125 Things Meme: Day 3

Some "classics" today.

I was going to include these anyway, but Mom suggested that after the stuff I posted in the first two days - which she pretty much described as a world tour of the most heavy, depressing, and oft-unintelligable literature ever - I should post stuff that people without my fondness for Russian literature or post-colonial magical realism might actually want to read. Because, yes, those are the sorts of conversations I have with my mother.

11. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier:

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house's current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife—the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

Why you should read this: For SGA fans, you know "Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Loose"? This is kinda like the "real book" version of that. It is haunting and beautiful and we never learn the narator's name and is the absulte best mystery I've ever read. My mother loved this book so much she wanted to name me Rebecca (she got overruled by my dad, who still cannot spell my name correctly, which is ironic 'cause he chose it) and I fell in love with it myself sometime in my junior year of HS. An absolute must read.

“We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still close to us. The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again, and that sense of fear, of furtive unrest, struggling at length to blind unreasoning panic - now mercifully stilled, thank God - might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion as it had before.”

12. A Room With a Veiw by EM Forester:

A Room with a View is a 1908 novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in the repressed culture of Edwardian England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century.

The first part of the novel is set in Florence, Italy, and describes a young English woman's confusion at the Pensione Bertolini over her feelings for an Englishman staying at the same hotel. Lucy Honeychurch is touring Italy with her overbearing older cousin and chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett, and the novel opens with their complaints about the hotel, "The Pension Bertolini." Their primary concern is that although rooms with a view of the River Arno have been promised for each of them, their rooms instead look over a courtyard. A Mr. Emerson interrupts their "peevish wrangling," offering to swap rooms as he and his son, George Emerson, look over the Arno. ...

Why you should read it: I'm not usually a big fan of these sorts of novels. I hate Howard's End and absolutely lothe The Age of Innocence. But this one is... this one is not your average turn-of-the ceuntry novel. It's about finding a connection with someone and holding on to it with all you're heart, because only through love can we become fully human.

“You have to go cold into a battle that needs warmth, out into the muddle that you have made yourself; and your mother and all your friends will despise you, oh, my darling, and rightly if it is ever right to despise."

13. A Seperate Peace by John Knowles:

Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

Why you should read it: One of the definitive coming-of-age stories. I discovered it while doing an internship my senior year with a pediatric surgeon, and maybe the timing had a little to do with my have of it, but this is one of those books that is overwhelmingly true in its simplicity.

“I felt that I was not, never had been and never would be a living part of this overpoweringly solid and deeply meaningful world around me.”

14. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

Why you should read it: Seriously, if you haven't, do so now. I'm almost reluctant to include it because, well, everyone has read it, at one point or another, and every books everyone should read list I've found online includes it in their top ten, but it's true. Read it. Just do.

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."

15. Lord of the Flies by William Golding:

William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition.

Why you should read it: This is another one where, if you've not read it, you just should. It's not just about boys and growing up and life and death, it is what is it to be human? The evolution - devolving thereof - of human civilization is played out in these boys, showing just how tenuous our claims of being "superior" to other animals really is.

"Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” 

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I've read the last two. I love To Kill A Mockingbird - I picked the book up for some random reading back in tenth grade and fell in love with it. Then the cover on my book got ripped, and I ended up buying a second copy XD

I remember checking Rebecca out of the library in high school, but it was toward the end of the school year and I had to return it before I got the time to finish it. I'll have to read it - I love mystery, and I've always gotten a kind of creepy vibe from the book - and I love creepy things :D

For SGA fans, you know "Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Loose"? This is kinda like the "real book" version of that.

That's...daunting. "Freedom" never fails to make me sob.
Well, Rebecca is not an all out story of love lost and all of that, like "Freedom's Just Another World For Nothing Left To Lose," but the style and tone are very similar. Particularly the part where John's name is never mentioned once in the fic, and the send Mrs. de Winters' name is never mentioned in the book either. Do read it, though. It's lovely. And a little sad.

I'm proud that you can say you've read two at least. It proves that my reading tastes match up at least somewhat with someone's other than my mom's.
I've added Rebecca to the list of books I'm making based on your list :) I'll probably end up re-reading Freedom before I read Rebecca, just to get in the mood~!

I'm proud that you can say you've read two at least. It proves that my reading tastes match up at least somewhat with someone's other than my mom's.

LOL Happy to help XD
*grins* I've Plans for this meme - with captiol P. I've at least two days devoted to syfy, two to plays... and probably 1 with books-I-don't-want-to-inflict-upon-another-human-being-but-should-be-read-anyway.

Special, I know.
Oh my goodness I was 11 when I read To Kill A Mockingbird in English Lit class and I have read it numerous times since it is such a fantastic book
It is an amazing book isn't it? My only problem with it is that other people think it's amazing, and I've never liked belonging to a crowd.

Special, I know.

I think reading it at such a young age for me being not that much older than the characters themselves gave a different take on the book that I would suppose someone older. FOrtunately for me not long after I read it I saw the movie and though "Huh! No I get it."

eh, I never cared for the movie. But I rarely care for movie adaptations of books. That's just a personal thing.

God. Trying to write and going crazy with failure. What's up with you?
I can't sleep and I am supposed to be up and ready and waiting for my lift for a photo walk at 8.

I don't need a lot of sleep normally but I just cant settle
i've been exausted all week myself. the high has been approaching 100 all week, and with the humidity its closer to 110, so I'm assuming that's why.

oh well. maybe I can think of something suitably boring to discuss to put you to sleep.


Hmmm. Have you tried listening to music? I find stuff like Lorenna McKennit and Basia Bulet help me fall asleep a lot of the time. Or audiobooks - I've listened to The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy on audiobook so many times while trying to fall asleep it's not funny.
My hubby has the radio on all night on low, we both grew up in areas where there was regular night noises from the housing around up and the main road but when we got married and bought our house we chose one away from the road and with little noise. We didn't know that for months it would take us a while to get used to the lack of noise. The radio was a compromise.

I also drink a lot of coffee I could give Rodney a run for his money when it comes to drinking the beverage although I have not had any today.

My TV went bang a week ago and its in at the repairers so I have been in either silence or listening to music all week.

The audiobooks is a good idea I do have Harry Potter 1-7 and the Song of Fire and Ice 1-4 although I have a few SGA podfics on my MP3 player at the moment that could help.

It depends on the book. Sometimes, if you're not tired enough, you stay up just listening to it...

I know what you mean about quiet though. I almost always have music on, just 'cause I can't function without the noise. Plus, this house can get kind of creepy at night, when it's just me. Which is odd, 'cause the dorms I had in HS are like 10x older than this house and they were never this creepy at night. Maybe that was just because there were so many people in them...

IDK. Silence is creepy.
i think it's the air vents. we just had work done on them and so now it sounds like someone's walking around upstairs sometimes... which is impossible, as I'm the only one here. it's all very creepy
eh, it's 10pm here but I should probably start thinking about that myself. I'm making no progress here. le sigh