What are your most favourite books ever?

Personally it’s always hard to find time to keep up with reading material. There are so many books I’d like to read but never enough time😞

What are CAF posters favourite books -Any topic, fiction or non fiction, any language:)


The book To Kill a Mockingbird is the first one that comes to mind for me.

One of my favorite authors is Maeve Binchy.


I’m a Maeve Binchey fan as well.Still have many of her novels and will re read them at some point.I loved The Glass Lake .


I cannot pick a favorite of hers, actually. I own all of her books, and have read them all multiple times. :blush: I love how in her later books, she would mention characters from earlier books, although it is not necessary to have read any of them to understand. The Copper Beech was the last one I reread. :wink:

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That was a good one too. Did you read and Rosamund Pilcher? Her novels are really good as well

I have not. I heard she is good. Should I just start with her earliest book?

Yes.Its been twenty years at least since I read some of her books.Coming Home was the one that really stands out. Couldn’t put it down!

Will have to see if I can find a copy!

Besides the Bible

Spiritual: St John of the Cross - Dark Night of the Soul. St Teresa of Avila - The Interior Castle. Thomas a Kempis - The Imitation of Christ.

Novel: Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment

Short story: Melville - Bartleby the Scrivener

Non fiction: Thoreau - Walden.

Also Will Durant’s multi volume Story of Civilization as much for the writing style - the eloquence, wit, mannerisms, vocabulary, sentence structure - as for anything else.


In college, I knew a woman who read “Mr. Blue,” by Myles Connolly, over 50 times, I liked the book but I only read it twice.

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Watership Down is one of them at the top…
Lonesome Dove…


I love Maeve Binchy. I have all of her books and was so sad to hear when she died. Her writing always transported me to a calm and peaceful place - very visual. I miss her.


I also love Barbara Kingsolver’s books, and Sue Grafton.

I was so happy and surprised by the two books printed after her death, but very happy!

She had a way of telling a story where it wasn’t always the ending you hoped for, but it was always good. The good people went on, and the bad got what they had coming.

Another thing I learned from her books is that sometimes, in order to go on, people need to reinvent themselves.


Bradley RE Wright’s Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites …and Other Lies You’ve Been Told.
Peter Hitchen’s The Abolition of Britain.
JRR Tolkein but his books are very long. I think the movies can be substitutes. Kidding!



Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series (the ones by him, not just with his name attached)
Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series

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Among living novelists, I would put John le Carré in first place. I always liked spy thrillers, and he does them better than just about anybody else. Not all his books are equally successful, however. The end of the Cold War was a blow he never quite recovered from.

If I had to pick just one of his books, it would be The Little Drummer Girl — unusually for him, not a Cold War story at all, but a carefully constructed novel about Israelis and Palestinians.


The B*stard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak. (Had to put an asterisk so as not to trigger the autoflag)

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Trial by Franz Kafka, it awoke in me an interest in Orthodox Judaism (Kafka’s birth faith) as well as Czech and German literature.

These are my favourites. Others novels I love and recommend are The Prophet by Lebanese author Gebran Khalil Gebran, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (probably everyone here has read that), The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak and The Castle by Franz Kafka.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain).

Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys (Louisa May Alcott).

Dracula (Bram Stoker).

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens).

I read all of these at least once a year.


The Lord of the Rings. Hands down favorite.

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