Aug 5, 2011

TGIF and Week In Review (9)

Hosted by Ginger over at G-Reads, TGIF is a way to recap the week on your blog and answer a fun question she asks bloggers. Linking up spreads the word, so visit her blog for more info and to participate! :o) Here's the question for this week:

Taking it Personal: Which books have effected you on a personal level and lingered in your mind long after you closed the pages?

Mickey's Response:
I have a seriously bad memory when it comes to books and movies, so remembering something long after I've finished is an accomplishment of epic proportions sometimes! This year, I've read a few books that have stuck with me so far. Jodi Picoult's Sing You Home, Kathryn Stockett's The Help, and Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games are some examples from the current reading year. Beyond that, Pride and Prejudice is one that I will never, ever forget. Most books with tough subjects like abuse always linger, like A Child Called It. It's hard to forget those kinds of things.

As for series books, which are my fave, Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series is one I just gushed about to a friend when we were carpooling the other morning. I get super emotional about those books, and I may never forget the trials and problems Georgina and Seth go through. I scored an early copy from a fantastic Twitter chicky (plug for Neri's blog!!), and I'm reading it slow.. like how Georgina used to read Seth's books :o) LOVE those.

Stef's Response:
Let's see... the one book that pops into my head immediately is The Fountainhead. There are many books that I own that I love to reread, but in terms of lasting effect, this is a great example. The Fountainhead, for those of you who have read it, is a book by Ayn Rand that basically highlights a philosophy she fostered known as Objectivism. There's a part of the book that I love, and it says: "I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need. I wished to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others." The main character of that book, Roark, demonstrates an unwavering loyalty to his own integrity and refuses to give it up, even at times when the reader thinks he probably should. It's a very thought provoking book, and if you pay attention to it, it can provide new ways of looking at things.

The second book would definitely be Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living. This book is a compilation of Lee's own writings from his journey of self discovery and knowledge, and a book full of his thoughts and observations that helped to cultivate and create who Bruce Lee was and the man he strove to be. This book is filled with wisdom that can be applied to any situation, a great quote from this book: "Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."


  1. I love Richelle Mead! I want everything she writes! Plus I've got a little soft spot for her in my heart because she grew up near my town in Michigan :)

  2. that is a very sad book i have read a child called it too.

  3. Richelle mead is great! I love her books!

  4. I need to read The Help & want to read something from Ayn Rand book. Stop by if you can

  5. I so need to read The Help already! Great choices!

    Hoping to see you at my blog!

  6. Thanks everyone! Definitely read The Help! It's fantastic, and I can't wait for the movie :o)


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