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Very difficult question. Ihave started reading "the Idiot" ande other classics just to realize I didn't like them at all.
I think if I had to pick one book that has really affected me it would have to be 1984. The last sentence in that book is so well written and has such a sad message that really moved me..
Other favorites are "twenty thousand leagues under the sea" simply because it's a fascinating book and very interestng to read and realize how close many of his views upon the future actually were to what really happened. I'm also a big fan of Douglas Adams and the "hitch-hiker"-series in particular.
1. The Razors Edge- W Somerset Maugham
2. Crazy Cock- Henry Miller
3. Fear of Flying- Erica Jong (it's not just for women)
4. To Have and Have Not- Earnest Hemingway
5. The Art of War- Sun Tsu
6. The Reader- Bernhard Schlink (if you ever had a crush on an older woman as a teenager)
7. Sexus, Plexus, Nexus Series- Henry miller
8. The Rum Diary- Hunter S. Thompson (Yes, I read this many years before the terrible movie)
9. Safari- Peter Hathaway Capstick (the manliest book you will ever read)
10. The Garden of Eden- Earnest Hemingway
"I've got a great cigar collection - it's actually not a collection, because that would imply I wasn't going to smoke every last one of 'em." RON WHITE
I like a series more than a single book, I like LOTR, Shephen Kings Dark tower series, and just because its kinda off the wall, Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas.
Dark Tower/Gunslinger series kept me rivieted, but felt the final books King was working too hard to wrap the series.
Originally Posted by David_ESM
The unabridged version of "The Stand".
My mother had the first hard back printing of it. Read it in middle school and about 8 times since. I still have that copy. It is beat to hell.
This goes as my #1
Originally Posted by Johnny Rock
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
Venus on the Half Shell by Kilgore Trout (Philip José Farmer).
Loved all Vonnegut's work and love when authors "seed" characters from book to book (a literary device that King uses also)
Some others I find worth mentioning:
Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck
Watership Down - Richard Adams (actually read it again after it was mentioned in The Stand)
War and Peace - Tolstoy
Hitchhiker's Guide - Douglas Adams (just the first novel, consequent books in the series didn't live up IMHO)
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka (really a short story)
Naked Lunch - William S Burroughs
Fear Nothing & Seize the Night - Dean Koontz (how can you not love books with a intellectual dog that has telekinesis)
Man, I better stop before I list everything I've ever read! My alltime favorite is The Stand though.......
I don't know I haven't read them all but I'm trying.
But I have thoroughly enjoyed: The Things They Carried Great Expectations Liars Poker When Genius Failed The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Animal Farm
There are just so many books that I like it's hard to nail it down to just one.
I've read all kinds of books, was a huge fan of Steven King growing up. As an adult I've read pretty much all of Clive Cussler's books, Dean Koontz, and some non-fiction stuff. Bill Bryson's "a short history of nearly everything" was great. Being into Miami Vice as a kid, and offshore powerboat racing Speed Kills and Blue Thunder where great books on the murder of Don Aronow.
The past year I've been into post apocolyptic books, The day by day Armageddon series is great , as well as World War Z.
But the book that stands out the most out of all the books I've read thru the years is a book I first read as child... Watership Down. I don't know what it is but that book has always stuck with me. dorky and non intellectual , I know but it is what it is.