10 Books I Can’t Live Without

I found this meme over at Bookfoolery and Babble, and heaven knows I love lists. These are the 10 books that form the backbone of my library, the 10 books with which I would never part, the 10 books that I will always reread at every stage of my life. That’s not to say that I could live without any books but these, but that I need these books to be me. Share on Facebook

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How to Turn a Book Into a Movie

I’m often asked what I look for when I evaluate books for the movie biz. First and foremost, I look for the elements that are important to my employers–things that they are specifically looking for in terms of genre, execution, etcetera. I read for a couple of different places, and each has a slightly different mandate. In general, in order for a book to become a movie it has to have a strong, forward-moving plot line, and a premise that you can easily picture on…

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One Door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz

Synopsis: Young Leilani has a deformed hand and a brace on her leg–and she’s just told her alcoholic ex-con neighbor that her differences are why her deranged doctor stepfather and whacked-out druggie mother are going to kill her unless she’s abducted by aliens when she turns 10. Review: I read this book because it was recommended by Wesley Smith, a leading voice against utilitarianism bioethics, which is the concept that death is the optimal choice for anyone living a less-than-perfect existence, physically speaking. Rather than…

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Banned Book Challenge

I just signed up to read 3 books that have been banned at some point before June 30, 2007. Visit the Pelham Library site if you’d like to sign up for the Banned Books Challenge yourself. I’ll be reading: What Janie Found by Caroline B, Cooney–FINISHED The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier–FINISHED The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder–FINISHED I am always shocked at what books get banned… who are these people, anyway? Share on Facebook

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The Wife (Kristin Lavransdatter II) by Sigrid Undset

Synopsis: Now married to her beloved Erlend Niklausson, Kristin takes up her new life as the mistress of Husaby, fearful that the child that grows inside her will expose her secret shame and cause her father to reject her. Review: I didn’t think it was going to be possible for Undset to outdo her achievement The Wreath, book I of her Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy set in Norway in the 14th century. I feared that marriage wouldn’t suit Kristin, that her vitality and inner fire would…

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Spring Reading Thing

I found a fun challenge over at Callapidder Days–just make a list of the books you want to read this spring. So, at some point between today and June 21st, the first day of summer, I’ll be reading: 1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 2. Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson 3. Blindness by Henry Green Tomorrow is my last day at my job, which means no more morning/evening commute, which is when I do most of my reading. But never…

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