Booklist

One of my early personal favourites, Winnie-the-Pooh, artistically improved by the preschool me. 

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Here is the list of somebody’s favourites; could be me, a family member, a friend or a dear internet person.
Most of the titles I obtained when I asked you to gift me the title and author of your favourite book(s) as a birthday present. You delivered.
Do not hesitate to send me more (let’s say up to 10) in a comment at any time, I’ll update. (Different colours denote updates.)
* The books with an asterisk were added as personal favourites.
The underlined books I have already read.
Here we go:
  • Ackerman, Diane: A Natural History of the Senses
  • Adams, Douglas: *The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency / The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  • Adams, Richard: Watership Down
  • Ahern, Cecelia: PS, I Love You
  • Ajar, Emile (Romain Gary): The Life Before Us
  • Alighieri, Dante: The Divine Comedy (Inferno)
  • Alinsky, Saul: Rules for Radicals
  • Altemus, Barbara: The Gift of Pain
  • Althusser, Louis: Machiavelli and Us
  • Amado, Jorge: Tereza Batista, Tired of War
  • Amis, Martin: *Time’s Arrow / London Fields
  • Andrić, Ivo: The Bridge on the Drina
  • Anonymous: Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation)
  • Anouilh, Jean: Antigone
  • Anson, Jay: The Amityville Horror
  • Anthony, Piers: The Xanth series
  • Atkinson, Kate: Life after Life
  • Attanasio, A. A.: The Dragon and the Unicorn
  • Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin / Cat’s Eye (+ALL)
  • Atxaga, Bernardo: The Accordionist’s Son
  • Auel, Jean M.: The Clan of the Cave Bear
  • Auster, Paul: Leviathan
  • Bach, Richard: Illusions
  • Bacigalupi, Paolo: The Windup Girl
  • Baker, Nicholson: Traveling Sprinkler
  • Baker Kline, Christina: Orphan Train
  • Baldwin, James: The Fire Next Time / If Beale Street Could Talk / Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems
  • Banks, Iain: Use of Weapons / Transition
  • Banks, Lynne Reid: The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Barbery, Muriel: Elegance of the Hedgehog
  • Baricco, Alessandro: An Iliad / Silk
  • Barker, Clive: Imajica / Mister B. Gone (+ALL)
  • *Bartol, Vladimir: Alamut
  • Barzini, Luigi: The Italians / From Caesar to the Mafia: Sketches of Italian Life
  • Beagle, Peter S.: A Fine and Private Place
  • Beckman, Thea: Children of Mother Earth
  • Beecher Stowe, Harriet: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Beston, Henry: The Outermost House
  • Bibel, Debra Jan: Freeing the Goose in the Bottle
  • Bishop, Anne: The Black Jewels Trilogy / The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Trilogy) / The Landscapes of Ephemera Series
  • Block, Francesca Lia: Weetzie Bat
  • Blume, Judy: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Bolaño, Roberto: 2666
  • Borges, Jorge Luis: The Aleph / Fictions
  • Boulle, Pierre: Planet Of The Apes
  • Bourdain, Anthony: Kitchen Confidential
  • Box, C. J.: Free Fire (and other Yellowstone region novels)
  • Bradbury, Ray: The Illustrated Man / Something Wicked This Way Comes / Fahrenheit 451
  • Bradley, Doug: Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor
  • Brand, Paul and Phillip Yancey: The Gift of Pain
  • Bronsky, Alina: The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
  • Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre
  • Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights
  • Brunner, John: The Shockwave Rider
  • Bryce Echenique, Alfredo: The Exaggerated Life of Martin Romaña
  • Buck, Pearl S.: The Good Earth
  • Bujold, Lois McMaster: The Curse of Chalion / Paladin of Souls (+ ALL)
  • Bukowski, Charles: Pulp
  • Bulgakov, Mikhail: Master and Margarita
  • Burdett, John: The Bangkok series
  • Burke, James: Connections
  • Burke, James Lee: In the Moon of Red Ponies (Billy Bob Holland #4)
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
  • Butler, Octavia E.: The Xenogenesis trilogy (aka Lilith’s Brood): Dawn / Adulthood Rites / Imago
  • Calasso, Roberto: Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony / Tiepolo Pink
  • Calvino, Italo: Cosmicomics / Invisible Cities / The Nonexistent Knight
  • Camilleri, Andrea: Montalbano series
  • Campbell, Joseph: The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  • Camus, Albert: The Stranger / The Myth of Sisyphus
  • Canetti, Elias: The Blinding (Auto-da-Fe)
  • Canfield Fisher, Dorothy: Understood Betsy
  • Capra, Fritjof: The Tao of Physics
  • Card, Orson Scott: The Ender Quintet (Ender’s Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind / Ender in Exile)
  • Carey, Jacqueline: Phèdre Trilogy, Imriel Trilogy series, Moirin Trilogy series
  • Carroll, Jonathan: Sleeping in Flame
  • Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass
  • Carse, James P.:  Finite and Infinite Games
  • Cash, Wiley: A Land More Kind Than Home
  • Céline, Louis-Ferdinand: Journey to the End of the Night
  • Chabon, Michael: Wonder Boys / The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
  • Cherryh, C. J.: The Chronicles of Morgaine / The Chanur Saga
  • Chomsky, Noam: Deterring Democracy
  • Christopher, John (Samuel Youd): The White Mountains / The City of Gold and Lead / The Pool of Fire
  • Clare, Cassandra: The Mortal Instruments series
  • Clarke, Arthur C.: Rendezvous with Rama
  • Clarke, Susanna: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Clavell, James: The Asian Saga
  • Coben, Harlan: Deal Breaker
  • Coelho, Paulo: The Alchemist
  • Cohen, Albert: Belle du Seigneur
  • Colin, Beatrice: The Glimmer Palace
  • Collins, Wilkie: No Name
  • Collodi, Carlo: The Adventures of Pinocchio
  • Conan Doyle, Arthur: Sherlock Holmes books
  • Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness / Lord Jim
  • Conroy, Pat: The Lords of Discipline / The Prince of Tides
  • Couperus, Louis: (ALL)
  • Courtenay, Bryce: The Power of One
  • Crowley, John: Engine Summer
  • cummings, e. e.: ViVa
  • Dahl, Roald: (ALL)
  • Davidson, Andrew: The Gargoyle
  • Davidson, Avram: Peregrine: Primus / Peregrine: Secundus
  • de Beauvoir, Simone: The Prime of Life (autobiography)
  • De Blasi, Marlena: A Thousand Days in Venice 
  • de Lint, Charles: (ALL)
  • De Saint-Exupery, Antoine: *The Little Prince / Night Flight
  • DeLillo, Don: Underworld / Libra
  • Diamant, Anita: The Red Tent
  • Diamond, Jared: Guns, Germs, and Steel / Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  • Dick, Phillip K.: The Man in the High Castle / Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
  • Dickens, Charles: Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickey, Eric Jerome: Pleasure / Milk in My Coffee
  • Didion, Joan: The Year of Magical Thinking / Play It as It Lays (+ALL)
  • Dillard, Annie: An American Childhood
  • Doctorow, E. L.: Homer & Langley
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment / The Possessed (The Devils) / The Brothers Karamazov
  • Dunn, Katherine: Geek Love
  • Durand, Angelique: Mandarin Orange Sunday
  • Dyson, Freeman: Disturbing the Universe
  • Eco, Umberto: The Prague Cemetery / The Name of the Rose / Foucault’s Pendulum
  • Eddings, David: The Belgariad series / The Malloreon series
  • Edgerton, Clyde: Walking Across Egypt (and ALL)
  • Eiseley, Loren: The Star Thrower
  • Eisler, Riane: Sacred Pleasure
  • Eliot, George: Middlemarch
  • Eliot, T. S.: (ALL)
  • Ellroy, James: American Tabloid
  • Ende, Michael: Momo / The Neverending Story
  • Enzensberger, Hans Magnus: The Number Devil
  • Epictetus et al: Stoicism and Epicureanism: Sources and Interpretation
  • Esquivel, Laura: Like Water for Chocolate
  • Eugenides, Jeffrey: Middlesex / The Virgin Suicides
  • Faber, Michel: The Crimson Petal and the White
  • *Fabrio, Nedjeljko: The Practice of Life (Vježbanje života)
  • Falcones, Ildefonso: Cathedral of the Sea / The Hand of Fátima
  • Fante, John: The Bandini Quartet
  • Faulks, Sebastian: Birdsong
  • Ferrante, Elena: The Days of Abandonment / My Brilliant Friend
  • Flagg, Fannie: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
  • Foer, Jonathan Safran: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Follett, Ken: The Pillars of the Earth
  • Forster, E. M.: A Passage to India
  • Frankl, Viktor E.: Man’s Search For Meaning
  • Franzen, Jonathan: Purity / The Corrections
  • Frater, Alexander: Chasing the Monsoon
  • French, Tana: (ALL)
  • Friedman, Celia S.: The Coldfire trilogy
  • Frost, Robert: (ALL)
  • Fulghum, Robert: (ALL)
  • Gabaldon, Diana: The Outlander series
  • Gaiman, Neil: American Gods (+ ALL)
  • Galbraith, Robert (J. K. Rowling): The Cormoran Strike novels
  • *Galloway, Janice: The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
  • García Márquez, Gabriel: One Hundred Years of Solitude / Love in the Time of Cholera / Chronicle of a Death Foretold (+ALL)
  • Garner, Alan: (ALL)
  • Gentle, Mary: Ash: A Secret History
  • George, Jean Craighead: My Side of the Mountain
  • Gibbon, Edward: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Gibbons, Stella: Cold Comfort Farm
  • Gibran, Kahlil: The Prophet
  • Gibson, William: Neuromancer
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth: The Signature of All Things / Big Magic
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von: The Sorrows of Young Werther
  • Goldberg, Natalie: Long Quiet Highway
  • Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
  • Goodkind, Terry: The Sword of Truth series
  • Grahame, Kenneth: The Wind in the Willows
  • Greene, Graham: The Quiet American
  • Gregson, Jessica: The Angel Makers
  • Grossman, Lev: The Magicians trilogy
  • Gruen, Sara: Water for Elephants
  • Gurganus, Allan: Plays Well With Others (+ALL)
  • Haasse, Hella S: (ALL)
  • Haddon, Mark: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Hamilton, Laurell K.: Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series / The Merry Gentry series
  • Hardy, Thomas: The Return of the Native
  • Harrison, Kim: The Hollows series
  • Harrison, Tony: (ALL)
  • Heinlein, Robert A.: Stranger in a Strange Land / Starship Troopers / Have Space Suit – Will Travel / Time Enough For Love
  • Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
  • Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises / The Old Man and the Sea / A Movable Feast / The Complete Short Stories
  • Herrigel, Eugen: Zen in the Art of Archery
  • Hesse, Hermann: Steppenwolf Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game) / Siddhartha
  • Heyer, Georgette: (ALL her historical romance novels)
  • Hill, Lawrence: The Book of Negros
  • Hill, Susan: Gentleman and Ladies
  • Hinton, S. E.: The Outsiders
  • Hodges, C. Walter: The Namesake
  • Homer: The Odyssey (Fagles/Knox translation/introduction) / The Iliad
  • Homes, A. M.: (ALL)
  • Høeg, Peter and Tiina Nunnally: Smilla’s Sense of Snow
  • Hooks, Bell: Wounds of Passion
  • Hosseini, Khaled: A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Hugo, Victor: Les Miserables
  • Hulme, Keri: The Bone People
  • Huysmans, Joris-Karl: Là-bas (Down There or The Damned)
  • Irving, John: A Son of the Circus / Widow for One Year / A Sound like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound / The Fourth Hand / Until I Find You / The Water-Method Man / A Prayer for Owen Meany / The Cider House Rules (+ALL)
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo: Never Let Me Go
  • Jansson, Tove: Moomin books
  • Jerome, Jerome K: Diary of a Pilgrimage / Three Men in a Boat / Three Men on a Bummel
  • Johnson, Crockett: Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Johnson, Paul: The Birth of the Modern
  • Jordan, Hillary: Mudbound
  • Jordan, Robert: The Wheel of Time series
  • July, Miranda: No One Belongs Here More Than You
  • Jurić, Marija: The Witch of Grič
  • Juster, Norton: The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Kafka, Franz: The Metamorphosis
  • Kaléko, Mascha: Verse für Zeitgenossen
  • Katie, Byron: Loving What Is 
  • Kay, Guy Gavriel: (ALL)
  • Kaye, M. M.: The Far Pavilions
  • Kazantzakis, Nikos: Zorba the Greek
  • Kellogg, Robert et al: The Sagas of Icelanders
  • Kelman, Stephen: Pigeon English
  • Keneally, Thomas: The Playmaker
  • Kesey, Ken: Sometimes a Great Notion
  • Kessler, Jackie Morse: Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse #2)
  • Kidd, Sue Monk: The Secret Life of Bees / The Invention of Wings
  • Kidder, Tracy: The Soul of a New Machine
  • King, Florence: Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady
  • King, Stephen: The Dark Tower series / It / The Shining / Doctor Sleep / Lisey’s Story / Duma Key / Under the Dome
  • Kingsolver, Barbara: The Bean Trees / Prodigal Summer / The Poisonwood Bible (+ ALL)
  • Koontz, Dean: Whispers / Midnight
  • Korzybski, Alfred: Science and Sanity
  • Kosiński, Jerzy: The Painted Bird
  • *Kosmač, Ciril: The Ballad of the Trumpet and the Cloud
  • Košiček, Marijan: Človek, imej se rad
  • Kramer, Jerry: Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary
  • Kundera, Milan: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • *Kureishi, Hanif: Intimacy
  • Kurtz, Ernest: The Spirituality of Imperfection
  • Kushner, Ellen: Swordspoint
  • Kushner, Harold: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
  • Lackey, Mercedes: By the Sword
  • L’Amour, Louis: The Haunted Mesa
  • Landvik, Lorna: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
  • *Lawrence, D. H.: Sons and Lovers
  • Le Carré, John: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • LeGuin, Ursula K.: Always Coming Home / Earthsea series
  • L’Engle, Madeleine: (ALL)
  • Levi, Carlo: Fleeting Rome: In Search of La Dolce Vita / Watch
  • Levi, Primo: If This is a Man+The Truce / The Periodic Table
  • Levine, Sara: Treasure Island!!!
  • Lewis, C. S.: The Chronicles of Narnia series / The Problem of Pain / The Space Trilogy series
  • Li, Yiyun: The Vagrants
  • *Lindgren, Astrid: Pippi Longstocking (+ALL)
  • Linmark, R. Zamora: Leche
  • Liu, Cixin: Remembrance of Earth’s Past series
  • London, Jack: The Call of the Wild
  • Lowry, Lois: The Giver
  • Lumley, Brian: Necroscope books
  • Macaulay, Rose: The Towers of Trebizond
  • Macfarlane, Robert: Landmarks
  • MacHale, D. J.: Pendragon series
  • MacLane, Mary: My Friend Annabel Lee
  • MacLean, Alistair: HMS Ulysses
  • Maclean, Norman: A River Runs Through It
  • Mahabharata
  • Mahfouz, Naguib: The Cairo Trilogy
  • Mann, Thomas: Joseph and His Brothers
  • Mantel, Hilary: Wolf Hall
  • Marent, Thomas: Butterfly
  • Martel, Yann: Life of Pi
  • Martin, George R. R.: A Song of Ice and Fire series
  • Martin, J. P.: Martin’s Uncle series
  • Marx, Karl: Das Kapital
  • Matthiessen, Peter: Far Tortuga
  • Maugham, W. Somerset: The Razor’s Edge
  • May, Julian: The Saga of Pliocene Exile series
  • McCaffrey, Anne: Pern series / The Ship Who Sang
  • McCann, Colum: Let the Great World Spin 
  • McCarthy, Cormac: (ALL)
  • McCourt, Frank: Angela’s Ashes
  • McCrumb, Sharyn: The Rosewood Casket (and others from Ballad series)
  • McCullers, Carson: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  • McCullough, Colleen: The Thorn Birds
  • McEwan, Ian: On Chesil Beach
  • McKenna, Jed: The Enlightenment Trilogy
  • McMurtry, Larry: Lonesome Dove
  • Michener, James A.: Tales of the South Pacific / The Drifters / The Source (+ALL)
  • Milčinski, Fran: Butalci
  • Milford, Nancy: Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Miller, Philip, and Molly Devon: Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism
  • *Milne, A. A.: Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas (+ALL)
  • Monsarrat, Nicholas: The Cruel Sea
  • Montgomery, Lucy Maud: Anne of Green Gables
  • Moore, Christopher: Lamb
  • Morgan, Marlo: Mutant Message Down Under
  • Morgan, Richard K.: Altered Carbon / Broken Angels / Woken Furies
  • Mowat, Farley: The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float
  • Munro, Alice: Dance of the Happy Shades
  • Munthe, Axel: The Story of San Michele
  • Murakami, Haruki: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • Murray, Paul: An Evening of Long Goodbyes
  • Musashi, Miyamoto: The Way of the Samurai (The Book of Five Rings)
  • Nabokov, Vladimir: Invitation to a Beheading / Lolita
  • Niffenegger, Audrey: The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Nin, Anaïs: The Diary
  • Niven, Larry: Ringworld
  • O’Connor, Flannery: The Complete Stories
  • *Oklopdžić, Milan: Ca Blues
  • Olds, Sharon: (ALL)
  • *Ondaatje, Michael: In the Skin of the Lion
  • O’Neill, Heather: Lullabies for Little Criminals
  • Orczy, Baroness Emma: The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Orwell, George: 1984 / Animal Farm / Down and Out in Paris and London
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses
  • Ozeki, Ruth: A Tale for the Time Being
  • Palahniuk, Chuck: Choke
  • Paterson, Katherine: Bridge to Terabithia
  • Patterson, Kerry & Joseph Grenny: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
  • Peat, F. David: Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm
  • Peniakoff, Vladimir: Popski’s Private Army
  • Penny, Louise: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series
  • Pessl, Marisha: Special Topics in Calamity Physics / Night Film
  • Pirsig, Robert M.: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance / Lila: An Inquiry into Morals
  • Poe, Edgar Allen: (ALL)
  • Portis, Charles: The Dog of the South / True Grit / Norwood
  • Potok, Chaim: The Chosen / My Name is Asher Lev
  • Powers, Richard: Galatea 2.2
  • Powys, John Cowper: A Glastonbury Romance
  • Pratchett, Terry: The Wee Free men / A Hat Full of Sky / The Wintersmith / I Shall Wear Midnight / Reaper Man / Pyramids (+ other Discworld Books)
  • Pratchett, Terry and Neil Gaiman: Good Omens
  • Prechtel, Martin: Long Life, Honey In The Heart
  • Proulx, E. Annie: The Shipping News / Brokeback Mountain
  • Pullman, Philip: His Dark Materials trilogy
  • Puzo, Mario: The Godfather
  • Quick, Matthew: The Silver Linings Playbook
  • *Radović, Duško: Beograde, dobro jutro (1, 2, 3) (Belgrade, Good Morning)
  • Rand, Ayn: Atlas Shrugged / The Fountainhead
  • Ransome, Arthur: Pidgeon Post / Winter Holiday + others from Swallows and Amazons series
  • Rawls, Wilson: Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Réage, Pauline: Story of O
  • Reilly, Matthew: Contest
  • Reiss, Tom: The Orientalist
  • Reynolds, Sheri: A Gracious Plenty
  • Rhodes, Dan: Timoleon Vieta Come Home
  • Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Rice, Anne: Exit to Eden / Servant of the Bones
  • *Robbins, Tom: Jitterbug Perfume (+ALL)
  • Roberts, Keith: Pavane
  • Robinson, Marilynne: Gilead
  • Roquelaure, A. N. (Anne Rice): The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy (The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, Beauty’s Release)
  • Rosten, Leo: The Joys of Yiddish
  • Roth, Philip: Zuckerman Bound series
  • Rothfuss, Patrick: The Kingkiller Chronicle: The Name of the Wind / The Wise Man’s Fear
  • Rowell, Rainbow: Eleanor & Park
  • Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter books
  • Roy, Arundhati: The God of Small Things
  • Ruiz Zafón, Carlos: The Shadow of the Wind
  • Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children/ *Shame / Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  • Russell, Mary Doria: The Sparrow
  • Rutherfurd, Edward: Sarum / Russka (+ALL)
  • Sackville-West, Vita: The Edwardians
  • Sagan, Carl: Contact
  • Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Saraf, Sujit: The Peacock Throne
  • Saramago, José: Blindness
  • SARK: Succulent Wild Woman
  • Scaer, Robert: The Body Bears the Burden
  • Sciascia, Leonardo: The Wine-Dark Sea (+ various crime novels)
  • Scott Fitzgerald, Francis: The Great Gatsby
  • Scovel Shinn, Florence: The Game of Life and How to Play It
  • Shafak, Elif: The Forty Rules of Love
  • Shaffer, Mary Ann, and Annie Barrows: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Shaffer, Peter: Equus
  • Shakespeare, William: Hamlet
  • *Shaw, Irwin: Young Lions
  • Sheckley, Robert: Journey Beyond Tomorrow
  • Shute, Nevil: Trustee from the Toolroom / The Chequer Board / On the Beach / A Town Like Alice / The Far Country
  • Silverstein, Shel: Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • *Simmel, Johannes Mario: Der Stoff, aus dem die Träume sind
  • Simmons, Dan: Drood
  • Singh, Simon: Fermat’s Last Theorem
  • Sjöwall, Maj and Per Wahlöö: ten “Martin Beck novels”
  • Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Somé, Malidoma Patrice: Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
  • Sophocles: Oedipus the King
  • Spanbauer, Tom: The Man Who Fell In Love With the Moon
  • Stapledon, Olaf: Star Maker
  • Stedman, M. L.: The Light Between Oceans
  • Stegner, Wallace: Angle of Repose
  • Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath / East of Eden / Of Mice and Men / Cannery Row
  • Stephenson, Neal: Anathem / Snow Crash / Cryptonomicon
  • Stewart, Sean: Mockingbird
  • Stoppard, Tom: Arcadia
  • Straub, Peter: Koko
  • Strayed, Cheryl: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar / Wild
  • Stross, Charles: Rule 34 / Laundry Files series
  • Strout, Elizabeth: Olive Kitteridge
  • Sturluson, Snorri (?): Egil’s Saga
  • Svěrák, Zdeněk: Mr. McWurst and Mr. Toothpickson
  • Svetina, Tone: Ukana
  • Szerb, Antal: The Pendragon Legend
  • *Šalamun, Tomaž: Poker / The Purpose of the Cloak
  • Tartt, Donna: (ALL)
  • Tepper, Sheri S.: The Gate to Women’s Country
  • Texier, Catherine: Breakup: The End of a Love Story
  • The Arabian Nights: One Thousand and One Nights
  • Themerson, Stefan: The Mystery of the Sardine
  • Theroux, Paul: The Great Railway Bazaar
  • Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
  • Thurber, James: The White Deer
  • Tiptree, James Jr: Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
  • Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit
  • Tolle, Eckhart: The Power of Now 
  • Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  • Toltz, Steve: A Fraction of the Whole
  • Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe: Il Gattopardo
  • Tompkins, Peter: Secrets of the Soil
  • Toole, John Kennedy: A Confederacy of Dunces
  • Trumbo, Dalton: Johnny Got His Gun
  • Trungpa, Chögyam: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
  • Tsvetaeva, Marina: (ALL)
  • Twain, Mark: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Tyler, Anne: Celestial Navigation
  • Tzu, Lao: Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power)
  • Vance, Jack: The Lyonesse Trilogy
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario: The Time of the Hero / Conversation in The Cathedral
  • Varley, John: The Gaea trilogy: Titan / Wizard / Demon
  • Verghese, Abraham: Cutting for Stone
  • Vince, Nicholas: What Monsters Do / Other People’s Darkness
  • Vinge, Vernor: A Fire Upon the Deep
  • Virgil: The Aeneid
  • Voltaire: Candide
  • Vonnegut, Kurt: *Galápagos / Cat’s Cradle / The Sirens of Titan / Player Piano
  • Vreeland, Susan: Girl in Hyacinth Blue / Clara and Mr. Tiffany
  • Wagamese, Richard: Indian Horse
  • Wallace, David Foster: Consider the Lobster (+ALL)
  • Waltari, Mika: The Egyptian
  • Ward, J. R.: The Black Dagger Brotherhood series
  • Washburn, Michael: The Ego and the Dynamic Ground
  • Waters, Sarah: Fingersmith / Tipping the Velvet
  • Watts, Alan: This Is It / The Way of Zen / The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (+ALL)
  • Weeks, Brent: The Night Angel trilogy
  • Wells, H. G.: The Shape of Things to Come / The War of the Worlds
  • Welty, Eudora: The Collected Stories
  • Wheatley, Dennis: To the Devil a Daughter
  • White, E. B.: Charlotte’s Web
  • White, T. H.: The Once and Future King
  • Wiesel, Elie: Night
  • Wilde, Barbie: The Venus Complex
  • Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Williams, Roger: The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect
  • Wilson, F. Paul: Repairman Jack series
  • Winston, Sheri: Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure
  • Winter, Kathleen: Annabel
  • Winters, Ben H.: The Last Policeman trilogy
  • Winterson, Jeanette: Lighthousekeeping / *Sexing the Cherry / *PowerBook / *Passion / Written on the Body
  • Wodehouse, P. G.:  The Cat-nappers +ALL
  • Wolfe, Tom: A Man in Full
  • Wolkers, Jan: (ALL)
  • Woolf, Virginia: The Waves
  • Wright, Richard: Native Son
  • Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn: Saint-Germain series
  • Young, William P.: The Shack
  • Zaslow, Jeffrey: The Girls From Ames
  • Zelazny, Roger: Nine Princes of Amber (and the rest of The Chronicles of Amber) / Lord of Light / Donnerjack (finished by Jane Lindskold)
  • Zusak, Markus: The Book Thief
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  1. My favorite book is Mika Waltari’s “The Egyptian”. A classic! Are you going to read all of these? 🙂

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    1. Yeahhh, snowsomewhere, congratulations for being the first on here to give me your book! First I will put it in my list and when the time comes, I will read it. (Having plans to do more offline reading again when the sun burns www :D)

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  2. Robin says:

    That is an incredibly long list and I have only read a handful of them. I have a very difficult time choosing a favorite book. A few books that I have enjoyed reading: Cutting for Stone, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Life of Pi, Light Between Oceans, Man’s Search for Meaning, Mudbound, Olive Kitteridge, The Angel Makers, The Blind Assassin, The Book Thief, Orphan Train, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Invention of Wings, The Silver Linings Playbook, Treasure Island!!! (by Sara Levine), The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, A Tale for the Time Being, A Land More Kind Than Home, Pigeon English, and The Vagrants. Sorry for the long list and its lack of authors. I am currently reading: The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton.

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    1. Oh, Robin, this is a long list indeed! I can take care of the authors, that’s not a problem. Thank you very much!

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      1. Robin says:

        I’m so sorry. I did not want to make work for you. 😦

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      2. 😀 Robin, but that’s the point! It’s not work, it’s pleasure! Never be sorry for giving me books. 🙂

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    2. carol1945 says:

      Oh my, this list is amazing!! And then even more books to read in the comments section!! What a creative thing to set up, thank you so so much!!! Right now I am reading Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim. It is actually quite a challenge and I have an audible version, too, so I read and I listen at the same time. I also have to read the chapters twice. However, the depth of understanding of human nature and the incredible writing make it worth the while for me.

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      1. Thank you, Carol. 🙂 The books in the comments have been added to the list already. Does this mean that Lord Jim is your addition to the list? Would you like to add some more of your favourites? I’d be glad. Always welcome to return. I remember reading Lord Jim for my studies a long time ago. I guess I should read it again.

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  3. My favorite book is “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole. A madcap, hilarious yet somehow heartbreaking account of a young man’s lunatic adventures while living in New Orleans with his elderly mother. It won a Pulitzer. Tragically, the author committed suicide prior to ever realizing the fruits of his labor though his mother worked endlessly to have manuscript read and ultimately published.

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    1. Thank you very much, Kathy Simmons! I’ll include it on the list most gladly.

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  4. maedez says:

    Fab list! Some of my favourites include: The Outermost House by Henry Beston, A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys (not really a romance, by the way), and The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham.

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    1. Thank you very much for your contributions, maedez! Always welcome.

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  5. tgeriatrix says:

    I found “Watership Down” on your list. This is ages ago! I must still have it… I will try to find…

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  6. tgeriatrix, I have not read it yet myself, it is somebody’s favourite, that’s why it is on this list. Also, I’d really love to know some of yours if you choose to give me their titles. Thanks!

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  7. That’s a long list, but will take a look closely to find something interesting for myself lol.. I was just thinking these days that I didn’t really find a good book to read, recently.. and here you go! I just found your blog! The providence is leading my steps:) Great blog btw! And to add something, one of my favourite author is James Clavell (all his novels = The Asian Saga).

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    1. Thank you, Christie, for your kind words, follow and the book! I don’t think anybody anywhere has read all of these. 😀 So just go slowly as I’ve been doing. It’s so great getting the favourites by people, sometimes I feel it’s the best thing one can get me. Enjoy the summer and a good book, or three, or seven, or 159.

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  8. afarawayhome says:

    This is such an inspiring list, how many have you read since you made the list? Catch-22 and Ender’s Game are probably my favourite books (aside from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings), I really hope you enjoy/enjoyed them!

    Some new suggestions for you:
    The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay is about the narrator, Aunt Dot and her camel as they go trekking around Turkey in the 1950s (ish). It’s a weird little book but I loved it.
    The Playmakers by Thomas Keneally is about putting on a play in the first prison colony in Australia. I found it really tragic and beautiful, because it’s all about people and relationships and power.
    Another book with similar themes is The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West. I warn you that the ending is very unsatisfactory but the rest of the book is fantastic.
    Finally, have you ever read Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome? It’s a childrens book which I loved when I was younger. A movie version is coming out soon so you could just watch that, it’s an adventure story 🙂

    Building on the authors you have already, I have some further suggestions:
    I’ve never heard of/read The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante but I read the Neopolitan novels (starting with My Brilliant Friend) and they probably literally changed my life.
    My favourite book by George Orwell is Down and Out in Paris and London. It’s partly autobiographical and it deals with the political and social issues of his fiction works but in a more opaque way which I definitely prefer.
    I’ve read a few things by Salman Rushdie and my favourite by far is Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Again, it’s a children’s book but it’s awesome (and very short!)
    Finally, the best Discworld novels are obviously Reaper Man and Pyramids. They are the only ones I bought after reading the library version. I guess you should probably read The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic first, just to get into the world, but then after that read Reaper Man!

    Ok, I’m done. Is that under 10? I hope you don’t mind being overwhelmed by books… Thank you for asking me to do this, it was really fun 🙂

    ps. Is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon on this because of the TV series? Do you watch it? I love it 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad I asked you, I’ll be happy to add your suggestions to my list. I’ve only read Haroun. Please bear in mind that these are mostly other people’s suggestions (except for my ten or so, I shall set them in italics or something like that :D). What happened was that I’d asked family, friends and internet pals for their birthday gifts to me in the shape of their favourite book title. So these are all somebody’s favourites and I’m reading through them rather slowly. Also, I have not watched any series since…. hm… I think “Touch” was last, about 5 years ago. In any case, thank you very very much!!

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    2. Have a look what I wrote about a favourite of yours (which I’ve finally read, thanks for the push!): https://manjameximovie.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/a-beginner-in-ender/

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  9. slyjohnson says:

    Where the Red Fern Grows…and then tell me what you think. 🙂 i really like your artistically improved Winnie the Pooh!!

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    1. Ok, Sly, you put the book on my list a while ago, but I haven’t yet read it. Will do. Thanks!

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  10. fkasara says:

    I’m glad you have Primo Levi in your list! His books have been a true gift for me.
    The Periodic Table is great, but I would tell you to read “If this is a man” and “The truce” first. The first one is life-changing, you won’t be the same anymore once you read it. The only thing is that you should prepare yourself first, as he talks about his experience in Auschwitz…it’s tough. But I promise, there aren’t crude details: it’s not a book about concentration camps, it’s almost a philosophical book about life and the human being. A must-read for sure.

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    1. Oh, Sara, I appreciate your input very much. I promise that I’ll start with this one. Happy reading!

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  11. Have you read the Comoran Strike crime series by JK Rowling? They are quite good, although a bit gruesome at times.

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    1. No, I haven’t, and if I saw it somewhere with the synonym, I wouldn’t even know it was her. Thank you, will include it and read it if I get the chance most gladly. Thank you very much for your contribution to my list!

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  12. carol1945 says:

    Yes, you can add Lord Jim to the list. It is the type of book they make you read in school. I am reading it at an older age, and understanding it much better! But it is still a hard read, not easy.

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    1. Done that. Thank you, Carol!

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  13. ada says:

    I was thinking about having “one favourite book” but I actually can’t decide.
    Here are some I liked or think I would be less of a person if I haven’t read them:

    Upsetting book: Emile Ajar: The Life Before Us
    Dog book: Dan Rhodes: Timoleon Vieta Come Home
    Detective book: Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano series (only the German translation – the English one is neither fish nor meat. Of course if you read Italian, that’s the best – unfortunately, I don’t)
    Humorous: anything by P.G. Wodehouse
    Children’s book: Arthur Ransome: Swallows and Amazons (the whole series, my favourites are Pidgeon Post and Winter Holiday)
    Recent read I liked: Alina Bronsky: The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine (NOT a cookbook)

    I could go on and on but I’ll refrain myself because books are many and life is short :DDD

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    1. Excellent, Ada, I’m so glad you gave my your favourites, from different categories no less. I don’t read Italian, yet, but I plan to. I’m sad to hear the English translation is no good. I felt the same reading Pippi in English for the first time. It’s so… bare! I’ll put these on my list most gladly. Thank you very much!

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      1. ada says:

        You’re welcome :o) It is funny, but translation does really matter. Some people just don’t speak their native language well enough to do translating jobs – I haven’t read a good Hungarian translation since years. It’s actually pretty sad.

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  14. ada says:

    Okay, one more category ;o)

    Hungarian book: Antal Szerb: The Pendragon Legend

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    1. Yeah! I think it’s the first Hungarian book on the list. Thank you, Ada! 🙂

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      1. ada says:

        I love his whole work but this one is a funny book. Not sure if it translates well – have read only in Hung.

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    2. carol1945 says:

      I love PG Wodehouse. I pick him up to re-read when I am upset. I will check out some of the other books on your list.

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      1. Thanks, Carol! Haven’t read him yet.

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      2. ada says:

        Yes, he is some kind of comfort read to me too :o)

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  15. carol1945 says:

    The Catnappers would be a good one to start with, but any of the Jeeves books are hilarious as well. Dry, British humor.

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  16. Sartenada says:

    Your gorgeous book list shows to me that how different we people are, because there were only few books, which I have read.

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    1. Thank you, Sartenada. It was compiled by very different people, that’s the beauty of it. I’d be very happy if you add a few of your favourites right here. Thank you!

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  17. A lot of my favorites are already here but, hidden deep in the darkest corners of my Goodreads list, I found a few that aren’t 🙂 My favorite Vonnegut book is “Player Piano”, a dystopian masterpiece. When I was younger I loved Ursula LeGuin’s “Earthsea” trilogy. Now that I’m old but still a geek I’m a big fan of Simon Singh (“The Fermat Theorem” is my fave) and Cixin Liu, a Chinese sci-fi author that’s nothing short of an Asimov (“Remembrance of Earth’s Past” is incredible) – Verne

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    1. Yeah, Verne, thanks so much! I read Player Piano but not the others. Must say that I used to buy every Vonnegut’s book I saw but then they mostly sort of blended into one great book. Need to reread it and recall. Will put them on the list as soon as I post my post for today.

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      1. Ups, just realized I got one of the names wrong: Simon Singh’s book is called “Fermat’s Last Theorem”, sorry about that! By the way, any Slovenian author you recommend?

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      2. Okay, I’ll be careful with the name. It’s always a matter of translation and I haven’t read many Slovenian authors in translation, sad to say. But “Alamut” by Vladimir Bartol is wicked. Miha Mazzini is an excellent writer but don’t know how much he is translated. And Tomaž Šalamun, the greatest among the poets. And my friend, wonderful Macedonian writer Lidija Dimkovska just did an American tour with her “A Spare Life”, recommended!

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      3. Super, thank you! All of them have at least one book translated to English, I’m good to go!

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  18. Gotta try Jonathan Carroll – Sleeping in the Flame – love that author and Harlen Coben too although it took a loooong time for my Dad to convince me to give Coben a shot as a sports agent book held zero appeal to me…so glad I did!

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    1. Thank you, Houston! Will add them to the list most gladly. Any particular Coben title or just the works?

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      1. Deal Breaker is the 1st in a series. You inspired my post for tomorrow : ) – thanks!

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      2. Good to hear it. And thanks to you.

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  19. Leya says:

    Coelho, “The Alchemist”

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    1. Thank you, Leya. I can’t believe nobody said this one yet.

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      1. Leya says:

        My other favourites are there- could only think of this one as well!

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  20. My favorite book is Traveling Sprinkler, by Nicholson Baker.

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    1. O, Melinda, thank you, and for what appears to be your first comment on my blog. I’ll put it on my list most gladly. Always welcome.

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      1. I am better at keeping up with you on Facebook!

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      2. And I’m very glad you do. 🙂

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  21. mexploring says:

    Here are my favorites. “Big Magic” and “Signature of All things” by Elisabeth Gilbert (and of course, her “Eat Pray Love”, but you surely know this one). “1000 days in Venice” by Marlena de Blasi. “Loving what is” by Byron Katie. “The Power of Now” by E. Tolle. I am more into self-help lit than fiction.

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    1. Thank you for your contributions, Mex. We all like what we like. I’ve only read The Power of Now from these (and seen the Eat Pray Love film).

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      1. mexploring says:

        Thank you for your list! Oh, I dearly recommend reading Eat Pray Love. I love the voice of Elisabeth Gilbert, especially in that one. Never thought I would be reading a bestseller (and loving it that much ;))

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  22. I’ve been meaning to participate. Now I actually am here, I cannot decide. I read a lot (maybe 4-7 books a week). So I don’t have just one favorite. I read a lot of mysteries and so I’ll mention these – the Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters. Any book by Sjowall/Wahloo (it is good to read them in order). Gentleman and Ladies by Susan Hill (not a mystery). OK, that is enough for today!

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    1. Oh, yes, Claudia’s choices! Thank you so much, I knew you’d come over and you’re always welcome to return with more. I’ll be happy to include these titles, unfamiliar to me, and read them when I get a chance.

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      1. Oh good. I hope you like them. I read a lot of odd things.

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      2. Odd is good. 🙂 I didn’t have internet connection since yesterday, now is all good and I put your books on the list. Thank you again!

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  23. Ann says:

    Manja, I LOVE your book list! I’ll be trolling through it for next reads. Many I have read, and would be on a favorites list of mine. Thank you! Ann

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    1. Oh yes, please, Ann, do that! And in the meantime you can add a favourite of yours that it’s not on it yet. This is what this list is – a collection of people’s favourites. I’ll be happy to include yours.

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  24. Marvellous list to inspire!! I have book marked this and with winter coming up hope to draw from it 😊.

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz! 🙂 I love it when people who come to my blog find my booklist. That’s why it’s here – for you. Please, you’re welcome to come over any time, get an idea or leave your own favourite(s). I’ll be happy to add them to my list. Happy reading!

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