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Well after the wonderful response to my 150 Books to read list in another thread, I decided to take the suggestion of a few and make a Kindleboard's all-time top (however many) list of books to read.

The Rules

1. You may ONLY list your all-time, favoritest, top 10 books. If you list more, only 10 will be taken. (Yes this is supposed to be challenging! And it keeps the list to a manageable size for all of us!) (If you have less than 10, that's fine too.)
2. List Title and Author.
3. Do not clump series together. List each book separately. I will not list the series if you do this. If you like the whole series, just list the first book. I hate to leave out things from people's list, but I cannot link to a series, so it's not useful to those using the list.
4. These books can be old or new, you choose!
5. Books can be Kindle or DTBs, since DTBs may become Kindle books soon.
6. Feel free to duplicate entries, duplicates will be indicated and floated to the top.
7. Everyone has the right to add any book they want (no X-rated please), please try to respect other people's enjoyment in their books and not degrade the choices they make. This is supposed to be fun & positive!!

The Reward

I will *try* to keep a running list of Kindleboard's top books to read!

The order will be, the books that get nominated the most will be at the top in order of number of nominations (if there is no number, it was only nominated once). Then the books will be in Alpha order. I will try to list series together (if I know about them).

After each book is a link to find the book. If it says "Non-Kindle" feel free to click and ask to have it become Kindlized!

Reminder: Everyone has different tastes in different genres, the fun thing about this list will be that there is something for everyone!
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL, no bashing of books on the list!
 

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Due to space constraints here, I have posted the full book list on a separate web page, which can be found here:

Full Kindle Boards Top Books List

Be sure to check it out, and bookmark it, there are some great books there!!

But also, here are the books that have been elected as favorites multiple times:

(7) Dune - Frank Herbert Kindle
(7) Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien. Kindle as of 4/19
(6) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Non-Kindle
(5) Harry Potter Book 1 - Sorceror's Stone - J.K. Rowling Non-Kindle
(5) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Non-Kindle
(4) Dragonriders of Pern (First 3 Books as One) - Anne McCaffery Kindle
(4) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Kindle
(4) Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry Non-Kindle
(4) Memoirs of a Geisha - Arther Golden Kindle
(4) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Kindle
(4) The Thorn Birds by Colleen Mccullough Kindle
(3) 2001 a space odyssey Arthur C. Clark Kindle
(3) Ender Book 1 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Non-Kindle
(3) Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell Kindle
(3) Harry Potter Book 6 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling Non-Kindle
(3) Outlander Book 1 - Outlander - Diana Gabaldon Kindle
(3) Outlander Book 2 - Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon Kindle
(3) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien Kindle
(3) The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold Kindle
(3) The Red Tent - Anita Diamant Kindle
(3) The Stand by Stephen King Kindle as of 6/5
(3) Watership Down by Richard Adams Non-Kindle
(3) Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls Non-Kindle
(2) A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole Non-Kindle
(2) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith Kindle
(2) Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone Non-Kindle
(2) And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts Non-Kindle
(2) Assassin's Apprentice, Robin Hobb. Kindle
(2) Catch-22 - Joseph Heller Non-Kindle
(2) Cloud Atlas-- David Mitchell Kindle
(2) Dracula by Bram Stoker Kindle
(2) Dresden Files Book 1 - Storm Front, Jim Butcher. Kindle
(2) East of Eden, John Steinbeck Kindle
(2) Harry Potter Book 4 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling Non-Kindle
(2) I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb Kindle
(2) Inkspell by Cornelia Funke Non-Kindle
(2) Jayne Eyre - Charlotte Bronte Kindle
(2) Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini Kindle
(2) Pawn of Prophesy, David Eddings. Non-Kindle
(2) Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingslover Kindle
(2) Pride and Prejudice-- Jane Austen Kindle
(2) Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Kindle
(2) Something Wicked this Way Comes Ray BradBury Non-Kindle
(2) Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein Kindle
(2) Tailchaser's Song - Tad Williams Non-Kindle
(2) The Alienist by Caleb Carr Kindle
(2) The Color Purple, Alice Walker Non-Kindle
(2) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Kindle
(2) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Kindle as of 6/5
(2) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini Kindle
(2) The Winds of War - Herman Wouk Non-Kindle
(2) The Witch of Blackbird Pond...Elizabeth George Speare Kindle
(2) Travels with Charley (John Steinbeck) Kindle
(2) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values Robert M. Pirsig Kindle
 

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I'll play. This list is in "it came to me" order, not importance order.

1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
3. Searching for Caleb by Ann Tyler
4. The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugha
5. Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowlingb
7. And The Band Played On by Randy Shiltsc
8. The Weight of Water by Anita Shreved
9. Paper Moon by Marion Husbande
10. From Story to Screenplay: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx, Diana Ossana, and Larry McMurtryf

aThis is the follow-on book to Harriet the Spy which is more famous. Everyone should read both, but I like The Long Secret better.
bOf course I have read all the Harry Potter books, but this one is my favorite.
cHistory of AIDS and its impact on society. Slightly dated now but still essential reading. Public health sleuthing at its best plus a tragic story.
dFirst Shreve book I ever read and I think it is her best. Her writing style and story telling varies--I like this best of the many of her books I have read but I haven't read some of her latest.
eI just finished this book yesterday so I am taking a risk to put it on this list--but it had an absolutely perfect ending, a criteria of mine for a book for the ages. Watership Down and Searching for Caleb also had perfect endings. Paper Moon may stand the test of time. We'll see.
fRead the short story, then read the essays and screenplay. You'll see why many say that the movie of Brokeback Mountain was the first fanfic written from the story. (There have been hundreds since then.)
 

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In no particular order these are my top 10

1. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
3. Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss
4. Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss
5. Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss
6. Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts
7. Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
8. Public Secrets by Nora Roberts
9. Sweet Baby by Sharon Sala
10.Pot of Gold by Judith Michael
 

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1. And the Band Played On - Randy Schilts - non-kindle
2. The Eight - Katherine Neville - non-kindle
3. Tailchaser's Song - Tad Williams - non-kindle (a must for those who loved Watership Down)
4. The Deed of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon - available in Kindle format from Baen
5. A Separate Peace - John Knowles - non-kindle
6. Dune - Frank Herbert - kindle
7. Dragonsflight - Anne McCaffery - kindle
8. On Basilisk Station - David Weber - available in Kindle format from Baen
9. The Outstretched Shadow - Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory - kindle
10. Magic's Pawn - Mercedes Lackey - non-kindle
 

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Will ponder this a bit but I can immediately agree with Rhiathame, "Tailchaser's Song" is incredible!! I've never read Watership Down, but loved Fritti Tailchaser. (Think Watership Down with cats!!)

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This task is going to require some serious thinking!!!

Off to do that now....(if I can stay away from this Board; not to mention I am at work  ;))
 

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JCBeam said:
This task is going to require some serious thinking!!!

Off to do that now....(if I can stay away from this Board; not to mention I am at work ;))
Work? Ooooh that's what I am supposed to be doing right now!! ;D ;D

Can't wait to see everyone's lists!!

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Here are my nominations:

  • A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
  • Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  • Tender is the Night - F Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Awakening - Kate Chopin
  • The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
 

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In no particular order:

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien.
2. Pawn of Prophesy, David Eddings.
3. Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card.
4. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman.
5. A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin.
6. Assassin's Apprentice, Robin Hobb.
7. Storm Front, Jim Butcher.
8. Lord Fouls Bane, Stephen Donaldson.
9. Dune, Frank Herbert.
10. Duncton Wood, William Horwood. (for you Watership Down fans, you have got to track this book down) http://www.amazon.com/Duncton-Wood-William-Horwood/dp/0345341899/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239995299&sr=1-11
 

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Updated through here!

My list (I need one more!)

Outlander Book 1 - Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
Outlander Book 2 - Dragonfly in Amber – Diana Gabaldon
Outlander Book 3 - Voyager – Diana Gabaldon
Outlander Book 4 - Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon
Outlander Book 5 - The Fiery Cross – Diana Gabaldon
Outlander Book 6 - A Breath of Snow and Ashes – Diana Gabaldon
Outlander Book 7 - An Echo in the Bone – Diana Gabaldon (Release 9/09)
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
On the Beach – Nevil Shute

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SusieQ said:
Will ponder this a bit but I can immediately agree with Rhiathame, "Tailchaser's Song" is incredible!! I've never read Watership Down, but loved Fritti Tailchaser. (Think Watership Down with cats!!)

Susie
OOOH! I'd forgotten about Tailchaser's Song! I loved that book too!!
 

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In no particular order, these are the books I find myself pulling off the shelf to read over and over throughout the years:

1. When Venus Fell...Deborah Smith
2. A Place to Call Home...Deborah Smith
3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond...Elizabeth George Speare
4. Outlander...Diana Gabaldon
5. Into the Wilderness...Sara Donati
6. Airs Above the Ground...Mary Stewart
7. A Long Walk on a Short Dock...Pat Richoux
8. A Town Like Alice...Nevil Shute
9. The Shadow and the Star...Laura Kinsale
10. Lightning...Dean Koontz
 

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In no particular order:

1. A lion Called Christian-by Anthony Bourke, John Rendall, and George Adamson
2. Night Secrets- Kat Martin
3. Twilight- Stephanie Meyer
4. Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling
5. Nineteen Minutes- Jodi Picoult
6. The Kindness of Strangers- Katrina Kittle
7. Memoirs of a Geisha-Arther Golden
8. A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears-Jules Feiffer
9. Wicked-Gregory Maguire
10. Dog Stories- James Herriot


Most HATED books in no particular order

1. 1984- George Orwell
2. To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
3. Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
4. Lord of the Flies-William Golding and E. M. Forster
5. Wild Animus- Rich Shapero
 

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Argh, this was NOT easy, ten is too few!

But here goes, my list in no particular order: (I hated having to choose between books in a series!)

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Sight by David Clement Davies
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Thorn Birds by Colleen Mccullough
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
 
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