11 October 2010
I love books. Yes, I will no longer hide in the shadowy corners of my living room or bedroom, coveting books in utter isolation. I want to declare to the world that "My name is Chary and I have an addiction to books." Wow, that felt really good. Join me all of you bibliomaniacs! To all the book lovers out there, rise up and let it be known that we will not hide any longer. Just kidding. :D
But seriously, this is a list of some recommended books for various age groups and genres.
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney - This is a wonderful coming of age book that describes the life of Greg Heffley, a young man's struggles to attain girls, popularity and overcome the ever-embarrassing, well-meaning parents. This character originated on the educational website www.funbrain.com. This book is great for ages 8-13 or Grades 4-8. (Children's/Pre-teen Fiction)
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian United States, that is broken into the Capitol and 12 districts. Twenty-four young people, two from each district, are forced to participate in a televised fierce competition against each other. This book is part of a trilogy. Recommended for ages 12 and up/ Grade 7 and up. (Science Fiction, Young Adult)
3. Maus by Art Spiegel - an emotional tale of Artie's fathers' Holocaust survival. It is a raunchily honest account of Vladek's horrific journey from Poland to Auschwitz to Rego Park, NY. It is a graphic novel with complex layers and exquisite illustrations. This is followed by Maus II. Recommended for ages 14 and up/ Grade 9 and up. I love using this book for my students who are low level readers and highly interested in art. (Graphic Novel, Young Adult).
4. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt - this is a mind-blowing account of the New York City journalist who travels to Savannah, Georgia. He encounters high society, voodoo, murder, transgender individuals like "The Lady Chablis" and so much more. I absolutely recommend this book (and the movie) to those who enjoy quirky high-spirited characters, fast moving plot and an insightful look into human nature. If you enjoy this book, then I also suggest the memoir Hide My Candy by none other than the fabulous Lady Chablis. (Non-fiction, Adult)
5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - This is one of my all-time favorites. It is a fictional novel detailing the journey of an English nurse, Claire Beauchamp Randall and her husband Frank Randall who go on a second honeymoon in 1945 to the Scottish highlands. She mysteriously travels back in time to 1743 and meets Scottish soldier James Fraser. They battle against Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, Frank's ancestor. This literary work has history, romance, science fiction, fantasy and much, much more. I really recommend reading the entire series. (Historical/Science Fiction, Adult).
Have you read any of these books? If not, what do you recommend as an enticing read?