Monday, June 8, 2009

Five Favorite Books (not counting scriptures)

I thought this would be fun for our next opinion poll. Denise will have trouble limiting herself to five. I have trouble thinking of five, but here they are:

1. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
2. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
3. Miss Nelson is Missing (???)
4. Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling
5. Fire in the Bones (biography of William Tindale)


GeGe Denise said...

well, I may need 10 spaces...but here goes.

1. A Christmas Carol
2. The Secret Life of Bees
3. The Children of the Promise Series
4. Pollyanna
5. Charlotte's Web
6. The Winter of the Red Snow
7. Jane Eyre
8. The Mitford Series
9. Pride and Predjudice

Not necessarily in that order...but I did not want to change things around although Years in #10.

I am going to a Book Club meeting tonight and we will be picking an English classic...sounds fun.

I am anxious to see what you all write down.

sarah jean said...

this is like totally hilarious!! obviously dad wasn't thinking about me when he posted this. so do books made into movies count? they better, otherwise i'm screwed, i mean in trouble, sorry mom. i'm not a big reader, it puts me right to sleep or i just get too annoyed and read the ending because i cant stand it any longer. i wish gilmore girls was a book, then i'd read a lot. well i'll give it my best shot!

1. obviously the Twilight series
2. pollyanna (book & movie)
3. to kill a mockingbird ( 1/2 of book but all of movie)
4. berenstain bears ( its a toss up between "New Baby" and "Go to camp")
5. sense and sensibility ( now i haven't actually read the book. but people always say books are better then movies and since i think the movie is pretty darn incredible the book must be out of this world)

next time lets have a discussion on whats been our favorite surgery and or mysterious illness thus far.... then i'd really feel apart of things!!!

GeGe Denise said...

Sarah, you like to read...and it was my idea you.

Rachel said...

In no particular order, and too hard to limit to 5--
1. Harry Potter series
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. To Kill A Mockingbird
4. The Kite Runner
5. The Road
6. Something Borrowed (a girl book--makes me happy to read)
7. Into Thin Air
8. Eat Pray Love

I'm sure I'll think of more I"ll want to add later.

Rodgers Family said...

1. Harry Potter Series
2.Twilight series
3.The Other Boleyn Girl
4.Something Borrowed/Something Blue
5.Children of the Promise Series
6.Memoirs of a Geisha

Thats all for now.

GeGe Denise said...

Rachel, thank you, I forgot the mention To Kill a Mockinbird"...fabulous book...I will put that in a tie with Jane Eyre.

We are reading David Copperfield in our book group. We do not meet until Sept so it gives us enough time to read it.

sarah jean said...

hey i put to kill a mockingbird too mama!!

DJCK incorporated said...

You guys really remember reading all those classics and liking them? Or are you being politically correct and having fond memories of High School Lit class? What about the last five years?
1. 1776 by McCollum--spell binding
2. Big thick book about Assassination of an American Prophet--taught me, among other things, that JS was arrested for treason against the state of Illinois, not for destruction of the printing press
3. Almost anything by Stephen Ambrose--Band of Brothers or Lewis & Clark come quickly to mind
4. Turnaround--bio of Mitt Romney--if you don't vote for him after reading this book you are a wacko democrat for sure
5. River horse by William Least Heat-Moon. Actually he writes other books but, my gosh, he attempts to cross the US entirely on waterways, up the Missouri to the Rockies (eventually in a canoe), then down past Kennewick to the Pacific, with experiences and histories along the way.
6. (Couldn't resist it) If You Lived Here, I'd Know your Name. Seriously, about a really great writer stuck in Podunk town, Alaska who takes a part time job writing obituaries and pithy commentary about life in Poduck town Alaska. Loved it

So, there you go--Grab one of these this summer and put the Victorian age Bull-oney to rest.

GeGe Denise said...

Sarah, I forgot that you mentioned sorry, DJM...I have not read those books but will read the one about Mitt and I do have 1776 ready on my list to read...during my breaks from David Copperfield...also, what is the name of the Joseph Smith book? And finally, Secret Life of Bees is current.

Andy said...

So here is my list, I had a tough time narrowing it down to 5.

1. Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey
2. Inner Victory - David Christensen
3. It Takes a Village - Hillary Clinton
4. Man's Search for Meaning - Victor Frankl
5. Whose Afraid of a Large Black Man - Charles Barkley
6. Your Best Life Now - Joel Osteen
7. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

I think that this is my list, but I might need to add to it.

sarah jean said...

to all of you... i can honestly say i haven't even heard of most of the books mentioned... especially andy's list. me can read good though

DJCK incorporated said...


Featuring selected local newspaper articles during the Nauvoo era. Was absolutely riveting to me. It's okay by me to like great novels like Last of the Mohicans or Treasure Island--it's just unfathomnable to me that anyone would want to revisit them when there is such a world of good stuff--I left out the whole litany of Ann Rule true crime novels and the various Baldacci, Grisham, and other finely tuned suspense novels.

Papa D said...

Everyone has great ideas...Two thoughts...

1. I feel that, as a work of art...Miss Nelson is Missing far exceeds the Berentein Bears. I know this is controversial, but that's where I stand.

2. As to modern versus older literature, I feel it is like the top 100 VH1 shows of a few years back where whatever is most current overshadows the past. For example, they will talk about the most popular teen idols. They will mention Elvis as 9 and the Beatles as 8 and have Brittany Spears be #1.

So, although I am sure there are a lot of good newer works out there, I think that "Les Miserable" still stands up.

GeGe Denise said...

I am getting the book about Joseph Smith...I also liked Andy's list and also wanted to add to my list, "Blood like water"

Rachel said...

Don't forget that when I went to book club recently for RS that they had us bring out favorite children's books. All these girls brought these books with spiritual messages; yes, I brought Miss Nelson is Missing.

Andy said...

Sarah here is a little bit about my books.

1. Total Money Makeover gives you tips and advice on how to live a financially successful life.

2. Inner Victory is written by an LDS author and teaches rips on how to be successful.

3. It Takes a Village talks about ways the importance of family, education, community and faith are. Hillary talks about how she started Family Home Evening and Family prayer, things she really admired about the LDS people.

4. Man’s Search for Meaning is about a Jewish Man and his story of being in a concentration camp and how his faith made him free.

5. In Charles Barkley's books he interviews influential people about how racism affects their life.

6. Your best life Now is a book Molly gave us; Joes Osteen is a famous preacher and the books talks about asking God for the impossible because he can give it to us.

7. The Alchemist is a fiction story of the path that a boy takes to try and become wealthy (Rich gave it to me)

DJCK incorporated said...

This week's Newsweek has lists of the best books to read this summer. Unfortunately, I don't think we as a group have a single one. Sigh! To be so out of it....