What Are Your Favorite Reads?

Answer this week's question, and we'll list your top five answers on Thursday in Patch Picks!

Each week, Winchester Patch will highlight editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off, and more in our Thursday feature called. 

We've looked at great places to watch sporting events, romantic restaurants and non-profits. This week, we want to know from you—our librarians and other enthusiastic readers—What are five great reads for adults and five great reads for children in celebration of National Read Across America Day (March 3).

Tell us which books you just couldn't put down, or which books your kids begged you to read to them over and over. Librarians, let us know what books keep flying off the shelves at the .  Or tell us what book you're interested in checking out at

Provide your answers in the comments section below today or by e-mail, and on Thursday, we'll highlight the top five on Patch Picks.

Daniel Marra March 02, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Last year, my wife and I found a list of the top 150 books of the 20th century, so, as a challenge, we tried to read as many as we could. While we didn't get as far as we'd like, I surprised myself in the books that I liked and didn't like. I was surprised that I was disappointed with Slaughterhouse Five. I was fascinated by Fahrenheit 451 (a book I hated in high school, and hadn't read it again until last year). I loved Handmaid's Tale. But the book I really couldn't put down was Ethan Frome. And out of all the books we read, I was dreading that one because I didn't think I'd like it, but I thought it was fantastic, I couldn't put it down. Children's books are a little tougher (since I have to go back a little while). As a little kid (and even today with my son), Dr. Seuss books fascinate me. I was also a big fan of Roald Dahl - BFG, James and the Giant Peach, etc. I loved My Brother Sam is Dead and Red Badge of Courage, when I was in elementary school, I remember not being able to put those down. OK, I better stop now because I can go on for a while. So now you have some of my choices, what are some of yours?
Elzabeth Cregger March 02, 2011 at 04:13 PM
A few faves of mine. For general fiction Water for Elephantsis a great read, for mysteries the Franklin Series from Mistress of Death Series from Ariana Franklin set in the middle Ages. which is interesting from a historical perspective as well a trmendous read. Biography and historical should include almost anything by David McCullough or Doris Kearns Goodwin. If your interested in the Financial Meltdown both House of Cards and Too Big to Fail are pertinent.
Daniel Marra March 02, 2011 at 07:23 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I've never heard of the Mistress of Death Series, I'll have to check it out. I'm fascinated with the Middle Ages. I do love David McCullough. He's an excellent writer. His books are extremely interesting. And I have yet to get a chance to read House of Cards or Too Big to Fail, but I've heard both are quite interesting. Thanks for the suggestions. Any other good reads people would like to recommend?


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