Really digging John Irving lately. Never been into him but read Last Night in Twisted River and loved it, so now I'm on The Hotel New Hampshire. Really well done.
He's one of my favorite writers. A Prayer for Owen Meany is in my top 25 books, and I've really enjoyed everything else he has written.
I'm currently re-reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon in anticipation of the new series coming out on Starz this summer and the release of the 7th (and final?) book in the series. I read them all about 10 years ago and I'm pleased to find I like them even more now that I'm a bit more grown up.
Not to hijack this thread but I would be interested in seeing some of your top 10 or 25 all-time faves?
I'll go first though I don't think I can get to 25...and in no particular order:
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Names and Underworld by Don DeLillo
The Brothers Karamazov by Dosteovski
Ulysses by James Joyce
Tess of the D'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (what can I say I like the classics)
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
G. and the Into Their Labours trilogy by John Berger
short stories by Chekov, Sherman Alexie, Joyce Carol Oates, Alexander Maksik, and many others I can't think of at the moment...
I know I threw out the "top 25" number the other day, but when I sat down to do it I found I couldn't actually do 25. Once I got to 20, it became hard pick more that would go on my list! So, here are my top 20. They aren't really in order, with the exception of A Farewell to Arms
, which is truly my all-time favorite book. Caveat: I consider a series to be one book, because I find it it impossible to separate them, however I did note my favorite within the series as well.
A Farewell to Arms Hemingway
Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring) - Tolkein
Harry Potter (The Prisoner of Azkaban) Rowling
The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley
Outlander Series (Outlander) Diana Gabaldon
Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke
Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver
Soldier of the Great War Mark Helprin
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
Here be Dragons Sharon Kay Penman
Texas James Michener
American Gods Neil Gaiman
I Have Words to Spend Robert Cormier
Mother Night Kurt Vonnegut
A Secret History Donna Tartt
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell
Stiff Mary Roach
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett