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Post by Guest on Tue May 05, 2009 3:46 pm

Steppenwolf is definitely my favorite. 1984 is a close second.

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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Tue May 05, 2009 4:03 pm

LOL I LOVE How many people love Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs here... I mean good lord how can you not love a book about raining food?

My fav little kid book though, was a book called "Purple, Green and Yellow" about a little girl named Bridget who liked to draw on people with super-indelible-never-come-off-'till-your-dead-and-maby-even-later-markers!

And YES we must all bring out favourite little kids books to Gov School and have story time! very happy

I must read catcher in the rhye and um yes.. picking noses... that's a pretty good way to get me to read books... i guess ? *(my name is melissa by the way)

Herman Hesse... I loved Siddhartha that would have to be another favorite of mine...

1984 was very "GOOD" but it just made me so paranoid and freaked out I couln't say I liked it.. Brave New World was more digestable...

what's Steppenwolf about... besides the band...
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Post by Guest on Tue May 05, 2009 4:12 pm

androgynousmermen@verizon wrote:

what's Steppenwolf about... besides the band...

Lol Yeah the band took the name from the book. Steppenwolf's pretty much about this guy who feels totally alientated from the world around him. The whole book is basically on the line between fantasy and reality until the middle when you realize that there's no way some of the events could happen in real life. It gets really surreal and weird, especially near the end. Its just really profound and depressing because you realize that every fault the main character finds in the world is real. So yeah, I liked it a lot. You should read it.

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Post by oliviah on Tue May 05, 2009 4:56 pm

I've always wanted to read Catcher in the Rye, but never got around to it. I mostly just read when I have to for school, but I love it when I end up falling in love with a book that I was required to check out. So, I'd have to say my list is as follows:
1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (play, but still)
6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
And I'm not gonna lie, I really dig Shakespeare.
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Tue May 05, 2009 5:06 pm

OOOH the bell jar... that sounds creepy... I always have this rediculous summer reading list for myself b/c I never have time/mental energy to read really deep stuff for pleasure during the year.. but I keep meaing to read stuff LIKE the bell jar, Jung, etc...

Steppenwolf has actually been on my infinitely long "TO READ" list ever since I read Siddhartha, raisedlefteyebrow, have you read taht? awesome book!!!!!
That sounds like something I'd like... I love surrealism...just when things get TOO depressing/creepy/paranoid the "enjoyment" in reading stops for me.
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Post by oliviah on Tue May 05, 2009 5:07 pm

Haha...Siddhartha? Never even heard of it.
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Tue May 05, 2009 5:19 pm

Before the Buddah became THE BUDDAH he was a prince named Siddhartha Gautama. And this book is sort of the story of the buddah's spiritual journey, but it's not THE BUDDAH because the guy is already a buddhist... but it's a really interesting account of the individual in society in general (not unlike how "raised" described steppenwolf)
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Post by oliviah on Tue May 05, 2009 5:27 pm

Cool stuff. I'll have to check it out if and when I have time. Haha.
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Post by Guest on Tue May 05, 2009 6:23 pm

androgynousmermen@verizon wrote:
Steppenwolf has actually been on my infinitely long "TO READ" list ever since I read Siddhartha, raisedlefteyebrow, have you read taht? awesome book!!!!!
That sounds like something I'd like... I love surrealism...just when things get TOO depressing/creepy/paranoid the "enjoyment" in reading stops for me.

I had to read Siddartha a few weeks ago for English. it was pretty good. Hesse is a great author. Yeah, you should definitely read Steppenwolf.

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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Tue May 05, 2009 7:06 pm

That I shall I wish Siddhartha was on my required reading...
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Post by Guest on Tue May 05, 2009 7:10 pm

Our required books were great this year. Julius Caesar, Things Fall Apart, Siddhartha, the Joy Luck Club, and Night.

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Post by Natalie Zhen on Tue May 05, 2009 7:42 pm

Yeah, we had Night too. Amazing book! And Julius Caesar is fantastic.

Our major novels(ish) have been Night, The Fountainhead, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Moby Dick, There eyes were watching God, Death of a Salesman, The Awakening, Huck Finn, Invisible Man, Up From Slavery, Douglass's Narrative...I think we'll do the Scarlet Letter soon. I'm in American Lit, so no Shakespeare this year!

Moby Dick was awful to get though. The Fountainhead was a long read, but gooooooood!
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Tue May 05, 2009 9:21 pm

LOL I read the (how old school is this) Classic Comic book of moby dick the story is ok... in colorful speechbuble versions...

I started the Joy Luck Club... it was funny from what I remember...

yeah Walden was over our summer reading... and it was the wierdest book for me. because parts of it I was like "yes that's what I've always felt about life and the universe!" and then there were (i think MORE parts) where he was babbling about how much beans cost... etc... so I decided I should go through and EDIT walden...
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Post by oliviah on Tue May 05, 2009 9:23 pm

Call me a dork, but I'm a HUGE Emerson fan. We had to read Self-Relaince for English this year, and I totally fell in love with it. I went to Borders and got a collection of his essays and everything...
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Post by angelofmusic208 on Sat May 09, 2009 1:41 pm

i agree. I loved Walden but I could have done without the beans...
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Sat May 09, 2009 4:25 pm

My sentiments exactly. And I happen to have an Affinity for Faulkner. I happen to believe he's probobally the greatest american prose writer... which many people claim... but yeah I want a buddy to read "The Sound and the Fury" with because perhaps between two people we might understand sortof what's going on... and that book just sounds absolutely phenomenal!
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Sat May 09, 2009 4:30 pm

"The Glass Castle"

another one of my favorites... I forgot
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Post by whateverandeveramen on Sun May 10, 2009 5:57 pm

i love the glass castle too!
some of my favorites are 1984, the fountainhead, running with scissors, freakonomics, atonement, sex drugs and cocoa puffs, one flew over the cuckoo's nest, on the road, catcher in the rye, midnight in the garden of good and evil, and anything by tennessee williams, megan mccafferty, and chuck palahniuk.
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Post by quad on Sun May 10, 2009 6:09 pm

wow everyone here is such a hardcore reader...i dont really read books lol.
but i love harry potter. and the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. and i was a big fan of the series of unfortunate events. oh and i love the theif lord by cornelia funke. lol im so shallow. if i do read, i usually read giant books about countries, mammals, or art history hahaha
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Post by Natalie Zhen on Sun May 10, 2009 6:28 pm

I looooove Harry Potter. SO not a shallow read.
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Post by iheartnyc2010 on Sun May 10, 2009 6:30 pm

not at all!! I love HP. I was so convinced Sirus would be revived. I even wore like a homemade button the night the 7th one came out that said "sirus is Alive!!" only...you know :/
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Sun May 10, 2009 10:39 pm

Harry Potter, Thief Lord all wonderful literary works.. and I canot hate anyone else who reads Art History in thier spare time. very happy
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Post by bhamp on Mon May 11, 2009 6:49 pm

So I have to say, I am disappointed that there are no Pendragon fans out there.

Besides the Pendragon series by DJ MacHale I'd have to say I am a fan of all of Garth Nix's books.

Also I love me some classics.
Pretty much anything except Moby Dick I like, especially Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray and some Victor Hugo.

Ender's Game and The Princess Bride, although complete opposites are also ranked in my top 20.

I have floor to ceiling bookshelves in my room. It is so HARD to pick favorites.

If there are Pendragon fans out there I hope you are just as excited as I am about the Soldiers of Halla coming out TOMORROW!

Hobey-ho! Let's go!


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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Mon May 11, 2009 7:36 pm

I am a Pendragon fan. I pretty much re read them every summer... *(a somewhat begrudging Pendragon fan because DJ has such horrible cliffhangers..) at any rate Spader is absolutely increidble and I love him to death...

Don't tell me what happens... That'll be on my post-AP exam reading list... I never actually finished teh 9th one b/c school started.. but I shall have them all read by the time we meet this summer...very happy

Dorian Gray is So amazing... wonderful literature
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Post by bhamp on Mon May 11, 2009 10:15 pm

Haha! I know what you mean about the cliffhangers! Book 9 is intense and I can't wait for 10 because FINALLY there will be some answers.

I am glad to see that the Pendragon cult fanclub extends to Summer Gov School too!

Spader and Cloral belong on my list of favorite people/places that I will never meet/visit. It really is a shame he isn't real, and if there are movies made I know I will not be happy with the actor they choose for him.
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