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QOTW: Books You Read Again and Again

27 May

This week we asked ourselves:

What are the books that you’ve read over and over again?

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I’d have to say my most read/re-read books (my copies of these are literally falling apart now) are:

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Pope
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

(Look at that! 4 out of 6 are lady authors. Woot.)

-Susan Dennard

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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys: Secrets of the Nile by Carolyn Keene
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
The entire Cheney Duvall series by Lynn & Gilbert Morris
The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

So I tend to reread children’s books when I’m bored. Sue me :-p

-Sammy Bina

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I reread tons of books because I didn’t have a lot of them as a kid so read each one like 10 times, haha.

THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
SABRIEL by Garth Nix
GREEN ANGEL by Alice Hoffman
DRAGONFLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey
THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND by Jonathan Stroud

ONE CHILD by Torey Hayden

-Kat Zhang

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The Chronicles of Prydain (all five!) By Lloyd Alexander
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Wit’ch Fire by James Clemens
Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
The Golden Compass/His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

-Sarah J. Maas

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There are some books that I reread SO often and looks so old and worn (but I love reading them). They are:

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

The Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

-Vanessa Campbell

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Gosh… there’s so many that I’ve reread and reread… a short list of old favorites:
Rant, by Chuck Palahniuk
World War Z by Max Brooks
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia Wrede
Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Phantom Tollbooth by Juster Norton
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Euginedes

Recently discovered books I think I’ll be rereading forever:

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
In the Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillip
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin
-Savannah J. Foley
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I rarely reread books, but if its been several years I will revisit them! Among the few:The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

And

Z for Zachariah by Robert C O’Brien

And that, literally, is it!

-Mandy Hubbard
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My most often re-read are:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The first three Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
-Jenn Fitzgerald
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What are the books you’ve read again and again?
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QOTW: Favorite First Lines

20 Aug

This question comes from Myra, who asks:

If you could pick your favourite first line(s) from any novel, what would it be and why?

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“Nuns go by, quiet as lust.” -Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

I love this line because when I read it for the first time, the simile almost gave me goosebumps. Nuns equated with lust? I love, love, love it. I’d love ‘quiet as lust’ even without the nuns, actually.

-The Writer Converting Three Books Into One :O

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I have TWO favorite lines:

1. “Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.” -Lloyd Alexander, THE BOOK OF THREE

I adore this opening line because it establishes so many things–the arch tone of the novel, Taran’s yearning to be a hero, and the dynamic between him and Coll. And something about this line just makes me smile.

2. “The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.” -Peter S. Beagle, THE LAST UNICORN

So, this isn’t an opening line as much as it is an opening paragraph. I actually love this one so much that I have it memorized. It perfectly sets up the bittersweet and melancholy mood for the rest of the novel, and I love the description of her moving “like a shadow on the sea.” It’s a perfect example of how lyrical and beautiful Peter S. Beagle’s prose is.

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I won’t say Pride and Prejudice because it’s always on these lists, even if it is one of my favorite first lines.

“124 was spiteful.” Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

Note from Savannah: Yeah, another Toni Morrison book! Seriously, if you guys haven’t read any of her stuff before, you should totally go buy a copy of The Bluest Eye. Beloved was the first one I read, but it’s pretty heavy and confusing.

-The Writer Revising Her Novel

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“You saw me before I saw you.” STOLEN, by Lucy Christopher

Though I don’t have the book in front of me, and have a very poor memory, Vanessa assured me this was the opening line to one of my favorite books. I think this is such a great way to open the story. It’s kind of haunting, and that feeling sinks in almost immediately. And guess what? It never leaves. Utter brilliance.

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What are your favorite first lines from novels? If you use the one from 1984 you’re a cop-out! 😉