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Reading List: Ender's Game

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A friend of mine suggested I read Ender's Game, his favorite book. It's a military science fiction book by Orson Scott Card about Ender Wiggins, a genius little boy, and his two siblings, Valentine and Peter. Ender, and many other children, are being trained by the military to prepare for a third invasion of the "buggers" which are insect-like aliens while his two siblings are back on Earth doing their best to survive. The book really makes you think about empathy, morals, and strategy. Some of the bullying instances are very disturbing, especially considering the age of the children, but they do make you consider what defense is too far or not far enough. (Not for children, but for anyone.) These children aren't exactly normal children though. While I think that most children aren't given enough credit for their intelligence, the children featured in the book are far more intelligent than most children. The military does their best to mold these chosen children into what the military needs to defeat the buggers.They're treated, for better or worse, like adults.

I also think it speaks well to the pressures that probably face those in the military today. Making not just life or death decisions, but deciding what casualties are worth it take a toll on these characters and on those of us in the real world. While those decisions must be made, I can't imagine being one who makes them.

After reading it, I can see how many of my military friends have read it and why it's on the suggested reading list for the Marines. I'm waiting for the sequel, Speaker for the Dead, to become available from the library, so I can read it next.

Have you read it? What do you think?

Reading List: The Milliner's Secret: An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris

While browsing Amazon Unlimited, I came across The Milliner's Secret: An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris by Natalie Meg EvansI'm in love with it. I just finished it and I wish I had more to read. The book follows the story of Cora Masson as she builds a name for herself. She starts out as a factory worker but escapes to make her own way around the time of World War II. The war greatly affects the characters in the book and you get to see Cora as she tries to make a life for herself.

I loved seeing what happened with Cora and the other charaters. I might buy The Dress Thief: A gripping novel of fashion, secrets and intrigue in 1930's Paris, also by Natalie Meg Evans. Technically, The Milliner's Secret is a sequel to The Dress Thief, but it worked as a stand-alone book.

What books would you recommend?

Reading List: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Yesterday I got What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. I started reading it today on the bus and let me say, it's a gem. I've been looking at his website, http://xkcd.com/ for a while now, and I love it. Some of his comics go over my head, I don't always understand the math, the science, or the computer jokes he makes, but I still love it.

He's even got a what if? website where he posts some of these. I highly recommend that you check out one or all of these. They're pretty funny. His book is available at Amazon, as well as a few other places. I even saw it at a local bookstore last week!

What have you been reading lately?

Reading List: Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue

Now that I've finished all of the Harry Potter books, I'm re-reading a series of books by Kristin Cashore. The three books are part of the Graceling Realm and are called Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. I've read them all before, but a friend of mine just bought one of them at my recommendation so I read the first one again and am waiting for the other two to be available at the library. I do love the series and wish there was more of them to read. You can find out more about the series here.

Are there any books you'd recommend reading?