25 Books....

I've only read 7 of these!!!  But I do own a couple more... better get reading!  I do have to agree this is a great list.  Not exhaustive by any stretch... but a good list.

Kids Books

Vintage Books My Kid Loves 

Anyone who will talk about Old Black Witch is worth a read:

Gotta remember to suggest some more...

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Beowulf by Seamus Heaney

This one should have been put on the Must-Read list a long time ago!!!
Beowulf by Seamus Heaney 

It reads like a good book instead of like "Literature".  Well, actually, better than a good book since it is poetry and just feels good to read.

The reviews on Amazon have some delicious quotes that I can't help copying here - I'm going to have to go read it again myself now!  (My favourite part is the description of the hoard of the dragon that Beowulf fights his last battle with - just like my favourite part of the Illad is the description of Achilles' shield - and my favourite part of the Aneid is the description of Dido's temple... I'm seeing a pattern here:  Beautiful, momentary islands of peace in the middle of the crashing violent oceans of constant struggle.)  But back to the delicious quotes:

Men climbed eagerly up the gangplank,
sand churned in the surf, warriors loaded
a cargo of weapons, shining war-gear
in the vessel's hold, then heaved out,
away with a will in their wood-wreathed ship.
Over the waves, with the wind behind her
and foam at her neck, she flew like a bird...

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Flatland by Edwin A Abott

AN UNSPEAKABLE HORROR seized me. There was a darkness; then a dizzy, sickening sensation of sight that was not like seeing; I saw a Line that was no Line; Space that was not Space: I was myself, and not myself. When I could find voice, I shrieked loud in agony, "Either this is madness or it is Hell."

How do you imagine the unimaginable?

" Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows -- only hard with luminous edges -- and you will then have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen."

Flatland is the story of the discovery of A. Square that the dimensions he knows are not the only ones that exist - a very interesting idea.

Flatland, available at Project Gutenberg.

Flatland Physics: "Abbott wrote Flatland before the unified picture of space and time emerged in early 20th century mathematics and physics. Nowadays we would say that the Flatlanders live in 2+1 dimensional spacetime -- two space dimensions and one time. Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is much simpler in Flatland (plus time), so that is where we'll start exploring what it means to travel in time. "

Gaudy Night

Here is a great book to add to the "must read" list: "Gaudy Night" by Dorothy Sayers.  I stayed up till four last night reading it!  I really like these people - they are real people, not just characters in a book.  Dorothy Sayers was a member of writing club whose members also included C.S.Lewis and Tolkien, so her writing capabilities need not be called into question.  Nor her imagination - Wimsey is kind of like a combination of Captain Blood and a member of the Drones club, if you can believe it!  I've only read a couple of her other Lord Wimsey books (Strong Poison and Murder Must Advertise), but I think I will have to add to my collection soon.

Here is just a taste of what is probably the second best scene in the book (the best one you'll have to find on your own...):

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