Saturday, February 11, 2012

Book Suggestions

More laziness on my part.

So, I do a lot of reading. I was even president of my school's student book club. *waits patiently as people call her a nerd* As a result of this, I sometimes get asked for book recommendations. So here's a list of great books.

I am a huge fan of this author. One of the biggest things that appeals to me about his work is that unlike most adult fiction (as opposed to children or young adult fiction, not adult as in dirty. Get your mind out of the gutter!) it has beautiful illustrations, done by the author that help remind you that this story takes place in a special land. The premise of the novel is that Captain Bluebear is halfway through his 27 lives and has taken the time to write about his adventures throughout his life. These adventures range from being raised by minipirates to living in a tornado, to being champion of lies in Atlantis. The book is interspersed with encyclopedia entries that serve to explain the more strange and unfamiliar parts of this land to us, however the style in which it is done can make you forget that these are bits of pure exposition. Overall, this is a great book. I recommend it to everyone, of all ages.

This is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. The premise is essentially "Lord of the Flies with beauty Queens". A plane carrying the contestants for the Miss Teen Dream pageant crashes on an island in the middle of no where. They're all alone... except for the secret military base run by The Corporation, the same company that owns the pageant (and everything else). There's a lot of satire in this book. My favorite parts are the little comments by The Corporation (or whoever) censoring things or trying to use product placement. The "commercials" that appear throughout the book are funny, mainly in how accurately they describe what commercials are like. This is primarily a YA book, but former teens can definitely also read it.

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