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[ profile] caffyolay gave me Top Five books for an entry, and so that's what this will be! Except - so hard! Well, sort of... I mean, book series count, right...? *g* Also, major caveat, these are my current top-five, and I reserve the right to change them at any time! Plus, in a random order as I think of them.

1. Jackdaw by K.J. Charles (and, you know, the other Charm of Magpie books in the series *g*)

2. Point of Hopes (and Point of Knives, Point of Dreams and Fair's Point) by Lisa Barnett and Melissa Scott
PointOfHopesCover PointOfKnivesCover PointOfDreamsCover

3. Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series...

4. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (well of course)

5. The Persian Boy by Mary Renault (which of course has a sequel... *g*)

The fifth one was so hard to choose! I thought maybe I shouldn't include any more of my current favourite re-reads, but on the other hand, what's a re-read if not a favourite book? So then it should have been the Mathey/Lynes books by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold, or Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment books or the Society of Gentlemen trilogy by K.J. Charles.. But then just cos I haven't re-read them lately... hmmn... Joanna Harris' Chocolat or Blackberry Wine? Or oh, I used to love Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradley... or... or... oh, just gosh! And that's not counting all the other books on my bookshelf where I thought oh-I-loved-that-I-must-read-that-again-soon... But I guess the above are my go-to books for re-reading. I might be re-reading the Points books right now, in fact... *g* I've got quite comfort-read-y over the last years too, so I do re-read even more than I used to. I can probably blame fanfic for that gorgeous bad habit...

What about you - what's your favourite book?

Date: 21/01/2017 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1. Larton
2. Larton

the story, the zine, the book, the audio book, not nescessarily in this order.

5. Larton

and all the other books out there!

Date: 21/01/2017 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm guessing you like Larton? *VBG*

Date: 21/01/2017 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How ever did you get to that conclusion? *gggg*

Date: 21/01/2017 08:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh I know! I wanted to put Larton up there, cos that's definitely another eternal-re-read, but I thought I'd be good and try not to include fanfic... *hugs Larton*

Date: 21/01/2017 09:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Not read Larton, I'm practically a zine free zone - I should like to rectify that at some point....

But I like your thinking...


Date: 21/01/2017 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This was a tough one - and like you - I'll qualify that these are my current top 5!

1. The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman
2. Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon
3. Points Series by Melissa Scott [and I have you to thank for that!]
4. King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
5. Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling

Not very literary - but I read to escape!

Date: 21/01/2017 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It really is hard, isn't it! I don't know most of the series in your list, so I'll have to look them up - added bonus! *g*

And oh, Astreiant! I so hope the new one's on schedule, I've been soooooo patient!

PS - you'll have noticed that none of my choices were very literary (though you could perhaps argue The Persian Boy, but that's not why I like it *g*) I read for escape and enjoyment and to see the world and go ooooh, and while "literary" fiction (what does that even mean really?!) might sometimes manage that, it's generally other genres that do it better!
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Date: 21/01/2017 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Points! *loves*

Date: 21/01/2017 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! Loves and loves and loves! *sighs happily* (ooh, Point of Sighs this year, I hope!) (And more Mathey/Lynes, iirc!)

Date: 21/01/2017 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Five is sooo hard...

There's a book called The King's Malady which I re-read quite a bit and think about often and a book telling the stories of Robin hood ditto...

But (currently) I think I'd go with

1. Tale of Two Cities & 2. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (as if people didn't know that!)
3. The various adventures of Mr Holmes by Mr Conan Doyle (and I have just acquired the means to achieve a long held ambition to read something from the Professor Challenger series - and - even better! - it's The Lost World in a lovely hard back edition)

So that leaves 4. and 5. mmmm.....

I've been thinking about re-reading the Star Wars trilogy - and having only just seen Rogue One (at last, last night, yea!) - that might be the way to go, or Ten Years Beyond Baker Street - the crossover book by Cay Van Ash (it pits Holmes against Fu Manchu). And I was bought the Star Wars Shakespearean version a while ago, but I haven't had time to read it yet - so that can't count as a favourite.


Can I pick my annuals for 4.? I wouldn't want to be without them - Bunty, a Pros, a Blake's 7, Space 1999, several Dr Who - plus others?

And 5. I think, currently, I'd like to go with my reference books. On mushrooms and gemstones and flowers and birds and butterflies. I love looking things up. And I like old atlas' too - I have a mini one from the eighties with Yugoslavia clearly delineated next to the big U.S.S.R. - history in a couple of inches of coloured paper. And somewhere I have a facsimile map of the middle east - 16th century with no canal - it looks very odd. But, unlike the atlas, it's not a book - so doesn't count.

Date: 21/01/2017 11:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, you like the classics best - fair enough! I bought the Star Wars Shakespeare last year (year before?!) too, and have only dipped in an out of it, but it's brilliant, I expect you'll enjoy it.

I never thought of adding non-fiction books to my list! You know technically you could only pick one of those reference books (although you could cheat and count a series - if I went that way then I think my Children's Britannica set would be the way to go! Maps are fun too, I'm also very fond of them. Really, I wouldn't want to be without any of my books!

Date: 21/01/2017 12:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Well, technically, then the mushroom book would be my current number 5.

I like loads of books, but I have to say Tale of Two Cities is a perennial favourite...

But I love trashy sci-fi too!

Date: 21/01/2017 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Brilliant reply to my, actually quite hard, question. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I will try K.J. Charles at some stage, in fact I have The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal on my shelf, but I have a feeling I might really like this series that you love so much. Especially as I love your second choice, Astrient, so we're clearly on something of the same wavelength. *g*

To be honest, apart from Tolkien & Astrient, which I have already read, I pretty much want to read everything you've mentioned. Especially the Mary Renault, which I know I would love... so I may treat myself to that soon. Trouble is I keep treating myself at the moment. *g* Still, worse things to treat yourself to than lovely books.

I may do a post of my own like this. It'll have to wait as I have a couple of others to do first. 'Twill also give me time to think on it!

Date: 04/02/2017 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't reply! I'm so sorry, and it was to your meme request too!

There are definitely worse things to treat yourself to than books - everyone should treat themselves to books! *g* When I get my shelves set up in my new place... well, probably I should read the dozens of books I have waiting to be read, but maybe one new book when I find my closest local bookshop... (eep, now there's a thought - I wonder where it is...)

I hope you still might do a post! *g*

Date: 21/01/2017 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, this is a hard one. All those books, and I can only pick five? Yikes. Okay, here goes (and not necessarily in order.)

1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
2. Usher's Passing by Robert McCammon
3. The Beast Master by Andre Norton
4. Sunne In Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
5. The Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R. Donaldson

Oh, oh, and The Keep by F. Paul Wilson *g*

Date: 21/01/2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Five? Five? Only five? Butbutbut... does not compute! Okay, well, some of my current top five might be:

Dorothy Sayers: Gaudy Night
Rudyard Kipling: Kim (I think...)
Astreiant (all of them) - thank you! :)
Everything by K J Charles - thank you again :) Currently re-reading A Fashionable Indulgence
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Most of the Vimes Pratchett books because I am a teensy bit in love with Captain Sam Vimes (sorry, Sybil)

Like you, however, the list is fluid and five is a stretchy number *g*

Of your list, 1, 2, 4 & 5 snap! (and I love The Persian Boy) but I have never been tempted by Patrick O'Brian. I think it's because I get seasick on puddles.

Date: 21/01/2017 07:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

Yay! Gaudy Night! I just found my ancient coffee-stained copy at the back of a shelf. Must read again and indulge myself in some Peter and Harriet.

Date: 21/01/2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

I love your list... I'm desperate to read Patrick O'Brian, but every time I start one I fall out of it.

I owe the Charm of Magpie series to you, thank you. They're lovely to re-read, aren't they? Total comfort and joy.

There's no way I could pick a top five though. Nooooo! Too stressful by half *g*

Date: 22/01/2017 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am tempted by your gay series; are they available as Kindle e-books? though I should rather read the enormous amount of fanfiction I gathered and never even started (or started and dropped for a load of terribly serious non-fiction).

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