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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries … unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

Thoughts

I. Love. This. Book. So much! I have been wanting to read it for so long and I’m so glad I finally got the chance. I listen to a lot of audiobooks at work and I have been trying to get a hold of the audiobook of the Da Vinci Code from my local libraries for months now, but it has not been available. Some lucky star must have been smiling down upon me, because a few weeks ago I got given a big bag of audiobooks from a friend, and lo and behold, the Da Vinci Code was hidden in the huge pile of Nordic Noir (a genre I don’t really read at all). I find it incredibly satisfying and symbolic (ha!) that I had to search this hard to find a book centred on the quest to find a sacred object.

Before reading this book I had seen the film, so I was already familiar with the plotline, but the Dan Brown books just have so much more details than any film could ever include. I learned so many cool facts when reading this book, like why villain and village are derived from the same word, and that the planet Venus moves in a perfect pentagram across the sky over an 8-year cycle. These are not exactly world changing or very practical facts, but they are the kind of small titbits of interesting knowledge that my Ravenclaw brain totally adores. I love learning these little things just for the sake of knowing them, not because they will ever be of much use to me. In my opinion, they make the world just a bit more magical.

The film had stayed surprisingly true to the book, at least in the first half. In the second half there were bigger differences, which made reading the book a lot more fun. This novel is a true page-turner, and keeps up a high pace throughout. It is one of those books that you just can’t put down. This is my favourite Dan Brown novel I’ve read so far. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes mystery, history, and cool facts. Be prepared to be completely drawn into this mysterious story.

//love form L

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How many have you read?

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

i noticed y’all have been enjoying my novel masterposts. so im just going to keep posting because im obsessed with books like that T.T

for my study-like-rory studyblr friends who want to read all the books mentioned in gilmore girls (because hello?? who doesn’t??), here’s a list! pls let me know if i missed a book, but i think it’s quite a complete list! enjoy!!

#

  • 1984 – George Orwell

A

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  • An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  • Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • Archidamian War – Donald Kagen
  • The Art of Fiction  – Henry James
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy

B

  • Babe – Dick King-Smith
  • Backlash – Susan Faludi
  • Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  • The Bhagava Gita
  • The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  • Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  • Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner

C

  • Candide – Voltaire
  • The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  • Carrie –Stephen King
  • Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog – Mark Twain
  • Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  • The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  • Christine – Stephen King
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  • The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  • Complete Novels – Dawn Powell
  • The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton
  • Complete Stories – Dorothy Parker
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  • Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  • The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  • Cujo – Stephen King
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon

D

  • Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  • David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  • David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  • The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  • Deal Souls – Nikolai Gogol (Season 3, episode 3)
  • Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  • Deenie – Judy Blume
  • The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  • The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante
  • The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  • Don Quijote – Cervantes
  • Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson

E

  • Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  • Eloise – Kay Thompson
  • Emily the Strange – Roger Reger
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  • Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • Ethics – Spinoza
  • Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer
  • Extravagance – Gary Kist

F

  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Fahrenheit 911 – Michael Moore
  • The Fall of the Athenian Empire – Donald Kagan
  • Fat Land:How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  • Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  • The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  • Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  • Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  • Fletch – Gregory McDonald
  • Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  • The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathon Lethem
  • The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  • Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers

G

  • Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Gender Trouble – Judith Baker
  • George W. Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  • Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  • Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  • The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  • The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  • The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  • The Graduate – Charles Webb
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • The Group – Mary McCarthy

H

  • Hamlet – Shakespeare
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  • Henry IV, Part 1 – Shakespeare
  • Henry IV, Part 2 – Shakespeare
  • Henry V – Shakespeare
  • High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbons
  • Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  • The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  • House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  • The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  • How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  • How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
  • Howl – Alan Ginsburg
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

I

  • The Illiad – Homer
  • I’m With the Band – Pamela des Barres
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • Inferno – Dante
  • Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  • Iron Weed – William J. Kennedy
  • It Takes a Village – Hilary Clinton

J

  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  • Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  • Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito

K

  • The Kitchen Boy – Robert Alexander
  • Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

L

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – DH Lawrence
  • The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  • Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance – Steven Pressfield
  • Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  • The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  • The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
  • Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  • Living History – Hillary Clinton
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • The Lottery & Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  • The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  • The Love Story – Eric Segal

M

  • Macbeth – Shakespeare
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • The Manticore – Robertson Davies (Season 3, episode 3)
  • Marathon Man – William Goldman
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Memoirs of  Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  • Memoirs of General WT Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  • The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
  • The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Miracle Worker – William Gibson
  • Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  • The Mojo Collection – Jim Irvin
  • Moliere – Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  • A Monetary History of the US – Milton Friedman
  • Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  • A Month of Sundays – Julie Mars
  • A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
  • My Lai 4 – Seymour M Hersh
  • My Life as Author and Editor – HR Mencken
  • My Life in Orange – Tim Guest
  • My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

N

  • The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  • Nervous System – Jan Lars Jensen
  • New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • The New Way Things Work – David Macaulay
  • Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Night – Elie Wiesel
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism – William E Cain
  • Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  • Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski

O

  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Old School – Tobias Wolff
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • On the Road – Jack Keruac
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life – Amy Tan
  • Oracle Night – Paul Auster
  • Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  • Othello – Shakespeare
  • Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  • The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War – Donald Kagan
  • Out of Africa – Isac Dineson
  • The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

P

  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  • The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition – Donald Kagan
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  • Peyton Place – Grace Metalious
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • Pigs at the Trough – Arianna Huffington
  • Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  • Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  • The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker
  • The Portable Nietzche
  • The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Property – Valerie Martin
  • Pushkin – TJ Binyon
  • Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw

Q

  • Quattrocento – James McKean
  • A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall

R

  • Rapunzel – Grimm Brothers
  • The Razor’s Edge – W Somerset Maugham
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  • Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • Rescuing Patty Hearst – Virginia Holman
  • The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  • R is for Ricochet – Sue Grafton
  • Rita Hayworth – Stephen King
  • Robert’s Rules of Order – Henry Robert
  • Roman Fever – Edith Wharton
  • Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  • A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  • A Room with a View – EM Forster
  • Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  • The Rough Guide to Europe

S

  • Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  • Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  • Savage Beauty – Nancy Milford
  • Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller – Henry James
  • The Scarecrow of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  • Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior
  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  • Secrets of the Flesh – Judith Thurman
  • Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • A Separate Place – John Knowles
  • Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  • Sexus – Henry Miller
  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  • Shane – Jack Shaefer
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  • S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  • Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy
  • Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  • Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  • Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  • The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  • Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  • The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  • Songbook – Nick Hornby
  • The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  • Sonnets from the Portuegese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov
  • Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  • The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  • A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  • Stuart Little – EB White
  • Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  • Swimming with Giants – Anne Collett
  • Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber

T

  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Term of Endearment – Larry McMurty
  • Time and Again – Jack Finney
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggar
  • To Have and to Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Tragedy of Richard III – Shakespeare
  • Travel and Motoring through Europe – Myra Waldo
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  • Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  • Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

U

  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Unless – Carol Shields

V

  • Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  • The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyers
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Velvet Underground – Joe Harvard
  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

W

  • Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Walt Disney’s Bambi – Felix Salten
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • We Owe You Nothing – Daniel Sinker
  • What Colour is Your Parachute – Richard Nelson Bolles
  • What Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
  • When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  • Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  • Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  • The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Y

  • The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

OTHER RESOURCES:

Movies for the Signs to Watch

Just a list of movies I adore & think the Signs might like. Check your Sun/Moon/Venus! 🎬 

ARIES: 

  • Natural Born Killers (1994) 
  • Ali (2001) 
  • Sin City (2005)
  • The Purge (2013)

TAURUS: 

  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005) 
  • Basic Instinct (1992) 
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) 
  • Bridge of Spies (2015)

GEMINI: 

  • The Imitation Game (2014) 
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999) 
  • Blow (2001) 
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

CANCER: 

  • The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) 
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 
  • Wuthering Heights (1992) 
  • Amélie (2001)

LEO: 

  • Pulp Fiction (1994) 
  • Casino (1995) 
  • Immortal Beloved (1994) 
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)

VIRGO: 

  • Arizona Dream (1992) 
  • Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004) 
  • Sinister (2012) 
  • Assassins (1995)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)

LIBRA: 

  • My Week With Marilyn (2011) 
  • Black Swan (2010) 
  • Vanilla Sky (2001) 
  • The Lake House (2006)

SCORPIO: 

  • Shutter Island (2010) 
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000) 
  • V for Vendetta (2005)
  • Original Sin (2001)

SAGITTARIUS: 

  • The Prestige (2006) 
  • Some Like it Hot (1959) 
  • The Holiday (2006) 
  • Gravity (2013)

CAPRICORN: 

  • The Departed (2006) 
  • The Book Thief (2013) 
  • As above, So Below (2014) 
  • Broken (2009)

AQUARIUS: 

  • The Illusionist (2006) 
  • Insomnia (2002) 
  • Purple Moon (1960) 
  • Cloud Atlas (2012)

PISCES: 

  • Girl, Interrupted (1999) 
  • Mr. Nobody (2009) 
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990) 
  • Remember Me (2010)

There’s usually some stigma that the novels published in our current century aren’t as literary & thought-provoking than previous centuries’ novels. Here are some novels published from 2001-Present that are incredibly literary/outstanding!! Feel free to add on & enjoy!!

MAINSTREAM / WELL-KNOWN (these novels can also be critically acclaimed)

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett 
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel 
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Thriteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Me Before you by Jojo Moyes
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

FICTION YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled housseini
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Everything is Illuminated by Johnathan Foer
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

LITERARY FICTION / CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

SERIES

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Twilight Series
  • The Game of Thrones Series
  • The Divergent Series
  • The Percy Jackson Series
  • TheHeroes of Olympus Series
  • The American Gods Series

OTHER RESOURCES:

*That old nun friend from Alabama before we ate burgers and fries and she insisted on saying prayers beforehand* “I pray for your immortal soul, Sharon. I really do.”

*Me* “You vote republican all the time, right? Frankly, at this point, I should be praying for your immortal soul. At least I never got behind a war criminal responsible for the deaths of one million innocent Iraqi civilians.”

*pause* 

*Me* “Technically, you will have more to explain to Jesus than I ever will. I just screwed some dudes I shouldn’t have and read The Da Vinci Code.

*Her* “That is an evil novel!”

The lunch was awkward, to see the least. 

anonymous asked:

So I know there have been some game changing properties that altered the pop culture landscape. Like Superman kind of killing pulps and Star Wars ushering out the thoughtful Sci-Fi of the early 70's for spectacle. Are there other lesser known but as important things out there? Was there something that suddenly caused everyone to go gaga for pulp heroes, that kind of thing?

Here’s one off the top of my head that is overlooked: Eric van Lustbader’s thriller novel, Ninja. It’s amazing to think about, but before the early 1980s, nobody even knew what a ninja was…except for maybe Kurosawa film devotees or people who read Black Belt magazine.

It’s funny how something can be unknown one minute and then a household word the next. Here’s a fun fact to blow the mind of people under 30: before the 1970s, most Americans had no idea what yogurt was. It was considered a bizarre foreign food popular in the middle east and Europe. 

Like yogurt, ninja were utterly unknown until the 1980s. Then came a 1980 thriller, Eric van Lustbader’s Ninja, which sold over 18+ million copies, and was something like the Da Vinci Code of its day. It was like a monster movie where the monster was a Ninja. The novel sold so well that suddenly, a word and a concept existed that wasn’t there before. Suddenly, Ninja were everywhere. One of my favorite signs of 80s Ninjamania was how many martial arts schools, “McDojos,” switched to black uniforms. 

Another pop culture game changer that is overlooked is Fred Saberhagen’s 1975 novel, “The Dracula Tape,” which introduced the concept of vampires as sexy, sympathetic, and misunderstood outsiders. In the 1970s, Saberhagen was considered one of the three biggest scifi writers alive, but nobody reads him much today. Saberhagen’s Dracula Tape kicked off the entire trend: the next year, 1976, you had a market that hungrily received Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, and the year after that, you had the 1977 Broadway stage production of Dracula with Frank Langella (his understudy was some lesser known New York actor named Raul Julia) where Dracula became the ultimate lover. All of these were possible because of the approach taken in Saberhagen’s novel, which, despite the way his star has dimmed today, was a really, really big deal: it was widely talked about and a top seller.

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HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGEND TOM HANKS
(July 9th 1956)

“ Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.”

Tsukiyama and Furuta: Two Moons Heading Towards an Eclipse

If you flip this number down it’s…. absolutely nothing. If you flip and reverse it, ie what would happen if you were to place it in a mirror than you get a backwards nineteen. If you just flip it it looks sort of like a 16 in the wrong order. If you take the numbers as individual, an upside down six can be the lovers in reverse while an upside down 1 could represent Hide as he was just mentioned in the last chapter. They could also not even be numbers but representative of a moth’s wings instead. They could also be moths wings as depicted at the beginning of the chapter. 

They could also just be a pun on the word orgasm [x] with japanese numbers. My point is things can have many possible interpretations so try not to refute the assertions I make in this post with ‘that’s a nineteen’ or ‘that’s representative of the sun’.  Anyway, continuing forward read under the cut for the explanation and yes I actually do get to Tsukiyama. 

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