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Our Favorite Books

Postby mathsparks » Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:39 am

How about a topic on books that we read that leave a lasting impression on us?

Let me start off with My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult...which I read back in 2005 and recently watched the movie with my girl.

Story's about a girl who was conceived to save her elder sis dying from leukemia. Since birth, Anna has been donating cord blood, bone marrow and blood to elder sis, Kate..At 13, she decided to hire a lawyer to fight for medical emancipation from her parents..to be able to decide whether she wants to continue being a donor..If you use one of your children to save the life of another, are you being a good mother… or a very bad one?

Eloquent phrases:
The human capacity for burden is like bamboo - far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance

It's impolite to unsheath your claws at the dinner table.

...no matter how long I stood there, none of the people funneling around me had anything to say.

...When Julia started going out with Campbell who had dumped her 15 years ago.."I thought lightning isn't supposed to strike in the same place twice."..."Sure it does. But only if you're too dumb to move"

What's love?..When you care more if someone else lives than you do about yourself. You don't love someone because they're perfect. You love them in spite of the fact that they're not.

Some touching dialogue:
When it looked like Kate's not gonna make it..Mum said, "Do you remember the summer we signed you up for camp?...you'd changed your mind and wanted to stay home? I told you to get a seat on the left side of the bus, so that when it pulled away, you'd be able to see me there, waiting for you....You get that same seat in Heaven. One where you can watch me, watching you" ==> This never fails to bring a lump to my throat. It's simply so touching.

Dad was crying in the kitchen after taking many photos of Kate b4 she leaves on her first prom..he said, "I didn't think I'd get to have this memory"

When his sister's at death's door...I kiss her on the forehead, letting my lips stay an extra second. How is it that mothers can read fever that way? I can only read imminent loss?

I've read most of Picoult's books; she writes about family, love and relationships while exploring ethical issues.

Any other Picoult fans here?

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Postby Guest » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:07 am

I have not read this book by Jodi Picoult so not a fan yet but I have reviewed her books' storylines are generally real-life issues that would be worth reading about.
This Sister's Keeper can be quite cruel to the one donating help, imagine her own existence is to provide that donation for her sister, I believe emotionally draining for the kid.

I like Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It's just so intriguing reading the story, quite alot of suspense to uncover that you would never want to put down the book and the book is better than the movie. There are some recent books launched but I am reading my kid's book now. :lol:
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Postby mathsparks » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:15 am

And the storyline is different between the movie and the book..as in the sister that lived on is different. You'll never get enough of her books. Will share more of hers some other time.

Dan Brown's books are just as hard to put down. We normally buy his hardcover ones for keeps too.

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Postby Guest » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:20 am

Yeah I heard the movie was different and lucky I did not watch so when I read, no impact. :D

My dan brown book becomes kiam chai..., you are right. :wink:
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Postby Keroppi30 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:23 am

:celebrate: I love Sister's Keeper... I read this book when I had dd2 in 2007 ... I got rather emotional and kept thinking if I would do the same thing to my gals…

I'm not exactly a Picoult fan so far I've only read 2 of her books.

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Postby mathsparks » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:25 am

Yep, Keroppi30 and my girl asked me the same question too. Would I ever give birth to one just to save the other?

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Postby autumnbronze » Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:26 am

Great topic mathsparks!!! :goodpost:

Will contribute later ... going to bring DS for Mandarin class :D :D

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Postby FMz » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:19 pm

Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter, Lord of the Ring. :lol: :lol:

hardly a reader....have not been reading much... most are mgmt domain books like Toyota Ways, Power of Action Learning etc...

one simple book, however stood out..... The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss

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Postby autumnbronze » Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:20 pm

ks2me wrote:I like Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It's just so intriguing reading the story, quite alot of suspense to uncover that you would never want to put down the book and the book is better than the movie. There are some recent books launched but I am reading my kid's book now. :lol:


Hi ks2me,

Yes, I felt exactly the same way when I read the book. Just didn't want to put it down AT ALL :D There was always this cliffhanger element at the end of every chapter of this book. :D

I have Angels and Demons, but haven't got down to reading it yet. Have you read it? How is it?? :D

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Postby autumnbronze » Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:22 pm

FMz wrote:Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter, Lord of the Ring. :lol: :lol:

hardly a reader....have not been reading much... most are mgmt domain books like Toyota Ways, Power of Action Learning etc...

one simple book, however stood out..... The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss

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Hey Fmz,

Read the excerpts. Looks like an interesting read.

Will look out for it next time go book shopping :D

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