100 million years ago Peggy, as she is tagged me on a book meme, so here we go…
In high school this book basically took my brain apart and put it back together again. It is written from the point of view of a 2-dimensional square who discovers the third dimension. Doesn’t sound funny or even interesting, but fantastically it is both! This is the book that showed me the power of writing and the value of perspective. Everyone approaches the world as a result of their life and their experiences, and the little square dude is no exception.
I’ve already blogged about this book before, but I couldn’t leave it out of the list. A wonderful book about friendships that span a lifetime. The last time I read this book was when Chip was born and in the NICU for 4 days. (As an aside, the first book I remember reading over and over again is Charlotte’s Web. Aw!)
I’ve got nothing scintillating or insightful for this category. The below books were considered yet rejected for being useful, but ultimately too pedestrian for this list. (Please note, however, that they are the books I would bring if actually to be stuck on an island!)
- How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts
- Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties
- The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
- US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76
- The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
So there are about a million books that made me laugh, but this one was really good. Buckley is a tight, original writer with great timing.
“Nick Naylor had been called many things since becoming chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. But until now no one had actually compared him to Satan.” Ha!
I’ll come straight out and tell you that I’ve never read this book aloud. Just thinking about this book makes me cry. We adopted Mike in February 2002, and I just cannot get through this book. It is perfect. It is so sweet and genuine. I can barely write about it here because it touches me so deeply. I have to stop typing now because I can no longer see the keys.
Why was this one so hard for me? I don’t know. But if I wait around to come up with the answer it will be another eternity before I get this post out of my ‘drafts’ where it has been taunting me for freaking ever.
These sadistic fucks should never be allowed around pregnant women. They use guilt and intimidation to make you feel like you will give your fetus brain damage if you so much as eat a cupcake. The world doesn’t need more things to put pregnant women on edge! (Yeah, I know, “tell me how you really feel, Jane.”) And holy crap, don’t get me started on Ezzo!
[Yeah, read this one a while ago and currently I’m reading ‘Naked’ which you can see in my sidebar. Also a good book — review coming soon!] A pretty good read. Snappy dialog, and an interesting plot. Kind of a thriller/political-intrigue/masonic-riddle combo book. I’m about 2/3 of the way through, and it is keeping my attention quite well.
There are some classics that I managed never to read, and this is the one that surprises me the most. I went to a pretty classic private girl’s high school and then an ivy league university. Never did I even come close to reading Moby Dick. Someday!