Recommend a…Book Someone Else Recommended to You

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Briana recommended this book to me.  I had, to my shame, never read this science fiction classic, perhaps because I assumed I would not enjoy anything from the genre.  However, my love for Doctor Who prompted me to give science fiction another chance.  I immediately fell in love with the book–its depth, its characters, its sheer humanity.  Card makes the readers feel as if he knows and understands them, and it’s almost impossible not to respond to his warmth.  Read my review here.

Recommend a… First Book in a Series

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Any book by Dumas is filled with action and adventure and populated by gallant heroes.  His work also offers insights into human nature and a plethora of historical background. The Three Musketeers, following the young D’Artagnan as he tries valiantly to join the ranks of Louis XIII’s musketeers, is no exception.  The book may be long, but the drama will keep the pages turning.  And the best part is that even when the book is over, the adventures are not.  Continue reading with the second book Twenty Years After.

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Recommend a…Book You Read This Year

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The Man With Two Left Feet by P. G. Wodehouse

Wodehouse’s short story collection features a range of tales, many of them focusing on romance, but all bearing the author’s signature wit and humor.  Of special note is the first appearance of Bertie Wooster, his manservant Jeeves, and his Aunt Agatha in  “Extricating Young Gussie.”  Other tales include one by a dog, the adventures of a mediocre detective, and the romance of an ugly policeman.  Wodehouse’s trick endings and inimitable sense of irony prove the perfect ingredients to create a series of stories perfect for whiling away an afternoon.

Recommend a…Book by a Male Author

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The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Anyone who regularly follows this blog was probably expecting a Tolkien book, since Tolkien is my favorite author and he happens to be male…but my third favorite author is Chaim Potok.  I love practically all of his books that I have read (You can read my review for My Name is Asher Lev), but The Chosen is probably his most well-known work.  It is also the book that I read first, and the one that got me completely hooked on the rest of his work.

Potok is a master of writing about what it means to be human.  In The Chosen, he writes about friendship, and the one that develops between two young men who follow different types of Judaism.  They come to learn a lot about each other and their faith, and the reader is privileged to be brought on a such a moving and thought-provoking journey.

Recommend a…Book Published in 2010

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The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

 Eleven-year-old Giuseppe dreams of earning enough money as a street musician to buy a ticket back to his family in Italy.  Twelve-year-old Hannah learns of a hidden treasure that will help her struggling family.  Thirteen-year-old Frederick, apprentice to a clock maker, hopes to gain a promotion to journeyman by building an automaton.  Separately the three cannot attain their goals, but together they find they can achieve the impossible.

Recommend a…Book You Thought Was Funny

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Sin noticias de Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza

Translated into English as No Word from Gurb, this novella follows the adventures of an alien in pre-1992 Olympics Barcelona as he searches for his lost friend Gurb.  The story is written in the form of a diary as the narrator reports not only on the progress of his search but also on the customs of the inhabitants of Earth.  His observations form a parody of Barcelona and its people.  Humor also arises from the ability of the extra-terrestrials to shape-shift and from the narrator’s hopeless crush on his next-door neighbor.  I could not stop laughing the entire time I was reading it.

Recommend a…Book that Made You Emotional

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I don’t normally read a lot of contemporary fiction, but after all the excitement and praise heaped on this book and the suggestions that it’s basically going to become a young adult classic, I added it to my list, albeit a little later than everyone else.  But everyone gushing about it is right.  The Fault in Our Stars is brilliant.  It’s quirky and and deep.  It makes you laugh even though you’re reading about kids with cancer because, as they so often try to point out to others, cancer is not what defines them.  So, even though the book can bring forth tears, it’s more inspirational than sad.

Hazel and Augustus are great characters, and even though I think they are almost too quirky to be realistic, it is obvious why so many readers have fallen in love with their thoughts and dreams and struggles, and why they fall in love with each other.

Recommend a…Trilogy

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The Mysterious Benedict Society Trilogy by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy focuses on the adventures of four remarkable children–Reynie, Sticky, Constance, and Kate–each with their own unique talents.  Reynie specializes in logic and puzzles, Sticky can memorize almost anything, Constance writes poetry, and  Kate possesses extraordinary speed and agility.  The four combine their skills to battle an evil genius and save their country.  The books are charmingly quirky and delightfully clever.  They celebrate childhood and its receptivity to wonder, and furthermore invite the readers to participate in the fun by solving the puzzles and riddles themselves.  Readers who enjoy the trilogy can test  their wits with The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums, or learn more about Mr. Benedict in the prequel The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.