Plethora of Paraphernalia

Books That We Recommend/Are Reading:

Ashley (Ashcash):

Favorite Books (With Graphics):

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 

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3. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Books That Were Almost Favorites:

4. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

I admit, I’m a huge sucker for books that focus on the thought process of the brain. This book focuses on a neurologist’s experiences with unique cases, such as a man who often mistook common household objects for people. It’s pretty interesting, odd, and somewhat comedic at 2AM.

5. What Every BODY is Saying by Joe Navarro

Basically, this book shows the readers what body language translates to. Discomfort, happiness, and even anxiety may not show in someone’s words, but the stiffness of their shoulders, their constant fiddling, or glancing around will tell all. If, for some reason you want to be able to pick out lies, then I’d definitely recommend this book.

6. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

This book was a rollercoaster from the beginning to the end. At first, I was totally hyped to see how the parents would handle their unexpected situation. But halfway through the book I couldn’t understand the feelings and thought processes of the characters anymore. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you really, really, liked drama, angst, and romance.

Vivian (Okieskees): Lately, my only consumption of books has been a variety of manga, school-required books, and books probably written for middle schoolers. But I have been trying to read a couple of mind-bending or theme stricken books like, the Odyssey by Homer, Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine, or even the mainstream stuff like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins(which was pretty disappointing by the middle of the second book). Also, reading things like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green are pretty nice in contrast to all the dystopia-type books that are circulating nowadays.

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2. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. It’s pretty weird and gory in a sense. In any case, I don’t think it’d be appealing to very many people especially with its strange vocabulary and themes.

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3. Time Machine by H.G. Wells. When I think of science-fiction, this is the kinda of old school feel I’d expect. Time traveling, new species, strange creatures, ADVENTURE, and a dubious ending, how nice. Honestly though, I had to “dictionary.com” about a fourth of the words in this book and I had to reread each page a couple of times before I really understood what was going on. It’s probably just me, but again the book is one that’s directed towards a specific audience(who probably have a better vocabulary than me).

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4. Night by Elie Weisel. This book was really hard to get my hands on for some reason. Perhaps it’s because this is a school-reading assignment but seeing how many times it was recommended to me, it was surprisingly difficult to get a hold of. This work acts as a memoir of Elie Wiesel and his father’s experience in Nazi Germany concentration camps. Through the story, his view of the world gradually becomes more corrupted and demoralizing and because of this, reading it was extremely emotionally-draining. I never really got to reading the sequels Dawn and Day, but perhaps another day.

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Special Mentions: I can’t forget all the literature I’ve absorbed through required school reading can I? Books, novels, and stories like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Animal Farm by George Orwell, or even Shakespeare with his Romeo and Juliet.

Also a very important part of my life, MANGA, of course there’s too many so I hold dear and I have yet to make a post about my Top 10 or 5. But my Kiomine(Victoria) has and we happen to share a lot of the same favorites, so until I do make my own, refer to her’s~!

Victoria (Kiomine): I finished Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (published in 1997) a few weeks and the book is about a young girl, Chiyo Sakamato, and her older sister who are both taken from their poverty-stricken fishing village and their parents. Chiyo is sold to a geisha house while her sister is forced to be a prostitution. The story continues with Chiyo’s journey as a geisha trainee and soon full geisha.

I would probably give it a 4/5 because in the beginning of the story it was interesting but as I continued to read it it got boring in the middle and then back to interesting towards the end. The book has been made into a movie but I have yet to watch it.

In recommendation from Ashcash, I am planning on starting to read Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. This book is about Esther Greenwood, a young woman from the suburbs of Boston, gains a summer internship at a prominent magazine in New York City under editor Jay Cee. The story progresses with her becoming depressed and her struggles. Plath, the author who’s pen name was Victoria Lucas, committed suicide a month after its first UK publication.

Other books that I have read would include The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Animal Farm by George Orwell. I would recommend The Count of Monte Cristo to be read at least once in your life. Along with Vivian (Okieskees) I am planning on reading Delusions of Gender.

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