Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Suggestions, Please

Help! I'm getting on a plane headed for Korea in one week. That means I have 28-plus hours of potential reading time to fill, not to mention down-time in hotels.

That is a good thing.

The trouble: I've finished everything I was reading, and I don't know what book/s to bring. My goal, as you can see if you look to the right, is to read 100 books this year anyway, so I need all the suggestions I can get, all the time.

So, tell me--what would you read if you were me? What great books have you read lately? What are your favorite reads? Young adult, big-people, middle-grade books--I'm up for anything, as long as you loved it.

Thank you!

BTW, you can tell me what you think of my new blog design, if you want, which has nothing to do with fires, or books, exactly, but I liked it anyway.


  1. Love the new look! It's awesome! Karl just read "The swarm" which I guess is huge over in Europe. He really liked it as well. So you should give it a try. My whole (German) family has read it. I will read it once I will be on a plane for that long without kids ;-)

  2. I recently read "Omnivore's Dilemma," which was really fascinating. Also, I read "The Hiding Place" and "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," which were both fantastic. You've probably read all them already. In children's one of our current favorites is "Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things." I hear the sequel is just as good. The voice is really, really good. And is there anything you haven't read by Brandon Sanderson? He's always worth reading.

  3. I just read 'The Swarm' by Frank Schaetzing. I thought it had some interesting ideas about our relation to the environment and what we would do if we discovered a new type of intelligent life on our own planet. And it's got some good old saving of the world, CIA conspiracies, and big natural disasters. It's rather biology-heavy but manageable for 2 million Germans, apparently (originally in German). You can use my copy, but be warned that the type is small and the pages are many.

  4. I've just got into Mary Pearson author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox and I read another one of hers called Scribbler of Dreams - I enjoyed both books a lot and I want to read more by her. Sara Zarr is really good, but you've probably read her. Marcelo in the Real World was a really good book, but it does have some language in it. I've been reading a lot of local authors and I imagine you've read a lot of them as well.

  5. Keeper by Kathy Appelt.
    One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.
    Palace Beautiful by Sarah Williams.

    I think you'd enjoy all three of these.

  6. Thanks for all the great suggestions, everyone. Now I just have to figure out which to read first...

  7. Hi Lena,
    I'm in the middle of two books, which I like for different reasons: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. The first is fun (fiction), the second is really interesting (non-fiction). Ofcourse I couldn't resist The Chronicles of Crestomanci which you sent me, and interrupted my other books for a bit . . . Happy Trip!


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