What’s Your Favourite Book of ALL Time?

Lonesome Dove. If I was forced to pick my absolute favourite book, that’s what it would be.  There are others I thought were great and loved, but … I always come back to Lonesome Dove.





Which is funny because I picked it up and started it around 5 times before I could get past the first few pages. I’d pick it up, start to read it and think … Uch. I can’t read this book. I did that 5 times.

I either just wasn’t in the mood for that particular book, or maybe the first few pages confused me. I don’t know. But I kept trying and one day I picked that book up and it hit me like a donkey kick to the face. THIS was the greatest book ever written.

Last week I wrote a little post explaining a bit about what the Pulitzer Prize is exactly and how it started. Some, but not all of my favourite books are on the list.

Wanna know some more of my favourite books? Too bad.

Because today isn’t about some of your favourite books. It’s about the ONE book. The single, all time favourite.

No cheating and no doubling up. You are forced to pick one and only one.

In the comment section, write the name of your favourite book. I don’t want stories to go along with it, why you liked it … nothin’ like that.

Just the name of the book (and author if you want).

That way you can come back here and easily scroll down the comments to find a good book. There won’t be any talking or blabbing interfering with the list. Books. Just books.

I’ll start us off.



  1. Shannon K says:

    When I was in my 20’s I met Larry McMurtry in a bar in the Stockyards of Ft.Worth TX. He autographed a napkin for me and included his phone number (he has quite a reputation apparently!) My friends had to swoop in and get me away from him! I keep that napkin in my first edition Lonesome Dove. The man was a genuis, but I never was tempted to call him. ;)

  2. Paul says:

    Although Lonesome Dove is certainly on my list, Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny is my favorite work of 20th century fiction.

  3. Beth says:

    Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold

  4. Mary Wilhelmus says:

    Sophie’s Choice

  5. Stan Nowak says:

    OK, I’m only almost four years late with this one. So many great books to choose, but I’m gonna go with “Wind, Sand and Stars” by Antione de Saint-Exupery (author of ‘The Little Prince’).

  6. Eleanor Villeneuve says:

    Lonesome Dove – I can’t follow instructions so no. 2 is Random Passage by Bernice Morgan, no. 3 is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

  7. chandra says:

    The Hobbit

  8. David bolland says:

    The Magus by John Fowles

  9. donna says:

    “Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kid

  10. CDLB says:

    The Creation Of Human Ability.

    It’s nonfiction.

  11. Patti says:

    Karen …. do this again to see everyone’s Summer best reads! I loved reading the comments and seeing lots and lots of books that I have also read! I feel so literate but still wrote down many for future reads (and re-reads!)

  12. sam says:

    Neuromancer by William Gibson. First read this when I was thirteen, Sneakily staying up all night to read from cover to cover because I just couldn’t put it down.

  13. Anna says:

    White Oleander – by Janet Fitch
    Mrs. Greenthumbs: How I Turned a Boring Yard into a Glorious Garden and How You Can, Too – by Cassandra Danz

    To quote my favorite passage (and the reason why I will always remember how deep to plant my daffodil bulbs): “I plant daffodil bulbs about eight inches deep. As I mentioned before, I don’t use a ruler. As a married woman, I know perfectly well what six or eight inches looks like, so it’s easy to make a good estimate. This mental measurement makes planting time much more interesting than it might be otherwise.”

    She was hilarious, and died much too young.

  14. Vanessa says:

    John Dies At The End

    seriously, amazing book. cult favorite! it’s a horror comedy and it’s amazing. Did I mention how amazing it is?

  15. Tracy says:

    The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

  16. Phyllis says:

    The Last Dance On Earth.

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