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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's Your Favorite Book?

For me, it's still "A Moveable Feast," maybe because I read it every time I go to Paris.

What about you?

(Photo by Sabino Aguad.)



Blogger Santafire said...

Looking for Alibrandi.
It's my fave because of the rush of emotions flowing in it's pages, gets me all the time.

April 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Paper Heart Girl said...

Life of Pi / Dorian Grey.. OHHH, and 'One Day' is very good.
A moveable feast sounds like a book I definitely need to check out! x

April 6, 2011 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Zsara said...

The secret history by donna tartt - i think its amazingly written with great characters and it just makes me want to visit vermont! xox

April 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger jenni said...

Favorite book? Singular? Just one?

Oh dear, I can't give that. But I am happy to know someone else out there theme-reads on vacation...

April 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Pamela Terry and Edward said...

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.
And Jane Eyre, of course!

April 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Mine is either Austen's "Persuasion" or "The Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson.

April 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger TERI REES WANG said... do you narrow that list down.
My Antonia by Willa Cather, first comes to my present mood mind.


April 6, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger HereBeDragons said...

Gotta go with The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas. ... Or maybe Christy by Cathernine Marshall.

April 6, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

My favorite book... my favorite book... my favorite book?

Ok, ok... let me think...

I guess it's always the last one which is already ready to be displaced by the next one

I think I'm a book slut. On the top ten are Monte Cristo, Papillon, Emma. And I suddenly realised I don't have a top ten but hundred ;).

I never read "your" "A Moveable Feast" so I think I'm ordering it and read.

Thank you for the suggestion! There are times that one needs inspiration to choose. :love:

April 6, 2011 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

a Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle.

April 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger kimberj said...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I've read it a million times and find comfort in its familiarity.

April 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Margaret E. Perry said...

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

April 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Maria Speidel said...

Constantly changing, but that photo sure looks like it was taken at NYC's Strand. I miss that place!

April 6, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

My desert island book is Kiki's Paris: Artists and Lovers. I looked up many addresses of the artists included when I was in Paris. (Billy Kluver, Julie Martin)

April 6, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

Oh I cannot choose. I'll think about this all day now. But better to think about books than almost anything else.

I like people's selections, though.

April 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger BARGAIN BEX said...

My high school Humanities read: Man's Search For Meaning. I highlighted the every living crapola outta those pages. Reminds me ... I need to find it and read it again ... Hm.

April 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger 24 Corners said...

Most definitely Jane Eyre (Persuasion is my fave Austen though). I've not read A Moveable Feast yet, excited to do so now.
Very happy to have found your blog (via - Abroad)!
xo Jessica

April 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Either East of Eden by John Steinbeck or History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

April 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Suse said...

Is this a trick question?

My favorite book ever? Isn't that like picking your favorite child?


April 6, 2011 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

A close tie between A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and East of Eden.

April 6, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Krissy (Shimmer Like Gold) said...

I have many favourites, and my "most favourite" changes at any given time. Right now, I'd say it's Paulo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die.

April 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger a Broad said...

I love the previous answer, a favorite book is like choosing a favorite child .. I can't do it.
But I just read Remarkable Creatures and I can't get it out of my head yet .. lovely story.

April 6, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I'm so glad Zsara already said A Secret History, so I don't feel bad when I don't claim it as my absolute favorite!

Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger is my favorite. That was the first thing that came to mind, so I guess that counts for something.

April 6, 2011 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger spotsoftime said...

Possession by AS Byatt if I HAD to choose one, but Wuthering Heights, Cold Comfort Farm, Middlemarch and 3 Men in a Boat all vying for the top spot!
I love looking at peoples' answers to this question.

April 6, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. LOVE that book so much. I could read it over and over.

April 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Luli said...

Jane Eyre. Always has been and always will be. But now I'm in the mood to give all these great books mentioned by you and your readers a try.

April 6, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger M.o.Mod said...

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster and Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler. Tomorrow I would probably pick two completely different favourites - so hard to choose!

April 6, 2011 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment because it had such an impact on me so many years ago. These days, I really loved Alex Miller's Lovesong when I read it last year.

April 6, 2011 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

the year of magical thinking + the history of love. xoxo

April 6, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Katie Bee said...

What's my favorite? To Kill a Mockingbird. There are so many reasons that I love this (often cliche) frequent favorite, but it's mainly because of the teacher who assigned it. She was incredible.
But if you give me a volume of Rilke or Dickinson, my heart will sing. I named my blog for a Dickinson poem and keep the words written in every journal I've kept for the last five years.

April 6, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Shelley Trbuhovich said...

'charlie and the chocolate factory' roald dahl

April 7, 2011 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger The Dandelion Chronicles said...

Well, the one I've read the most is 'Anne of Green Gables' but the most influential book is 'The Bell Jar'..
My favourite book though is a tough one.. maybe 'The English Patient' for now.. :)

April 7, 2011 at 8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have four favorite books (until now): The History of Love (Nicole Krauss), The Man Who Had Everything (Louis Bromfield), East of Eden (John Steinbeck) and the Phillip Russel biography of Emerson (Emerson the Wisest American). I have read each twice and look forward to reading them again... when time comes and questions need to be answered.

April 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

What a question! I would have to say Crime & Punishment, followed by Shadow of the Wind and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

April 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Nerissa said...

Mine is... "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho...

April 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Avid Reader said...

A Moveable Feast has been in my top 10 for years! The Book Thief is my favorite, but Empire Falls, The Shadow of the Wind, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Jane Eyre, Travels With Charley, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Persuasion and Ender's Game are all close behind it.

April 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

Always and forever Wuthering Heights

April 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger The above fore-mentioned. said...

The Great Gatsby.

April 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Kelly Garriott Waite said...

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry is my ultimate favorite book. Berry writes cleanly and every sentence is a truth.

April 7, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

I recently just became obsessed with Ada Leverson's The Little Ottleys. It's a classic comedy of manners and romantic entanglement set in Edwardian. Ada Leverson was a contemporary and friend of Oscar Wilde's. The called her "The Sphinx" and the wittiest woman in England. Very funny. Highly recommended.
Love your blog.
Just a Silhouette

April 8, 2011 at 3:48 AM  
Blogger Chessa! said...

this is one of my favorite books of all time too! but my number 1 is love in the time of cholera.

April 8, 2011 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Breenuh said...

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie will always be my favorite. It's so much more for adults than people realize.

April 8, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger iva yaneva said...

Hm, I've never read A Moveable Feast, putting it on my list :)

As for my favourite books, I think Gone with the wind and The Fountainhead.

April 9, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Amandolin said...

I would have to say Jane Eyre or Freckles (by Gene Stratton-Porter... This is truly a difficult question though.

April 10, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Swiss said...

I hope this doesnt come off as pretentious, but the most amazing book I've read thus far is Anna Karenina. I have never come to know characters so intimately or had so much to think about within each character. I loved it!

April 10, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

I think it's imposible for me to choose a book (many people say that :) )
I love Gabriel García Márquez, Marguerite Duras, Milan Kundera, Virginia Wolf, Günter Grass... I could go on forever.
Anyway the first memory I have to be trapped by a poem is when I was five and it was a Lorca poem from "Poet in New York".
Nice blog. I hope you'll read me too :)

April 12, 2011 at 5:05 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

"Echo House" by Ward Just (I read it when I lived in DC for a summer which I think was the appeal but I've since read 5+ times!) A close 2nd is "A Tale of Two Cities"

April 12, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger the lil bee said...

I have two, I think. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and James and the Giant Peach!

April 12, 2011 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Paris in Pink said...

Ahh yes, A Moveable Feast is definitely towards the top of my list as well, but I think The Little Prince will always be my fave :)

Big hugs xx

Camille @ Paris in Pink

April 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Juliet Montesquieu said...

"I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith.

April 13, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Jessica Clem said...

"The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis.

June 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger tallulahfly said...

"The Alchemist" by Paolo Coelho. Makes me believe there's a reason in life. :)

June 17, 2011 at 7:45 AM  

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