Monday, March 11, 2013

Thousander Must-Reads Vol. 2

A Few Thousanders share their "Must-Reads" for everyone's Thousander List:

Brad Howes - The Giver by Lois Lowry

"My Thousander Club 'must-read' was a tough choice, but I ultimately chose Lois Lowry's The Giver. This book has been called 'a warning within a narrative.' Throughout The Giver, we see what the future would look like when the government gets out of hand and ultimately strips the people of their rights. Following in the footsteps of Orwell's 1984 and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, The Giver provides a look into society who has conformed to a 'government-dubbed utopia' and one boy's attempt to retain some individuality. The Giver delivers in the same way that Suzanne Collins captivates a young audience and introduces them to the horrors of a dystopian society in The Hunger Games. It's an absolute 'must-read.'"

Heather Baye Stahle - Anthem by Ayn Rand

"Why Anthem is a must read in my opinion is because for one it is a quick read, which means something to me because I have five children, but at the same time has substance and depth to it.  It really made me think about how unique and special each individual is.  That we as humans have emotions, intelligence, and have the right to do so.  It makes you care and feel for characters you don't even know the names to in an instant.   It inspires you to create, to stand for what you believe and to not let anyone take your freedoms away from you.  It made me sad, happy, and hopeful. It also has a fabulous love story for all the ladies out there, which I much appreciated!  Very well written story."

Cliff Ward - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstory

"One book that every Thousander should read—or have read or have memorized and transposed into a one man interpretive musical rendition—is Anna Karenina. Not only does the book manage to pluck and twinge every single human emotion I’ve ever felt, but it creates a model for all great art. Great art, like Anna Karenina, if read in the proper spirit, has the capacity to bring temporal, mundane concerns and ideas into a spectrum of more universal and probably eternal consequence. This book does this. It tackles the tough stuff. It poses many of life’s most important questions, and by tracing key events (marriage, death, adultery, theological speculation on a haystack, etc.) in the crisscrossing lives of its two most interesting characters, Anna and Levin, it supplies an abundance of material that readers can use to get a start on the answers. Aside from all this serious business, it’s one of those long novels that gets more beautiful with every page. With a story this engaging and characters that endure so far beyond the plot, no serious lover of books can reach literary fulfillment without Anna Karenina."

1 comment:

  1. Must-Read, to me, means a book that I go back to over and over again. Let me think on it. Good input.

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