classic, and The Help, for a current book. Love them!
     
  13. Christine

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    The Fault in our Stars is excellent AND, as a bonus, it is a young adult book.

    If you go over to the 2013 Book Challenge thread there are several great reviews for it. Never met a person yet who did not love this book.
     
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    MoonFleet by J.Meade Falkner
     
  15. Sorsha

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    For a 16 year old...

    The Hobbit
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    And my 18 year old says "Anything by John Green". Her friends would agree, he is all the rage for the high-school-age crowd.

    For me...

    The Hobbit
    All of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series
    All of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series
    Laurell K. Hamilton's books, both Merry Gentry and Anita Blake series (NOT for kids)
    and just because they always make me LOL - Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books.

    I am a "fluff" reader, and not ashamed to admit it. Books with deep messages and soul-serching meanings bore me.
     
  16. Buzzsgramma

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    Gifted Hands.....life story of Dr Ben Carson

    To Kill A Mockingbird....
     
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    Death In The Long Grass

    Though it's non fiction and probably wouldn't interest a teen girl unless she's fascinated with African animals and/or hunting.
     
  18. Christine

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    Yep, that's The Fault in Ours Stars author.
     
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    Grapes of Wrath. <3 Steinbeck
     
  20. zippingalong

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    That sounds depressing.

    But it reminds me of another book I couldn't put down. "Zoo Story. Life in the Garden of Captives".
     
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    A Dogs Purpose
     

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