10 Favourite Fiction Books of NotePD'ers
I asked you NotePD'ers to name your favourite fiction books, and here they are:
1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
@easymoneyme picked this epic classic mafia family saga. Mario Puzo has many messages in the book namely, you should be there for your family no matter what. He introduces English speakers to terms like Cost Nostra, (mafia) and consigliere (family adviser), and to the many facets of gangster life.
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
@JonathanZaZa picked this all time favourite inspirational classic. The message is "wherever your heart is, there is your treasure" told through the eyes of Santiago, a shepherd boy journeying across the desert. The boy's heart fears suffering, by Coelho writes: the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself, and no heart has ever suffered when it goes in aearch of its' dreams.'. 'The fear of suffering is greater than the suffering itself' is Coelho's message. I think I lent my copy out as it is not on my bookshelf.
3. IT by Stephen King
@sweetjm has read this book many times, and always finds a new twist! This NotePD'er says King requires you to make a real commitment when beginning to read this book. The author is a master at leaving the reader to do some of the work to figure out the plot, which really helps you engage as the reader. This NotePD'er says he views reading this book as a full time job which is happily accepted!
4. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
@cuboids Picks this founding work of modern Western Literature, that set the direction of stories for hundreds of years to follow. My English Professors were always quoting this book. Originally written in Spanish in 1605. The premise of the story still rings true today in modern times "individuals can be right while society can be wrong." Cervantes asks us to challenge life and not get caught up in chivalrous fantasies.
5. Hard Boiled Wonderland by Haruki Murakami
@DrFritzS says this is his favourite book in his favourite genre "Magic Realism." He has read it multiple times, as it has captured his imagination. Think hyggie in Sweden, cosy in England. Retreating to the inner world of peace and tranquility to buttress you against the outside world so you can do your work.
6. Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
@Remikit picked this trilogy and worried it would be cheating to pick three books for one answer. I say the artist, genius, scholar Tolkien intended the works to be consumed together so it counts as one book in my book! This epic masterpiece trilogy is about a group of often reluctant heroes who venture out to save the world from evil, where the author demonstrates his extensive knowledge of folklore to entertain and inform us. The trilogy includes The Lord of The Rings, The Fellowship of The Ring, and The Two Towers. The Hobbit is the prequel to this trilogy.
7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
@nicolafisher 's fave. It didn't start out as a love story, the same way the novel doesn't. She was told she had to read it for school and didn't enjoy it, and then she picked it up on her own and has since read it multiple times for enjoyment. I loved this book so much too, because of the circumstances of women in those days, and Elizabeth was an original, and both her and Mr. Darcy have to overcome the sins of pride and prejudice forced on them to fall in love.
8. Night Over The Solomons by Louis L'Amour
@eyegor picked a book by an author dear to my heart for a number of reason. Louis wrote 100 novels!!! He has a place of honour on my bookshelf too. Telling us about early Americana in short stories usually with a western genre bent, but in this one, he tells tales of wondering on steamers as a merchant mariner delivering the goods to the Pacific Isles with war looming in the 1930's.
9. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
@annbeaudet loves the tale of Michael Henshard and the abstract concepts used by Hardy to tell his story - the guineas, the bull, the caged bird, red, black, bridge, and how they make your mind see the book in metaphors. It's subtitle focuses on Character, and how Michael manages to endure his journey due to the qualities of his character. The moral of the story is how low points and high points in life's journey of chance and opportunities and misfortunes, both within our control and out of our control seem to shape our destinies
10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
@annbeaudet loves this classic tale of redemption of the orphan Pip, who suddenly comes into a large fortune from an unknown benefactor, and moves from low society to high society, becomes arrogant through the experience and deserts his true friends, then is humbled again upon finding out a piece of information. Dickens shows the value of true friendship is far greater than the value of social standing. His own father struggled with finances his whole life and his whole family was imprisoned for being in debt, except him, and Dickens would go visit them in prison and keep writing his novels until he became the most successful novelist in Britain and became wealthy.