16 Jul
2016

Even More Summer Reading Lists!

Summer Reading

We’ve given you a LOT of lists this week, but if you STILL aren’t sure about what you should be read­ing this sum­mer, HERE ARE SOME MORE! The­se are lists we’ve used in past sum­mers, but they are still just as hot as they were when they were post­ed the first time!
Read on, Read­ers! 

15 Jul
2016

Jessi’s Summer Reading picks!

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Jes­si is the Queen of Geek Cul­ture and Board Games. That is her offi­cial title. Her oth­er titles include “Boss Lady”, “Duchess of Kards” and “Jedi Princess”. Every­thing you want to know about good Sci­ence Fic­tion can prob­a­bly be answered by Jes­si. Also, she will kick your ass HARD in any game of any kind prob­a­bly. Just say­ing.
Here are Jessi’s Sum­mer Read­ing sug­ges­tions!

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14 Jul
2016

J.D.‘s Summer Reading Picks!

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So you like graph­ic nov­els? Well. You’ve come to the right place. J.D. is now KU’s unof­fi­cial Graph­ic Nov­el wiz­ard. Why? Well, he’s read a lot of them. And he has opin­ions. And from we can tell so far, his opin­ions are pret­ty good qual­i­ty!
J.D. has some reg­u­lar books sug­ges­tions as well. Check ‘em out!

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13 Jul
2016

Mariann’s Summer Reading Picks

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Mar­i­ann has been here at KU for just a few months, but she’s got our jive down pret­ty well. She’s a qui­et one, but damn is that girl good at orga­niz­ing things. In her pre­vi­ous life she was prob­a­bly a drag­on that kept her hoard filed alpha­bet­i­cal­ly.
Check out her Sum­mer Read­ing selec­tions!

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Col­or­less Tsuku­ru Taza­ki and His Years of Pil­grim­age by Haruki Murakami
Murakami’s lat­est work of fic­tion is a must for even the most casu­al fan. Ethe­re­al and wist­ful, this sto­ry fol­lows our despair­ing pro­tag­o­nist on a quest to seek clo­sure in a lone­ly life defined by com­par­ison. One ques­tion haunts the nar­ra­tive and when answered leaves us trou­bled by the unfor­tu­nate nature of mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweil­er by E.L. Konigs­burg
Run­ning away to live in a muse­um has nev­er been more fun. Part mys­tery, part broth­er-sis­ter bond­ing tale, this is a time­less clas­sic (not just for chil­dren!) that deserves a re-read.

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A Heart­break­ing Work of Stag­ger­ing Genius by Dave Eggers
The more I’ve thought about it, the title of this book is strik­ing­ly apt. Apt in that it is jok­ing, play­ful, snide, and know­ing­ly self-aware, much like the work itself. A med­i­ta­tion on the endurance of the human spir­it, the “genius” is in the jour­ney I was hap­py to take and you will be too. With a superb nav­i­ga­tor, this is a fan­tas­tic intro­duc­tion to the gen­re of cre­ative non-fic­tion

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If on a Winter’s Night a Trav­el­er by Italo Calvi­no
As the pro­tag­o­nist of the text, “you” fall in love with a beau­ti­ful wom­an you meet in a book­store. As the pro­tag­o­nist of the text, you are ensnared in the inner-work­ings of the lit­er­ary world. As a read­er of the text, each chap­ter is the begin­ning of a new gen­re-speci­fic nov­el that is inter­rupt­ed right as the text begins to evolve. Some­how the­se two par­al­lel nar­ra­tives impres­sive­ly mix and mash togeth­er to cre­ate an intrigu­ing work of post­mod­ernist fic­tion.

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Mrs. Dal­loway by Vir­ginia Woolf
A good place to start if you’re at all curi­ous about Vir­ginia Woolf’s writ­ing. A wom­an of high soci­ety ques­tions her mar­riage and social oblig­a­tions. In a world before the diag­no­sis PTSD, a vet­er­an expe­ri­ences flash­backs that push him into the dark­est of places. How do we age with pas­sion, how do we expe­ri­ence time? Float down the stream of con­scious­ness with Woolf’s mus­ings on past, present, and par­ties.

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New York Tril­o­gy by Paul Auster
The ulti­mate detec­tive col­lec­tion twists and turns through a few gumshoes’ per­sis­tent search for the truth in con­flict­ing real­i­ties. Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in install­ments, the­se three sto­ries com­ple­ment one anoth­er in their meta-fic­tion­al essence. This col­lec­tion doesn’t take itself too seri­ous­ly and instead offers a refresh­ing take on the tra­di­tion­al hard-hit­ting crime sto­ry.

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Sat­in Island by Tom McCarthy
A vague account of dreams, maps, sky­di­vers, and oil spills, an anthro­pol­o­gist is tasked with writ­ing a report for a sus­pect mega-cor­po­ra­tion. This text exam­i­nes why we ana­lyze soci­ety and cul­ture and who this analy­sis ben­e­fits. I read it in one sit­ting.

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Still Life with Wood­peck­er by Tom Rob­bins
Before the illu­mi­nati con­spir­a­cy craze swept the Amer­i­can under­ground, there were hypothe­ses about pres­i­den­tial des­tiny and the imagery hid­den on a pack of Camel cig­a­rettes. What does this have to do with red­heads, black­ber­ries, and the city of Seat­tle? Read along to find out.

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The Stranger by Albert Camus
This exis­ten­tial clas­sic will have you grap­pling with the impli­ca­tions of a person’s moral con­sti­tu­tion. As far as the per­fect sum­mer read­ing book, well, it does take place on a beach…

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Super Sad True Love Sto­ry by Gary Shteyn­gart
The near dystopi­an future is falling in love online. It is an awk­ward nego­ti­a­tion between dig­i­tal avatars and a glob­al econ­o­my on the polit­i­cal fritz. Immor­tal­i­ty and image col­lide to bring a satir­i­cal take on unex­pect­ed, cloy­ing romance.

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A Vis­it from the Goon Squad by Jen­nifer Egan
Are you an aging record pro­duc­er? Someone’s per­son­al assis­tant? A for­mer punk, a future par­ent, a love-struck fool? If the answer to any of the­se ques­tions is yes, this book is for you. Trav­el through the years with a cast of char­ac­ters who are tru­ly rock and roll. Egan crafts a hilar­i­ous and heart-wrench­ing tale of bro­ken dreams and new begin­nings. As a home­less bassist utters mid-way through the text, “time is a goon.”

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The Year of Mag­i­cal Think­ing by Joan Did­ion
The mem­oir to end all mem­oirs. The empti­ness of grief is explored with such com­plex­i­ty from a jour­nal­is­tic and per­son­al per­spec­tive. The jar­ring and sud­den death of a spouse. The ill­ness and decline of a daugh­ter. If ever there were a book to make you cry, this is it.

12 Jul
2016

Adam’s Summer Reading Picks!

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Adam wears birken­stocks and reg­u­lar­ly uses a foun­tain pen. He also at one time was heard say­ing that he was “what hip­sters wish they were.” So this list may or may not be full of books that he knew were good about before you did. But hon­est­ly, he has pret­ty good taste, so give his list a try!

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Geek Love by Kather­ine Dunn
I read this book in a post-mod­ern lit­er­a­ture class in col­lege.  I went into the class not real­ly lik­ing post-mod­ern lit.  I found it over­wrought and vac­u­ous and large­ly com­pletely unin­ter­est­ing.  There were sev­eral books over the course of the class that changed my mind and this was one of the first and best.  If you like sto­ries of freak shows and weird cults, and fam­i­ly bond­ing, this book is def­i­nitely for you.

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The Secret His­to­ry by Don­na Tartt
I had nev­er heard of Don­na Tartt before my good friend Jody hand­ed me this book, told me that it was one of her favorite things she’d ever read, and told me to read it.  This book inter­ested me from the out­set because the main char­ac­ter goes to col­lege and majors in Clas­sics and if a book about a Clas­sics major in col­lege sounds bor­ing to you, just trust me that the tip of this ice­berg does not begin to do jus­tice to the remain­der.  Intense friend­ships, bac­cha­na­lia, and creepy secrets make this piece by the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning author of
The Goldfinch is absolute­ly a must read.

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The Jun­gle Books by Rud­yard Kipling
The Jun­gle Book and The Sec­ond Jun­gle Book were orig­i­nally pub­lished sep­a­rately, but are fre­quently print­ed and sold as one vol­ume now.  This is one of those books that no film adap­ta­tion has ever even come close to touch­ing, so if you saw Disney’s newest adap­ta­tion ear­lier this year and either liked it or didn’t like it, just for­get about it and pick up the book.  It’s fun, a great sto­ry to share with kids, and one of the most sur­pris­ingly emo­tional sto­ries I’ve ever read.  As an added bonus, the book is actu­ally a col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, which makes it per­fect as a bed­time sto­ry option or com­mute book!

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The Hob­bit by J.R.R. Tolkien
It is (hope­fully) glar­ingly obvi­ous to any­one who’s read this blog even a bit (or talked to me in per­son) that I absolute­ly love Tolkien.  He is basi­cally a deity to me.  
The Hob­bit is a great Sum­mer Read­ing option because it’s light and fun and about a trip, which makes it the per­fect vaca­tion book!  Plus when the vaca­tion­ing is done and you’re ready for some­thing with a lit­tle more grav­i­tas you can grad­u­ate to The Lord of the Rings, The Sil­mar­il­lion, or even Unfin­ished Tales of Numenor and Mid­dle Earth!

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Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
First of all, every­one should have at least one Dahl book under their belt.  He’s a clas­sic children’s/young adult author for a rea­son, folks.  
Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox is my favorite Roald Dahl book because sto­ries about crafty ani­mals out­smart­ing humans are pret­ty much my life blood.  Plus, one of the char­ac­ters sub­sists on noth­ing but hard cider, which is how I aspire to live my life.

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The Wid­ow Clic­quot by Tilar Mazzeo
I’m not a huge oenophile (though I like wine a lot) nor am I an espe­cially eager read­er of non-fic­tion, but this book hooked me. In fact, this book is one of the rea­sons I’ve been more into biogra­phies late­ly. The sto­ry of how Bar­be-Nicole Clic­quot Pon­sardin not only han­dled her husband’s com­pany like a boss after he died but also com­pletely rev­o­lu­tion­ized the cham­pagne busi­ness, ran block­ades to sell her lux­ury wine, and basi­cally was an all-around hero for, like 60 years until Death final­ly showed up and was like, “Come on, lady, you’re mak­ing me look bad here,” is one that I can read over and over again.  She was
OG, man.

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Lit­tle, Big by John Crow­ley
The nov­el picked for the inau­gural meet­ing of the
KU Book Club (and also the sec­ond meet­ing when we showed up and dis­cov­ered that none of us had fin­ished it) has stuck with me in a huge way since then.  This book got me into read­ing tarot cards.  It also uses the ubiq­ui­tous idea of Faerie in a supreme­ly fas­ci­nat­ing way and basi­cally is every­thing you could pos­si­bly want in a book.  I’ve nev­er real­ly been able to ver­bal­ize this until right now, but you know what Lit­tle, Big is?  It’s a Neil Gaiman nov­el from before Neil Gaiman was writ­ing nov­els.  I don’t know if Gaiman was direct­ly influ­enced by Crowley’s book, but I have to say, I’d kin­da bet on it.

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I Love You, Beth Coop­er by Lar­ry Doyle
I’ll be hon­est with you, I read this book because I saw the movie and real­ly liked it.  I saw the movie because Hay­den Panet­tiere was in it and I real­ly like her.  My moti­va­tions notwith­stand­ing, though, this book is excel­lent.  Any­one who has ever gone to high school will find some­thing to relate to here.  It’s fun­ny, heart­felt, and makes you glad you grad­u­ated years and years ago.

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Moth­er, Can You Not? by Kate E. Siegel
I start­ed fol­low­ing the Insta­gram account @crazyjewishmom months and months ago.  At that time, it was just an account where this young wom­an post­ed screen­shots of text con­ver­sa­tions with her over­bear­ing, hilar­i­ous, and com­plete­ly fil­ter-less moth­er.  It has since grown into a huge viral phe­nom­e­non and Kate has rolled with the punch­es, com­ing out with this book ear­lier this spring.  It’s just as hilar­i­ous as the IG account, and I’d rec­om­mend it to any­one who’s ever had a con­ver­sa­tion with their mom that turned into some­thing resem­bling an Abbot and Costel­lo skit from a crazy par­al­lel uni­verse.  

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The Blue Sword by Robin McKin­ley
I found this book in my ele­men­tary school library when I was in 5th grade or so.  It enchant­ed me in a way that no book had done before and few have done since.  It’s rare to find fan­ta­sy, high or low, that so per­fect­ly cap­tures the world it cre­ates.  Mag­ic and sword fights and pet big cats are things that all of us have want­ed (and/or cur­rent­ly want) in our lives, and this book will give you those feels in abun­dance.

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Roth­fuss
Before I read this book, I noticed that one of the blurbs on the back said, “Shelve
The Name of the Wind with The Lord of the Rings and look for­ward to the day when it is men­tioned in the same breath and per­haps as first among equals.”  This, to me, con­sti­tut­ed extreme­ly — almost impos­si­bly — high praise.  Hav­ing read it, I can say unequiv­o­cal­ly that Rothfuss’s book lives up to that praise.  If you enjoy fan­ta­sy at all, you should give this book your undi­vid­ed atten­tion at your ear­li­est pos­si­ble con­ve­nience.  

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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
This is a book many of us knew from our child­hoods.  If you’re around my age or a lit­tle old­er, you prob­a­bly have fond mem­o­ries of the ani­mat­ed film of 1973, which is an excel­lent adap­ta­tion of what is prob­a­bly White’s most famous work.  If you have or know a young child who loves ani­mals, or if you just want to nour­ish that small child with­in your­self, pick up Charlotte’s Web and share it with some­one.  It’s a book best read with a friend. 

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Mar­t­in
The first book of Martin’s epic
Song of Ice and Fire is a fan­tas­tic book to read over the sum­mer.  While fans of the series may enjoy the lat­er books more (book 3, A Storm of Swords is most fans’ favorite), A Game of Thrones is the per­fect first book of a series, mak­ing grand intro­duc­tions, set­ting the stage for the incred­i­ble events to fol­low, and draw­ing the read­er into the uni­verse so com­plete­ly that you’ll be hard-pressed to put any of the­se books down (until, of course, you throw one of them across the room in a Mar­t­in-inspired rage.)

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Pride & Prej­u­dice by Jane Austen
This is lit­er­al­ly one of the most per­fect books of all time.  Even if you don’t like peri­od pieces; even if you don’t like roman­tic come­dies; even if you don’t like British lit­er­a­ture; even if you don’t like the Clas­sics, give this book a chance.  Austen’s incred­i­ble com­mand of com­e­dy and emo­tion­al depth make P&P one of my favorite books.  You’ll be laugh­ing and ugly-cry­ing in equal por­tions due to the snark and mooshy-ness in this book.  If you don’t love it, I will lit­er­al­ly eat my hat.

11 Jul
2016

Alexander’s Summer Reading Picks

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Alexan­der is a recent addi­tion to Kards Unlim­it­ed, but we’re super glad to have his tal­ents on our team. His resume includes Pro-Shark wrestling and a brief stint as a nin­ja, and you know, those are super help­ful skills here at this par­tic­u­lar book/gift/card store.
Alexander’s list is pret­ty intense, I’m not going to lie. But if you read all of the­se books this sum­mer you’ll prob­a­bly end up feel­ing like you could be a nin­ja too.

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Food of the Gods by Ter­ence McKen­na
For seri­ous seek­ers only. McKenna’s rad­i­cal hypoth­e­sis on the ori­gins of human con­scious­ness is the only Cre­ation Myth that has ever made any sense to me, and has the unig­nor­able char­ac­ter­is­tic of being con­cur­rent with both sci­en­tific data and per­son­al expe­ri­ence. If any ele­ment of it approach­es the truth, the ram­i­fi­ca­tions are as daming as they are poten­tial­ly salv­i­fic.

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The Ulti­mate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Dou­glas Adams
I’ve read a lot of holy books, but this absurdist’s bible is unde­ni­ably my favorite and has guid­ed my life more than any oth­er. When­ev­er I find myself tak­ing life too seri­ous­ly (my car­di­nal sin), I know that it is time to reread the Guide, laugh at life, and thumb my way into a new adven­ture.

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Civ­i­liza­tion and Its Dis­con­tents by Sig­mund Freud
If you find your­self ques­tion­ing the ther­a­peu­tic valid­i­ty of your psy­ch meds and sus­pect that your ther­a­pist may sim­ply be adjust­ing you to a deeply patho­log­i­cal cul­ture instead of help­ing heal you, this book, from the Father of Psy­cho­analy­sis him­self, may fuel your para­noia and cat­alyze a self-real­iza­tion-or-bust jour­ney of trans­for­ma­tion. At least, it did for me.

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The Pow­er of Myth by Joseph Camp­bell
This book is an intro­duc­tion to that lost con­ti­nent in the West­ern psy­che, the world of mythos. If you’re look­ing for some­thing to help you pass the time while you wait to die, this isn’t it. But if you’re hun­gry for a life of adven­ture imbued with self-gen­er­at­ed mean­ing, this is a good place to start.

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Demon Haunt­ed World: Sci­ence as a Can­dle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
A whet­stone for the intel­lect. Inter­nal­iz­ing the log­i­cal razors Sagan presents in this field guide to truth-seek­ing has been of incal­cu­la­ble ben­e­fit to me in my life for avoid­ing a whole lot of bull­shit while inves­ti­gat­ing the lunatic fringe and the vari­eties of weird expe­ri­ences. I reread it every so often to keep my wits sharp.

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Brave New World by Aldous Hux­ley
For all that I knew about psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tion­ing and the mas­sive social engi­neer­ing projects under­tak­en in the 20th cen­tu­ry, this book was the boot in the ass that I need­ed to rip myself out of my cul­ture and begin the painful process of unlearn­ing the insan­i­ty that I had assim­i­lat­ed to. Noth­ing like a good sto­ry to ren­der a body of facts into impe­tus for action.

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The Moon is a Harsh Mis­tress by Robert Hein­lein
Inspire your inner rev­o­lu­tion­ary with this under­dog tale of Lib­er­tar­i­an rebel­lion on the Moon. Fea­tur­ing my favorite weapon in all of sci­ence fic­tion for its engi­neer­ing sim­plic­i­ty and my favorite famil­ial social orga­ni­za­tion for its com­mu­nal strength.

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Par­adise Lost by John Mil­ton
No oth­er intel­lec­tu­al endeav­or has car­ried out so thor­ough a med­i­ta­tion on Evil over the cen­turies as Chris­tian­i­ty has. Par­adise Lost is the crown­ing jew­el of that inves­ti­ga­tion into the per­son­al­i­ty of Evil. It has helped me under­stand the path that peo­ple like Eric Har­ris to Adolph Hitler have walked down, and helped me avoid that path myself.

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Val­is and Lat­er Nov­els by Philip K. Dick
All of Dicks’ works ren­der opaque the dubi­ous wall of sep­a­ra­tion between fact and fic­tion, real­i­ty and delu­sion, and your life and the character’s, but the VALIS series is a mind ben­der for mind-ben­ders on a ben­der. His­to­ri­ans should keep tabs on this book, because it will like­ly become incor­po­rat­ed into some future religion’s canon of rev­e­la­to­ry lit­er­a­ture.

 

Here are three more books to try as well!

 

6 Jul
2016

Athena’s Summer Reading Picks!

 

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Athena believes in fairies and drag­ons. She spent a while in Ire­land and she will swear up and down that she saw things that can’t pos­si­bly be real. But you know, she was also drink­ing quite heav­i­ly the whole time, so may­be that has some­thing to do with it.
Check out what she’s (re)reading this sum­mer!

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5 Jul
2016

Blair Kirin’s Summer Reading Picks!

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.