Which writer have you read most of? Mines is ShakespeareWhich writer have you read most of? Mines is Shakespeare? Sean #questionnaire
I am devoted to the writing of:
1. Koheleth (Judaism)
2. Rumi (Mystical Islam)
3. Stephen King
4. John Updike
5. Edna Ferber
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Sinclair Lewis
8. Philup Roth
10 John Grisham
12.Edgar Allen Poe
14. Sally Hepworth
17. F.Scott Fitzgerald
18. Joyce Carol Coates
19. Mary Higgins Clark
20 .David Baldacci
26. August Williams
27. V. Nabokow
33. John Sanford
34. Arthur Miller
36. Patricia Cornwell
Not read either yet ?
Jane Austen or Edith Wharton
I’m reading Emma at the moment and then I think that’s me just about done with Austen?
Ruth Rendell I think, or Paul Auster
Where to start. To date, authors I have completed:
7) Victor Hugo;
8) Alexander Dumas (father);
9) Alexander Dumas (son);
10) Graham Greene;
11) Mary Shelley;
12) Bram Stoker;
13) Charles Dickens;
14) Edgar Allen Poe;
15) Mark Twain;
16 Erskine Caldwell;
17) Oscar Wilde
1) H G Wells;
2) Ernest Hemingway
Probably missed one or two off my list
Good effort ?I’ve read some by most of them but still so many more to go??
Forgot Oscar Wilde lol. I was a very late bloomer when it came to reading, and rather prolific now
@James I see that , you’ve worked your way through Russian lit anyway ?
Are the other Russian authors as good as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky?
@Sean, I began life reading War and Peace and, after recommendation after recommendation I moved from one Russian Work to another. I just keep going back to them. With Pushkin after the Queen of Spades and The Captains Daughter, he is tough. I cannot praise enough Checkhov and Turgenev
@James thanks , everyone I’ve read by Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky has been great so far but I’ve not stared the others yet
I’m reading Brighton rock as we speak. That’s my first by greene
The thing I love about Turgenev and Chekhov is there vivid descriptions of the arussian Countryside and scenes. Really transports you there. For Gogol, you must read ‘The Nose’ and Dead Souls
Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Idiot’ is brilliant, as is Tolstoy’s ‘Resurrection’. Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock is one of my all time favourite books. I’ve also read his ‘The Power and the Glory’ many years ago. A very powerful writer.
Hard to say. Shakespeare (I’ve read it all and seen productions of all but All’s Well, Timon of Athens, Henry VIII, and King John). Henry James. Charles Dickens. George Eliot.
I’m sure we’ve had a Shakespeare chat before don, you’re a big Henry v fan if I remember correctly ?
@Sean VERY big Henry V fan. I’ve seen it with Iain Glen, Jude Law, and half a performance with Liev Schrieber (it was at the NY Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare in the Park and it started raining and they stopped half-way through).
@Don at least tell me you they did the st crispins day speech first ??
@Sean Not in the Liev Schreiber one. That would have been after the intermission and the stage was just too wet for it to be safe for the actors. Schreiber came out on stage to apologize for their having to stop and then he loitered at the ticket office to shake hands and let people take photos and sign autographs. This was back in the G W Bush administration and it was very much an “Iraq War” production of Henry V.
The Jude Law production was likely the best of the three (they did it with the same actor playing Chorus and the Boy–Chorus was done as a contemporary schoolboy reading Henry V and then they strongly implied the Boy was the son of Pistol and Mistress Quickly).
@Don ah cool, that was nice if him to at least come out etc
@Sean I’d seen the Jude Law Hamlet maybe two years before his Henry V and his Hamlet wasn’t very good, so I had low expectations for the Henry V, but he was SO good.
The Brontes, Shakespeare, George Eliott
Favourites by Shakespeare ? ?
Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It.
What are yours?
@Yael all great, probably Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet and the merchant of Venice. Enjoyed them all to be honest though ?
Either Shakespeare or Wilkie Collins. I love them both ^^
I’ve still not read any Collins yet ??
@Sean I love his dry wit. In that sense he does match Shakespeare in plays like Love’s Labour’s Lost, but where it’s not so focused on the play on language providing the wit. His most populare is The Woman in White, but Moonstone is great too. Both mysteries. If you want something quick to dip your toe in, I would recommend A Rouge’s Life, it’s short and hillarious.
Wilkie Collins is marvelous!
If you count rereads, then Jane Austen. If not, Stephen King.
I need to read more of king , night set myself a mini goal next year and try and work my way through them ?
@Sean I’ve probably read about 3/4 of what hes written. He’s a pretty amazing writer!
@Beth I’ve only read 4 or 5 by him, they’ve all been good so far and the stand is probably one of my favourite books ever now ?
@Sean the Stand is my favorite King! So good!
Was amazing , I loved nick Andros in it especially
Jane Austen, Michael Crichton, George Eliot, Ann Radcliffe, and M.R. James.
I love grisham, lescroart, jodi piccoult. Follet, scott turow, koontz,and real favorite is greg iles, , , plus many others.
i like plenty of these… you mentioned greg iles though and i am so glad i have not read all of his yet… still very happy to find more..!
Jane Austen, Nora Roberts, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Susan Mallery.
I haven’t read a lot of classic novels from any one specific author. ??? Im starting to delve deeper into what are known as the classics though. I liked Great Expectations and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I thought F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby was a bit too melancholy for my taste but I acknowledge the lesson from it. Lord of the Flies is interesting. Bram Stoker Dracula was fun. I just started the sequel by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt called Dracula the Undead. I like The Hobbit. Ive also dabbled in HP Lovecraft and Robert E Howard short stories. My interests vary. Definitely willing to try Shakespeare! I havent gotten into reading his work only watched movies. ?
Tom Robbins, Alan Watts, Tom Wolfe, Virginia Woolf, Richard Prather, John D MacDonald.
Thomas Hardy: all novels, many short stories.
I’ve not read Hardy, but I want to try him out. What would you recommend?
For a novel, Tess of the D’urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge or Far from the madding crowd. Any of his short stories. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=thomas+hardy
I read “The Mayor of Casterbridge”. Which is your favorite?
Probably Tess. I enjoyed all except Desperate Remedies, which was his first published novel.
John Steinbeck – including his plays, diaries and journals.
Shakespeare, the Apostle Paul, Hemingway, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, C.J. Box.Jussi Adler Olsen, Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Also I am really into Tolstoy and his novel Anna Karenina right now!
Graham Greene, Gerald Durrell, James Herriot, Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, Agatha Christie
Shakespeare, Wilde, Fitzgerald, Austen, Wodehouse, Conan Doyle. And as a child I used to read everything by Mayne Reid over and over again.
Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Henry James, T.S. Eliot, and, yes, Shakespeare
Do you have a favorite Emily Dickinson book or poem?
A few: I’m nobody, I’ll tell you how the sun rose, a bird came down the walk, to name a few. What’s yours?
Yael Netan I haven’t havent read any yet. Im collecting recommendations. ? Thanks.
Shakespeare, Steinbeck, John Irving, Stephen King, Tolstoy, Tom Wolfe… I would like to add Dickens to that list. Only 4 but he has so many I’m always meaning to get to. I have read every Donna Tarrt, wish she had more out there.
Okay! Im adding more books now! ??? Im a major fan of Stephen King despite not always favoring the endings of all his books. As we all know he has a special way of making villains and monsters terrifying but he also knows how to make the “towns people” who interact with our lead characters seem so tangible. They range from obnoxious vindictive and vapid to the other spectrum of being empathetic, kind, and supportive. I enjoy Rose Madder, Needful Things, Desperation, The Stand, and most of The Dark Tower Series the most although The Talisman and Black House, The Tommyknockers, Dreamcatcher, 11/22/63, Insomnia, and Bag of Bones are very dear to me. Also I love the Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. John Grisham – The Client and Double Jeopardy. Okay. Thats enough. I want to find my favorite classics and love them just as much!
Last Stephen King comment from me- he has a book called On Writing that is pretty good. He used to be an English teacher so I imagine hes read lots of newbie work in his day and has quality opinion of what to do and what not to do with writing. Okay. Done. ?
I like King too. I recently bought 20 King paperback books , used, on Amazon for a bargain
I’ m still reading Insomnia and will follow this up with “The outsider”.
@Kathy Ohhh! It sounds like you snagged yourself quite a pile of SK books! Insomnia took me some time to appreciate, I thought perhaps its was because the leads are at the retired piddling stages of their lives often thinking of their pasts. I thought SK took his time introducing the strange anomalies happening around town…. what do you think? Can you say in the feed or must we be vague for the ones who’ve not yet taken part in reading this book?
@Chelsey if you like his on writing book, check out Amy Tan’s The Opposite of Fate: Memoir of a writing life…
@Colette ohhh. Thank you. I love recommendations! ?❤️
@Chelsey me too! But oh that growing to read pile! ?
@Colette Haha! Yes!! Ive slept with a few books piled on the side table by my bed for a long time…2 right now are serious reads but the others lay in wait. It appears that Im jumping back and forth between readings and hoarding potential knowledge!! Haha.? So today Ive decided Im going to downsize the bedside pile to something more doable for me like one book at a time. ??♀️? ?
Chelsey B Mitchell,:
I am still in the early stages of Insomnia but I would think the elderly man’s ongoing difficulty sleeping through out the night might be due to his ongoing and increasing fear of death or of being dead.
In his mind, as long as he is awake he can’t be dead.
Alice Hoffman Thomas Hardy, margaret Atwood Toni Morrison
Anthony Trollope Barchester Novels!
Lee Child haha I LOVE the Jack Reacher series and there are so many books! ……… 21 against another fave of mine Jane Austen who only managed 6 haha no contest.
Any particular favourite(s)?
Agatha Christie and Shakespeare.
That’s my two most read too , 30 Shakespeare I think and around 15/16 by Christie
Me, almost the other way around. 20 Shakespeare and about 40 Christie ☺
@Paula ? Christie’s great , I prefer poirot than marple though.
@Sean Yes, Poirot all the time!
Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Poe, John Steinbeck. Have read Moby-Dick a bunch of times but not a lot of Melville’s other work.
Faulkner, Joyce Carol Oates, Edith Wharton; Henry James; Edgar Allan Poe, Toni Mirrison, John Steinbeck
Shakespeare, Hemingway, Christie, Nora Roberts
All Agatha Christie’s books! Up to 80 books!
Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and A. J. Cronin.
FAULKNER, Louise Erdrich, Jim Harrison.
We had to at school so Shakespeare too I guess
Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Mark Twain.
For poets, I’ve probably read W.B. Yeats and Dylan Thomas the most. I also quite like Robert Frost.
Have you read Octavio Paz (poet)?
Hmm, I feel like I mix it up a lot. But I love Hemingway and I have read all of Jane Austen’s novels.
Probably John Steinbeck or John Irving. I love both authors.
Either Tolstoy or W. Somerset Maugham or Jack Kerouac ( I went through a MAJOR Beat phase in my 20s. ?)
@Rachel have you read The Painted Veil? One of my favourites.
@Sandra hmmm, I don’t think so but I think I might have it… Now I must peruse my bazillion books to find it. ?
@Rachel it will be worth the hunt ?
I keep a much read to the point the book is glued and taped together… The Riverside Shakespeare (1974) on my nightstand. Not only does it contain the bard’s plays and sonnets but a really good section on the time they were written, a list of actors who performed the play, the warning the Queen gave about a certain play, and other such tibits. He pretty much covered the range of humanity at its best and worse.
Probably Ben Elton or Roddy Doyle!
Shakespeare, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christhie, Arthur Conan Doyle, José Saramago, Fernando Pessoa, Roald Dahl, Ian McEwan
In Classics (I think her books are considered classics): Pearl S. Buck. In more recent publishing’s Louise Erdrich. (People are going to get sick of me bringing her up. LOL)
Nope never get sick of hearing about Louise Erdrich, she is my favorite female writer…Pearl S. Buck wonderful writer.
YES! Have you read Pearls’ book “The Living Reed”? I am reading it for the second time now!
@Nancy yes, one of my favorite books by her.
I have the “Good Earth” and “Imperial Woman”(?) I have hid it somewhere AND a little paperback about the “Kennedy Women” I do have a collection of biographies on the Kennedy’s.
@Nancy I love The Good Earth and also read Imperial Woman. The Kennedy’s will always be fascinating. The tragedy of John Kennedy Jr., will always be haunting, what a loss.
Yes. I was 10 years old that year. The whole thing, at times, will run through my head like a news reel-OVER and over.
I agree, just trying to make sense of it all.
Thank you for this conversation! I hope that you have an excellent evening!
@Nancy thank you, so wonderful to know others out there with like minds!?
Probably Anne Rice