[bksvol-discuss] Re: Another New Year's Challenge: Bookshare Volunteers' "100 Most Enjoyable Books of all Time"

Oh, this is wonderful! The really hard part of it is to limit the number. I have kept a log of what I've read from the time I began reading for fun, and I have several thousands from which to choose! I might also say that if I had made this list yesterday, or if I made it next week, according to my mood, my preferences might be different, since there are many books that I rank among my favorites.


Here are three:


Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is rich in details of medieval life, and depicts the struggles of a builder and his family to live, and his dedication to his ambition of building a cathedral. It is full of exciting action, ranging from love to war, and the characters are well drawn. It has some definitely brutish scenes, but it also has some inspiring passages, and far fewer anachronisms than many books of its kind.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien is a delightful fantasy which sets good against evil and is so rich in its subcreation that Tolkien's appendices are even interesting. Tolkien's background in philology adds to the book, since he created languages for his elves, dwarves, and orks.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis describes the basic tenets of Christianity that all Christians agree on. Various denominations' emphasis of some things vary in degree, but Lewis explains basic Christianity in a clear manner and argues his case well. I don't repeat many books, but I have read this one several times.


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That books sounds fascinating!  I'll get it.

Lori C.

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Hi Lissi,

The Book of Qualities is a short book.  Less than 100 pages of text.
It's
prose poetry, each of many qualities like peace, hope, cynicism,
depression
are given human traits and described as to how they dress and like to
live.
I make it sound boring and dumb, but the writing is entrancing to me.  It
will enchant, in my opinion, not wound.  If there is one book that I
would
love for everyone to love it would be that one. It is magical to me.

Mayrie



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Dear Mayrie, Shelley, and Booksharian Friends,

I agree The Green Mile was a heart wringer. Though I read East of Eden
decades ago, I still recall the setting and insupportable feelings of
tension between characters and betrayal I felt as I read it.

Would you tip me off list as to whether The Book of Qualities will take
too
high an emotional toll for me to read it? What kind of book is it?

Shelley, you know I'm with you on The Lord of the Rings. Evan and I will
be
preparing, I think it's Book Six of the History of Middle Earth which
discusses how Tolkien developed The Lord of the Rings. It will be pretty
scholarly and spend lots of pages on details, but I wanted you to know it
will be on the way if you're interested. The Tolkien books are labor
intensive because of the accented words, the footnotes and the
glossaries,
etc. Actually Evan's already done the scan, but I've yet to go over it
with
a fine toothed comb. And, I believe all of the casting for The two part
Hobbit movie is done. Peter Jackson will be directing again.

Back to proofing for 20 minutes and looking forward to checking the list
tomorrow to see more favorites.

Always with love,

Lissi


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Hi Everyone,

I didn't think I could choose three books that are my top reads, but
it wasn't that hard.  Probably because my memory is so awful that I
can't remember even one tenth of the books I've read even in the last
year without looking at the list.

1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
2. The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler 3. "The Green Mile by
Stephen King This book so moved me that when I read it on audio
cassette I found myself so sad that I wanted to pick up the box of
tapes and rock the book.  How silly is that?

Mayrie



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Dear Denise,  and Booksharian Friends,

Thanks Denise for taking on stats which will be fun to follow.

If we limit suggestions to three each, I wonder if we'll even have a
hundred books since it doesn't seem we have very many active
volunteers posting these days.

After a lifetime of reading, it's almost an impossibility for me to
limit my nominations to three! All I can think about is the favorites
I'm not mentioning.

1. Watership Down, Richard Adams, imaginative, pastoral, promotes the
benefits of co operation.

2. Jurassic Park, Michael Chrichton, exciting, gripping, a world of
beauty and horror.

3. Proof, Dick Francis, informative about the spirits manufacturing
and retailing, suspenseful, a lonely, self-effacing, believable
protagonist out of his depth for a good cause. ... and I'm a
nondrinker so had it not been for this author's fine writing I
wouldn't have expected to even like this book.

I beg forgiveness from the hundreds of worthy books and authors who
couldn't fit in the above field of three.

I hope more of you will post your top threes here with your reasons
for choosing them to inspire me to select my next reads from the
Bookshare collection.

Always with love,

Lissi


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I think it sounds interesting. I'd be willing to keep a spread sheet
of people's most enjoiable book or books. I think we need to limit
submissions from a person, for example, most enjoiable 3 books?
Denise
deniset@xxxxxxx

At 02:25 PM 1/1/2011, you wrote:
Ok, so what would a Bookshare Volunteers' "100 Most Enjoyable Books
of all Time" list look like?

Judy has started the conversation with "The Colonel's Ladies" by Eric
Hatch. At least 99 more to go - and one scorekeeper to capture all
the entries. Any volunteers?

Scott Rains
Benetech Fellow

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That would be a fascinating list! Hmm, a Bookshare Volunteer list of
100 most enjoyable books... how would we go about creating such a
list? smile.

Judy s., who's current top-10 favorite book is "The Colonel's Ladies"
by Eric Hatch.  It's hard to resist a smartly written book about a
small-town east coast girls' college teacher who decides that what he
needs to break out of his boring life is his own working horse-drawn
canon! It's in the collection at
http://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/36407


Scott Rains wrote:
> Judy,
>
> I do think that you introduced an important metric --
> "enjoyability."
>
> I wonder what a Bookshare Volunteer list of
the "100 100 Most Enjoyble Books of all Time" would look like?
>
> Scott Rains

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