“She wanted an Angel of Music…an angel who would make her believe in herself at last. I’d been the Angel of Doom for the khanum. There was no reason in the world why I could not be the Angel of Music for Christine. I couldn’t hope to be a man to her, I couldn’t ever be a real, breathing, living man waking at her side and reaching out for her…But I could be her angel.”
A: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery B: Black Beauty, Anna Sewell C: Carry On, Rainbow Rowell D: The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin E: The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje F: Circle of Friends, Maeve Binchy G: Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers H: Hamlet, Shakespeare I: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer J: The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan K: The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley L: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott M: My Lady Jane, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows N: The Naming, Alison Croggon O: Among Others, Jo Walton P: A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, E.L. Konigsburg Q: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir R: Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier S: The Peabody Sisters, Megan Marshall T: The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger U: An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine V: Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein W: The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame X: Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides Y: Possession, A.S. Byatt Z: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
YA LIT MEME: Favorite Books/Series [7/10] → The An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir ↳ “You are an ember in the ashes…You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.”
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris in June of 1940, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure’s.
You can’t just ask a bookworm for their favorite book. Because books arn’t just stories. Books are parts of you. When you ask for a favorite book its like asking me to use just one body part. I need them all to be me, to function. My soul is scattered, hidden in the pages of dozens of novels. So, no. I don’t have a favorite book.
“I wondered what that was like, to hold someone’s hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe