Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A few favorite books

After an extended lull in reading for pleasure, I have finally been able to read some novels again.  After my daughter was born, followed by my son 3 years later, I really did not read much except for children's books and stuff online. Here are a few of my favorite books by category (because I'm a geek, of course).

Science Fiction

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Love. This. Book. It is the science fiction book of my generation.   It stars Hiro Protagonist (come on... how awesome is that name?) as our hacker / adventurer in a post-apocalyptic world. 

Much of the book takes place in the "Metaverse" -- a 3-D immerse version of the Internet. And there is some cool sword fighting and other motorcycle scenes. I read it many years ago, but it still tops my charts as one of the best books I have ever read.

From  "From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet--incarnate as the Metaverse--looks something like last year's hype would lead you to believe it should. Enter Hiro Protagonist--hacker, samurai swordsman, and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what's a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible."

American classics

Beloved by Toni Morrison

I love Toni Morrison, and this one is just amazing.  I think I learned more about the experience of slavery from this book than from any history book. 

From  "In the troubled years following the Civil War, the spirit of a murdered child haunts the Ohio home of a former slave.

This angry, destructive ghost breaks mirrors, leaves its fingerprints in cake icing, and generally makes life difficult for Sethe and her family; nevertheless, the woman finds the haunting oddly comforting for the spirit is that of her own dead baby, never named, thought of only as Beloved. "

Recently I have enjoyed

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

My book club has pulled me out of my old habits, and I'm reading some books I would have never read otherwise.  I really enjoyed this murder mystery.

From  "Determined to bring her husband's murderer to justice, Julia engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward's demise. Dismissing his warnings that the investigation will be difficult, if not impossible, Julia presses forward, following a trail of clues that lead her to even more unpleasant truths, and ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for her arrival. "

For my 7-year-old

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

She saw the Tim Burton movie, and was hooked.  When I told her we could read the book, too, her eyes lit up!  She's not one for the girly, girly stuff, so this was right up her alley.

From Amazon. com:  In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, nasty Violet Beauregarde blows up into a blueberry from sneaking forbidden chewing gum, and bratty Augustus Gloop is carried away on the river of chocolate he wouldn't resist. In fact, all manner of disasters can happen to the most obnoxiously deserving of children because Dahl portrays each incident with such resourcefulness and humor.

For my 4-year-old
I-Spy books

Ok.  These are no literary editions, but my son loves them.  And they are very engaging.  We have at least ten different I-Spy books, and he loves going through them.  They are great for attention span, visual cues and word recognition.

From  "With rhythm, rhyme, and picture clues, this book is written to support the newest reader!"


This post was prompted by Working Mom Wednesday. I responded to the question...
#2- Do you enjoy reading?  What are some of your favorite books?


Jennifer said...

I've never heard of Silent in the Grave, but it sounds interesting...I'll have to add it to my wish list

Steph, from Be Positive Mom said...

The "I-Spy" books sound fun... I think that would be great to read with my little guy! I'm aure he'd love all the visual aspects of the book... Thanks!

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