.... books! I'm definitely a bookworm. I can't even decide on one favorite book. I have a favorites list including among others:
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (of course; I read them before I heard of the movies!!!)
Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt (transl: The adventures of Werner Holt) by Dieter Noll - but only part one, part two is too boring. Part one is about a 15 year old guy and how he survived and experienced Second World War. It's really interesting and well written. His struggle with the orders he get (he gets recruited into the army at the end of the war) and with his mind telling him that's wrong what he and his friends are doing - quite impressive book! I'm not sure that it ever got published in English.
Mord ist mein Beruf (transl: Killing/Murder is my profession) by Robert Merle - another book about WWII, this time it's about a Nazi working in a KZ. His job is to kill jews with gas. The book is written from his perspective, so the reader gets an insight into his thoughts. I was shocked when I first read it because that's not fiction, there really were individuals like that man. The way that man thinks about other human beings is disgusting. In my opinion this book is a must-read for everybody (at least for Germans- so that they never forget that dark chapter of our history). Actually there is another book by Robert Merle I really liked:
Die geschützten Männer (transl: that one is hard to translate but it would be somewhat like: The protected men) - it takes place in the future (but not that far away). There's a disease which only men can get and which is fatal. So the male poulation starts to die out and women start to take over important politic and other roles. In the end only a handful men survive though they don't know exactly why. It is interesting to see how women cope with the sudden power they got. Though it is of course only fiction.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - I read that one in German but half of my Ken Follett collection consists of the English publications. There are only 4-5 books of Ken Follett I haven't read so far. He is definitely one of my most favorite authors. As I love books about espionage and thrillers in general I can't get enough of his stories. Though Pillars of the Earth is a medieval tale about a guy - Jack Jackson - who builds a cathedral. That doesn't sound that interesting but it is as he falls in love with a rich girl who is to be married to a complete idiot etc. This book has more than 1000 pages and there are a lot of plot twists so it's intersting till the very end.
The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling (....)
It (and diverse other books e.g. Duddits) by Stephen King
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Enigma (sorry can't remember the author)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Die neuen Leiden des jungen W. (transl: The new sufferings of the young W.) by Siegfried Lenz
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (Illuminati is pretty good as well)
Eragon + Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Fackeln im Sturm (tranl: Torches in the storm) by John Jakes
A long way down by Nick Hornby
Die Kinder von Bullerbü (tranl: the children of Bullerbü) by Astrid Lindgren - I love all her books
You see what I mean? There never is an end to that list as there are only few books which turned out to be really disappointing ( I choose the books I read carefully...) and I'm constantly adding new ones that I just read and really liked. I can't even say which genre I like most as I like thrillers, crime stories, mystery as well as historic novels, classics, fantasy or even romance. To put it into a nutshell I like books that are fascinating. If I'm not interested after reading the first page I put aside as it would only disappoint me. When my sister recommended Harry Porter and the Philosophers Stone I thought it to be a joke. Everybody was reading Harry Potter at that time and I thought it would be just another hype but not necessarily a good book. However I started to read it the evening she gave the book to me - and I only put the book away the next morning when I had finished reading it. I just couldn't stop. And that's how a book must be like.