Top Ten Books I’ve Read This Year

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Each week, The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday. This week, we’re talking about books we’ve read this year. And here are my top 10, each with one of my favorite quotes from the book:

  1. The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir. “All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.”
  2. The Pigman, Paul Zindel. “She thinks she knows everything that goes on inside me, and she doesn’t know a thing. What did she want from me – to tell the truth all the time? To run around saying it did matter to me that I live in a world where you can grow old and be alone and have to get down on your hands and knees and beg for friends?”
  3. Anya’s Ghost, Vera Brosgol. “You may look normal like everyone else, but you’re not. Not on the inside.”
  4. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott. “I like good strong words that mean something.”
  5. The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald. “But that is the way fear serves us: it always sides with the thing we are afraid of.”
  6. The Marvelous Land of Oz, L. Frank Baum. “Everything in life is unusual until you get accustomed to it.”
  7. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner. “Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”
  8. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret., by Judy Blume. “We must, we must, we must increase our bust!”
  9. Uglies, Scott Westerfield. “Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.”
  10. The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne. “But it isn’t easy,’ said Pooh. ‘Because Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.”

A large percentage of those are children’s and/or young adult literature. Tomorrow, I’ll be talking about why I’m not only not ashamed to read children’s literature, but also why I think studying and reading children’s literature matters. Meantime, you can find a bit about my feelings on the issue here and here.

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  1. I’m not that keen on Little Women (Jo annoys me too much) but I really do like that quote.

    I’m also very impressed you got through William Faulkner! I tried to read that book last year (or the year before) and got 3/4 of the way through before I lost the will to live. Good on you!

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    1. Oh I love Jo, but that’s in large part because I understand her so well.

      And Faulkner is not one of my favorite authors, generally, but The Sound and the Fury is wonderfully crafted….even if it does give me a headache.

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  2. Great selection. I love The Pigman and all Zindel’s work for how uncomfortably true to life they can be. It’s tough to write a book that makes the reader both cringe and want more – he is the master of it!

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  3. Didn’t CS Lewis say something like, “if a book is only worth reading in childhood then it isn’t worth reading even then”? I’m sure I remember reading a quote along those lines. Anyway, Winne-the-Pooh is far too subtle for most children to fully appreciate – far better to read it when you’re older 🙂

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    1. Yes, I think the quote is “a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story.” It’s probably pretty true.

      And I definitely missed a lot in the books I read as a child, and the films I watched, that I see differently now. The dual address is one of the things that is complex about children’s literature.

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    1. Oh, that’s a delightful thing to imagine. Sounds like something just waiting to be written. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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    1. Thanks! I’m terribly behind on things that have been published this year, but I’ll get a chance to do that kind of reading once I finish reading for exams.

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    1. haha…Yeah, Beauvoir is on my feminist criticism list for comprehensive exams.

      And I found The Sound and the Fury difficult as well, and this was my third time through. I love the book, but it is damnably complicated.

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        1. That’s actually one of the few Faulkner novels that I haven’t read, and it’s one I’ll be reading when I finish the comps list. 🙂

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  4. I have a blog post in the works about “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.” I LOVE that book. I grew up reading it and I firmly believe every adolescent girl should have a copy.

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  5. I am so ready to read Anya’s Ghost! It sounds wonderful.

    I laughed out loud when I read the quote from Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret. I haven’t read that book in 15 years or so, and I remember that line! Haha! Fond memories.

    Great list! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I’m working on getting ready for comprehensive exams, and I work in children’s literature, so I’ve been reading quite a lot of that. 🙂

      Anya’s Ghost is really very, very good. And it’s a pretty quick read, all things considered Definitely recommended.

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