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This week it's all about books that we love but that we haven't talked about very much. Here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to list ten fantastic books that I haven't had the chance to review on my blog yet.
I'm not including anything by Bradbury or Asimov or any of the grandfathers of science fiction who fostered my love for reading, because they'd end up taking up the whole list.
So here we go:
1. Feed, by M.T. Anderson
is one of those books that will get under your skin. And not just because it's about IT being implanted directly into your brain. This book highlights everything that is wrong with our technological society and takes it to a whole new level. In a way, this book is like YA Fahreinheit 451.
2. The Shining, by Stephen King
Now this is one of the books that I can never shut up about. This may be the best book King has ever written. A lot of people mistake The Shining
for a typical ghost story, while it's actually a very realistic drama about family, alcoholism and abuse.
If I'm not mistaken, there is a review of this book on my Goodreads page.
3. Peter Pan
, by J.M. Barrie
If I have to pick one book that defined my childhood, it's got to be Peter Pan
. I loved the book, and I loved the animated Disney film.
4. The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
Okay, I haven't technically read the book. Instead, I watched this video of Gillian Anderson reading from it. I knew it was supposed to be this classic, but what I didn't know was how moved I would be by the story.
5. A Time on Earth, by Vilhelm Moberg
This may be the first book that I have read in Swedish. It's about a Swedish man who has emigrated to the United States when he was young, and who is now looking back on his life. It's sad and reflective, and very touching.
6. The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
I don't even know if you can summarise this book in one small blurb. But I'll give it a try:
"The Devil comes to Moscow in the 1930's to hold his Centennial ball. He seeks out a woman named Margarita to be his Queen on said ball. As a reward, he promises to reunite her with her lost love - an institutionalised writer, who's only known as the Master."
But this book is so much more than a love story. It's satire; it's a mystery; it has Jesus and Pilate; it has anthropomorphic cats and vampires.
7. The Joy Luck Club
, by Amy Tan
There isn't really much to say about The Joy Luck Club
. It's just a great book about family, about coming to a new land and finding yourself. Plus, it has some very interesting info about the Chinese history and culture.
8. The Yddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
If you want to read a gritty crime drama, set in an alternate timeline, riddled with political games, don't look any further. This book could be adapted into a great movie if the right director would get involved. My personal pick would be David Fincher.
9. The Hunger Games
, by Suzanne Collins
I was probably one of the last people to read this trilogy. Even though I'm not a big fan of this whole teenage-girl-is-the-only-person-who-can-take-down-a-corrupt-government- concept, Collins made it work. Katniss is just a very strong protagonist, and she makes the premise realistic. My only problem with this trilogy is the love triangle.
To be honest, Katniss didn't need to end up with either of the boys.
, by Bram Stoker
Vampires don't sparkle, okay! They hunt humans and suck their blood and make new vampires. They steal newborn babies from their cribs and eat them alive. They seduce innocent women, and ruin people's lives. They're scary and evil and sexy in a very dark and disturbing kind of way.
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