Category: Idiosyncratic Lit List

Feb 02

Groundhog Day…Again? (Re-reads to Celebrate!)

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Okay Bookworms, rise and shine and don’t forget your booties because it’s coooooold out there!

It’s Groundhog Day, you guys can’t honestly expect me NOT to run around quoting Bill Murray movies. In the spirit of the immortal 1993 cinematic classic Groundhog Day, I’m going to list some books that I could read again and again and again and again… This really means something coming from me, because there are precious few books I’ve visited more than once. (I have no idea if the groundhog saw his or her shadow or not, but if we have another 6 weeks of hard winter? That rodent better watch it’s back!) Let’s get idiosyncratic up in this piece!

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  1. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling. As if you didn’t already know this, given my dozen #PotterBinge posts. In all seriousness, though, I think I’ve gone through the series maybe 5 times now, and for a dedicated Potterhead, that’s definitely on the low end. I like to leave a couple of years between re-reads so they feel fresh again, and I never fail to notice something new. They are truly magical.
  2. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Okay, full disclosure, I’ve only made it through the entire series twice, but these books are huuuuge. I went through my first full re-read last year (actually it was a re-listen. That Davina Porter, whew. She is something special) and I picked up on so many additional details. I used Audible credits to purchase the audio books so I have no doubt I’ll be re-visiting them again. I’ll probably space re-reads the same way I do with HP, so they stay fresh. Although, the sheer volume of pages is such that you could go through all 8 books and start right over having forgot stuff. They’re so deliciously detailed.
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I was about 10 when I read this book the first time, and even though I probably didn’t understand it as well as I did later in life, it wriggled its way into my soul. Then again, the fact that my BFF and I watched the Winona Ryder movie version approximately 8 zillion times throughout middle school probably assisted in my abiding love for it. It’s hard not to love something you’ll always associate with your BFF, you know? Also, interestingly, we had THE SAME copy of Little Women which was nuts because it was a huge hardcover version and there must be dozens upon dozens of editions of that book in print. Coincidence? 20 plus years of friendship thinks not.
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It’s easy to want to re-read a feel good holiday story year after year, and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Ebenezer Scrooge’s adventures and redemption. It’s not just the whole holiday nostalgia thing that makes me love this book. I don’t really have a Pollyanna-esque view of human nature, but I do tend to believe that nobody is born rotten, you know? Delving into Scrooge’s past and seeing how and why he became the surly miser he was makes me more sympathetic to the guy. Shoot, meeting with those three spirits is like a whole lot of cognitive behavioral therapy squashed into a single night. (review)

Talk to me, Bookworms! What are some of your favorite books to re-read?

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Jul 23

Words for Worms Rewind: I Just Don’t Get It. Keep it Copasetic.

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Hi Ho Bookworms!

Today I’m turning back the clock again, because I’ve still got some posts that were devoured by the internet’s gaping maw during my blog transfer to self-hosting many moons ago. I’ve been peppering them in here and there so my genius isn’t lost. That, and I’ve been extremely lazy lately and these posts are ALREADY WRITTEN and basically nobody ever read them. So. Welcome to my brain of three years ago. You’re welcome, and I’m sorry.

I try to be well rounded in my reading. I like to sample different genres and authors. I like to mix in some literary broccoli with my steady diet of word nachos. I’ll watch smart movies or TV shows and when witty characters reference a book, I’ll often make it a point to check it out. (Most recently I sampled The Phantom Tollbooth because they were talking about it on New Girl, but Gilmore Girls holds the record for most book recommendations. Rory Gilmore was SO GOOD for teen literacy!)

Sometimes though, when I’m reading something specifically so I can get pop culture references, I end up really confused, a little annoyed, and certain I missed something. The following outlines some of these gems that I Just. Don’t. Get. (If you have “Bound for the Floor” by Local H stuck in your head right now, thanks to the title of this post, you are awesome.)

aconfederacyofduncesA Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole tops my list. I just finished reading this, and it was a trial. At first, I was amused. Ignatius’s dialogue sounded JUST LIKE Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons in my head. Ignatius was over-the-top-ridiculous, but all the characters kept doing stupid crap. That SHOULD be really funny, but I just wasn’t that into it. I kept falling asleep (which reminds me of a post I intend to do one day on the greatest sleep aids ever disguised as books *UPDATE: that post can be found here*). I was so sure I missed something that I hit up Wikipedia. The internet was remarkably unhelpful here- all it did was offer me an AWESOME cast list of people who were slated to be in the movie version of this book that was never made. I don’t understand it. Why would everyone flock to this project? Why is this book famous? What am I missing? Maybe I’m just not smart enough to get it. (Unfortunately, Toole doesn’t get a second chance to win my favor. He committed suicide and A Confederacy of Dunces was published posthumously, which is really sad and I feel like a jerk for hating his book. Hopefully his ghost doesn’t show up to haunt me, or pelt me with Paradise hot dogs…)

Let’s talk about Kurt Vonnegut. I read Slaughterhouse-Five because Hubs was obsessed with Lost and was constantly reading spoilers online. He said that Slaughterhouse-Five contained clues to the mystery behind the island. The book was based on a guy who time traveled and was abducted by aliens and was kept in a zoo with a movie star. (I hope you’re all making the “question mark face” right now.) I suppose this relates to Lost because Desmond did some back and forth time travel and then half the cast ended up in the 70s… But considering Lost didn’t answer a lot of other questions, I’m probably expecting too much out of literary parallels. Overall though, Slaughterhouse-Five really wasn’t my cup of tea.

I never intended to read more Vonnegut, but then Amazon (that saucy minx) had a sale on breakfastofchampionsBreakfast of Champions. A Kindle book at a discount? How could I be expected to resist? I am easily swayed by marketing tactics! I was treated to yet another bizarre romp through weird people doing weird things. Some guy snaps and starts shooting up a hotel convention. Now, I appreciate quirky, but murderous rampages don’t really fry my bacon.Please excuse me while I go on a tangent, BUT- does anyone remember that 80s flick where Rodney Dangerfield goes to college? Vonnegut does a cameo in which he’s hired to write Dangerfield’s English paper about his own book and it only gets a ‘B.’ I seriously think people ascribe meaning to things authors never intended. I mean, how could anyone write ANYTHING while consciously thinking “yeeeeees I’ll make the flower on this bush RED to symbolize Hester Prynne’s punishment…” the whole time? Moving on…

Hunter S. Thompson. Holy crap on a cracker, was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas insane. I suppose it should have been, since I don’t know that Thompson was ever sober. I live a pretty clean lifestyle, I’m not like a saint or anything, but the only recreational drugs I indulge in usually come to the table with an umbrella garnish (ie, fruity cocktails.) I was totally unprepared for the onslaught of drugs they were doing. I don’t even know what mescaline is! (For reals, y’all, I had to google it.) As if acid and weed and cocaine weren’t enough, there was nitrous oxide in the trunk of the car. You know, laughing gas from the dentist’s office? This book was predictably random, full of hallucinations and close encounters with the cops. Now I get to feel like a terrible human being for disliking not one, but TWO suicidal authors.

Hi, I’m Katie, the worst person EVER. Don’t come too close or I’ll pinch you and kick your dog! (That’s an exaggeration showing how awful I feel. I do not, in fact, kick dogs. I do, however, eat bacon. Don’t call PETA on me, please.)

I swear, 2012 me was so pithy, wasn’t she? I still feel the same about all these books. I seriously don’t get them at all, but hey. Not every book is for every reader, yadda yadda yadda. Now it’s your turn to dish, Bookworms. What’s a book that you felt like you ought to read that you just didn’t quite get?

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Feb 03

Burn, Baby, Burn: Idiosyncratic Lit List

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Howdy Bookworms!

Y’all know I live in the Midwest, so snow in winter is pretty much a given. That said, after I’ve been out braving the elements, pretty much the only thing I want to do is curl up next to a toasty fire and read a book. This (of course) got me to thinking about a list and books with flaming titles. Shall we?!

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1. Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates: The book is subtitled “Confessions of a Girl Gang.” I’m not sure more description is completely necessary.

2. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon: It is my mission in life to include an Outlander book in every list I make. Okay, so that’s kind of a lie, but it seems to happen often enough for me to claim it.

3. Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier: Because SOMEBODY needed to write a historical fiction novel with William Blake as a central character. Tyger, tyger indeed.

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (review): It’s everyone’s favorite cyborg Cinderella, y’all! Speaking of which, I think there’s a new installment of The Lunar Chronicles floating around out there. I need to check it out.

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5. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris: I love David Sedaris. There is nobody as bizarre and delightful and dark and hilarious.

6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Of course I went there. The temperature at which books burn? I mean, who hasn’t read this one with the “firemen” and the HORRORS?

7. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by JK Rowling: You know you wanted to put your name in the Goblet of Fire. Even if it meant battling a dragon and/or certain death. You’re reckless that way.

Got any more fiery titles burning a hole in your brain, Bookworms?

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Jan 22

No Leg to Stand On: An Idiosyncratic Lit List

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Greetings Bookworms!

It’s been about a year since I launched the Idiosyncratic Lit List feature, and I’m still endlessly entertained by it. My first list had to do with characters who were missing their arms, so OBVIOUSLY I’m going to celebrate this unofficial anniversary by making a list of characters who have lost their legs. Fictional appendages for everyone!

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1. Ian Murray from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon: Poor Ian lost his leg thanks to some nasty grapeshot he encountered while fighting as a mercenary in France. Luckily, he had Jenny Fraser waiting for him back in Scotland, which I think he’d agree was a pretty good consolation prize.

2. Gus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: One of the most articulate teenagers ever, Gus lost his leg to a bout with osteosarcoma. Cancer is complete crap, but it can’t stop teenage luuuurve. There’s a venn diagram involved, but suffice it to say Gus is all about making the best of a hard situation. Yes. I went there. I think I just lost my “grown up” card.

3. Captain Ahab from Moby Dick by Herman Melville: This list would be incomplete without a sailor with a peg leg! I actually hated this book, but I wouldn’t resist including crazy old Ahab on this list. I really can’t blame the guy for wanting revenge on the jerk of a whale who bit off his leg. (Seriously though, since when do whales bite off legs? Orcas are penguin eating bastards, but your typical whale? Ahab must have REALLY pissed him off.)

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4. Mad Eye Moody from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: Mad Eye’s auror duties landed him in a lot of battles with dark witches and wizards and he came out rather worse for the wear as a result. In addition to half his nose and his left eye, the poor dude lost half a leg as well. He still fought the good fight, though!

5. Cormoran Strike from The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: It’s everyone’s favorite curmudgeonly detective! Cormoran lost his leg in Afghanistan, which totally sucks, but he’s still a total badass. (Interesting that Rowling has written two distinct characters missing legs… I wonder if there’s some kind of connection there. Maybe she’s got a pal rocking a prosthesis?)

I’m sure I’ve left someone out, Bookworms. Got a favorite character who just happens to have lost a leg? 

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Jan 13

You’ve Read ALL THE AUSTEN. Now What?

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Salutations, Bookworms!

Let’s talk about Jane Austen. I love her to pieces, but she only wrote six novels and a handful of short stories. Six novels! What is one to do once one has finished ALL THE AUSTEN? I have good news for you, my fellow Austen-ites. There are a lot of other Austen nerds. Austen nerds who have written Austen-inspired books. I made a list for you. You can thank me later.

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1. Longbourn by Jo Baker (review): This book might be my favorite on the list. It’s essentially Pride and Prejudice, from a servant’s perspective. I saw Jo Baker speak about the book (and she was SO NICE!) and she said that you could read Pride and Prejudice and Longbourn together and basically follow a character out of a room from Pride and Prejudice and see what they do below stairs in Longbourn. It’s a fantastic book, I can’t recommend it enough.

2. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler: This book isn’t among my favorites ever, but if you’re in the right mood for it, it can be fun. It’s basically a Freaky Friday scenario in which a modern woman who is obsessed with Jane Austen switches brains with a woman from Regency England. My favorite bit about this book was when the narrator discusses how dang stinky everyone is in the absence of deodorant and indoor plumbing. Details like that take some of the romance out of my daydreams and make me happy to live in the here and now.

3. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler: A group of people form a club specifically to read all Jane Austen’s novels. How much fun would that be?! The book is a look at those in the club, but there’s obviously a good dose of Austen-licious-ness, so you know it’s a good time. Plus, one of the club members (a dude, no less) goes the extra mile and reads The Mysteries of Udolpho. I can just imagine Catherine Moreland clapping her hands with glee at the thought!

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4. First Impressions by Charlie Lovett (review): For those who love stories that tackle the origin of books, this is a big winner. This book gives a double dose of book nerd glory with a glimpse into the world of rare books AND an imagining of Jane Austen’s inspiration and writing process. Really, though. Can you imagine writing an entire novel with a quill? That seems like a recipe for carpal tunnel syndrome. Maybe THAT is why we only got six novels.

5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (review): Okay, I’ll admit, there are a lot of hardcore Austen fans who will balk at this one, but hear me out. This book is Jane Austen repackaged in a fun, modern light. With zombies. But the Bennet sisters are total badasses! I love those girls, truly I do, but it’s refreshing to see them doing something other than waiting around for suitors to call. Even if that something is extermination of the undead.

6. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H Winters (review): You guys, I loved this book. Even more than Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesIt’s STEAMPUNK Jane Austen. And Colonel Brandon has a squid face. Purists probably hate this one as well, but I implore you, my bookworms, to give it a shot. Such fun!

Alright, Bookworms, I know there are oodles more Jane Austen offshoots out there. Anybody have a favorite? (I promise I won’t judge you if you love any of the Darcy-Lizzie sequels that include the scandalous bits.)

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Dec 04

Winter Wonderland: An Idiosyncratic Lit List

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Well, Bookworms, it seems the Starks were right.

Winter is no longer just coming. Winter is HERE. Now that it’s cold and crappy out, I may as well make a list of books with a wintry theme. Why the heck not, right? Now, put on “Winter” by Tori Amos, and let’s do this thing!

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1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon- Oh hey. You didn’t honestly think I was going to make a list and NOT include an Outlander tome, did you? It gets cold up on Fraser’s Ridge, y’all. It snows. Best get your woolen cloaks out before you freeze.

2. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (review)- Raise your hands if you like Norse mythology! (I’m imagining that everyone has their hands raised, because it is fun stuff!) This book provides a little mythology for kids (and grownups who like to pretend they’re still kids.) Also, FROST GIANTS. Brrrr!

3. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah- Ooooh this book. It’ll do a little bit of tearing your heart out, but you’ll be happy it did. It will also make you happy you’re warm and well fed, and being grateful is good for everyone!

4. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley- Got an Outlander hangover? Check this one out! It might just cure what ails you… Plus there’s snow and wintry stuff… And handsome Scottish men to keep you warm.

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5. Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio- This book is about a girl with Tourette’s syndrome, but her name is Icy so she gets to be on my list. Funny things happen when I make up my own rules. Muahahahaha!

6. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin- Winter is HERE, Ned Stark. I love me some Starks, but I’m really hoping they catch a break in the next book. I just can’t take any more!

7. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (review)– Okay, so it doesn’t have a ton to do with winter, but the girl’s name is Snow Flower, for heaven’s sake.

8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis- This is the book that pops into my head when I think of Winter Wonderlands. The White Witch did Frozen before Frozen was cool. Only, she was actually evil, so Elsa definitely wins on that score. (Side Note: I’ve had Turkish Delight and it’s totally gross. Edmund was a complete jerk face to betray his family for such a lame sweet.)

9. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton- Who wants to go sledding?! Hahahahaha, just kidding. But really. This book is supremely wintry, and you may never look at sledding the same way again.

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Well, Bookworms, as you can see I’ll be spending an awful lot of time in the near future curled up in blankets with hot beverages and books. Any recommendations for wintry reads?

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Oct 21

Animal Crackers in my Books: An Idiosyncratic Lit List

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What does the fox say, Bookworms?

I know, I just went there. You’re welcome to chastise me in the comments. It’s occurred to me recently that a lot of the books I’ve read have animals in their titles. They may or may not have anything at all to do with the animals mentioned, but you know how much I like listing. I didn’t want to trouble myself with content when I could play with titles. I’m sure you understand. Without further ado let’s get to it!

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1. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood: This is one of my favorite Atwood novels. Truly, of her non-dystopian work, this probably tops my list. And it just so happens to have an animal in the title, though it’s really not about cats. Who could ask for anything more?

2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: There actually IS an elephant in this novel who plays a very prominent role. Actually, there are quite a few animals in this novel, seeing as it focuses on an almost-veterinarian working in a circus. Still. An elephant who likes to drink is a winner in my book. Rosie’s a bit of a tippler.

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (review): There’s a dog in this book! He’s dead though, so don’t get too excited. A good book with a fascinating protagonist.

4. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (review): This book, you guys! I know, I know, I rave about it ALL THE TIME. But it’s still super fantastic. And really not about wolves, except maybe metaphorically. Who cares, though? There’s a really awesome teapot!

5. Frog Music by Emma Donogue (review): It’s a rare book indeed that can combine historical fiction, cross dressing, prostitution, and hunting frogs. Just another reason Emma Donoghue is the coolest.

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6. Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan: Among the things I learned from this book? What a C-Pap mask is, and the side effects of an enlarged prostate. Neither of these have anything to do with the story, of course, though that was plenty interesting too. If I can get a good story and trivia out of a book, it’s a big win.

7. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls: So you think you want to be a cowboy/cowgirl? Read this real-life novel and you might re-think that. They NEVER wash their jeans. Ever.

8. Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson (review): Not a monkey to be found on Monkey Beach. Canada is too cold for that sort of thing. Lots of interesting discussion of fish grease though.

9. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris: There are all sorts of animals in this book! Animals that talk and do offensive things using offensive language. It is, in a word, glorious.

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Alright Bookworms, I’m SURE I’ve missed BUNCHES of animal titles. Help me fill in the blanks, here!

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Oct 10

The Bird Is the Word (An Idiosyncratic Lit List)

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Tweet tweet, Bookworms!

It feels like there’s something missing in my life, and that something is a nonsensical book list. In the spirit of doing things just for the heck of it, I’ve compiled a list of books for y’all today that include birds in the title. Because why the heck not?

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 1. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (review 1, review 2)- Fake Spoiler Alert: It’s not about a bird. Well, not a literal bird anyway. It’s about Jesuits in space. And aliens. It’s awesome.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- Fake Spoiler Alert: It’s not about killing mockingbirds, much to the chagrin of every cat meme on the internet. It’s actually about civil rights and non scummy lawyers and neighborhood weirdos.

3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (review)- Okay, you guys, this book ACTUALLY has a bird in it. Ha! I’m lying again. It does have a portrait of a bird, though, and the greatest ne’er-do-well to grace the pages of modern literature. BORIS, I love you.

4. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (review)- Man, I am good at picking books with birds in the title that have very little to do with birds, aren’t I? The only owl to appear in this book is taxidermy, but you guys, it’s a DAVID SEDARIS book and therefore hilarious and wonderful.

5. A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin- Dark wings, dark words, kids. Ravens are the cool birds in Westeros, what with their message carrying and all, but crows like to hang out and pick at carrion, too. And, let’s face it, there’s a lot of carrion to be picking at in Westeros by book 4, you know what I’m saying?

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6. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (review)- You didn’t really think I was going to make a list dedicated to birds and not list a book about penguins did you? Silly, silly bookworms! This is among my all time favorite whimsical children’s books. I sent my “nephew” a copy. When he was 3. And unable to read. I just get REALLY EXCITED about books.

7. A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg (review)- I love Fannie Flagg, some books more than others. This wasn’t my favorite of hers, but you know. I like Christmas. I like books with birds in the title.

8. Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex- I love me some hist-ART-ical fiction, and this book went back to the Italian Renaissance to get inside the lives of some of DaVinci’s subjects.

9. Wild Swans by Jung Chang- Swans again? Heck yes! This book is AMAZING and it’s about the lives and journeys of three women in China. It’s intense and true and you should read it and learn things. It’s non-fiction and worth all the brain power.

10. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood- A crake is a bird, y’all. A dude who calls himself “Crake” after an extinct bird in the future and goes on to mastermind a new race of sentient beings while bringing about the destruction of humanity is a mad scientist. Subtle distinction.

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I’m sure I’ve missed many a bird. What are your favorite books with birds in the title, Bookworms? 

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Aug 29

Double Vision (An Idiosyncratic Lit List)

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Hidey Ho, Bookworms!

It’s been a while since I put together an Idiosyncratic Lit List, and after reading Two Lovely Berries last week, I’m inspired to talk about twins in literature. I’m seeing double here, kids. Let’s get twinny with it.

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1. Nora and Aubrey Daley from Two Lovely Berries by AM Blair (review): Oh these girls! They knew they’d never be the dress-alike-and-live-together-forever kind of twins, but they didn’t see all the crazy that was coming their way. Sharing identical genetic codes doesn’t guarantee a strife-free existence!

2. Josiah and Keziah Beardsley from The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon: I don’t think these two show up until The Fiery Cross, but they were a welcome addition to Fraser’s Ridge, believe you me. I’ve never laughed so hard as when reading about Lizzie Wemyss and her rather scandalous love affair. Jo and Kezzie, FTW!

3. Emmeline and Adeline March from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (review): Apparently twins are cooler when they’re a bit feral (see the Beardsley twins) but the March girls are firmly planted in crazy town. They’ve got a classic good twin/ evil twin thing going on, and it’s kind of awesome.

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4. Fred and George Weasley from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: Were there ever two more mischievous Hogwarts students than the Weasley twins? Those two are simply the best. The provided me with many a laugh and many a tear. Although, I am rather pleased that I was never subjected to being a test subject for Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. Ton tongue toffee? Puking pastilles? I’ll pass, thank you.

5. Cath and Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (review): These two! Poor Cath was under the impression that she and her twin sister Wren were going to be the dress-alike-and-live-together-forever kind of twins until they got to college and Wren left her high and dry. I mean, they were so inseparable they even had to SHARE A NAME. (That’s actually true, their mom wasn’t expecting twins and split “Catherine” in half.) No wonder Cath had a rough go of it…

Alright Bookworms, I’m SURE I’m forgetting some awesome sets of literary twins. Sound off!

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Jun 27

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto: An Idiosyncratic Lit List

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Konnichiwa Bookworms,

The other day Hubs and I were driving somewhere when everyone’s favorite Styx song came on the radio. I share this because it’s important, and I don’t want to be the only one with the song stuck in my head. Behold:

Now that we all have robots on the brain, let’s talk about some of the coolest artificial intelligence in literature, shall we?

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1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Everybody’s favorite cyborg Cinderella story! It’s pretty awesome that catastrophic injuries can be overcome with scientific enhancements, but there are downsides to being a cyborg. You’re treated a lot more like a computer than a person, which suuuucks. Luckily, it’s a fairy tale, and good things can still happen to underdog cyborgs. (review)

2. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Sometimes young girls are mentored by androids they accidentally fall in love with. Stranger things have happened, right? To be fair, Finn isn’t just any android. He’s one of a kind and he’s got feelings. Interesting to think about just what makes a human human. (review)

3. Solomon the Peacemaker by Hunter Welles: The world’s problems can be solved… As long as a human is attached by the brain to a super computer. Peace comes at a pretty high cost if you’re the one who’s drawn to be attached to the machine. (review)

Got any more sweet robot stories for me, Bookworms? Sound off!

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