One of the best feelings when reading a novel is that shock of the novel completely amping up the action x1000 and knowing you’ve fallen over the cliff into that perfect land of “now I’m never getting any sleep.” There’s that tiny liminal space between the rise and the BAM! of it that is so perfect, it’s like the reader is suspended above the text, waiting to hit the icy cold refreshment of excitement churning within.
Ooooooh, something is coming….
I am actually reading a book like this right now. It’s a book in a long-lived series, and IT APPEARS AS THOUGH SHE’S JUST KILLED OFF ALL OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS FROM THE SERIES WITH AN EXPLOSION. I am hoping for a bunker, or fake-out, or dream sequence. SOMETHING.
So, grab your coffee or tea, because you’re going to need caffeine if you pick up anything on this list.
Ten Books that Hook You From The Beginning and Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies #amreading #booksâ€¦
Ten Books that Hook You from the Beginning.
In no particular order:
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what and who it finds there…
This book takes off a scant ten pages into the text. It never lets go, it never lets up.
“I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
The movie with Christian Bale was AMAZING. The book is better. Trust me.
“I tried to make meat loaf out of the girl but it becomes too frustrating a task and instead I spend the afternoon smearing her meat all over the walls, chewing on strips of skin I ripped from her body”
It’s one of Kerouac and Burroughs’ first novels. They wrote in alternating chapters, and it’s incredible. Chilling and fast-paced, this short novel can be read in an afternoon with a beer and the setting sun.
“I began to get a feeling familiar to me from my bartending days of being the only sane man in a nuthouse. It doesn’t make you feel superior but depressed and scared, because there is nobody you can contact.”
This book was on every bloggers “must read” list for a reason. Hell, Stephen King gave HIS seal of approval. (As we all know, he’s the master of whacking the reader in the head with the unexpected.) It turns life on its head and kicks the reader in the ass.
“Did anyone really know their child? Your child was a little stranger, constantly changing, disappearing and reintroducing himself to you. New personality traits could appear overnight.”
A weird book about the LA underworld, drugs, and psychiatric institutions is bound to keep one up reading until dawn. This one is certainly a page-turner after just the first few pages.
“When you’re in love, your brain secretes endorphins into your blood. Organic morphine leaks out of a gland in your skull, feels like a low-grade opium rush. Some people confuse the two, the head rush and the love. You think you’re in love with a person, but you’re in love with a syringe.”
Are you dialed in? more importantly, is someone else? What if none of your emotions were your own? Yeah, that. This book takes off from the first chapter, and never stops.
“We Americans are interested only in the consumption of our products. We have no interest in how they are produced, or what happens to them once we discard them, once we throw them away.”
Don’t roll your eyes. I know that you weren’t expecting a George Eliot of antiquity here on this list, but hear me out. This book is considered George Eliot’s most autobiographical, and it just oozes personality. Her voice is on every page, and the time of her life is in every character. More than that, the conflict comes on hard and fast, and it is worth all of its pages.
“It was one of those dangerous moments when speech is at once sincere and deceptive – when feeling, rising high above its average depth, leaves flood-marks which are never reached again.”
This book is really the proto-UF novel, and is everything that is good about the genre. The cover is TERRIBLE, but you know what they say about books and covers. Gripping and modern, this bit of fiction is a maelstrom of magic.
“We cannot resist the lure of that mortal brilliance. It is its own kind of glamour, that dazzles the senses. And once we have found it, we cannot turn away.”
A memoir? Really? Yes, really. When a life is SO INTERESTING that you wish the writer were immortal so that the book would never end? THAT.
“To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told — that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks.” (emphasis mine.)
If you haven’t read this yet, SERIOUSLY. WHY NOT?! It’s INSANE. It’s beyond anything. I am fumbling my words like a virgin fumbles a condom because I just can’t. read. yup.
“…the routine of life goes on, whatever happens, we do the same things, go through the little performance of eating, sleeping, washing. No crisis can break through the crust of habit.”
Egg Free/Dairy Free/Fucking amazing double chocolate cookies.
Double Chocolate Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert vegan dairy-free kosher cookie
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Ingredients (2 dozen cookies)
- 1/2 cup vegan butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6 tbsp bean water (the liquid from a chickpea can)
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp espresso powder
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp salt
- additional salt for dusting the tops of the cookies
preheat oven to 375F
cream butter and sugars in a mixer on high
add bean water
turn mixer to low
sift in dry ingredients
stir in chocolate chips
scoop onto line baking sheet
flatten each scoop just a little
dust with salt
bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges look dry.