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Seer of ghosts & weaver of stories

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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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