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


  • 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. )
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So, while cleaning my room, I found the school planner that I'd made a list of all the countries I'd been to, which my mom helpfully filled in the years of the trips that I couldn't remember exactly when we'd gone.

So I thought I'd put the list up here.

Countries I've been to. )

CD list

Jan. 13th, 2007 04:17 pm
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To sort of go along with my list of books to read and my list of DVDs (and, probably eventually, a list of the books I have), a list of all the CDs I own.

Some things to keep in mind:
1.) A lot of these CDs I've had since I was in high school. Some of them I have considered selling, but doubt I'd get much, if any, money for them.
2.) I have bought (and still will occasionally buy) CDs simply for one or two songs on them, especially before such services as iTunes.
3.) This is by no means a good indication of my musical tastes, because there are a great number of bands and artists who I absolutely adore, but my parents own their CDs, so I'm not dropping the money on my own copies of the CDs just yet. A list of my mp3s (which I am so not typing up) would be a better (but still not perfect) indicator.
4.) Yes, I know I have a lot of CDs. I probably should go ahead and try to sell some of them, simply because I'm running out of room.

I have a *lot* of CDs. )

DVD list

Jan. 2nd, 2007 06:04 pm
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To go along with my list of all the books I still need to read, a list of all the movies I own. Also, now that I have it up like this, I can use it as a handy-dandy link for [ profile] smoothyrus so that people can see what DVDs I have for iconning purposes.

But, dang. I have a lot. I have at least one movie that starts with every letter of the alphabet . . . EXCEPT Z. Quick! Somebody recommend to me a movie you think I'd like that starts with Z that I should see and also get on DVD! I now have a movie for every letter of the alphabet! \o/ Do I win a prize?

Lots and lots of DVDS. )
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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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