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Writer's Block: Ready, steady, read

What is the best book you've read this year, and why?
How about top 5? In no particular order because if I could choose one favorite, I wouldn't be making a list.

1. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
2. This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
3. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
4. If There Is Something To Desire: One Hundred Poems by Vera Pavlova
5. Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio

Why?

1. This book definitely changed how I think of vegetarianism and drove home points that I already knew were valid, but was probably trying very hard to ignore.
2. Given my current path in life it should be obvious why I enjoyed this book. Seriously though, I think it did a fairly good job of identifying how the profession is transforming. I do worry that it was a bit too optimistic but hey, I'll take it.
3. I can say with utmost certainty that this is the best horror novel I have ever read. It's disturbing, enthralling, entertaining, and dark. So, so, so good. Read it now.
4. Pavlova's work is beautiful and simple. I often repeat her poems to myself, even after only having read them a few times...her words just stick in your head. Almost every poem in this collection is haunting and inspiring.
5. Muscio has a very distinct voice...her tone is scathing but compassionate, and brutally honest. I just loved reading a piece of feminist lit with real fire. Difficult choice between Cunt and Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name by Audre Lorde...but I enjoyed Cunt just a wee bit more. And I can't help but love a book with a 50 page resource section. Yes pls.
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