Montana 1948 by Larry Watson. This is a short book, but certainly not lacking in content, description or anything like that. It tells the story of the death of an American Indian housemaid through the eyes of a young boy. I read it for year 12, and LOVED it.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Political satire at its best. A scathing attack on the society of Stalin's Russia, set in a futuristic time, in London (Or Airstrip One, as the case may be).
Animal Farm also by George Orwell. An allegory on the nature of revolution. Short, but devastating. This book scared me.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Imagery, storyline, everything about this was excellent. It made me cry though.
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. This was another of my year 12 books, and it is excellently written. A bit unorthodox in its writing style, but I don't think I've ever laughed so much whilst reading such a tragic story. A true testament to strength of character.
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Was made into an excellent film starring John Cusack and Jack Black, but was better as a book. Very, very funny. I laughed out loud reading it on the tram with my headphones in my ears and got strange looks from the other passengers.
Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes. About a girl who goes into rehab....extremely, extremely funny. Marian Keyes is a great writer.
"The Lovely Bones": Alice Sebold/ This is an AWSOME book. I felt that I was a better person for reading this piece. Its about a girl who gets murdered by a serial killer and comes back to watch her friends and family.
"Catcher in the rye": JD Salinger Loved this book. I think everhone can relate too it.
"The devils teardrop": Jeffery Deaver If you like forensic science mysterys this is for you.
"The sound and the fury": William Faulkner I beat myslef over the head with this book many times, but I loved it in the end, and I feel like I am better for reading it.
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. It's about the Ebola virus. Wonderfully gorey details about the effects of Ebola on the human body and all around a good (true) story.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. An excellent story that takes place in colonial times about an adulteress and her relationship with the father. The imagery is beautiful.
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. A fellow Minneapolitan that writes an amazing story. This deals with Native Americans on a South Dakota reservation in the mid- to late-1900's. If you map out the family tree of the four families talked about, everyone is actually related somehow. (Just an interesting fact about the book...)
SLUT! by I've forgotten to authors name. This book is fantastic. It tells about how drastically the girls lives are affected if they're taunted as a "slut", regardless of how much sexual experience they have. The "slut" is the bi girl, the gay girl, the straight girl, the one that's different, the pretty girl, the ugly girl, the girl who flirts a lot, the quiet girl in the corner, the girl in a steady monogamous relationship or the girl raped at a party. It's definitely in interesting look into the implications of the word "slut" and the impact it has.
What butterfly said about analyzing books made me remember MacBeth by good ol' William Shakespeare.
For my HL2 IB oral english test, MacBeth was one of the works we had to know inside and out so we'd have study groups where we would read key passages and analyze them. It wasn't until I had those study groups that I really figured out how awesome of a story it was so now I enjoy on a multitude of levels.
eek, another thread i can't remember if i've replied to or not. oh well, i'll reply again. lol.
right now i'm reading "born confused" by tanuja desai hidier. it's about an indian-american girl who feels like she doesn't fit in. kind of a coming-of-age novel. most teenage girls would love it.
saul williams' "she" is really good. it's a book of poetry he wrote. he has such an incredible style - very simple and flowy.
"hard love" by ellen wittlinger is another book i like. my friend brianna told me about it and then it showed up at a bookstore about 6 months later, lol. the book is about a (male) zine writer who falls in love with a lesbian. it's cute, and i love the dedication.
there's more, but i can't think of any at the moment. sorry.
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