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Wednesday, 26 October 2011


I like listening to a novel about dystopian societies or strange human abilities. Even if some are silly and made for teens- there tends to be hidden weight and meaning in them.
(5 star means favourite)

*****Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
*****The Giver. Gathering Blue. The Messenger. by Lois Lowry
*****The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
****The Hunger Games. (3 books) by Suzanne Collins
****The Uglies. The Pretties. The Specials. by Scott Westerfeld
****The Time Travellers Wise & Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
****Anthem by Ayn Rand
**Maximum Ride. (6 short books) by James Patterson

On the list to listen to soon:
Young Wizards series.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
John Wyndham- the chrysalids
World of Earthsea series.
Dark Materials (read the first one.)
The Handmaids Tale
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
1984 (I know, I can't believe I haven't read it either!)
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks
Looking for Alaska
Gregor and the Underland
Anything by Diana Wynne Jones
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Summerland by Michael Chabon
Yelena Zaltana novels by Maria Snyder.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
(many series) by Robin Hobb.
The House That Sailed Away

p.s. I recently asked my twitter followers for recommendations- thats why there are so many on that list! So sweet. I specificly asked for Dystopian, Magic and clever teens. Has anyone read any on that list?? Did you like/dislike? DISCUSS! :]
p.p.s I like to listen to books because I like to knit to them. two birds with one stone, yeah.


  1. Listening to books is fabulous - you can be productive and soak up culture at the same time! (yes, Prisoner of Azkaban is cultural. Totally). I love audiobooks, I used to rent them from the library when I was small - I had a really good one called The House That Sailed Away, about a house, that sailed away after a big rainstorm, and went out to see, and there were pirates and a desert island and all sorts… haha. I keep meaning to try out The Hunger Games!
    I recommend the Time Travelers Wife - which you've probably read, but it's nice to listen to.
    I'm not much of a fantasy/sci fi fan - I like there to be a distinct link to reality in my books! (I'm fussy!) Haha.


  2. I am not into listening the books, actually I find it difficult to concentrate on, but I love the idea of listening audio books while you are knitting=)



  3. aww so many good books read and to be read! You should check out Neuromancer by William Gibson And of course ALL of Terry Pratchett :D I would also recommend The Hobbit on tape, spent most of my illustration Degree listening to that one! i was also recently introduced to Robin Hobb, couldn't read her books fast enough! you will love the Farseer Trilogy! what am i talking about, you'll love them all, Farseer, Then Liveship Traders Trilogy, then The Tawny Man Trilogy then all the rest of her books! ahahaha! sorry i get a little carried away when i talk about books! :S

  4. Thanks so much for you recommendations!

    Amy- I LOVED Time Traveller's Wife! Have you read 'Her Fearful Symmetry'? by the same author? It's set in north london. You'd love it. let me know if you can't to borrow it- I don't have the audio, just the book. haha. :] And that sounds like a lovely sweet book about the house. It's added!

    Spoo- ooh, thank you! I always love finding new authors that people love. :D

  5. Oooh - good list! Audrey's books are my favorite *ever*!! :) Have you seen her comic? This is off-topic, but it's odd and beautifully (eeril?) illustrated. I'm gonna check some of these out!