The best books I have read over the years

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Did you finish your last book? Don’t know what to read next? I have suggestions for you.

The following is a list of books that I ‘ve read over the years, and which I think has told a good story, been exciting, well-written or otherwise separated out and stored in my memory as readable.

The list will be in a continuous process – including the adding of relevant links – so drop by from time to time to check out for new books.

The best books I have read over the yearsDon’t forget the old books

This is also an invitation to you, the reader, not only to read the latest books on the top 10 list in the supermarket but occasionally also return to earlier releases. A book that no one reads is a dead book, and there are lots of amazing stories that are still worth reading, even if they were written many years ago.

What should your time reading be spent on?

I like a good adventure (broadly defined  and a good thriller, you will probably quickly spot when you look through the list, but I have read everything over the years ranging from comic books, classics, all too sweet romance stories, humorous books, satire, science fiction, suspense, epic stories, historical novels, autobiographies to non-fiction. I have not been critical (do you, for instance, remember Barbara Cartland and the Bill & Ben books from the 1980s?), if only I was entertained, but with age, I must admit that I have become more careful with what my precious reading time should be spent on.

Holiday reading

A good holiday package (which I usually borrow at the library ) typically contains a biography, a historical book, a love story, a thriller and one or two crime books.

But it was the list we came from …

The book list (fiction )

Adams, Douglas: The Hitchhikers’ guide to the Galaxy
Adams, Richard: Watership Down
Allende, Isabel: The house of the spirits
Anonymous: The Book With No Name
Asimov, Isaac: I, robot
Austen, Jane: Pride and prejudice
Bach, Richard: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Brown, Dan: Angels & Demons
Brown, Dan: The Da Vinci Code
Christie, Agatha: Murder on the Orient Express
Dahl, Roald: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles: David Copperfield
Dickens, Charles: The Adventures of Oliver Twist
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The complete illustrated short stories of Sherlock Holmes
Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers
Egholm, Elsebeth: Dicte 1 – Hidden Errors
Egholm, Elsebeth: Dicte 2 – Own Risk
Egholm, Elsebeth: Dicte 3 – Personal Damage
Egholm, Elsebeth: Dicte 4 – Next of Kin
Egholm, Elsebeth: Dicte 5 – Life and Limb
Egholm, Elsebeth: Dicte 6 – Vold og magt (translation: Violence and Power)
Egholm, Elsebeth: Dicte 7 – Eget ansvar (translation: Personal Responsibility)
Egholm, Elsebeth: Dicte 8 – Kød og blod (translation: Flesh and Blood)
Egholm, Elsebeth: Peter Boutrup 1 – Three Dog Night
Egholm, Elsebeth: Peter Boutrup 2 – Dead Souls
Ende, Michael: The Neverending Story
Galbraith, Robert: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Galbraith, Robert: Silkworm
Galbraith, Robert: Career of Evil
Green, John: The Fault in Our Stars
Hammett, Dashiell: The Maltese Falcon
Hansen, Georg Sønderlund: De Voerslev ulve (translation: The wolves of Voerslev)
Hornby, Nick: High Fidelity
Hugo, Victor: Les Misérables
Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
Høeg, Peter: Smilla’s sense of snow
Høeg, Peter: Borderliners
Høeg, Peter: The Effect of Susan
Irving, John: The World According to Garp
Irving, John: Hotel New Hamshire
Keneally, Thomas: Schindler’s list
King, Stephen: The Green Mile
Kipling, Rudyard: Kim
Kirkegaard, Ole Lund: Orla Frogsnapper
Kurakami, Haruki: Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de: Dangerous Liaisons
Larsson, Stieg: Millenium series – The Girl with the Dragon Tatto
Larsson, Stieg: Millenium series – The Girl Who Played with Wire
Larsson, Stieg: Millenium series – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Lee, Harper: To kill a mockingbird
Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of NarniaPrince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia – The Silver Chair
Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia – The Horse and His Boy
Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia – The Magician’s Nephew
Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia – The Last Battle
Lindgren, Astrid: The Brothers Lionheart
Lindgren, Astrid: Pippi Longstocking
London, Jack: White Fang
Orczy, Emmuska: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Orwell, George: Animal farm
Orwell, George: 1984
Palmer, Lilli: A Time to Embrace
Poe, Edgar Allan: The Gold-Bug and Other Tales
Reuter, Bjarne: Løgnhalsen fra Umbrien (translation: The Liar from Umbria)
Reuter, Bjarne: Den iranske gartner (translation: The Iranian Gardener)
Rice, Anne: Interview with the Vampire
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Goblets of Fire
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows
Saint, H.F.: Memoirs of an Invisible Man
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de: The Little Prince
Scherfig, Hans: Stolen Spring
Scott, Walter: Ivanhoe
Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö og Maj: The Story of a Crime series
Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll og Mr Hyde
Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Becher: Uncle Tom’s cabin
Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver’s Travels
Sølvsten, Malene: Ravnenes hvisken (translation: The Ravens Whisper)
Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring 
Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King
Tyler, Anne: The Accidental Tourist
Verne, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Verne, Jules: Around the World in Eighty Days
Walker, Alice: The Color Purple
Wells, H.G.: The Time Machine
Wilder, Laura Ingalls: The Little House on the Prairie series

What is the best book you have read? Please share your best books in the comments below.

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