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My favorite books: and why I love them

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In a series of posts, called ask berkun , I write on whatever topics people submit and vote for. This week reader’s choice: What are your favorite books and why?

These are the first ~45 books that came to mind ( here’s the list on goodreads ) .

Henry Miller wrote a book called The Books in My life . I was a fan of his non-fiction writing in the late 1990s ( Air Conditioned Nightmare , Black Spring ) and when I found this book it blew my mind. The quantity of books he recalled fluently, and their wide range of genres. changed how I thought about reading. He crossed subjects, forms, languages, decades… he was, in essence, a kind of free-reader. I discovered Celine’s Death on the Installment plan from Miller, a book with profound effects – a) the realization some people are both brilliant and miserable b) sentences don’t have to end… Regarding Miller, I’d never seen a writer list more than a handful of favorite books, but Miller’s book was dense and deep, thick with references. I realized it’s not only okay to read widely, but a kind of necessity as a writer to be well read, as demonstrated by his example. He read lots of obscure books, by not well known writers, which liberated me from the shallow waters of bestseller lists. This post is largely inspired by this book.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , By Robert Pirsig. As a warning this is a book with major problems. It’s too long and it meanders in frustrating ways. If I weren’t assigned to read it for a freshman year philosophy class, I’d likely never have, and it’s not a book I often recommend. But it has it’s potent charms – it was the first book of philosophy I’d read that was first person and personal, and it left me with new ways to think about thinking about things and the dangers thinking about thinking can bring (I will always remember gumption traps ). For this reason I’ve returned to the book many times (and read Lila too,  which I enjoyed but for different reasons). In the same college course I read Crazy Wisdom , by Wes Nisker, which demonstrated how insane wisdom seems to the unwise (which i was, or still am). The combination of these two books changed me forever, and set me on a path paved with the love of wisdom. I learned wisdom and philosophy could be funny, angry, scary, fulfilling, emptying, and dozens of other things I’d never thought about philosophy before.

The Conquest of Happiness , Bertrand Russell. Not sure how or when I discovered Russell, but he’s one of my strongest influences. The best writer among the philosophers, choosing plain language, passionate charm, and clarity of thought above all else, something few philosophers have the talent, desire or courage to do. He was prolific, with many essay collections, but perhaps most memorable among them is his Why I am Not Christian . He is one of my heroes for many reasons, but with this book it was for his willingness to state what he believed despite the consequences. Conquest of Happiness is a very silly title, it’s like “how to force the boy/girl of your dreams to love you” or something – the title, but not the book, suggests a self-defeating strategy. But the book has saved me in times of depression, and was a key reading while I was figuring out how to quit my job.

The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain DeBotton is in the same Russellian category for its charmingly written take on the basics of wisdom. It’s often the first book of philosophy I recommend to people.  In the same line is Leo Buscalia’s Living, Loving and Learning , a book recommended to me while drinking with a greek man I met in the youth hostel near Bannf. Between shots of whiskey, I asked for the book he thought I needed to read and that’s what he wrote down. And he was right.  The book taught me that love is courageous, and most people are afraid of expressing their love, which explains in part why many people are sad. In the same pile belongs An Intimate History of Humanity by Zeldin, which made me rethink what a book was, and demonstrated chapter titles don’t have to be so boring all the time.

Technopoly , By Neil Postman. If you’re wise, you read challenging books. You’ll be uncomfortable, but it’s the only way to learn. This is the book I wish every technology lover, programmer, startup founder and tech VP would read. Postman’s Amusing ourselves to death should come with every television set, by law. His books made me realize my lust for using and making technology could not achieve many of the things I wanted out of life. It led me to books like Information Anxiety , The end of patience and Data Smog By Shenk, and on down the line through an honest view of what technology can and can not do. A design student I was on a project team with at CMU got me hooked on Postman, and I’m in his debt. Without Postman I’d likely still be working managing software development, and I’d never have become a writer.

I didn’t read much from age 8 to 18 (curiously I’ve read voraciously before and after this period – I blame girls and sports) and A Separate Peace , by John Knowles was likely the first novel I that moved me. I hadn’t felt anything that personal in a book before. Not sure what grade it was, probably early high school, but in that experience was likely one of the seeds that made me eventually want to be a writer. These days I read about 90% non-fiction to 10% fiction – most fiction tries way to hard to seem real, and I find it unreadable. Other favorite novels include Slaughterhouse 5 , The Life of Pi , Catcher in the Rye , Fahrenheit 451 , and The Hobbit . I’m also very fond of George Saunders, and his short story collection Pastorallia , short story collections being a kind of book I typically loathe.

Enders Game , the book everyone at CMU was reading in ’92, provided a profound experience similiar to A Separate Peace (“ah ha! now i get the concept of reading for pleasure”), but for more cerebral reasons. Foucault’s Pendulum was the most complicated novel I’d read ever in a single sitting in the mid 90s, and I’ve read it more than once trying to figure out why. Hitchiker’s guide to the galaxy was Monty Python in space, and I devoured the series. I read it many times also trying to figure out the machinery. I will always remember the endings of Updike’s Rabbit Run , and Malamud’s The Natural , even though I didn’t particularly enjoy either book – the later allowed me to discover how any  story can be many different stories with just a few surgical changes (e.g. the movie is a different beast).

The Night Country , by Loren Eiseley. I found this strange, scary looking book cover in the science section of a used bookstore in the mid 90s. I picked it up and and it blew me away, because although it pretended to be a science book, his magical sense of wonder was unexpected and put me on my heels. I’d go on to read many of his books ( The Star Thrower , All The Strange Hours , The Firmament of Time … what great titles) paying attention to how me made everything seem interesting, mysterious and wonderful simultaneously. I’ve written about Eisley before . He was the first essayist I read, and i soon discovered Emerson , devouring his collections (I’ve read self-reliance a dozen times or more), and wandering my way towards Montaigne , Thoreau , and other classics.

The Best American Essays series, which has profoundly effected my writing (Why there isn’t a best world essays series, I have no idea). These books provide a crash course in the various short non-fiction forms there are, and gave me exposure to different writers, writing on very different topics, in very different styles. I owe a great debt to this line of books – it was part of my self-directed poor man’s creative writing / English degree.

The Seven Mysteries of Life , by Guy Murchie, opened my mind wide. I hadn’t had a reading experience that crossed so many lines, and was both brutal and loving, scientific and personal, rational and spiritual, all at the same time. Transformational. I didn’t know books could be like this. And it had these wonderful line drawings by the author that, unlike other books, had a love and soul in them I hadn’t seen before.  A Scientist in the City , by James Trefill. Much of my reading used to be focused on design, design thinking, and building good things, since that was a big part of my working life. Trefill was my favorite science writer for a long stretch, and this was my introduction to him. He walks through a city, deconstructing skyscrapers, highways and landscapes from the view of the science mind.

Murchie, Eisley and Trefill all showed me how a great writer can reveal a subject more powerfully by carefully including themselves in their descriptions of the world. That it wasn’t indulgent if you used a careful hand. Stewart Brand’s How Buildings Learn deserve mention, as he offered a a new way to look at architecture that was fascinating, personal, real and practical, and mostly pretension free, something I can’t say about many books on architecture and design or most creative pursuits. All these books draw parallels between nature and engineering, a potent comparison for many reasons.

Dark Nature , by Lyall Watson. For many years I read lots of science books, and this was a pivotal one. It explained a scientific view of evil, or rather how there really isn’t one, and how subjective and immature my view of good and evil was. I read The Lucifer Principle , by Howard Bloom, also excellent, which doubled the potency. Both books opened up my perception to a new view of nature, one in which we have invented a system of thinking that has very little to do with the way the ecosystem of the planet functions. Good and evil, like most of our ideas, are inventions, and have varying levels of accuracy in how they map to the world. To be wise, and aware, means deconstructing the ideas I use to map to the world, and realizing not only how many different ones there are, but that they all, in degrees, inform us about the world.

John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction is simply the best book on writing ever written (Update: I read it again in 2014 and I had a harder time with it). It’s brutal, honest and somewhat cold, but pair it with Bradbury’s Zen and the art of Writing , and you’ll have all the passion and inspiration you need. I fundamentally believe good writing is good writing – whether it’s fiction or non-fiction or something in between your job as the writer is to get the reader to read the next sentence – that’s the whole story.

On a different day I’d have thought of other books, but these were the first that came to mind. I’ve been influenced by so many things I’ve read in ways no other media could possibly do, except perhaps film. And my debt to books like these is part of why it’s a honor and a privilege to write, and to be read. I hope to write things that end up on some other writer’s list someday.

16 Responses to “My favorite books: and why I love them”

  1. Sean Crawford

    Thank you for spending so much time on explaining your list.

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    1. Scott Berkun

      Sean: Glad someone noticed. This took a surprising amount of time to put together between getting all the amazon links and cover images.

      I want to imagine there is a wordpress plugin that would have made it easier, but I haven’t found it yet.

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  2. Eric Nehrlich

    Given the number of your favorite books that I have read and liked, I’ll be looking for several of the ones I haven’t, so thanks for putting this list together (and having put together a post recently with my take on 50 books, and knowing how long it took me without Amazon links or cover art, I’m especially appreciative).

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  3. Joe Dearman

    Great list, several of the titles are new to me. I think I’m going to start with the “Conquest of Happiness”.

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  4. Simon

    Hi Scott,

    Cool post. Yes, I dig this idea as I think your best posts are the ones that are more expansive and outside of the business arena.

    If you enjoyed Miller then you may want to check out Alberto Manguel’s ‘The Library at Night’, another writer with a voracious appetite for novels who’s also an amazing prose writer who argues of the importance of the library in our desire to understand the universe.

    Postman’s another great writer and your right that technopoly should be bundled with every tv as an antidote to television’s cultural pogrom. Clifford Stoll in ‘Silicon Snake Oil touches on the same warnings that technology gives and takes at the same time, whilst also arguing that technological advance shouldn’t always encourage adoption, as sometimes the old technologies (libraries instead of digitized books) are better and will endure longer.

    Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance’ is my favourite novel, and I agree it can be a tough read. But, like you I’ve returned to it again, and again. Pirsig’s explanation of ‘Value Traps’ and the South Indian Monkey trap forced me to re-evaluate my life and quit my job for higher education.

    I will definately check out Murchie and Knowles. If you enjoyed Russell’s writings then you’ll enjoy ‘Makers of Mathematics’ (Penguin) which includes Newton and other’s writings on their discoveries which is a joy to read just for the lucidity of their writing.

    Suggestions for future posts: Productivity-101, how you structure your day, how you define and establish work that’s going to make you grow, rather than stagnate. More on writing. Films that have inspired you.

    Thanks Scott.

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  5. Kai

    Thanks for this list, Scott!

    Here are two guesses why there’s no best world essays series:
    – translations don’t pay off
    – rights clearance for foreign markets is a bitch

    The best attempt I know to offer global essays (with varying results) is http://www.eurozine.com/

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  6. Biswanath

    Nothing much to say than start reading from the list.

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  7. harinee

    Quite delighted to see 2 of my favourites on your list.”Zen and the art of motorcycle..” is the only non-fiction I read more than once.But I didn’t like “Lila”.
    Foucaults pendulum is the most difficult book to read but you feel glad that you survived till the end of the book.
    Have you read Herman Hesse? Would like to know which is your favourite? Siddhartha is mine.

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  8. Jim

    I have begun using the ‘Now Reading Reloaded’ WordPress plugin on my site – seems to work pretty well. Maybe this helps – keep up the good work!

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  9. Lae

    I’m starting my Scott Berkun book reading recommendation list today. Thanks!

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  10. Josey Carson

    Irish Ghost, English Accent

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  11. Celeste Combs

    Scott –

    I love your blog and don’t tell you often enough how much I enjoy your opinions and critical thinking. They have me slow down and critically approach design and life and consider approaching them a different way.

    One of my favorite books: The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life.
    By Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan.

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  12. Smaranda

    QUOTE: “I didn’t read much from age 8 to 18 (curiously I’ve read voraciously before and after this period – I blame girls and sports)”

    Good! Neither did I. Looking back, I wish I could blame boys and guitar playing. Quite unfortunately, I blame mind-numbing math and languages homework. So, there you go… put things into perspective! I envy your reading deprived teenage years 😉

    Nice list – thanks for putting the time into it. One comment: I started reading Russell’s The Conquest of Happiness a while ago when you first mentioned it. For non-native speakers of English it’s not a very easy read – the language is somewhat challenging. The phrasing, not the vocabulary. You can tell it was written a while back. It actually takes some will to go through.

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  13. Dan

    I just read “Ignorance – How It Drives Science” by Stuart Firestein. First, whatever you think it’s about from the title, it’s not that. Second, the first 88 pages are the best writing on Science in recent memory (small pages, fast read). The second 88 pages are case examples.

    Thanks for the list, especially for giving more than just a line or two about the book and why you liked it.

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  14. Sachin

    thanks….good list 🙂

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  15. Nick

    If you could choose one what would it be?

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So, what can be said about books? Ah, books… Unfortunately, there are not enough young people who like to read in England. It seems like an unpopular hobby; something that isn’t ‘cool’. I firmly disagree with this. Books have the ability to take you to another world, to stimulate your imagination and transport you to places you’ve never been before. Books can be long, short, big or small. Books can have a mixture of pictures and hundreds upon hundreds of words. Books can be exciting, scary, thrilling and confusing. But, above all, books can be interesting.

So, what’s your favourite book? Actually, that’s a silly question. How daft of me. How can you only have one favourite book in the whole world? For me… a favourite series has to be the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling. I don’t have a favourite book out of the seven, but I do have preferences as to which I most enjoy reading. My favourite book is the third one. I’m not completely sure why; I suppose it’s because in this book Harry finally feels like he has a true family. My least favourite book is probably one of the latter ones, either the sixth or seventh book. Both of these books, to me, feel like they don’t have the same ‘magic’ as the previous ones.

Another of my favourite series is His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. This trilogy is all about the adventures of a young girl called Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon. It is filled with adventure, despair, intrigue and suspense; this is one of the main reasons why it appeals to me so much. There is such a variety of subjects and stories that the books were very difficult to put down when I first read them. They still are to this day in fact.

Here’s a small selection of my favourite books:

  • The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
  • The Wind on Fire Trilogy
  • The Dark Tower Series
  • The Twilight Series
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
  • 1984
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy
  • The Da Vinci Code + books by Dan Brown

Note from editor: The series on this list are the blogger’s personal selection.

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Sukhman31 21 February, 2017 – 16:36

Usually I dont read books, but my friend suggested me some. And these are the books that I like: Harry Potter and Hunger Games.

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baroonmlk 11 January, 2017 – 09:43

hi everyone !!!!
it seems like every time im reading a new book ,i consider that book as my favourite one .
im reading twilight series right now … then you may guess what my favourite books are :))))

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UK4EVER 13 March, 2016 – 12:26

1) Fallen by Kate Lauren
2) Beautiful by Amy Reed
3) Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
4) One Direction: Our Story Our Bend

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initiate 31 December, 2015 – 17:54

I think books are special. Because they give us a special world. A special world that nobody knows. So i love reading books. My favorite books are Divergent, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.

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ninagi 15 November, 2015 – 09:47

Jadore lire… (I love reading…) My favorite books are The Little Prince, The Martian, War Horse and all books about Harry Potter!

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Ellie 27 October, 2015 – 14:33

1) Harry Potter (love it, love it, love it)
2) Percy Jackson
3) Lord of the Rings

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Sa5m 22 August, 2015 – 11:44

My favorite books:
1.Harry Potter series
2.Vampire Diaries series
3.Percy Jackson series

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iva10 15 June, 2015 – 15:22

I read a lot of books. But this are my three favorite books :Harry Potter ,The lord of the rings and the last but not the least Oliver Twist.

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Miroslava_Ost 6 April, 2015 – 20:35

I like to read a books very much:) I constantly read it – when I come to school, when I have free time from my homework and preparing to ZNO examination (its an entrance exam in Ukraine). My favorite genres are a non-fiction, antiutopia, detective and triller. Three books which I like more than other are 1) The Maze runner; 2) Handling the Undead (by John Lindqvist); 3) Feed (by Mira Grand). Last book is just excelent! I would like to see this book is filmed. I think, it would be a very popular adaptation.

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italiangirl 8 March, 2015 – 20:40

My favourite books are:

1) The hunger games saga by S.Collins

2)Looking for Alaska by John Green

3)We are infinity by S.C.

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mafiaxxl 18 March, 2015 – 17:35

I love more fantsy book
– Lord of the Ring (favourite, favourite)
-Hobbit
-Eragon (great book, bad film)
-………..

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student123 18 February, 2015 – 16:35

The Harry Potter saga, the Hunger Games trilogy and Wuthering Heights.

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Silvermist 29 December, 2014 – 15:19

Silly question, although it gives a place for three, so I think I might be able to decide my three favourite books.
1. Percy Jackson +Heroes of olympus — Rick Riordan
2. Woman in White– Wilkie Collins
3. Harry potter– U know who;) J.K. rowling.
Im really sorry but my list of favourites exceeds three,
I also love Pride and Predjudice and Anne of green gables series + all the bks of Agatha Christie

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Potterhead14 4 October, 2014 – 19:09

FIRST: HARRY POTTER. Than, LOTR + The Hobbit. Third, The Hunger Games.

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Rockyy 30 August, 2014 – 07:42

Hi guys!
I love reading books so much!! I have got lots of favourite books so i cant decide which is the best. But if we talk about book book types, i love fantastic, romantic, comic, murder -just agathe christie!!- and internet literature so it isnt professional but i love!!

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justcricketforme 16 August, 2014 – 14:49

I am a HUGE fan of the Divergent series which I recently finished. I love the book. Its a science fiction and the film isnt bad either. Its a really good and its author is Veronica Roth.

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initiate 14 February, 2016 – 09:55

OMG!! Im a big fan too 😀 Its an amazing book and film serie *-*

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Nerminka 2 July, 2014 – 07:38

I like reading book. 🙂

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Macha3009 26 June, 2014 – 16:47

I love reading books. I cant really choose which ones are my favorites, because i like a lot of books. These are some of my favorites: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
Hunger Games trilogy
Divergent trilogy
Mortal instruments trilogy 😀

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justcricketforme 16 August, 2014 – 14:51

Hi! I love Divergent triology too and Hunger Games triology is also one of my favourites!

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egp2eamp 19 May, 2014 – 12:39

my favourite books F.Dostoyevski_ Crime and Punishment

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egp2eamp 11 May, 2014 – 16:05

There are a lot of my favourite books.

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WhiteRabbit 22 April, 2014 – 13:52

The Little Princess. It is my favorite book since I was really young.Dont you think Sarah is really brave and independent? She respect everyone and give everyone her help. Its really warm and it helped me go through some hard time^^

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hadia 2 April, 2015 – 09:01

Hi WhiteRabbit!
I also loved reading The Little Princess when I was a child. The story of Sarah really impressed me and I really felt sorry for her but she was really a brave girl!

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Nazrin 15 March, 2014 – 08:02

i love books of Piter Pen

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Fatime143 27 February, 2014 – 12:57

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

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RAGSANA99 16 February, 2014 – 08:00

Robinson Cruse,Harry Potter

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Kamil 20 January, 2014 – 13:28

I really enjoy reading and I love books.My favourite books are Harry Potter series, His Dark Materials and Divergent by Veronica Roth, but I can say I love books by L.M.Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables and other following parts 🙂

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Henry 5 January, 2014 – 10:17

I really recommend The Hunger Games trilogy and the trilogy Idhuns memories it isnt very famous but those books are really good.

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WildChild 5 November, 2013 – 14:08

Twilight series and Dracula. I dont have more favorite books yet.

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AminaB 27 October, 2013 – 13:42

Ive got lots of favourite books, some of them: The vampire diaries-The Fury,True colour,The last song,Still missing..

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Bosnianchild 15 September, 2013 – 15:37

What are your three absolute favourite books in the world? Write a comment and tell us!
My favourite three books are: The Kite Runner, Green Sod and The Prince and the Pauper.
In the first book details describe are fantastic and realistically.
In the second book.
Green sod is roman of Edhem Mulabdić, first published 1898. Setting this novel is a city Maglaj in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the time the action was a period in the history of Bosnia crossing from the Ottoman Empire in the composition of the Austrian-Hungary. The main characters of this novel are: Aisha (a character from the folk poetry, daughter Mehmedaga, beautiful, magical face and smile, soft and cuddly), Ahmet (son of Omer Efendije, a young, dark-eyed, unassuming, shy as a girl).

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Negar1995 29 August, 2013 – 08:28

i think the best book is Harry Potter.i love it!!!!!its amazing.just read it for once u will understand what i mean!!

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Science_everywhere 24 August, 2013 – 08:57

Somehow, I never got the charm of love stories. Now that I am writing a book, I understand that is quite an important element in stories. Seems Ill have to read few of them, no matter how much I avoid them!!
Does anyone here read Heroes of Olympus?

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Silvermist 29 December, 2014 – 15:22

I do and its a great plot………… a plot so deeply entwined. Blood of Olympus was released at last!

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angelia 18 August, 2013 – 17:46

I love to read books. Books are my friends.My favourite 3 books are ROBINSON CRUSE. HARRY POTTER, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE_HAMLET.

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dudek 5 August, 2013 – 14:50

Hello,
I LOVE READING i spend most of my weekends with the books and to me a perfect day is nothing but books and a cup of COFFE..!!! my favorites are many but lemme short list few of em ..
1.HARRY POTTER SERIES..
2.poetry of john keats
3.pride and the prejudice
4.all the works of shakespeare
Among these i love harry potter i read the 7 books 3 times .. 😛 😛

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Henry 5 January, 2014 – 10:23

You re like i really like reading and i recommend you the book collection of Idhuns memories there are a trilogy wroten by Laura Gallego García (its Spanish like my) those book talks about a world called idhun there are my favorites books.

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Negar1995 29 August, 2013 – 08:30

i love it too!i agree with u!

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Science_everywhere 3 August, 2013 – 14:51

Books are definitely mans best friend.. and girls!!! I am a writer as well as a voracious reader so books are really important for me. From Percy Jackson to Harry Potter to Artemis Fowl, books surround us actually. They are stories.. normal stories which happen everyday but a little modified. They are everywhere you look.. Ive started to think they are a bit like science really…

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Potterheaded 24 July, 2013 – 14:23

Books are life. My favourite books are Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the Mortal Instruments, Sherlock Holmes, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Hunger Games, and the Vampire Diaries. 😀

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marish 18 July, 2013 – 17:16

I love reading, books are amazing, my favourite writer is Theodore Dreiser

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156gabi 12 January, 2014 – 22:11

I agree with you marish about books and I also think that Theodore Dreiser is incredible writer !!! 😀

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Natalija 17 July, 2013 – 20:03

I agree with you, Klea. Nicolas Sparks is really an amazing writer, he knows to describe love in such an interesting way, and I read A walk to Remember and I liked it. And Notebook and The message in the Bottle are also great works, if you have not read them yet, I advice you to read it.
Greetings!

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KLEA B 17 July, 2013 – 13:51

My best book is " A walk to remember" and " Dear John" .This books are both written by Nicholas Sparks and both of them speaks about a love story between teens. Everyone who has read them will have the same opinion like me . I wont forgot another book but this time it is an adventurous book called " 7 little australian written by Ethel Turner.

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Natalija 13 July, 2013 – 12:06

I would like to add some books I have recently read:
The Kite Runner(a hard and painful book, but written in an excellent way by Haled Hosseini)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee-I read it thanks to Learn English Teens, because they recommended that book
The Cather in the Rye by Salinger
Beloved by Tony Morison
The Official Preppy Handbook-it is not some extraordinary work, but it is very interesting, especially for teenage girls, and full of preppy advices

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onedirectionlov… 20 June, 2013 – 07:50

Oh I cant live without books! I love The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Allys World and Dear America Series. Its fun to read you can get knowledge and enjoy it.

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Mali 20 May, 2013 – 17:21

Hello everybody!
Yeah, of course, the books is always very interesting and useful things. We learn a lot of interesting facts from scientific books, develop our imagination-of fantastic books, develop our inner world- of psychological and religious books.But the youth has stopped to love them and read them, because there were innovative technologies, that are more interesting than the books. In my opinion, people, all the same, will again be happy to read a book. The books have spirits of their writers, and we feel them when we read writers works.
So, as for me, I like "Harry Potter", of course, "Dark Materials" trilogy (like an author :)) and Jane Ostins "Pride and Prejudice". I was shocked by these books. Thank God for such great mindsб that created such masterpieces!

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serap 20 April, 2013 – 13:55

My favourite books are fantastic ones. I love them.

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serap 19 April, 2013 – 19:57

I like reading books. Iove fantastic books. This books are fantastic, too.

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