I’m finally starting to learn not to judge a book by its cover, but these blue beauties definitely deserve to be read.
1) “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book. Everything about it is cool: the psychology of child warriors bred for combat, zero-gravity battles, the spread of an idea thanks to the anonymity of the Internet, etc. Getting inside the genius minds of Ender and his siblings was engrossing, as was seeing how the characters manipulate each other and the world around them. As a writer, having full control over a character and his or her mindset is very satisfying, so seeing these hyperintelligent children interact in a believable way was great to read.
2) “You Know When The Men Are Gone” by Siobhan Fallon
This collection of stories is set on an army base, and a couple of them will knock the wind out of you. The characters are surpringly varied for such a specific setting: a Russian second wife who’s hated by the other loyal first wives on base; the husband who suspects his wife is having an affair and comes home in secret to get the truth; the teenaged soldier anxious to marry his girlfriend; and the stoic leader of the Family Readiness Group, a woman who follows the rules with the same dedication as her officer husband. I love the cover design for this book since it captures what you feel while reading it: there’s always something more, something crucial, just out of sight.
3) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Like all high school required reading, I dismissed this book immediately after the taking the test. I revisited it in college, though, and have re-read it twice since, once for another class and once for fun. I’ve kind of given up on the upcoming movie adaptation thanks to a deep-seated dislike for Tobey Maguire, but I can always rely on the beautiful imagery of the book.