40 Things (8)

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Playing along with Boof’s 40 Day Book Challenge, her next question is:

8) A book that blew me away

I’m not sure how to define “blew me away.”  I’ve read books where the ending was a total surprise and I’ve been a basket case (“My Sister’s Keeper,” “Beatrice & Virgil“), but although I feel “blown away” I never like that feeling.  I feel manipulated and left with a negative feeling towards the book.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathon Safron Foer is a beautifully written book that “blows me away” without manipulating my emotions.  It could be because of Oskar’s personality guiding me through the book… it’s just such a good book.

#8 on my list was to “Have Dinner Parties” which I am pretty good at.  I love to entertain and sometimes use it as a way to “experiment with new recipes” (see #7) but often it is less about the food and more about the fellowship, in which case we order in.  I should plan another soon!

Off to read!


A Strong Voice

Although it’s foremost in my mind because I’m re-reading it, this book does have a strong voice that has stayed with me since I read it the first time years ago…

Oskar is a quirky little boy who wears heavy boots because of the big awful. He is brilliant and funny and sweet and sad.

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