- Top 100 books and all that
- Boba FattMember
I got talking with a mate a few weeks back and we’d both been thinking the same thing, there are plenty of books out thee that you are supposed to have read.
I just finished To Kill A Mockingbird and it was fantastic, so where next?
I’d rather hear what people recommend as must reads rather than trawling through the lists online.
My thoughts were Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Slaughterhouse 5, Breakfast of Champions, On The RoadPosted 4 years agomikey74Member
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthyPosted 4 years ago
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett (RIP) and Neil Gaiman.
Into Thin Air – John Krakauer
Carrying the Fire – Michael Collins
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
House of Leaves – Mark Danielewski (be careful with this one – It’s not for you 8) )CaptainFlashheartMember
Oooh, haven’t read Garp in ages! Good call.
A few of the classics from me;
Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding. Glorious.
The Longest Day, by Cornelius Ryan. Reads as if it’s not real, but sadly it was all too real.
The Great Game, by Peter Hopkirk. Another documentary of history that reads like the finest proto-spy novel ever written.
And, Fleming. Yes, go and read the Bond books. They’re truly excellent, IMHO.
*Edit – Seadog, see also “Fate is the hunter” by Ernest Gan. *Posted 4 years agobeejSubscriber
Two personal favourites.
Angry White Pyjamas – Robert Twigger. He spends a year learning Aikido on the Japanese riot police course, starting from scratch pretty much.
Hokkaido Highway Blues – Will Ferguson. Bloke hitchhikes the length of Japan following the cherry blossom.Posted 4 years agometalheartSubscriber
It’s been a long time since I read Vonnegut but my favourite was Sirens of Titan.
Some of my favourite books are:
Sunset song – Lewis Grassic GibbonPosted 4 years ago
Young Art & Old Hector / Green Isle of the Great Deep – Neil Gunn
Anathem – Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon is also very good)
Spook Country – William Gibson (his others are good too)
Gravitys rainbow – Thomas Pynchon (took a lot to get get into but once there loved it. Intense!)
Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
The Chrysalids – John Wyndam
A confederacy of dunces – John Kennedy Toole.northernmattMember
The Wasp Factory, and quite a few other Iain Banks books. The Bridge is great, must have read at least once a year since I got it.. Also, if you can do scifi read Player of Games, some will say start with Consider Phlebas which is very good but PoG is bettererererer.Posted 4 years agoJulianAMember
Another vote for ‘The Right Stuff’
CFH Have you also read ‘Foreign Devils on the Silk Road’? Yours for the borrowing also [quick before it gets packed to move!]
Other Ernest Gann books are also worth a read.
Anything by Georgette Heyer or Nevil Shute is worth your time, and The Rubiyat Of Omar Khayyam should be by your bedside for dipping into at all times, as should anything by Saki / HH Munro.
No mention of Patrick Leigh Fermor yet?Posted 4 years agobazzerMember
Another +1 for “100 years of solitude”, totally weird and I have no idea why I like it but I love it.
My current favourite book is “Shantaram”
I must be one of the few people who didn’t like “Catch 22” I never really found a voice for it in my head, if you know what I mean.Posted 4 years agojohndohMember
Some great suggestions but I am astounded that no-one has suggested The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) yet. Perhaps the most perfect book ever written and as for the final page? Perfection.
Gotta say that Birdsong had perhaps the most profound effect on me though – from reading that I have developed a massive interest in the two World Wars and have since read lots of historical accounts, biographies and auto-biographies of people involved in the wars in one way or another. And my interest has also effected my 6 year old girl who likes nothing better than reading about the war (children’s encyclopaedias of the wars) as her bedtime book.Posted 4 years ago
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