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Jack of Kinrowan: Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon
Charles de Lint
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Patrick Rothfuss
The Sweet Scent of Blood
Suzanne McLeod
Shadow's Edge
Brent Weeks
M.E. Breen, Molly Breen
The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
Holly Black
This Side of the Grave
Jeaniene Frost
Zoo City
Lauren Beukes
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury This might have been the first book I ever read where I felt a deep personal connection - a feeling that someone else somewhere had been dealt the same problems I had. A sense of camaraderie, all from the fictional characters in a book.The theme of kids dealing with, battling with, the impending death of a friend, a fellow child, was a very personal one for me.I remember my dad giving me the book, wanting me to read it. He said he thought I would like it. I think he knew I needed it. There are many reasons why to this day books are a comfort and joy for me - this book is one of them.Creepy, exciting, adventurous, and emotional too. [I know this is not a great review - I don't think I can give a decent one without re-reading it (which I will do someday), but the emotional attachment I feel to this book has always stayed with me.]