Justine's picks

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ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage Books - January 22nd, 2013

What a neat story. Lady assassins, long lost love, different dimensions or world's even, and a plot to take down men who abuse women. All things I really I really dig. Murakami's writing is always surreal and incredibly elaborate and when reading this story, I got lost in the world he created.

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By Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763642648
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 2008

This book was read to me as a child and a few years ago my mother gave me my own copy. It brings up loving memories of my parents reading it to me and then me reading it to the people I love. I still say to my best friend every time we end a conversation "I love you to the moon and back". It's such a sweet story and makes my heart happy.

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By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142410370
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

Being the youngest in my family with an older and brother and sister, I spent a lot of time alone growing up. I used to hang out at the library or the beach and read so when I read Matilda, I finally thought that there were other people out there like me. Of course I wished I had telekinetic powers and my parents and siblings weren't the monsters that Matilda had to deal with but I could relate.

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ISBN: 9780345400475
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 30th, 1995

This book is incredibly sad and that's why I love it. I like reading this book in the winter months when winter madness starts kicking in. Reading a sad book when I'm feeling low is something that helps me brighten up. Even though I know it's fictional, this family has it way worse than I could ever imagine and that cheers me up.

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By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064409391
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Published: HarperTrophy - August 22nd, 2000

I can't even think of all the many reasons why I love these books. It probably has a lot to do with me spending so much time by myself as a kid and getting lost in Narnia along with all the other children. I never really put all the Christian undertones together until I reread them for a children's lit class in college but even then I was still more interested in the fantasy of it.

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ISBN: 9780714847030
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 7th, 2006

So I know this is a technically a textbook but I had an art history teacher who made us study this book in and out. I found all of it fascinating and it may have sparked my love of art. Being able to go to a museum and actually know who the artist is and what time period the painting is from, I owe all that knowledge to this really cool textbook. My art history teacher also may have helped but we're not talking about him.

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ISBN: 9781400032822
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Published: Anchor Books - April 11th, 2006

What a creep show Chuck Palahniuk is. I love him for this very reason. He takes a subject that is in most cases revolting to even think about and then gets it stuck in your head on a loop. Creepy, grotesque and incredibly interesting,this book makes me think I might be a creep show myself. I'm o.k. with that.

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By John Steinbeck, David Wyatt (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140186390
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1992

A great story and a pleasure to read. I read this the last time I was in NYC right before making my decision to move either to NY or to California. This story may have helped sway me to go west. The story is so compelling and rich and Steinbeck really knows how to paint a landscape. Catherine is one of those great villains in fiction and yet I felt sad for her and the choices she made through out her life. All the characters were someone I could relate to in some way.

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ISBN: 9781451678192
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 17th, 2012

I read this book throughout an entire year waiting in various lines, for appointments, or just in general waiting for something. The stories Bradbury writes are so interesting to me because they were written so long ago. I love the way he envisioned our future and that we were living on Mars. Reading one story at a time over that year was a great way to get through this book for me. It gave me time to think about each one and then excited to read the next but I always read it when I was waiting. Maybe I was waiting for my spaceship to Mars.