• Question: whats your favourite book?

    Asked by drmidhat on 7 Jan 2020. This question was also asked by bobjection1317, beenafaestanley8.
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      Sreejita Ghosh answered on 7 Jan 2020:

      Difficult question. I can’t name just one. Among fictions, the one which made me cry and yet I love it is “A Thousand Splendid Suns” – Khaled Hosseini.
      Among lighter subjects, a few years ago I was introduced to the Discworld series and my favourite from this series is “Equal Rites”.
      Among case-studies I enjoyed reading Oliver Sack’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat”, especially since I have been a fan of neurology and anomalies in brain functioning.

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      Christina Pagel answered on 7 Jan 2020:

      I don’t have a single favourite… I love good historical fiction (normally Roman times or medieval Europe – the Caesar series by Colleen McCollough were amazing) and good sci fi – Dune by Frank Herbert is probably still my favourite and I love all the Iain M. Banks Culture novels too. More recently, the Ancillary Justice series were brilliant. A few years ago I got a bit obsessed with the Hunger Games trilogy too!

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      Sophie Carr answered on 7 Jan 2020:

      Oh there are just too many to have a single favourite. Last year I read The Book Of Why by Judea Pearl over and over again as it’s on my favourite bit of maths. I also really like historical fiction so Philippa Gregory is an author I always enjoy but when I was younger I just loved the Lord of The Rings series and anything by Agatha Christie.

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      Lewis Griffin answered on 8 Jan 2020:

      Labyrinths by Borges

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      Fiona Macfarlane answered on 8 Jan 2020:

      Tough question, I have lots of favourites. I really like the Hobbit though

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      Giuseppe Cotugno answered on 8 Jan 2020:

      Probably the book that impressed me the most was the Black Corsair, a 1898 book authored by Salgari, as a second option I would put the Harry Potter saga.

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      Maja Popovic answered on 8 Jan 2020:

      Not an easy question because there are many great books.

      But let’s name a few:
      — “Small World” by David Lodge
      — “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
      — a number of books by Agatha Christie
      — “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevski

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      Samantha Durbin answered on 8 Jan 2020:

      Again, I don’t have one answer!

      In fiction, my favourite authors are Terry Pratchett (his Discworld series) and more recently, Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London Series). But there are tons of authors I really enjoy, including some young adult fiction (e.g. hunger games series, divergence series and the percy jackson greek mythology books). My most recent fiction book was “Woman, Girl, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo which was really, really good (and a different style of writing than I’m used to, so was an interesting read from that perspective too).

      For non-fiction, I’d highly reccommend:
      – “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez – really interesting book about data/data biases and how they affect the world around us
      – “It’s not about the Burqa” edited by Mariam Khan – a collection of stories from different muslim women on all different aspects of life
      – “Nasty Women” by 404 Ink – another collection of stories from different prespectives
      – “Big Data: does size matter?” by Timandra Harkness – all about the use of big data etc – similar topic to Invisible Women but from a slightly different angle