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books that stick to my ribs

image from Ginger at GReads!

you guys, this is my fave meme. and it's not just because i think Ginger is amazing or because tons of bloggers are linking up each week or because the image is so cute. it's not even because i love the word meme (which i pronounce may-may in my head). it's because some seriously rad questions are asked and everyone provides some insightful and funny responses. yeah, it's pretty cool.

this week the lovely Ginger asks:

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

DANG GINGER. she really brought the business this week. which is one of the many reasons i adore her. the books she refers to are books i often call 'stick to my ribs' books because long after i've finished reading, pieces of them linger with me in the very core of my being. here are the top five books that stick to my ribs.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  the whole story was different than anything i'd read up to that point. this was unabashedly science fiction and the main character, Andrew Wiggins, is a genius who is taken into a space academy to ruthlessly train. oh yeah, he's EIGHT YEARS OLD. what really stuck with me about this book was the moral and ethical questions that the author raises. starting with training CHILDREN to do the kind of things they do and finishing up with That Ending, Card gives you so much to think about while providing characters that take root in your heart.

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. oh this book. i listened to this book on audio, which i'm sure enhanced the experience. in it's basic form, this is a book about a 19 year old nobody completing tasks that change the lives of others. but personally, this book shook me. i cried listening to this book on more than one occasion. like, openly sobbing in my car. it was embarrassing. but it wasn't just the main character, Ed Kennedy, that i fell in love with. it wasn't just the people that he met along the way that i fell in love with. it wasn't just the journey of self discovery i fell in love with. it was the implications for MY life that the author brings to the surface. it was the challenges that the author issues in a subtle and emotional way. this is one of those books that i want to talk about the plot and THEN talk about how it applies to real life. because it most certainly does.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. awful cover aside, this book is perfect. this book calls to question moral and ethical responsibilities, fulfilling your destiny, and questioning the search for ultimate knowledge. it sticks with me because it has one of the most beautiful and inconclusive endings ever. i love the potential that Lowry leaves with me as a reader.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. seriously, you combine the unflinching emotional stories from the genius of Siobhan Dowd and the perfectly weighted storytelling of Patrick Ness and OF COURSE pure beauty is born. the emotions in this book are so raw, so vivid, and so authentic that it's almost painful to read...and that's the point. this is a book that will always stick with me because it drew out intense emotions and questions and hope from deep within me. 

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon. as my first graphic novel, this automatically scores a special place in my nerdish heart. but what really makes this a book that sticks with me are the combination of unique ideas (a dog who builds a robot) and the unspoken words and the range of emotions. 

what about you? what books stick to your ribs? tell me, and be sure to link it up over at GReads too!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. because i'm curious, have you read any of the other 4 books written by siobhan dowd?

    also, catch-22 sticks to my ribs, but is not YA lit.

  2. Dude, you totally need to read Gathering Blue and Messenger to bring some resolution to The Giver. Both are quick, easy reads and pretty spectacular. I read both a few weeks ago. I love me some Lowry forever and ever.

    BTW, I lurve a discussable book, and The Giver is discussable like WOAH.

    I love how everyone loves Patrick Ness, but I haven't really read anything of his yet. Well, I take that back. Last night I started The Knife of Never Letting Go, so I'm pretty stoked about that. I'm lovin the cover of A Monster Calls.

    I like your list here!

  3. I really want to read when a monster calls it sounds great. I will also have to check out the others you mentioned. They sound amazing.

  4. I recently TBR-ed A Monster Calls, I've read a few great reviews and it's exciting to see that you picked it as a 'stick with you' kind of book. And I must say that when it comes to Ender's Game I'm a bad school librarian. I recommend this book all the time and yet I've never picked it up myself! The next slow day in the library (few and far between!) I have to finally pick it up. You've motivated me ;)

  5. Eriks - i need to get on those. i have read A SWIFT PURE CRY and BOG CHILD by Siobhan Dowd.
    Ash - I did read Messenger, but not Gathering Blue. i should! i need to reread The Giver sometime soon. it's so quick, yet so poignant.
    Laura - yes please!
    Librarian - you should TOTALLY read Ender's Game! then you can geek out with all the teenage boys who read it too. it's good stuff.

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