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message 1: by Pixiegirl105 (last edited May 08, 2019 12:09PM) (new)

Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments A band I like called Ice Nine Kills released an album based on books. When I checked the books, I realized that most are ones that should be read and I have not read most of them yet. Going to start reading them and if anyone else is interested, it would be nice to have discussions. (for those who haven't heard of this band, they are punk so prepare for some scream singing. Those who don't like that type, listen to Tess-Timony)

List of books:

Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Exorcist - William Petter Blatty
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors - Piers Paul Read
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stephenson finished
Go Ask Alice - Beatrice Sparks
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank finished
Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Carrie - Stephen King


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Mariana | 542 comments I've read a lot of them and I'm planning on reading the others. But Alive has been shoved down our throats since we were children that I can get myself to read it. The guys are great, they give pep talks and one of them presented himself in politics and did a lot of medical advances.


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Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments Mariana wrote: "I've read a lot of them and I'm planning on reading the others. But Alive has been shoved down our throats since we were children that I can get myself to read it. The guys are great, they give pep..."

Somehow I missed the whole Alive being shoved down my throat through. Lol!!! I think somehow that will make it much more interesting to see what has happened since then. :) I've read and started to read a few in the past. I just realized how many I had not read when I checked the books the songs were based on and decided to finish all of them before the end of the year.


daniela (daniela_nieblina) | 336 comments You might want to move this to the "For Fun" or "Recommendations" section, before a moderator does. The "Currently Reading" is only for the monthly group picks.

I'll definitely check out the band, however. I use to have a love for punk rock back in my high school days, but I haven't listened to any since. A band with book inspired songs seems a good way to get back in the game.


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Mariana | 542 comments Pixiegirl105 wrote: "Mariana wrote: "I've read a lot of them and I'm planning on reading the others. But Alive has been shoved down our throats since we were children that I can get myself to read it. The guys are grea..."

I come from Uruguay, that's why it's a story you hear all the time around here. It was a big enterprise they took when only 18 or 19 years old, 73 days lost in the mountain tops, in the middle of spring snow and the decisions that had to be made in order to survive. It changed them and most of them put in action all they've learned up there for their lives.
I'll appoint here that our country has no mountains or snow, we're ill prepared for that conditions and surviving was possible because of their ages, physical condition and most of it, because they were a team and worked like one.
It's great that you decided to read some classics and best sellers, it's always a good time to start with them :D


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Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments ☆*:.。. DANIELA .。.:*☆ wrote: "You might want to move this to the "For Fun" or "Recommendations" section, before a moderator does. The "Currently Reading" is only for the monthly group picks.

I'll definitely check out the band,..."


Thanks!! Moved to For Fun! Still new to the group so I appreciate the assist. :)

Let me know if you like them! Their name btw comes from Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. So it's on my list due to them, but not on the album.


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Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments Mariana wrote: "Pixiegirl105 wrote: "Mariana wrote: "I've read a lot of them and I'm planning on reading the others. But Alive has been shoved down our throats since we were children that I can get myself to read ..."

Ok, that makes so much more sense then as well as good background!

I am of the opinion that most classics are good to try at least once. That being said after trying out Nathaniel Hawthorne a couple of times, I'm glad that he was not on the list of authors for this album. Lol!!!


message 8: by Mariana (new)

Mariana | 542 comments I hear you, that was one tough bone to chew on. Just like Wuthering Heights.


message 9: by Pixiegirl105 (new)

Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments I Really want to read Wuthering Heights. I'm just worried about what it will do to my accent. I tend to change my accent to what I'm reading/watching. Lol!

The Hawthorne book that I had problems reading was The House of Seven Gables. I think maybe now I'm older, I might like it? I've noticed that some books just are easier to read with maturity.


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Marcos Kopschitz | 1766 comments Pixie, did you notice that three of your listed books are in the BOTM nominations for october? Just go there and second them! :-)


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Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments Pixiegirl105 wrote: "I Really want to read Wuthering Heights. I'm just worried about what it will do to my accent. I tend to change my accent to what I'm reading/watching. Lol!

The Hawthorne book that I had problems ..."


Hi Marcos, I completely missed your post in October due to alot of family drama going on. So obviously I didn't get to second them :(


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Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments Finally finished the first of the books in my list. (I had a long backlog of overdue library books. Lol!!)
The Diary of a Young Girl

After reading it, I have to say that it was a lot more hopeful that I had originally anticipated. She was much more resilient than many of us would be given the same circumstances. After reading what happened afterwards, I find it sad how many of the Annex members died within days of their camps being liberated...it all felt like Murphy's Law to me.


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Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments Finished the 2nd bookThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Fiction, Classics, Fantasy, Horror, Literary

I love the gothic horror novels. I equally love and hate the endings being so moral. I kind of feel like unless you are good, you must not live in these types of books. Just read the Picture of Dorian Gray last month and it was kind of the same ending. I want them to live on and on in their horror!! Lol


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Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments Finished Animal Farm. I have to say it's interesting how I have been told all my life that this is anti-Socialism but it's not. It's anti-Totalitarianism. I have read many history books and so I could see much of the different references that were made in regards to Russia at the time. I think I would like to read more of his books as they are very informative to the political climate then and I think now.


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Phrodrick | 317 comments Pixiegirl105 wrote: "Finished Animal Farm. I have to say it's interesting how I have been told all my life that this is anti-Socialism but it's not. It's anti-Totalitarianism. I have read many history boo..."

Such a lovely point. Animal Farm is Ant-Stalinist. It is so easy to confuse the fact that Stalin was a totalitarian monster with his command of a communist government. He would have been just as sick had he occupied America's White House or England's 10 Downing Street.

That said almost all of the formula painted on the barn, then twisted to piggish ends were known Communist formulas. Evan if the originals were general enough to have parallel promises in other political ideologies. It is hard to believe that Orwell chose them without considering them as other than Communist ideology.


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Pixiegirl105 | 54 comments Phrodrick wrote: "Pixiegirl105 wrote: "Finished Animal Farm. I have to say it's interesting how I have been told all my life that this is anti-Socialism but it's not. It's anti-Totalitarianism. I have ..."

In the preface to the Ukraine, Orwell lamented the fact that people were considering Russia the face of Socialism. This was one of the reason he wrote this book. The fact that people to this day point to Animal Farm as a cautionary tale regarding Socialism only further serves his concerns. Given what I had heard about the story, it was really interesting in the foreword by one of his friends that he was pro-socialism. The more I read the story, the more it became clear what he was trying to explain.

The whole thing with Russia covering its war crimes was something I had to research after watching a movie called Katyn about the Katyn forest and the mass graves that were found due to the people who were slaughtered. Both the Germans and the Russians blamed the other to who had killed the scholars and so on that the movie was based on. It is a Polish film and while maybe not the best movie, it is very eye-opening. I think that sometimes we only think the last bit of the U.S.S.R. not realizing that they were just as bad as the Nazis. Even with the Cold War, it was still washed over the amount of atrocities they did. Another book I found good in regards to both the time of Communism and the now sex trades was Purge. It goes back and forth between the past and present. It is hard to read in that there are difficult subjects, but both of these subjects should be hard to process.



To not get too much into politics now, some of the stuff I saw were things I see going on currently. It is very concerning


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