Summer Reading with Blair

Blair is, and I quote, the “Mas­cot of Kards Unlim­it­ed”. She embod­ies the soul and spir­it of this store: smart, wit­ty, some­times a lit­tle inap­pro­pri­ate and always TONS of fun. She is a KID at heart, but with also the brain of a sophis­ti­cat­ed, well read per­son! Check out her sum­mer read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions! You won’t regret it, yo.

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
This can be read in iso­la­tion but it is con­nect­ed to his oth­er books which I high­ly recommend–although you run the risk of spi­ral­ing down the rab­bit hole of his time-jump­ing-we-are-all-con­nect­ed-uni­verse and try to make a chart and then meet him in per­son and show him said chart and watch him rub his tem­ples from the headache you caused.
If you like puz­zles, mys­tery, real life with a para­nor­mal twist…read him.

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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Nor­rell by Susan­na Clarke
So this may be my FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME even though I say that a lot…because of the uni­verse I was enveloped in while read­ing it. What is so extra­or­di­nary about this book is YES it’s mag­ic but it’s mag­ic in the “real world”; a magi­cian attempts to bring respect and dig­ni­ty back to mag­ic by show­ing its prac­ti­cal use­ful­ness and employs it dur­ing war-time, for exam­ple, which I’ve nev­er seen done (and oh my god those sce­nes are so amaze). The oth­er fun thing about this book is the his­to­ry in the footnotes–it’s prac­ti­cal­ly a whole oth­er book. The world she builds is tru­ly incred­i­ble and the pace and care put into the char­ac­ter devel­op­ment and fic­tion­al his­to­ry is unlike any book I’ve ever read and feels so real that you fin­ish the book feel­ing like a schol­ar of an alter­na­tive his­to­ry.

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The Magi­cians by Lev Gross­man
Many peo­ple have likened this to a teenage, R-rat­ed Har­ry Pot­ter, which is some­what accu­rate because mag­ic but also blood and sex and vio­lence etc., and our Har­ry in this case is a wit­ty exis­ten­tial jok­er with a dirty vocab­u­lary. Also, add Nar­nia. This is a fun read that has sur­pris­ing­ly sin­cere and mov­ing moments along with its some­times very creepy and haunt­ing ones.

 

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Oryx and Crake by Mar­garet Atwood
One of the rea­sons I love sci-fi and or any­thing post-apoc­a­lyp­tic, is that you spend the begin­ning of the sto­ry learn­ing a new vocab­u­lary in a new uni­verse and you don’t know what’s going on because you are open­ing the pages of this world and it doesn’t have to explain itself to you, the voyeur. Atwood is bril­liant with her pac­ing and moments of rev­e­la­tion to the read­er in this very strange world that feels like it could be ours. It’s the first in a tril­o­gy and you’ll want to get to the 2nd the sec­ond you fin­ish.

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The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Sid­dons
Ok. Here’s the thing. I don’t read a lot of scary sto­ries which is sil­ly because I love scary movies. But I’ve read this, and this is SCARY. I loved this and had SO MUCH FUN hav­ing the expe­ri­ence of read­ing a page-turn­er. The best part was hav­ing a friend read it and freak­ing out when you get to cer­tain parts and send­ing gross texts to each oth­er in the mid­dle of the night that may or may not involve fetus­es.

 

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The Foun­da­tion Tril­o­gy by Isaac Asi­mov
So this was my first sci-fi and I haven’t looked back (at oth­er gen­res) since. This changed my whole world. This is one of those sto­ries that makes you won­der how a human could hold all of it in their head. In the mil­lions of galax­ies that exist a man named Hari Sel­don has pre­dict­ed the future and it’s HOW he pre­dicts, not what, that is so fas­ci­nat­ing to me. Imag­ine com­bin­ing all the dis­ci­plines into one and all the knowl­edge that would give; imag­ine try­ing to deliv­er that mes­sage over the span of centuries—and does the very act of dis­sem­i­nat­ing infor­ma­tion change the future or does it cause what was always meant to be?

 

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Phan­tom Toll­booth by Nor­ton Juster

My love of lan­guage began here and is still with me. It is with young Milo that I learned how won­der­ful and strange lan­guage can be, which led me to pur­sue poet­ry, phi­los­o­phy and lin­guis­tics in col­lege. In Dic­tio­nop­o­lis I learned that let­ters taste dif­fer­ent. I learned that Con­clu­sions is an island that can only be reached by jump­ing. I learned that war is what hap­pens when rhyme and rea­son are nowhere to be found. I learned that mean­ing in lan­guage is nev­er exhaust­ed, but always open to new and imag­i­na­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties.

 

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The Inven­tion of Hugo Cabret by Bri­an Selznick
This is one of the most beau­ti­ful and mov­ing sto­ries I’ve ever read and I’ve read a lot of sto­ries. Mar­t­in Scorce­se thought so too and made it a film and won best pic­ture of the year…just say­ing. The book is com­prised of stun­ning pen­cil draw­ings and pages of text in between that tells the sto­ry of being true to one­self and one’s pas­sions in life. It’ll getcha.

So, what do you think?