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02 June 2009 @ 04:24 pm
15 Books Meme  
Snagged from sourisvho -- You're not supposed to think too long or too hard on this one. List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you -- list the first 15 you can recall in 15 minutes. Don't take too long to think about it.

1. Thunder and Roses (Mary Jo Putney)
2. Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
3. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
4. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
5. The King's Dollhouse (Patricia Clapp)
6. The Mirror of her Dreams (Stephen R. Donaldson)
7. The Stand (Stephen King)
8. While Passion Sleeps (Shirlee Busbee)
9. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
10. Flowers from the Storm (Laura Kinsale)
11. The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
12. Flowers in the Attic (V.C. Andrews)
13. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) *
14. Dune (Frank Herbert)
15. For the Roses (Julie Garwood)

* Yes, he's a homophobic ignoramus, but it doesn't take away from the awesome of this book.
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Arabian: BrOtp (OhMyGod) - cap by buffyxarabian on June 3rd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I love quite a few books by Garwood, but that one just sticks with me. That prologue chokes me up every time. Love it. (Didn't like the brother sequels, though.)

I think romances get such short shrift (especially historical); some of them are just wonderful, wonderful.
But you can call me Bowie: dr who 5 readingisiscaughey on June 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I haven't re-read The Princess Bride in a long time. I think I need to get on that.
Arabian: Booksarabian on June 3rd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
It's such a wonderful book; it really, really is.
killingfrost87killingfrost87 on June 2nd, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Enders Game, have you read the Bean story companion? and theres a continuation of the series which is amazing!
Arabian: Spock & Uhura (2009_01arabian on June 4th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I read the next one, but wasn't all that impressed. I've heard of the Bean one, but haven't read that one yet. EG was so perfect, I don't want to be disappointed with follow-up.
killingfrost87killingfrost87 on June 4th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I honestly didn't like the Ender continuation either. But "Ender's Shadow" and then "Shadow of the Hegemon", "Shadow Puppets" and "Shadow of the Giant" were all fantastic. I really loved them
Arabian: Booksarabian on June 4th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
If things turn out how they just may over the next few months, I may have plenty of time to read them.
killingfrost87killingfrost87 on June 4th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
aroniwen on June 3rd, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I love the Princess Bride... and I even loved Ender's Game-- which is about the only 'serious' sci-fi book I've ever loved. It's pretty cool how you have so many different types of books.

(but I have to admit that A Prayer for Owen Meany felt like pulling teeth for me, not because it wasn't fantastic, but because I just couldn't take the continued CAPS.)
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on June 3rd, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
There are some really good "serious" sci-fi books out there. My favorite is Dune and Ender's Game. But my favorite over all is a whole series, which is why I didn't include it. But if you have the time, I'd really suggest Stephen R. Donaldson's Gap Series - Amazon Gap series list. It's MAGNIFICENT!!!!

I can see how the caps would be bothersome. For me, I was just completely overwhelmed by the ending; it had me tears, thinking about life and God and all things of great meaning.

OT: Loved Emma. So gorgeous.
aroniwen on June 4th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I really should try them out.... it's been ages since I've read any fiction that isn't "serious" and "literary" (I have problems, ok??) But a good rec is always something I appreciate.

And I did think it was a well done book but I'm just a bit neurotic when it comes to punctuation and CAPS and stuff-- exclamation marks in partucular drive me nuts. Order of the Phoenix (and Davinci Code, but that's another story) almost made me lose it with the over use of them. /ocd rant.

And I adore Emma, it's my fav of her books and of the films!
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on June 4th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
It's MAGNIFICENT!!!! Morn Hyland is one of THE greatest female fictional characters ever!! She's actually my favorite female fictional character (while Paul Atreides (from Dune) is my favorite male).

I actually don't think that Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam had the greatest chemistry, but they were sweet and their love story was so perfect that I loved when they got together at the end.
sourisvhosourisvho on June 3rd, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Ah, I should totally have put Gone With the Wind on my list! I remember reading it in the stadium during Field Day in 8th grade.

We read Ender's Game in senior English class, and OSC actually came to talk to our class. Yeah, I've since realized he's an ignoramus about some things, but it is a great book.
Arabian: Booksarabian on June 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
It's a shame about OSC's attitude, because he really has done some fantastic writing. Oh well. It's still an amazing book though.

I LURVE GWTW. Every time I read it (although, it's been a few years) the richness and depth of the characters blow me away.
leosgreensleosgreens on June 3rd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
1. Trinity (Leon Uris)
2. Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
3. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
4. The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Orczy)
5. A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
6. The Eyes of the Dragon (Stephen King)
7. Blood Games (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro)
8. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
9. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
10. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
11. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
12. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
13. Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
14. Clarissa (Samuel Richardson)
15. Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Arabianarabian on June 3rd, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
A few of these I haven't read, many I have, and a few I flat-out agree with (2/9), and some where I totally get why you have 'em listed.