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Good books you should read

15 May, 2008 (10:02am) | Blog

Ok, so if you are a girl, I should probably assume that you’ve already read all of Jane Austin’s books. However, I will not take the chance. If you haven’t, those books are amazing. Even if you’re a guy. Start with Mansfield Park.

Now, on the completely other end of the spectrum is George Orwell. Anything by him (which is really only 1984 and Animal Farm). They are both social commentaries, so they are NOT feel good books. Just to warn you.

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card is great for the sci-fi genre. However, if you decide you like it, do no, I repeat, DO NOT read the sequels. If you must have more, go ahead and read Ender’s Shadow. It is not a sequel, but rather the same story told from a different characters perspective.

The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. This book is amazing on so many levels. It’s like a fantasy, mythology, and bible story all rolled into one. The best way I can sum it up is this: It is a story about a rooster and his coop going through the apocalypse. Read it. Then read the sequel, The Book of Sorrows. If you don’t cry when reading that one, you don’t have a heart.

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. It has been way to long since I last read this, so I really need to read it again before explaining why it is so good. It just is.

Night, by Elie Wiesel; and the sequels(?), Dawn and Day. Night is a true story about the authors experience being a Jew during the holocaust. Dawn is a fiction story that is not a narrative sequel to Night, but and emotional one. Same with Day. In my opinion, Night is the best of them all.

Watership Down, by Richard Adams. This book is like the LOTR of rabbits. You think rabbits are cute and fuzzy creatures? Just you wait…

Roverandom, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Too many people don’t know about any of Tolkiens other books. This one is about a dog that is turned into a toy by an angry wizard and the subsequent adventures that Roverandom goes through trying to find the wizard. Another great Tolkien book is Farmer Giles of Ham.

If you enjoy a good cry, read Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. But only if you enjoy a good cry.

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. While not a true story itself, this book is based on what things were actually like in the Chicago stockyards for immigrants. It was instrumental in opening peoples eyes to the horrors of where pork and beans was coming from.

And now for all the techy geeks out there, read The Cuckoo’s Egg, by Cliff Stoll. The subtitle is “Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage”. It’s a true story about an astronomer-turned-network-administrator that discovers a hacker using his networks. It’s set in the 90′s when the internet was only just catching on, and everyone who used computers had to know command line stuff. That book is how I first started learning Unix. If you’re not a geek, you might not enjoy this one.


Comment from seven
Time: 15 May 2008, 12:48 pm

Jane Austen is cool. I sort of hate Of Mice and Men. The Cuckoo’s Egg is rad. I like you.

Comment from Rachelskirts
Time: 17 May 2008, 10:08 am

I love Jane Austen! Since you started with her, I’ll assume the rest of these recommendations are also fabulous. I’ve added all of them to the notebook I’m taking with me to the book sale in an hour. (Three pages worth of suggestions! Literacy might not be dead after all!)

Comment from Lisa
Time: 17 May 2008, 7:34 pm

Ender’s Game… SO fantastic!

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