books!

May. 12th, 2008 10:41 am
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Okay. I've been meaning to do this for ages:

BOOKS I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ

  • The Secrets of Jin-Shei by Alma Alexander
    A wonderful book that centers on Tai and her circle of jin-shei, sisters of the heart. It begins when Princess Antian, who is to one day be Empress, asks Tai, a seamstress' daughter, to be her jin-shei sister, a decision that ends up changing the course of the empire. I absolutely adore this book and think that everyone should read it at least once.
  • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
    What if there's a world you go to when you die, but you only stay there for as long as there is still someone alive who remembers you, and then you move on? What happens when everyone on earth is dead except for one person? The book switches between following the last person alive on earth and all the people she remembers in the after-life world.
  • On the Banks of Lethe by James L. Grant
    This is an amazing book that I never wanted to put down when I was reading it. I bought it from the author (the artist of Two Lumps) at A-Kon last year. It is a great book about (from the back cover) "memory, betrayal, trust, two pennies and a dead man." I was captivated from the first line all the way through to the final pages, which left me speechless.
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
    A wonderful book that explores mental illness from the patient's point of view, as Deborah struggles to return to the world of sanity and mental health, with the help of a caring doctor. From Deborah's struggles with her illness to her family's reactions to it, it is simply an amazing book.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    Another book that examines mental disabilities, this book follows autistic teenager Christopher Boone as he tries to find out who killed his neighbor's poodle.
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
    Oh, sure, the four famous gospels tell us all about Jesus' birth (with a little bit about his childhood) and his teachings and crucifixion as an adult, but what happened in those "missing" years in between? Enter Levi, who is called Biff, Christ's childhood pal. While Joshua (aka Jesus) is traveling the world during those formative years, figuring out what he's meant to do, Biff is there with him, and now he's writing his own gospel about the experience.
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    Henry De Tamble is a librarian with "chrono displacement" disorder: without warning, he'll end up somewhere in the past or future. His wife, Clare, first met him when he was in his thirties and she was six, but he first met her when he was in his late twenties and she was in her early twenties. Confused yet? It's a wonderfully written story that is a science-fiction-love-story-character-study all wrapped up into one.
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    I've already written about this book here, so I won't re-iterate myself here.


Of course, this list is by no means complete. For example, I didn't include books that you would generally read for literature classes. These are just books that I absolutely love, that are incredibly well-written and have a great story, and that I think everyone should read at least once in their life.

books list

May. 10th, 2007 05:03 pm
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Alright. Y'all remember the DVD list and the CD list ... well here's the book list: a list of every book I own. (I was bored, and I wanted to complete my lists, shh.) Obviously, this list includes all the books on the books to read list.

Included are my writing reference books, in a separate list.

Beware ... it's long. )

so!

Apr. 28th, 2007 08:09 pm
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I'm vaguely amused that I got two comments to my last post that started with the exact same question:

"Is Jodi Picoult any good?" Same exact wording, even. ♥ to Alya ([livejournal.com profile] sirenkatie) and Mori ([livejournal.com profile] bittersuite); this post is for you.


At the end of last year, I asked for book recommendations (because I got a bunch of gift cards for Christmas and didn't know what I wanted to get). Kristen ([livejournal.com profile] krispies) suggested My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I did indeed pick it up at the bookstore (along with several other books), though I didn't read it until about mid-late January (looking back through my posts in this journal, I finished it on my birthday).

I think I'd IMed Kristen to ask why she didn't warn me to have kleenex on hand for the end. I cried throughout the entire epilogue. Even just thinking back to the end of that book makes me sad.

But anyway, it is a spectacular book. I read it, and it really did make me think. What's legal? What's morally right? What if they're not the same? It also had me thinking of what I would do myself, if I was in that situation. Would I sacrifice one child to save another? Beyond that, would I have a child for the primary purpose of her (or him) being able to save her (or his) older sibling? And then I started thinking about it from the point of view of the child in question. If I was born for the primary purpose of saving an older sibling, how would I feel about that? What would I do when I got old enough to make my own medical decisions: would I put the health and well-being of my sibling ahead of my own?

I don't think I came up with any concrete answers for myself, but my heart just broke for all of the characters in the novel, especially the family, because they were all just trying to get through everything, and you could really see their own sides and their own struggles with it.

In short, it was an amazing book that really got me thinking and really tugs on the heartstrings. I would highly recommend it to anyone.


Prior to reading My Sister's Keeper, I also picked up The Tenth Circle (her latest in paperback) because I saw it at the bookstore, read the back, and thought it sounded interesting. I've yet to read that one, though I think that once I'm done with the Violet series (and after I read The Time Traveler's Wife, like I told Alya I would) I'll read The Tenth Circle and the other two Jodi books that I picked up at the bookstore yesterday (The Pact and Plain Truth). I'm actually itching to read the Jodi books now, but I'm half-way through In Golden Blood and it would be silly not not just go ahead and read From Black Rooms right away, since I'm already all caught up on the books.


This post is public, because I think that everyone should be able to read and know about Jodi Picoult's amazing book.
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Books to read:

These are all books that I have on my bookshelf that I've yet to read (or it's been so long since I read them that I've forgotten whether or not I've read them). Not all of the books on the list are ones I haven't read before, a few are earlier books in a series where I haven't read the later ones yet, but really need to reread the earlier books to remind myself of what happened (take, for example, most of the Laurell K. Hamilton books).

Cut, because it is a very long list indeed. )

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