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The One with Fionnuala

Hello! Today I'd like to welcome Fionnuala to Mab is Mab! Fionnuala blogs at Books For Birds and you can find her on Twitter @CrazyCrunchies

Here are Fionnuala's picks for "The One"!

The One you always recommend:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - this book is my go to book if someone asks me what my favorite book is, this book is a real gem - I found it at a book market - and it really made me stop and think about the world, or more specifically human nature and emotion. I was only three when 9/11 occurred, but my mum did tell me about seeing it on the news and how horrible it was and I think EL&IC really illuminated that event for me. The main character is probably the most well written and thought provoking nine year old I have ever come across, and in general its just an amazing book. I would go as far to call it a piece of art.

The One that was a gift:

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman - I was first introduced the the His Dark Materials trilogy when I received the last book, when I was nine, from my mum (cheers, mum). I read this book within two days, loved it, and got The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife out of the school library, and so that's how that came to be. The Amber Spyglass is still my favorite book in that trilogy and from time to time I'll re-read it again. Going into more specifics I actually received this book on the 27th of July, 2007 - and I know this because there is an inscription in the book from my mum, with the date... yeah, I will always treasure that book.

The One that got away:

Pivot Point by Kasie West - Now A LOT of bloggers I know have praised this book, and its been sitting on my shelves for nearly two months now, but I haven't brought myself up to read it yet - but hoping to get through it very soon, after my exams are over.

The One that makes you cry:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - I admit to a slight bit of cheating here because I have never cried over a book, its just a thing that I don't do, buuut if I picked a book based on mental crying then it would be My Sister's Keeper. This book was a gift from the mum of one of my best friends, and I debated about mentioning it above in the gift section, then I saw there was this entry, so the best of both worlds, yay! This book is absolutely beautiful, and I have read it countless times, I think MSK is a book that is untouchable - in its own little bubble of amazingness and originality.

The One that still haunts you:

The Dead by Charlie Higson - This is the only book I have read in The Enemy series, and its not particularly scary, but it is quite gruesome and I can recall the scenes where decomposing bodies are being described very, very, clearly. Zombies. In my head. I'm not at all squeamish, but I cannot get these images out of my head, they look so clear and real... and yes, I am mental.

The One you always go back to:

The Harry Potter Series - I'm not copying alright, but I agree with Mab; the Harry Potter books are my ultimate comfort reads. I will never get tired of them or the world that J.K. Rowling has written, and when I'm in a slump or just generally wanting to take a break in-between review books, I will read one of these books (most likely with a cup of tea) and not only are they still brilliant reads but there are also so many good memories associated with these books that its like I'm in a TARDIS ("Books are bigger on the inside") within a TARDIS (going down memory lane = TIME TRAVELING).

Thanks Fionnuala! I have a feeling Harry Potter may be a very popular choice!

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