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Ironing Tuesday

I almost forgot to do today’s Ten on Tuesday! I’ve been reading some, and so this week’s topic spoke to me…

10 Books You Would Recommend to a Friend:

1. Youth in Revolt – I just read this book series that the movie was based upon. It was so entertaining that it kept me working while reading at the gym! It’s about the foibles of Nick Twisp, an intelligent high school student in Oakland, CA. Nick spends most of his life trying to get back together with his “love”, Sheeni Saunders. It’s a great book. I like the second one in the series, but the last one was not as good.

2. A Confederacy of Dunces – I just loved this book. I even listened to 13 books on tape to read this book! I’m considering reading it again since I had such a good memory of it.

3. Switch Bitch – This is my favorite of Roald Dahl’s short story collections. I love all Roald Dahl’s books, but this one has got the best stories.

4. Alan Mendelson, the Boy from Mars – This is my favorite Daniel Pinkwater book. His books are all good, but this one is so fun I really always recommend it.

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen – I’ve read all of Jane Austen’s books, and Persuasion is my second favorite. I suggest it because I’m sure more people would have read Pride and Prejudice, my favorite Jane Austen book, but might not find Persuasion. It’s about a woman who had been engaged as a young girl, but broke off the engagement because her family pressured her. She comes back into contact with her former love, and is still in love with him. It’s a great story.

6. Jane Eyre – This is another classic book that for some reason I didn’t read in high school but found a few years ago and really enjoyed. I loved this so much I went to see all the movie versions as well. I guess I’m just a romantic!

7. The Harry Potter series – I finally ended up reading this after a few years of my friend making references and my not getting them. I ended up reading all the books and really enjoying them. My son finally read them this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing the last movie in a few weeks!

8. Red Dragon – I really enjoy Thomas Harris’ books. I’ve read them all, and enjoyed them all, but I think Red Dragon was my favorite. It was translated into a great movie, Manhunter, with an amazing scene set to the Iron Butterfly song “In A Gadda Da Vida”.

9. The Shining – Some people think Stephen King isn’t a good writer, or isn’t “good enough” for book clubs, but I just loved The Shining. It is so well written and such a great story. Of course the movie is a classic, but the book is really good as well.

10. Oddballs – This is a story of William Sleator (his book, Interstellar Pig, is a great sci fi story, and his book Among the Dolls scared me to death as a child) and his siblings. It’s so funny, and both my kids and I were entertained.

Hope you try these books and/or the authors, they’re all good!


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June 2011