Your 5 Star books on Goodreads / Your all time favourite books.

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  1. Barnacle

    Barnacle Climb on through my window.

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    What is on your list?

    If you don't use Goodreads, which books would you give 5 stars to?
     
  2. Barnacle

    Barnacle Climb on through my window.

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    I sometimes go through these and raise/lower the scores, but at the minute...

    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
    Swimming in the Dark - Tomasz Jedrowski
    The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
    The Kite Runner - Khaled Housseini
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
    How Many Miles to Babylon? - Jennifer Johnston
    Guapa - Saleem Haddad
    The Absolutist - John Boyne
    Cashelmara - Susan Howatch
    The Folded Leaf - William Maxwell
    Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada
    Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood
    The Story of the Night - Colm Tóibín
    A Little Life - Hanya Yanago'hara
    The Dead - James Joyce (short story)
    What Belongs to You - Garth Greenwell
    Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
    Blood Relatives - Stevan Alcock
    A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    The Good Son - Paul McVeigh
    The Illusionist - Jennifer Johnston
    The International - Glenn Patterson
    The Blackwater Lightship - Colm Tóibín
    At the Jerusalem - Paul Bailey

    Poetry:
    Mysteries of the Home - Paula Meehan
    Song of Myself - Walt Whitman

    And I've got Harry Potter and Adrian Mole there as series but there is a lot of childhood nostalgia tied to those.
     
  3. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    I read the title incorrectly and thought ooo @Star has done good for herself
     
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  4. jivafox

    jivafox chalamet & chill

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    I need to revisit my Read shelf, as I was quite liberal with my 5 star ratings when I first joined. :zombie:
     
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  5. Suedey

    Suedey [Women yelling in background]

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    Same
     
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  6. Barnacle

    Barnacle Climb on through my window.

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    I am 70 percent positive that my 5 star list is accurate
     
  7. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    The only book I’ve read this year is TONY BLAIR BROKEN PROMISES and I’ve still got a good 100 pages to get through :bruised:
     
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  8. Barnacle

    Barnacle Climb on through my window.

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    But is it 5 stars on Goodreads?
     
  9. Soldi

    Soldi #stillyoung

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    Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.

    I LIKE THE SUSPENSE
     
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  10. RaspberrySwirl

    RaspberrySwirl Leftover

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    Same
     
  11. Phoenix

    Phoenix Get Well Soon

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    The Dutch House - Ann Pratchet
    Circe - Madeline Miller
    House of Names - Colm Toibin
    Guapa - Salem Haddad
    Intimacy Idiot - Isaac Oliver
    Assassin’s Apprentice - Robin Hobb
    The Bone Clocks - David Mitchelle
    Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
    The Dragon Reborn - Robert Jordan
    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms - George R. R. Martin
    Shadow of Self - Brandon Sanderson
    The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker
    Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson
    The Magician King - Lev Grossman
    The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
    Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
    Knife of Dreams - Robert Jordan
    The Broken Kingdoms - N. K. Jemisin
    The Likeness - Tana French
    One Day - David Nichols
    American Gods - Neil Gaiman

    It’s been almost ten years, some of them are barely a memory.
     
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  12. Mats

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    must be way too many over-rated among mine as well!
     
  13. Mats

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    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back - Naja Maria Aidt
    Lucky Per - Henrik Pontoppidan
    Vinternoveller - Ingvild B. Rishøi
    The Sound of the Mountain - Kawabata Yasunari
    Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Hojoki - Kamo no Chomei
    The Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovecraft
    Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
    The Good Hope - William Heinesen
    Pan - Knut Hamsun
    Kalak - Kim Leine
    Road to Lagoa Santa - Henrik Stangerup
    Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann
    Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson
    Modern Japanese Fiction and Its Traditions - Thomas Rimer
    The Fishermen - Hans Kirk
    Snow Country - Kawabata Yasunari
    Confessions of a Mask - Yukio Mishima
    A Personal Matter - Oe Kenzaburo
    The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
    The Lost Musicians - William Heinesen
    The Tower at the Edge of the World - William Heinesen
    Thirst for Love - Yukio Mishima
    On the Black Hill - Bruce Chatwin
    Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
    The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories
    The Street of Crocodiles - Bruno Schulz
    The Birds - Tarjei Vesaas


    whew! I even weeded out a few. I stand by all of these though. I've put 5+ books in bold
     
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  14. Suedey

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    These are my Goodreads 5-star books...

    Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
    The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
    Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
    Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
    Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
    The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
    The Sea, The Sea - Iris Murdoch
    My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
    Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
    The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
    The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara
    Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
    The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
    Down & Out in Paris & London - George Orwell
    The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst
     
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  15. Mats

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    Pamuk! I need to continue with him, I reckon there are more gems to unearth
     
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  16. Suedey

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    Snow is my second favourite after My Name is Red so I'd highly recommend that. In fact I may also rate that 5 stars. I enjoyed A Strangeness in my Mind but it is significantly inferior to those two. The next unread Pamuk on my shelf is Museum of Innocence.
     
  17. Mats

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    Snow already ploughed! his ability in both this and My Name is Red to dissect the history of cultures in the guise of mystery novel :disco: unlike anything else I've ever read
     
  18. vespertine

    vespertine God damn it Claude

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    When I joined Goodreads I had to go back and think of all the books that were five stars then but wouldn't be if I read them for the first time today. I count those. Life of Pi was phenomenal to me at 16.

    The Argonauts
    by Maggie Nelson
    The Hours by Michael Cunningham
    Macbeth by Shakespeare
    Hamlet by Shakespeare
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
    Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
    The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
    Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
     
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