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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2017, 03:20:08 PM »
Count of Monte Cristo
Lord of the Rings
The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Timeline by Michael Crichton

Really could do about a ten page list here.
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2017, 06:40:39 PM »
Laddie, by Gene Stratton Porter is definitely on the list. I just love that book. So home-y. :) And A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, for the same reason. I love the sort of slice-of-life books, that give you all the details about how the characters live.

You might like Shadows on the Rock then too by Willa Cather. It follows the residents of Quebec City, particularly a twelve-year old girl name Cecile in the late 1600's.
I've been reading this today, after getting it from the library. It's good! :) I'd only read Cather's Pioneer books, before now, and had no idea that she wrote anything so Catholic.
 

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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2017, 07:51:10 PM »
Laddie, by Gene Stratton Porter is definitely on the list. I just love that book. So home-y. :) And A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, for the same reason. I love the sort of slice-of-life books, that give you all the details about how the characters live.

You might like Shadows on the Rock then too by Willa Cather. It follows the residents of Quebec City, particularly a twelve-year old girl name Cecile in the late 1600's.
I've been reading this today, after getting it from the library. It's good! :) I'd only read Cather's Pioneer books, before now, and had no idea that she wrote anything so Catholic.

I'm glad you're enjoying it.  :D I got the Audible version and they did a great job. I'm of French Canadian descent so I found it interesting. I visited Quebec City many(!) years ago...
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2017, 08:31:13 PM »
1. My Missal
2. Dantes Infernal
3. Milton's Paradise Lost
Okay, bonus one here why not: Baltimore Catechism

Did you mean Dante's Divine Comedy? The book is so much more than just The Inferno.  :)
Right. Inferno's pretty cool, though.
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2017, 07:40:11 AM »
My list is:

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr, I Solzhenitsyn
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Anything written by Taylor Caldwell - The Listener, Grandmother and the Priests, Captain and the Kings, etc
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2017, 08:15:32 AM »
My list is:

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr, I Solzhenitsyn
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Anything written by Taylor Caldwell - The Listener, Grandmother and the Priests, Captain and the Kings, etc

Solzhenitsyn is the only Russian I can read without hoping for the quick death of a Stalinist firing squad. When I read Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, I wasn't sure if I started to enjoy it by page 500 something or simply went nuts.
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2017, 08:36:53 AM »
My list is:

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr, I Solzhenitsyn
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Anything written by Taylor Caldwell - The Listener, Grandmother and the Priests, Captain and the Kings, etc

Solzhenitsyn is the only Russian I can read without hoping for the quick death of a Stalinist firing squad. When I read Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, I wasn't sure if I started to enjoy it by page 500 something or simply went nuts.

I can definitely agree with you there.  The only thing I've ever liked, other than Solzhenitsyn was a children's book of short stories by Tolstoy I came across in the library.  Haven't been able to find it since.  However, inspired by that children's book, I tried some of his other works and like you thought I went nuts and almost quit reading books because of it.  There is a book of Dostoevsky's short stories that isn't bad, but other than that I've stayed out of Russia for reading.  One of the joys of getting out of school was that I could decide to quit reading nonsense.   :lol:
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2017, 09:08:36 AM »
Something by Dostoevsky would be in my top 10. They call it "literary realism" but there's this constant, convoluted impingement of the absurd, the tragic, the unbelievable and the supernatural. I suppose it's the Russian mind. I like it though.
 
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2017, 10:09:05 AM »
Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
The Gap in the Curtain - John Buchan
The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2017, 10:16:34 AM »
My list is:

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr, I Solzhenitsyn
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Anything written by Taylor Caldwell - The Listener, Grandmother and the Priests, Captain and the Kings, etc
I went through my "Taylor Caldwell period" after watching "The Captain and the Kings" miniseries on t.v. I enjoyed her books for a while, but grew tired of her style.
I also enjoyed the first "Gulag" book; but again was worn down by the end of the second book; too depressing.
My own all time favorites:
The Lord of the Rings
Gone with the wind
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2017, 11:00:22 AM »
My favorite religious books that are not in the Bible are:
The Cure D'Ars by Abbe Francois Trochu
Sermons of the Cure of Ars
The Life of St Gemma Galgani by Fr. Germanus

My favorite secular books were:
The Brothers Karavazov by Dostoyevsky
Hadji Murad by Tolstoy
King Lear by Shakespeare of course

Edit: my favorite secular books was wrong. Replace Hadji Murad with the Iliad by Homer. I forgot about that.
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2017, 12:32:17 AM »
Stoker's DRACULA
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2017, 12:53:12 AM »
Stoker's DRACULA

Edited - I put this in the wrong thread.  Sorry.   :-[

I've never read Dracula, but it's on my book bucket list.   :lol:
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #28 on: May 26, 2017, 12:15:32 AM »
Stoker's DRACULA

Edited - I put this in the wrong thread.  Sorry.   :-[

I've never read Dracula, but it's on my book bucket list.   :lol:
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Re: Share your top 3 fav books
« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2017, 12:31:18 AM »
Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward,
Day the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, Gulag Archipelago
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