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Speak Your Mind: READ ALL THE BOOKS!

Last Thursday the UK celebrated the 15th annual World Book Day, a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. You may have noticed Teen Skepchick’s celebration of it on Tumblr. But there are way too many books and way to many authors to fit into one day of celebration! We like to celebrate reading every day.

My favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell, which I read in high school. I’ve read books I liked better since then, but no other book packed quite the emotional punch. I remember sitting in my room, just sobbing away as I finished the book. I was so into the book, in fact, that I didn’t even realize I was finishing it. (How could it end like that? And my love for dystopias is born!)

What is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author? What was the first book that really touched you? What are some books you would recommend?

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  1. March 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm —

    I’m no longer a teen, but when I was one of my favorites was Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin. A few years later, as a stronger reader, I fell in love with Umberto Eco, in particular his epic novel Foucault’s Pendulum.

    Both are, I think , great for skeptical readers. Left Hand of Darkness is a sci-fi novel in which the main character spends his time on a planet in which there are no genders. Everyone is alternately able to bear children, or able to father children. The book looks at what it would be like in a world in which there was no sort of person that exclusively bore the brunt of child bearing or rearing, since for every couple either or both could fill either role. Really fantastic!

    Foucault’s Pendulum is like a more erudite DaVinci Code, or a more lucid Illuminatus Trilogy. It’s about using historical facts as a framework for a conspiratorial fictional history. It’s focuses around the legend of the Templars, and sprawls into all sorts of secret societies and mystic traditions. It’s a tough read, but well worth it. I re-read it every year or so just for the simple joy of it.

  2. March 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm —

    The Sherlock Holmes compendium is my favorite–discovered in my last year of elementary school. He wanted to observe and deduce and solve. Looking back, Holmes was a great skeptic, even if Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies.
    More recently, I’ve adored The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro Kazou. The second is a great dystopian story, the first is from the perspective of an English manservant.

    • March 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm —

      Never Let Me Go is one of my all-time favorites. I reviewed the book and the movie for Teen Skepchick. The writing is so beautiful and the story is so heartbreaking. I recommend it to everyone I meet.

  3. March 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm —

    The worst emotional punchline from 1984: He loved Big Brother. It was just a NOOOOOOOO!!!!! moment for me. 🙂

    • March 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm —

      Oh, and I recommend Watership Down. I happened to read it upon a whim while checking the library. The characters are a bunch of rabbits who goes in a journey to find a new home after one of the rabbits named Fiver had a dream about theirs being destroyed. It was much more awesome than I expected. After all these time, it is still one of my favorite books.

    • March 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm —

      The worst emotional punchline from 1984: He loved Big Brother. It was just a NOOOOOOOO!!!!! moment for me. 🙂

      OH. EM. GEE. I know! I was just sitting alone in my room, sobbing, when I read that. I didn’t even realize the book was ending. I turned the page and discovered nothing. It was devastating. But in a good way.

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