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Books (and authors) I couldn’t possibly live without

I admit I have a problem when it comes to books. Though my pasty skin can be mainly blamed on genetics, I’m sure my habit of reading for hours on end (inside or in the shade) contributes to my ghostly look. I also spend a lot on books, but I justify it to myself because I read most of them multiple times. I also like to decorate with books. But anyway.

I’ve been asked to give a short list of must-reads, so here are some books I’d drag with me to that desert island after the shipwreck (they would, of course, get priority on the plank of wood keeping me afloat. I can swim).

1. Everything Jane Austen wrote, but especially Pride and Prejudice, Northhanger Abbey, and her juvenalia (Lesley Castle, Lady Susan, Love and Freindship). And yes, it’s spelled that way on purpose.

2. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

3. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

4. Multiple works by Joyce Carol Oates – two of my favorites are Firefox and High Lonesome, a collection of short stories.

5. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

6. The Portable Dorothy Parker by, well, Dorothy Parker

7. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

8. Everything by Jasper Fforde

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

What books could you never live without?

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A Harry Potter musical

Yes, I am a total geek, since it’s 9pm Saturday and I’m playing on YouTube. But this is hilarious, especially if you like Harry Potter, musicals and all things absurd. Enjoy.

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Legos + Harry Potter = happy

Is anyone else excited for the release of the Lego Harry Potter video game on June 29? Just me? Ok then.

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Summer reading list

One of the nice things about being out of school and unemployed (though unemployment is not a state I want to be in) is the oodles of time to read. At school, I was swamped with work, and could barely make it through 10 pages of a novel before falling asleep. And what I had to read for school took up the rest of my time. Though William Strunk’s The Elements of Style is a fantastic resource for journalists, it is not exactly an exciting read.

Anyway, I am using the time (when I am not job hunting) to read. I have just finished Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, and enjoyed it immensely. The next new book on my list is A Garden of Earthly Delights by Joyce Carol Oates. But first I have to finish Pride and Prejudice, which I’m reading for the umpteenth time.

It’s lovely revisiting books – I find that a good story never gets old. Along with Pride and Prejudice, here is a partial list of books I plan to revisit this summer: Continue reading

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