When asked “What do we need to learn this for?” any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness.
Project of the Day—David Cross made a movie called HITS, which is about “the nature of fame in 21st Century YouTube America,” and it stars a great cast of hilarious people including: Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, David Koechner, Jessie Ennis, Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Amy Carlson and Jason Ritter, which is one of those incredible cast lists where we feel like we should be putting exclamation points after each name because we are so excited.
In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (easily the book I have reread most)
Extremely Loud And incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer (I love you Oskar)
Me Before You, Jojo Moyes (my heart still hurts a month later UGH)
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
Every Day, David Levithan (Six Days Earlier was such a let down. Not sure if I’ll read Rhiannon. Also I would like to credit gabiiescobar for my deep love of the greatness that is Levithan)
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (I couldn’t put this down, SO GOOD)
Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell (it was hard to pick just one of her books)
David Sedarisremembers a childhood snow day, in our collection of winter stories from the archive:
There were eight inches on the ground, and, rather than melting, it froze. On the fifth day of our vacation, my mother had a little breakdown. Our presence had disrupted the secret life she led while we were at school, and when she could no longer take it she threw us out.
Mostly for the cover, anyway. They looked interesting but I probably wouldn’t have bought either of them if it hadn’t been for the cover design. I’m glad I did though, because they both turned out to be really good!
The final list for my “Read 50 Books” challenge is as follows:
The Hunger Games
The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
Paper Towns- John Green
The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
Neverwhere- Neil Gaiman
1984- George Orwell
The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman
Me Talk Pretty One Day- David Sedaris
Looking for Alaska- John Green
Girl with the Pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier
Divergent- Veronica Roth
Insurgent- Veronica Roth
The Princess Bride- William Goldman
Allegiant- Veronica Roth
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?- Mindy Kahling
A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khalid Houssini
The Maze Runner
The Scorch Trials
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Old Man and the SEa
100 Years of Solitude
Watchers- Dean Koontz
Good Omens- Neil Gaiman
The Poisonwood Bible
Doctor Sleep- Steven King
The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman
Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Love in the Time of Cholera
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Green Rider (Green Rider Series)
First Rider’s Call (Green Rider Series)
The High King’s Tomb(Green Rider Series)
Brave New World
Anansi’s Boys- Neil Gaiman
Blackveil (Green Rider Series)
Mirror Sight (Green Rider Series)
The Shining Girls.
My Sister’s Keeper
Yes, Please. Amy Poehler.
Swan Loch (I did not like this)
The Magicians (I could enjoy very much)
I tend to stick in the “re-reading books” or “young adult fiction” or “authors I like already” realm, but book club introduced a lot of new authors and styles into my life. My recommendations are:
The Book Thief: It was excellent, and also a quick read. After reading the book, I watched the movie, and I must say, the book is WAY better. Max is given more attention in the book, and it’s really nice to see.
The Penelopiad; AMAZING piece of feminist literature. The story is excellent, but it’s also written in varying styles, that add a lot to the overall message. There is a courtroom scene that I still remember, months later.
Doctor Sleep- While not as chilling as The Shining, this sequel was very entertaining and answered a lot of questions I’d had about Danny, the young boy in the Shining. Plus, you get to see what it’s like to have a bit of a “shine” in the real world.
Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- I read this in it’s entirety while waiting for my flight at the airport in China. It was very entertaining, and had a bit of a Percy Jackson feel to it. The story is also refreshing.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers- A moving book about slums in India. Was on John Green’s book club, so I read it. And enjoyed.
The Green Rider Series- This is an EXCELLENT read for those of you who like Epic Fantasies. I PARTICULARLY enjoyed the treatment of women in this series. The main character, Karigan, is a realistic female protagonist (aka, she doesn’t spend the whole time wondering when she is going to fall in love). But what I think is more important about this book, is the fact that secondary female characters are also treated well… Like, not every female character is a baker’s wife, or a shopkeeper. There are female military officers, female Royal Council Members, and female spies, and their gender is not even regarded as an issue. It’s just a fact of that world, that women can do whatever men do (AS IT SHOULD BE), so I really appreciate this book. There is also a love story wound throughout it, so basically, it’s epic and awesome.
The Magicians- This book moves kind of slow, but for some reason, I found myself loving it. And that’s saying something, because the main character, Quentin, is a sad, pathetic asshole. I think that’s part of the charm; it’s a book full of extremely unlike-able characters, who make bad decisions, and whine about their own miserable fortunes, but the action is good, and it causes the reader to really think about their own outlook on life. It’s a really good series (there are 3) for those of us 20 somethings to read. And, I also enjoyed the fact that the author chose to juxtapose the magical elements with like, drug use and sex. Idk, it was interesting and entertaining.
So! Those are my books/recommendations from 2014. For 2015, I’ve decided not to push myself to read the 50 again, but to seek out a variety of new TYPES of book. Things I haven’t read/ might not be used to.