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AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:26 pm
by arty_gal
I thought it would be fun to make our own list of books that you feel people should read before they die. Write them as you remember them and there's no limit. That is if anyone wants to make this. Razz I'll start.

The Wheel of Surya Trilogy by Jamila Gavin
Lord of The Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien
Sophie's World by Jostein Garder

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:02 pm
by Sorcha
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (read the whole series if you can!)
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
All rivers flow to the sea by Alison McGhee
Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody

There are more.. I just haven't thought of them yet.

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:06 pm
by MASTER I
Juliet Marillier rules!

There are heaps of books that I'd want to include in this list (and I'm assuming AF is automatically added) but I'll only give the few that I can think of at the moment:

The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud (First book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer
The Wind Singer – William Nicholson (First book of the Wind on Fire Trilogy)

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:02 am
by Schizy
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Inherit the Wind (screenplay) by ...I forgot, but I liked it a lot in the 8th grade XD
Harry Potter! Hellz yeah!
Anything by Charles Dickinson, just to experience teh coolness
Sybll by Dr. Something (long name, I can't remember since I haven't read it for three years and somebody stole my only copy Sad )

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:09 am
by Voldy
ZOMG Lulu! You're back! *glompattack*

Ah, I see Lulu has written HP. Oooh, I know.

A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Outsiders
The Chronicles of Narnia
Inkheart
His Dark Materials
Night

Some more that I can't think of...*scratches head*

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:23 am
by pippersqueakums
The Books of Bayern, otherwise known as:
The Goose Girl
Enna Burning
River Secrets


They were written by Shannon Hale.

Also by her is Princess Academy. She is an amazing author...if you haven't noticed, the Goose Girl is my icon =^.^=

Now, there's the Edge Chronicles (melting at the thought)

there's eight books in these chronicles, so I'm not planning to list them. the first is Beyond the Deepwoods, for anyone interested. They're written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.

If you absolutely adore reading and fantasy, you HAVE to read these books. They're simple...maybe 300-400 pages, and not well-known. But seriously, both of those could be as popular as AF if they were more common....I fell in love with both series....

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:40 am
by Skater Girl
Voldy wrote:A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Chronicles of Narnia


The two I agree most! Very Happy ASoUE is a must, I think. After so long, it revives gothic (or was it Victorian?) literature, and it is actually in this list of children's books that motivated them to do stuff. And also enhances their vocabulary. Nevertheless, it is deep, humourous (in a way different than those of other books), and complex. Also, even though it can be classified as absurdist fiction; which is usually discussed by scholars, etc.; it still attracts young people and encourages them to discuss and be open about their thoughts, and it tells the sad truth to youngsters, that the truth is sometimes sad, and life wouldn't always be all sunshine and smiles, like a lot of children's books say. Therefore, it stands out among other children's books, and is a must-read for people.

Ohh, I feel like those book-review people on zines... o_0

Anyways, my own list...

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Fire Thief trilogy by Terry Deary
Matilda by Roald Dahl (or any of his works, really.)
Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
Totto-Chan: The Little Girl By The Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

And... I forgot the rest. *sigh*

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:33 am
by arty_gal
How could I forget?

BFG by Roald Dahl Very Happy Jemmy!

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:36 pm
by block77129
Ender's Game by Oscar Scott Card
From Gus:
I just finished this amazing sci-fi book a couple days ago. Amazing. I'm surprised I didn't read it earlier.

Being a science nerd, I usually prefer "hard" sci-fi, that is, science fiction written for the sake of exploring science. Example authors include Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Greg Bear... The other type is "soft" sci-fi. Stories which focus more on characters, with psuedoscience as a backdrop. Probably the most notable example is Star Wars.

Anyway, Ender's Game was the perfect combination of hard and soft sci-fi. The character interactions, the storyline. And then the sci-fi bit. Training centres, weapons, communications. It wasn't fully explained or justified, but it wasn't ignored.

And here's the summary:
Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is a brilliant six-year-old boy, born a third child into a United States that only permits families two children each. His very existence requires permission from the government. He has been closely watched for years through a monitor on the back of his neck. The book opens with its removal. As a Third and as an exceptionally smart student, he invites scorn from the children surrounding him. At the end of the school day, the bullies of the school begin teasing and mildly attacking him for the loss of his monitor. In response and to defend himself, Ender beats the ringleader, Stilson, until he could no longer get up. He then continues to brutally assault Stilson, kicking him in the ribs as hard as he can, to end not just that fight, but all future fights with the bully and his gang.


Band of Brothers by Stephan Ambrose
A company in the army share a common bond as they face their days in WW2 together and hang on to each other for hope and support.

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:28 pm
by Skater Girl
arty_gal wrote:BFG by Roald Dahl Very Happy Jemmy!


You like Roald Dahl too? Whee! I loved them. Very Happy Matilda was beautiful, though, my personal favourite. I HAFF to get the English (unabridged, unlike those in my school) version... Read the Indonesian version last time.

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:45 pm
by Hello
1984
Life of Pi
The Malaussene Saga : The Scapegoat, The Fairy Gunmother, Write to Kill, Monsieur Malaussene and Passion Fruit. (I haven't read the last yet, but the others were fantastic. Very Happy )

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:01 pm
by arty_gal
Skater Girl wrote:
arty_gal wrote:BFG by Roald Dahl Very Happy Jemmy!


You like Roald Dahl too? Whee! I loved them. Very Happy Matilda was beautiful, though, my personal favourite. I HAFF to get the English (unabridged, unlike those in my school) version... Read the Indonesian version last time.


I liked BFG a lot. But there are so many Roald Dahl's that rule. Smile

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:09 pm
by RubyMoon507
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
A Child Called It (onto A Man Called Dave) – Dave Pelzer
Interview With A Vampire - Anne Rice
The Wind Singer – William Nicholson (First book of the Wind on Fire Trilogy)
Harry Potter (of course) - J.K.Rowling
1984 - George Orwell - a bit long winded but overall really good.
Rold Dahl (any of his stuff!!)
Voices, a collection of poems - Spike Milligan XD

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:49 pm
by marzandstars
arty_gal wrote:
Skater Girl wrote:
arty_gal wrote:BFG by Roald Dahl Very Happy Jemmy!


You like Roald Dahl too? Whee! I loved them. Very Happy Matilda was beautiful, though, my personal favourite. I HAFF to get the English (unabridged, unlike those in my school) version... Read the Indonesian version last time.


I liked BFG a lot. But there are so many Roald Dahl's that rule. Smile



I lurve Roald Dahl!! I have the BFG!! it's a bit battered but...I've read soo mant Roald Dahl books. *sigh* those were the days

Re: AFC's List Of Books To Read Before You Die

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:03 am
by Schizy
Voldy: Yes, I'm back! It happens every full moon, or something like that. Kitty even dropped by earlier for a while. There must be something in the air. ::gestures vaguely with a flourish::

However, all of Schizy's books look like really good choices to me, and so do the Chronicles of Narnia.


Oh, how awesome am I?

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Ignore everything above that line.

On topic: I've always wanted to read To Kill a Mockingbird. Seems like EVERYONE but me has already read it. XD

Some more modern books:
The Green Mile by Stephen King
-well, EVERYONE should read at least one Stephen King book before they die. XD This is his best, most mature novel, in my opinion. (Though the scary, gore-filled stuff are cool, too. Very Happy )
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (something like that)
-pretty entertaining, great story and memorable, relavant writing style (a little dragged out, though)

...Geez, I can't think of anymore modern-ish novels. I hear The Time-Traveller's Wife is supposed to be good. And Memoirs of a Geisha, obviously. (Well, I loved the movie. XD)

More rec's:
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Streetcar Named Desire (screenplay) by Tennessee Williams

Books I'd like to read before I die:
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Finnigans Wake by James Joyce
The seventh HP book
An Agatha Christie mystery novel, just because
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (?)
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (?)
Christ the Lord by Anne Rice
etc, etc