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The Lovely Bones

I just read this book last week and I can't shake it from my mind. I find myself thinking about it all the time. It may be the best book I've ever read. So haunting and yet so beautiful. I'm normally not one for a lot of verbose details in books, but somehow the author was able to paint the full scene without me becoming bored at all. I just wanted to absorb every.last.word.

What's the best book you've ever read?


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  • Seriously? Just one? Not possible. I love so so so many!

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    Seriously? Just one? Not possible. I love so so so many!

    Alright, give me top 5 or top 10 or something! I want other phenomenal books to read. This just raised the bar for me and I don't like to waste my time on subpar books when stuff like this is out there.


  • I have a lot of favorites, but the one that will be my all-time favorite for ever and always is Centennial by James Michener. 

    It's not the best book ever written, but it affected me on a personal level more than any other book I've ever read. 

     

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    Gah, that's been on my to-read list for ages.

    My two best, on totally different ends of the spectrum- A Tale of Two Cities; and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

    Read it. Seriously. It's been on my list since middle school and I'm just getting to it now. FWIW, I think it's definitely a harder read as a parent than if I would have read it pre-kids. But it's still so good.


  • Here's a short list of books I can read over and over again and never get tired of.  In no particular order:

    Centennial by James Michener

    Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

     

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  • Evidence of Things Unseen was the last book I read where I was totally blown away. It's soooo good.

    Other faves include Pride and Prejudice, The Kite Runner, Gone With the Wind, and Cry the Beloved Country.

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    Here's a short list of books I can read over and over again and never get tired of.  In no particular order:

    Centennial by James Michener

    Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Is the bolded NF? Wasn't he the prosecutor in the cases?


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    Here's a short list of books I can read over and over again and never get tired of.  In no particular order:

    Centennial by James Michener

    Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Is the bolded NF? Wasn't he the prosecutor in the cases?

    Yes. It's considered True Crime, I think.

    It's a brilliant book and goes into great detail about the trial and the Manson Family. More recently published editions have updates about the various members of the Family.

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  • I really enjoyed Marley and Me.  The writing was fantastic.  It was funny and sad, and just all around a great story.  I'm not even a dog lover and I loved the book.
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  • I loved The Time Traveler's Wife but it only works if you haven't seen the movie :)  I insisted on reading the book first because I always think the books are better...and it was.
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  • There are too many... Off the top of my head:

    Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk

    Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt

    Looking for Alaska - John Green

    ETA.  Paint it Black - Janet Fitch

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  • I love all of Gloria Naylor's books, Linden Hills being my favorite.

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    I read the Lovely Bones years ago when it first came out. I just happened to pick it up off a table and I read it and I felt the exact same way about it. I was really surprised to see that it had such terrible reviews on Goodreads because it will always be one of my absolute favorite books.

    I still haven't seen the movie. 

    What have you read that's up to the same standard? Your taste is really on for me in music about 90% of the time, so I'm interested in your book taste.

    I think I'll never watch the movie. It's too perfect for me, as-is. I couldn't believe that we had that book in our middle school library, though. I don't think I'd like my MSer to read it.


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    I read the Lovely Bones years ago when it first came out. I just happened to pick it up off a table and I read it and I felt the exact same way about it. I was really surprised to see that it had such terrible reviews on Goodreads because it will always be one of my absolute favorite books.

    I still haven't seen the movie. 

    I thought the movie was TERRIBLE.  Not that many movies from books are good, but this one has to be one of the worst.  It did not capture the spirit of the book at all.

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  • There is a really strange book called, "An Eye for Dark Places," that I read when I was about 14.  I don't think it's the best book I've ever read, but it is hands down the most memorable.  It's very odd and for some reason I just really connected with it. 

    It's set in post-apocalyptic England and it just blew my mind at the time.  Other than myself, I have never met a single person who has read it. 

    http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Dark-Places-Norma-Marder/dp/0316546062  


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    I read the Lovely Bones years ago when it first came out. I just happened to pick it up off a table and I read it and I felt the exact same way about it. I was really surprised to see that it had such terrible reviews on Goodreads because it will always be one of my absolute favorite books.

    I still haven't seen the movie. 

    I thought the movie was TERRIBLE.  Not that many movies from books are good, but this one has to be one of the worst.  It did not capture the spirit of the book at all.

    I think the movie kind of missed the point of the book.   

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    I read the Lovely Bones years ago when it first came out. I just happened to pick it up off a table and I read it and I felt the exact same way about it. I was really surprised to see that it had such terrible reviews on Goodreads because it will always be one of my absolute favorite books.I still haven't seen the movie.nbsp;


    Don't watch the movie. The book is sooo much better!

    OP, have you read Gone Girl? What about The Memory Keeper's Daughter?

    Some of my other favorites:

    Fight Club

    Running with Scissors

    The Help

    Pride and Prejudice

    My taste is all over the place
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    I just read this book last week and I can't shake it from my mind. I find myself thinking about it all the time. It may be the best book I've ever read. So haunting and yet so beautiful. I'm normally not one for a lot of verbose details in books, but somehow the author was able to paint the full scene without me becoming bored at all. I just wanted to absorb every.last.word.

    What's the best book you've ever read?

    The Lovely Bones is the only book that has ever made me cry - and on a train - and I wasn't even pregnant when it happened. 

     

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  • I have so many favourites.

    Memoir's of Geisha

    Love Medicine

    Middlesex

    The Stand

    Rush Home Road --- this book is incredible. I cried for like an hour after I was finished

    Atonement

    PLUS EVEN MORE. I want to go home and stare at my bookshelves right now. 

  • Has anyone read Anna Karenina? It's a book I thought I'd love, but I gave up on it twice. Should I try it again?
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    I read the Lovely Bones years ago when it first came out. I just happened to pick it up off a table and I read it and I felt the exact same way about it. I was really surprised to see that it had such terrible reviews on Goodreads because it will always be one of my absolute favorite books.I still haven't seen the movie.nbsp;
    Don't watch the movie. The book is sooo much better! OP, have you read Gone Girl? What about The Memory Keeper's Daughter? Some of my other favorites: Fight Club Running with Scissors The Help Pride and Prejudice My taste is all over the place

    I haven't read any of those. I did try Fight Club at the suggestion of Ella, but the author's writing style was too strange for me. I couldn't figure out wtf was going on. It was like it started in the middle of the story and I was missing a bunch of info and it was kind of stream of consciousness.


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    I have so many favourites. Memoir's of GeishaLove MedicineMiddlesexThe StandRush Home Road this book is incredible. I cried for like an hour after I was finishedAtonementPLUS EVEN MORE. I want to go home and stare at my bookshelves right now.nbsp;


    I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha. For a change, the movie was pretty good. Of course nothing compares to the book.
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  • Lordy. Ok I'll give it a shot but greats I missed will haunt me all day.

    The Little Prince
    Jude the Obscure
    The Taming of the Shrew, play
    Catch 22
    The Catcher in the Rye
    Brave New World
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    East of Eden
    The Stranger, by Camus
    No Exit, play
    Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead, play
    The Grapes of Wrath
    To Kill a Movkingbird
    The Hobbit
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Anne of Green Gables
    The Wizard of Oz, book beats movie big time
    Good Omens, American Gods

    I have to get back to work, crap.

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    I read the Lovely Bones years ago when it first came out. I just happened to pick it up off a table and I read it and I felt the exact same way about it. I was really surprised to see that it had such terrible reviews on Goodreads because it will always be one of my absolute favorite books.I still haven't seen the movie.nbsp;


    Don't watch the movie. The book is sooo much better!

    OP, have you read Gone Girl? What about The Memory Keeper's Daughter?

    Some of my other favorites:

    Fight Club

    Running with Scissors

    The Help

    Pride and Prejudice

    My taste is all over the place

    I haven't read any of those. I did try Fight Club at the suggestion of Ella, but the author's writing style was too strange for me. I couldn't figure out wtf was going on. It was like it started in the middle of the story and I was missing a bunch of info and it was kind of stream of consciousness.



    If you can deal with it, try to finish. Part of the beauty of that book is trying to piece together what exactly is going on. There are some big twists too. It does take some getting used to his writing style. I have read many other Chuck P books. He grows on you if you let him and if you enjoy dark humor.
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  • Holyshiit, The Stand.

    That one haunts me.  I can't call it one of my favorites because it freaked me out so much.

    I may have put it in the freezer ala Joey Tribbiani. 

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    I read the Lovely Bones years ago when it first came out. I just happened to pick it up off a table and I read it and I felt the exact same way about it. I was really surprised to see that it had such terrible reviews on Goodreads because it will always be one of my absolute favorite books.I still haven't seen the movie.nbsp;
    Don't watch the movie. The book is sooo much better! OP, have you read Gone Girl? What about The Memory Keeper's Daughter? Some of my other favorites: Fight Club Running with Scissors The Help Pride and Prejudice My taste is all over the place

    I haven't read any of those. I did try Fight Club at the suggestion of Ella, but the author's writing style was too strange for me. I couldn't figure out wtf was going on. It was like it started in the middle of the story and I was missing a bunch of info and it was kind of stream of consciousness.

    If you can deal with it, try to finish. Part of the beauty of that book is trying to piece together what exactly is going on. There are some big twists too. It does take some getting used to his writing style. I have read many other Chuck P books. He grows on you if you let him and if you enjoy dark humor.

    I agree.  I love his crazy writing style.  Have you read the Invisible Monsters Remix?  

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  • It's like asking me to pick my favorite child.  If I were a Dugger.  Or God. 

     

    I have too many favorites to list. :) 

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    It's like asking me to pick my favorite child.  If I were a Dugger.  Or God. 

     

    I have too many favorites to list. :) 

    Give me some easier reads on your list, Grr. I know you're a literary pro :)


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    I read the Lovely Bones years ago when it first came out. I just happened to pick it up off a table and I read it and I felt the exact same way about it. I was really surprised to see that it had such terrible reviews on Goodreads because it will always be one of my absolute favorite books.I still haven't seen the movie.nbsp;


    Don't watch the movie. The book is sooo much better!

    OP, have you read Gone Girl? What about The Memory Keeper's Daughter?

    Some of my other favorites:

    Fight Club

    Running with Scissors

    The Help

    Pride and Prejudice

    My taste is all over the place

    I haven't read any of those. I did try Fight Club at the suggestion of Ella, but the author's writing style was too strange for me. I couldn't figure out wtf was going on. It was like it started in the middle of the story and I was missing a bunch of info and it was kind of stream of consciousness.



    If you can deal with it, try to finish. Part of the beauty of that book is trying to piece together what exactly is going on. There are some big twists too. It does take some getting used to his writing style. I have read many other Chuck P books. He grows on you if you let him and if you enjoy dark humor.

    I agree.  I love his crazy writing style.  Have you read the Invisible Monsters Remix?  



    No, I'll have to look it up. Thanks!
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  • One of the best I've ever read is The Prince of Tides.

    Also, Zeitoun and What is the What, both by Dave Eggers.
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