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> Books to Read Before You Die, Alas, yes, another spin-off thread.
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post Mar 30 2010, 12:55 PM
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Like the other threads, this is books to read before you die.

I'm tired now and really have to get to bed, but everyone else do start and I'll give in my 2 cents after getting some rest.
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post Mar 30 2010, 1:16 PM
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The Harry Potter Novels. And at least one Isaac Asimov book. Oooh, and J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'! I would place my favorite two books of all time here, but they're so obscure that even here in Holland, I'm probably the only one who knows them.
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post Mar 30 2010, 5:14 PM
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"The Harry Potter Books?" - I hope you aren't dieing of anything 'quick' at the time. It would take a while to get through all of them. Lol.

As for me -

Spice and Wolf.
Anne of Green Gables.
Of Mice and Men.
Great Expectations.
The Alchemist.
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post Mar 30 2010, 6:31 PM
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Good thing that the Harry Potter novels are off my table xd But seriously, they were awesome.

I don't have anything I can think of at the moment though.
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post Mar 30 2010, 6:38 PM
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If you want quick fixes, how 'bout the Dutch 'Karakter'? It's short, to the point, and totally awesome. My favorite classic literature book. And while we're at it, how could I forget the three gothic classics; Frankenstein, Dracula and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
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post Mar 30 2010, 7:24 PM
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Neuromancer - William Gibson

Do Androids Dream of a Electric Sheep? - Philip K.D

The man in the high castle - Philip K.D

Foundation series - Asimov

...Yeah, I love Sci-fi and CyberPunk.....



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post Mar 31 2010, 2:42 AM
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There's so, so many! Here's one:

The Usual Rules. So. Good. It made me cry! It's basically about a girl losing her mother in the whole 9/11 incident.
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post Mar 31 2010, 10:25 AM
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ironicly, "Before i die" by Jenny Downham. lol
also The midnighters series, the Uglies series and the Peeps series by Scott Westerfeld, Paper towns & Looking for Alaska by John Greene.
Oh and of course the Harry Potter saga by none other than JK Rolling!

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post Mar 31 2010, 11:16 PM
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DUUUUUUDE! LOOKING FOR ALASKA IS AMAZING!
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post Apr 2 2010, 8:37 AM
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UHHH YEHHH ommggg!!!!! WOOOO you msut read Paper Towns, same auther its AWSOME!!
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post Apr 2 2010, 8:44 AM
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Screw it, they're good enough for my list:

Beet van de Demon (Bite of the Demon)
Nieuw Bloed (New Blood)

Both are barely a hundred pages long, they're choose-your-own-adventure books with an eleven year old boy turned horror-detective. But still, these books are AWESOME. I'm still surprised at how these books can describe so much in so little pages, especially concerning the 'Clients'. (Bite of the Demon: Gerald the Archeologist and accidental opener of a portal of doom. In New Blood: Raoul. Mad vampire scientist with some obvious issues considering he's the supernatural equilavent of a opressed minority.) And the demons.... by God the demons. Both the Moloch (Demons fought in the first book) and the Sons of the Seastar (Demons fought in the second) are by far some of the most terrifying creatures I've ever heard about. And that in a kid's book? I love Holland.
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post Apr 2 2010, 9:32 PM
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Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

I just finished it like, two days ago, but it's soooo good! The message is awesome, and it's got a really cute love story.

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post Apr 7 2010, 7:45 AM
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The Cinnamon Tree - Aubrey Flegg

Its such a touching book. It's about a young teen, Yola, who lives in rural Africa. Her whole entire life changes when steps on a forgotten landmine from a civil war...
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post Apr 7 2010, 11:55 PM
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For Freedom- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

It's based on a true story about a girl who was a spy for the Resistance during WWII.
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post Apr 8 2010, 5:04 AM
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Lolz. So I finally compiled my entire list. And I'm sure you Magixclubians are all healthy people, but as Ranma pointed out, anyone dying of something fast is going to have a tough time with this...it consists of around 35 individual books in total, and I plan on expanding it if and when I think of more. xD {Put in a spoiler box because the actual post turned out waaaaaay longer than I expected. >_>}

Spoiler!
Anyway, a few that need no introduction, and, for me, go without saying on a to-read-before-you-die list:

- The Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling
- The Lord of the Rings series, J. R. R. Tolkien

A couple of classics:

- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
- A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

{Oh, and please don't write these off as 18th/19th century versions of chick-lit. I've recommended these books to so many of my guy friends who refuse to read them for that reason. They're great books; you don't need to be a girl to read them. >_>}

- Heidi, Johanna Spyri
- Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

{Totally grew up on these three. I literally have four or five copies of each of them lying around at home, which even my mom, who hates how I pile up useless stuff, lol, refuses to sell or anything. And The Wizard of Oz, especially, has a heck of a lot of sentimental value, for me. <3}

Another few books I've loved ever since I was little:

- The Ramona series, Beverly Cleary {As an author, she bases all her books on real-life experiences, and you can totally tell when you read them. They're probably some of the most simple, open, honest stories I've ever read, and at the same time, they're hilariously funny. And you can relate to so many incidents and characters in these books so easily.}
- Gooseberry Park, Cynthia Rylant {A children's book, strictly, but with a really beautiful story and a lot of witty writing.}

And a few which don't fall under any particular category together, but are just plain awesome:

- Journey to Jo'burg, Beverley Naidoo {A really moving story, about the journey of a little girl and her brother, who walk hundreds of kilometers from their village to the city of Johannesburg, to try and save their baby sister's life.}
- The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin {One the most creative and well thought-out plots ever. Sixteen different people are randomly chosen to live in an apartment building together. Then, they're all called to hear the will of millionaire, Sam Westing, and are mysteriously revealed to be his heirs. The group is divided into 8 pairs, each given a different set of clues. If they manage to solve the mystery of who killed Sam Westing, the winning pair inherits a 200 million dollar fortune.}
- The BFG, Roald Dahl {You will never speak English the same way again. xD}
- The Noughts & Crosses series, Malorie Blackman {A very powerful story about racism and apartheid, set in a fictional world where Crosses (black-skinned people) are dominant over noughts (white-skinned). But also definitely not meant for anyone under the age of thirteen, at the very least.}
- Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah {It's the true story of the life and experiences of a girl growing up in China during the Second World War, who is considered an unwanted daughter. Her whole family (except her aunt and grandfather) blame her for her mother's death because her mother died shortly after giving birth to Adeline. She is very talented, but usually completely ignored, for this reason. Most of her family, especially her stepmother, put her down and treat her very poorly. It's horrible to think this is a true story, but Adeline manages to rise out of adversity, and is truly an inspiration.}


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post Apr 9 2010, 7:41 AM
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...No comments? Suggestions? Opinions? At all...?

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post Apr 9 2010, 8:06 AM
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*Pops again*

I was tempted to read Noughts and Crosses actually... I think I have to wait a for another year or two...
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post Apr 9 2010, 9:14 AM
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I would recommend that. Especially towards the end, the content gets quite...mature.
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post Apr 10 2010, 1:36 AM
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Woo, good list Jah!

I agree with like 85% of it. The rest I either didn't like, or haven't read. I should make a list too!
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post Apr 10 2010, 4:37 AM
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Lol, which ones did you not like? I love hearing different opinions on books. 8D {And please do make a list. Jah likes lists~}
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