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Book meme for 2010. Read significantly more than I did last year, and I feel good about that.

Books Read in 2010 )

Book meme

Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:21 am
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Snagged from [ profile] dissonant_dream because I love books and lists. ;)

Name fifteen books you've read that will always stay with you, and don't take too much time to think about it (the first fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes). Copy this into your own post.

In no particular order,

1. The Ancient One by T.A. Baron
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
3. The Lioness Rampant series by Tamora Pierce
4. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
5. The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
6. The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
7. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
8. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
9. Finn by John Clinch
10. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
11. The Baby Unicorn by Jean & Claudio Marzollo, illustrated by R.J. Blake
12. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Robertson
13. Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, Childhood Pal of Christ by Christopher Moore
14. Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
15. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
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Next week I'll be leading the Grass Roots June book group meeting on Finn by Jon Clinch. I've been interested in this book since it came out last year, and I really pushed to it for book group.

It took a lot of balls for Clinch to take on one of the greatest books in American Literature, and I hesitate to say that it's a "retelling" of Huckleberry Finn. It's not. Finn is the story of Pap Finn, Huckleberry's father, a violent and troubled man, and the story behind Huck's conception and early life. The genius of Clinch's characterization is that you do end up sympathizing with this monster of a man. This is the first book since The Road that has emotionally affected me this way.

This is a beautifully written book, and it's Clinch's first novel. There are some phrases and lines that are so poetic, they almost beg to be read out loud. The physical world in which the characters live is even more vivid here than in Twain's original novel, in my opinion. More than anything else, this book has made me want to read Huckleberry Finn again.

So far this is my favorite book that I've read this year. I highly recommend it.


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