Ys

Seer of ghosts & weaver of stories

(You are very much not forgotten)

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I'm going to do this in roughly chronological order, from childhood to adulthood, although a few here and there are out of order:


1) Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

2) Ghosts I Have Been, by Richard Peck

3) The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

4) The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5) Hamlet, by William Shakespeare (not a novel, but it needs to be on this list)

6) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, by Some Bloody Talented Anonymous Bastard

7) Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis (must insist that EVERYONE READ THIS BOOK)

8) Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

9) The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman (not a single novel, but I can't separate them)

10) American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11) Passage, by Connie Willis (oh dear god it will break you)

12) The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

13) Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer (for all its pretentious bits, the heart of the story floored me; ended up not sleeping for weeks, it felt like)

14) Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco (this one should come earlier in the list)

15) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (really only the first book)

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You're suffering 'James-withdrawal symptoms'. Poor souil :( Is this the longest you've been apart?

Come to think of it, yes: in the almost six years I've known him, this is the longest we've been apart. The last time I saw him was early on the morning of 29 September when I left to fly to New Mexico.

(And as for not being able to kick the melancholy out of bed, I meant it more in a creative sense: these are the books I've read that have shaped my sensibilities as a writer, i.e. melancholic and bittersweet most of the time.)

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I think my list would be almost identical to yours, though switch Everything Is Illuminated for Alice Hoffman's Here On Earth.

Oh my good golly - Connie Willis kills me in all of her work, but ESPECIALLY Doomsday Book (which is half the reason I wanted to go to Oxford when we went to England!) and Passage. Egads.

I haven't picked up Blackout and All Clear yet, but they're next on my to-buy list!

I am about to start All Clear - just came in from amazon for me :)

I assume they're in no particular order, but I love that Tuck Everlasting is at the top of the list. That book changed my entire perspective on growing up. It basically relieved me of the Peter Pan syndrome.

(At the same time, how could I ever narrow it down to just fifteen? This would take me HOURS to consider.)

Well, they're broadly in chronological order, although the Eco novel should be nearer to the top of the list, and there were a few towards the end I remembered at the last minute, etc. Tuck Everlasting is just gorgeous all around.

Edited at 2010-10-25 11:36 pm (UTC)

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That's a perfectly viable excuse ;)

I am very new to Connie Willis and LOVING her work! Even newer to Collins - I should try to get a hold of that book.

We have 5, 6, 8, 9 and 14 in common! My email address username is from the line in Gawain about the birds in winter... it never fails to make my heart squeeze up.

I couldn't possibly choose a single favorite line from that poem. It's sex on parchment <3

Consider this booklist saved for future reference. :D

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These days, there are plenty of good modern English verse translations of Gawain; I'd say avoid the one by a guy with the surname of Winny at all costs; otherwise, have at it.

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