World Book Day - favourite reads?

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  1. RPower

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    It's World Book Day today! Perhaps only word nerds like myself would get excited about such a day but for all the book-loving UKBF readers out there, what are your favourite reads?

    Mine have to be - ever since I was 11 - the Harry Potter series. Anything Phillipa Gregory is always amazing, too.
     
    Posted: Mar 3, 2016 By: RPower Member since: Oct 15, 2012
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  2. Jeff Nev

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    I enjoyed sharing the Harry Potter experience with my own children, but as for my personal favourite, anything by Murakami; Kafka on the Shore in particular was very moving.
     
    Posted: Mar 3, 2016 By: Jeff Nev Member since: Nov 14, 2013
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  3. MikeJ

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    Growing up, I always had my nose in a book. These days I rarely read, though go through phases. I found my kindle again recently, and that prompted me to pick up a couple of books again.

    Favourite books are The Choice by Ted Allbuery as a novel, and Lee Iacocca's autobiography for non fiction.
     
    Posted: Mar 3, 2016 By: MikeJ Member since: Jan 15, 2008
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  4. RPower

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    @Jeff Nev Yes! I absolutely love Murakami too. I think What I write about when I write about running is brilliant.
     
    Posted: Mar 3, 2016 By: RPower Member since: Oct 15, 2012
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  5. Jeff Nev

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    Also a great book, but very different from his novels. He's an excellent writer either way!
     
    Posted: Mar 3, 2016 By: Jeff Nev Member since: Nov 14, 2013
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  6. FutureM

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    Not much in to fiction these days, mainly because of a lack of free time though as a kid i enjoyed the HP series of course! I love reading anything i can learn about, or that hypothesis's about our future. I just read a tiny book call "How we'll live on Mars" it didn't go in to much detail but an enjoyable read for an astro-nerd such as myself.
     
    Posted: Mar 3, 2016 By: FutureM Member since: Oct 25, 2007
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  7. RPower

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    @MikeJ I feel you on the 'nose in a book' front. Having recently had the flu, over the course of a weekend I had nothing else to do and so read book after book - think I found my appetite again!

    Has anyone ever read a book called The Twelve? Amazing read if you like sci-fi/fantasy...
     
    Posted: Mar 3, 2016 By: RPower Member since: Oct 15, 2012
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  8. beasty

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    Child 44 is probably my favourite book, by Tom Rob Smith

    A Child Called IT is a book you will not quickly forget

    John Grisham, read them all i believe, some a few times
    Richard North Patterson books
    Chickenhawk was a good book, given to me by a helicopter pilot to read.

    Never read Harry Potter (Its a kids book i believe)

    Most over rated?

    War and Peace, never really got into it and without becoming immersed it was a slog.
    Even the cover is laborious
    Anna Karenina is much better

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin, wonderful book, poor film
    Touching the void,ditto
     
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    Posted: Mar 6, 2016 By: beasty Member since: Feb 4, 2013
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  9. billmccallum1957

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    I go along with Child 44 being a great read, Grisham too, but ultimately go with Tom Clancy's Patriot Games as my best read (so much better than the film), Stephen King's The Green Mile and James Patterson's early works come close.
     
    Posted: Mar 6, 2016 By: billmccallum1957 Member since: Feb 11, 2016
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  10. Mr A P Davies

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    Posted: Mar 6, 2016 By: Mr A P Davies Member since: Sep 16, 2015
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  11. myfairworld

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    Always had my nose in a book from about 8 years old upwards but these days business often gets between me and books or perhaps leaves me re-reading old favourites instead of seeking out something new.

    I belong to a 'virtual' book club on The Motley Fool UK and do find it a useful prod to make the effort to try something new or even something I would otherwise tend to pass by even when looking for something new. Sometimes you just read it, or a bit of it, for the sake of being able to make some comment, sometimes you find a gem which might otherwise have passed you by. I've just finished 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry', I'd never have chosen it myself but found it compulsive reading and still rather stunned by it.

    Love Science Fiction in general without having just one read in that genre I could say was a the favourite. Definitely love Harry Potter series (and Lord of the Rings) . Don't accept that Harry Potter is kid's stuff even though children like it, I was white haired by the time even the first book in the series was written. It is actually very 'dark' stuff.

    Best book I've ever read as opposed to the most enjoyable? Probably 'The Gambler' by Dostoyevsky (sp?)
     
    Posted: Mar 6, 2016 By: myfairworld Member since: May 14, 2015
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  12. HazelC

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    I LOVE M.C Beaton books, especially the Agatha Raisan ones, very easy reading after a long day at work :)
     
    Posted: Mar 8, 2016 By: HazelC Member since: Sep 7, 2013
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  13. Dmitri Fantastic

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    Sadly, but now I realize I read more online magazines and blogs than books :(
     
    Posted: Mar 10, 2016 By: Dmitri Fantastic Member since: Jan 8, 2016
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  14. myfairworld

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    I tried an Agatha Raisin book but couldn't get into it. It sounded interesting but...
     
    Posted: Mar 10, 2016 By: myfairworld Member since: May 14, 2015
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  15. JEREMY HAWKE

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    My favorite book is called close to wind by Pete Goss . This about his adventure and challenges in the 1996 single handed vendee globe yacht race . You must read this
     
    Posted: Mar 18, 2016 By: JEREMY HAWKE Member since: Mar 4, 2008
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  16. Damian Rushworth

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    Anything by John Irving, love his work.
     
    Posted: Jun 9, 2016 By: Damian Rushworth Member since: May 20, 2016
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  17. webcrest

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    As i am too much in fiction i am a proud lover of "Harry potter series", never miss a single line from this amazing novel. I also like action and martial arts related books and stuff. In this context my favorite book is "ultimate flexibility" by Sang. H Kim.
     
    Posted: Jun 9, 2016 By: webcrest Member since: May 2, 2013
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  18. Shonda Myers

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    I love Harry Potter too. Can't even count how many times I've read the whole series. Same with Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series.
     
    Posted: Jun 11, 2016 By: Shonda Myers Member since: Mar 31, 2016
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