My Favorite 10 Books Of All Times II

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I once owned many, many books – shelves full of books. But lately, things have changed for me. I moved – and if I had taken everything with me, only my loads and loads of books would probably have filled an entire shipping container. I, therefore, decided on a handful of my favorites and I donated the rest of them. (that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re lost, after all, I have most of them electronically on my e-reader).
But a few books had to travel with me – books that are antiques – books that would have been lost if I hadn’t taken them… favorite books – MY favorite books, to be precise. Let me tell you what books I’m talking about – and why…

Lord of The Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

Blurb

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

This new edition includes the fiftieth-anniversary fully corrected text setting and, for the first time, an extensive new index.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but while he studied classic works of the past, he was creating a set of his own.

My opinion

Like everybody else who adores the J. R. R. Tolkien books, I’m a big fan of this huge fantasy epos. I read the three old books, The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and The Return Of The King and loved them. This book includes all three of them. I had never thought these books could be made into a film – and Peter Jackson surprised me to no end. I love the films too.

I admit, I love the Lord Of The Rings more than the Hobbit-books – but that’s only me. I heard other Tolkien-fans loving all of them or preferring the Hobbit books… However, we do have an excellent author with a never-again reached fantasy book series, unique worldwide. No wonder these books belong to my personal favorites of all time.


Phantom – Susan Kay

Blurb

Phantom of the Opera fans no longer need to ponder what was in Erik’s past, as Kay has created one for him in this deeply moving, poignant story. . . This sad, but beautiful, novel will be especially popular with [those] who have enjoyed the current musical . . . ” – School Library Journal “A MUST READ! Haunting and riveting.”– Rave Reviews “Do we really need another spin-off of Gaston Leroux’s horror tale, The Phantom of the Opera? IF IT’S AS GOOD AS SUSAN KAY’S PHANTOM, YOU BET WE DO! – The Times Picayune “A VICTORY! STAYS WITH YOU AFTER THE LAST PAGE IS TURNED . . .” – Palm Beach Post Phantom From birth, Erik is disfigured, at once blessed and cursed. Inborn genius lifts him to the heights of the mind, but a horrible deformity denies him both his mother’s love and any chance at recognition. He escapes imprisonment to live a life on the run; he kills to be free. Finally, at the Paris Opera House, he encounters beautiful, talented Christine and defies the world and himself in a desperate attempt to love and be loved.

My opinion

I’m very tempted to admit what I had thought when I got this book as a present once. I looked at it and thought: ‘Oh Shit – not fanfiction again’… I know now that I thought the worst thing possible – and I was wrong. I had read Gaston Leroux’ Phantom of the Opera and I had seen the musical. I loved them dearly. Did I spend more than a fleeting thought on Erik’s past? Yes, I did. I wondered why he was hiding and what had happened to him that he apparently was as hurt, distrustful and dangerous as he was… But then I forgot to think about him. Until I got Susan Kay’s book. I thought I’d do my friend a favor. After all, she knows I’m an avid reader and I expected her to ask if I read her book. I would have been ashamed to say no. I read the first five pages – and was caught in a story that was more adventurous, unique – and unexpected than I thought it possible. Susan Kay starts with Erik’s birth and childhood. The reader grows up with him, is constantly at Erik’s side and starts to understand his development, his character and his mannerisms… We become the guardians of Erik’s secrets and their fiercest defendants. We know him, we know why he is the way he is – and we still love him… And that is why this is one of my favorite books.


Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Blurb

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.Page 2 of a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra (11 June 1799) in which she first mentions Pride and Prejudice, using its working title First Impressions. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of “most loved books.” It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes.

My opinion

Of course, like so many others, I love Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, who does, indeed, have experience in the mannerism of the times she writes about. Also, she paints with words, sceneries of cheerful liveliness impress her readers and I’m not surprised to hear, I wasn’t the only female reader falling in love with Mr. Bingley – at least a little bit, until finding out what a fine specimen Mr. Darcy actually is – and that he’s far not as arrogant and contempt as Elizabeth thinks… We know Bingley is wonderful – and badly influenced and we know he’ll be fine with Jane. She is a well mannered educated and smart lady, after all – but Mr. Darcy… “sigh”