One Book To Rule Them All 3

Continued from Part Two

shutterstock_253710055-largeIn a poll I posted to help us all get to know each other I asked the question:
If you could only ever read one book forever, what book would you choose?

Now many of you did say you’d rather not live, and though I’m sure many others felt torn between that option and having to chose, they did choose. I have compiled the following montage.


There can only be one, one book to rule them all!

Part THREE of Three:

 The King James Bible

The Bride Collector

by Ted Dekker

 

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

I have to hoorah this one as it is an all time favorite of mine 😀

 

I haven’t finished writing it yet…. 😉

The Cardturners

by Louis Sachar

 

The complete works of Theodore Storm
Sorry this is all I could find.

 

Ulysses

by James Joyce

9424093Poems of Heinrich Heine

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Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

This is a fantastic book, a little short though…

metamorphosis

 

The Metamorphasis

by Frank Kafka

 

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Headhunter

by Timothy Findley

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Oryx and Crake

by Margaret Atwood

 

 

The Siege

by Helen Dunmore

 

I only like books WHILE I’m reading them.
Interesting response.

 

Marching Powder:
A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail

by Thomas McFadden

 

DNA of the Gods

by Chris H. Hardy Ph.D.

 

Sometime a good book is just getting away from it all.


Beauty 

by Robin

This is another all time favorite of mine and I was impressed to see it was picked 3 times 😀

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury


Seven Pillars of Wisdom

by T. E. Lawrence

A wise a choice 😉

 

The Great Gatsby 

by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Unwanteds

by Lisa McMann

I’ve heards this is a great series, one day maybe I’ll get a chance to read it.

Bird by Bird:
Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by Anne Lamott

 

Well that concludes our look into the most cherished books of the
Cafe Book Bean community. It has been a lot of fun to see so many great books represented, and to learn new ones as well. We are a like-minded,
yet diverse group of book lovers, and I so enjoyed this fun project.

So… What would you choose?

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One Book To Rule Them All

shutterstock_253710055-largeIn a poll I posted to help us all get to know each other I asked the question:
If you could only ever read one book forever, what book would you choose?

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Now many of you did say you’d rather not live, and though I’m sure many others felt torn between that option and having to chose, they did choose. Thanks to my fellow blogger friend Aurora who reminded me to share these wonderful choices with all of you, I have compiled the following montage.


There can only be one, one book to rule them all!

Part One of Three:


The number one answer given un-specifically to edition 8 times (12 total)

The Bible

This version is the most read and highly reviewed.

 

 The longest compilation of short storiesNow that was very hard to find out… So instead I just picked 10 famous short story authors and then found the one with the longest compilation, and the winner was…

Earnest Hemingway: The Complete Short Stories


Anything by Philip Roth

Well that leaves it pretty open, so here is one of Philip Roths most well read and a best reviewed books.

Nemisis


A Larousse Dictionary

Smart choice 🙂 but didn’t specify which, as it turns out Spanish is the most popular one. Great way to learn a new language, or get smarter at your own.


Swan Song 

by Robert R. Mc Cammon

This book is one of five that got 2 or more votes, looks like I may need to read it 🙂


The Game of Life and How to Play it

by  Florence Scovel Shinn

Another smart choice.


Absalom Absalom

by William Faulkner

I’ve been wanting to read this book

 

$_58

 

The General – William Booth

I had to guess at this one a little but I found this book:

The Authoritative Life of General William Booth

 

Ship of Brides

by JoJo Moyes

 

 

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

I would go for the complete Chronicles of Narnia set (I think that counts)

 

The Biggest fattest book I can get my hands on:
The World Record for longest novel is
“À la recherche du temps perdu” 3036 pages, but that’s in french, but it was not published in one volume so it wouldn’t technically count for this person choice. However this book was chosen in the poll say yay for Proust!

“Zettels Traum” is the longest recorded book every published in one edition 1536 pages… but it’s German so I gotta pick an English one as well.

“Sir Charles Grandison” 1647 The longest English one volume book.

 


The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh:
Tales & Poems

by A. A. Milne

A charming choice!

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes

One of five to get multiple votes.

 


Bellydance for Beginners

This is the all I could find, or the closest…

 

I’d continue to write my own books, so that I’d always have something new


War and Peace

by Leo Tolstoy

A great choice, a good way to insure I’d get through it 🙂

 

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A Prayer For Owen Meany

by John Irving

After reading about this book I am very interested in reading it myself 🙂

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Letters to a Young Poet

by  Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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Deadly Messengers

by Susan May

 


The Art of Happiness

by Dalai Lama

Very wise choice, but I think Pharrell would be infinitely stuck in my head 😀

 

The Lord of The Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

This book got 3 votes, one of only 5 to get multiple votes.

I can certainly attest to why, these are phenomenal books!

I just LOVE all the variety!

Some make sense, some are strange, some are very intriguing…
What do you think of these choices?
Find out more tomorrow in Pt. 2

What would you choose?


Feedback on Favorites

I am planning to do a special article this Saturday that is based on the favorites of the Cafe Book Bean community. Please message or email me and tell me about your favorite book; brief synopsis, why its your favorite, what you love about it etc. Also tell me about a beverage you love, something that comforts you or that you enjoy while reading. I love hearing about new books and interesting drinks, and I think this will he a fun collaboration. Please message or email me your entry if you are interested! Message me here or email me cafebookbean

I would especially like to here from these loyal friends:

Piratepatty

Darlene

kimberlywenzler

Jon

equinoxio21

Cara Sue Achterberg

Martin

Robin A. Mück

Don Maker

penneyvanderbilt

leenasbooks

Sheismelrose

 

Top 5 Fiction Favorites

I love so many books that it is hard to narrow them to a list of just 5 favorites.
So, I decided I would choose based on the  following code:
Books I find myself reading again and again, great story telling, quality literature, and emotional connection.

So without further adieu, my top 5 fiction favorites (as I see it today.)

(Click  pictures or titles for more info.)
“The Gargoyle” Andrew Davidson
This book I hold in such high regard purely by my own taste, and based on how the book spoke to me individually. It is a beautiful and haunting story yet it holds an ethereal quality. I’m sure the skill of writing and story telling could be debatable among people. However, when it comes to top books and/or favorites it is what resonates with our soul that sets a book apart.
The Gargoyle Rated: 4.3 on amazon.com
Book Bean: I’d say this book is best read curled up with a velvety drink. e.g. A dark roast latte or cherry cocoa!


“The Chronicles of Narnia” C.S. Lewis
It is such an incredibly well written story. It is clever, amusing, and wonderfully ageless. This series leaves nothing to be desired. C.S. Lewis is brilliant. He makes you feel like you are reading the story of an old beloved friend. It is a witty and imaginative classic that I will love and share forever.
The Chronicles of Narnia Rated: 4.7 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Tea time for sure! These books scream window seat with a cup of chamomile.


“The Hobbit”
  J.R.R. Tolkien

This is also an extremely well written story. I don’t think Tolkien was quite as clever or ageless with it, but he has his own brilliance in creative story telling. The amount of depth and detail Tolkien pours into his characters and story is stunning. It is truly an epic tale that envelopes you and holds you tightly through the journey.
The Hobbit Rated: 4.7 on amazon.com
Book Bean: This handsome book pairs nicely with a citrusy blend, maybe an orange spiced mocha mmm….

Even if you did not like either of the last two books, no one could deny their quality and that’s saying something!

“Pride and Prejudice”
Jane Austin
It is written with such a timeless essence. It is elegant and fresh, and it has roots that will never go out of style. I don’t have many words for it because it is such a simplistic book, it’s story is not complicated or intricate, and it is wonderful.
Pride and Prejudice Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Tea again, this time green tea or a chai latte.

 

 

Last but not least and for a different spin is

love youforever2“Love You Forever” Robert N. Munsch.
This children’s book is beautiful and warm and leaves you floating. I don’t know what else to say about it specifically other than “read it and see.” When you finish this book you’ll squeeze it to your chest with glistening eyes.
Love You Forever Rated: 4.5 on amazon.com
Book Bean: This lovely gem goes well with a simple brewed house coffee.
So there they are, you can probably tell I like a good saga. I’ll have to do a top ten because it was really hard to not mention more!

Fun Facts: According to Vladimir Nabokov, Shakespeare’s The Tempest was science fiction.

Click here to check out highly rated works of Fiction

I would like to get this one myself 🙂