"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Are you ready for the Apocalypse?

I've been reading a slew of post-apocalyptic stuff these days it seems, the most recent two being Life as We Knew It and the dead & the gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer. And let me tell you: reading stuff like this really makes you want to stock up on canned goods and water. So I told the husband I was going to start buying extra canned food to have in reserve (maybe 2 cans each time we visit the store), thinking he'd think I was cracked.
His response? "I think that's a good idea."

At least if I'm cracked, so is he, which works out well. Of course then he started saying nuts were the best thing to buy while I argued nutrient-packed foods like spinach and carrots were. And then it seemed odd that we were arguing about the best food to buy should the apocalypse come, and we both agreed on water. So then we started arguing about the best place in the house to keep it. He suggested outside in the shed while I thought it should be in a closet. Anyway, you get the idea.
How you started stock-piling for an emergency? Thought about it?

All that said, read both books. They were awesome (especially Life as We Knew It). Which brings up my next point. I've read 27 books so far this year, and I had all these good intentions to list my top five...until I started looking at my list. Of the 27 books, I'd recommend 19 in a heartbeat. So how am I supposed to pick five out of those 19? I'm not sure it could be done. So just read them all, okay?

I will say this: the number one book I'd recommend this year thus far of the 27 titles listed in my sidebar is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. So many books were great, but this is the one most suited to my reading tastes which had me hanging on the edge of my seat.

Can you name your top book? Your top five?


Revising here on my nice new computer! Productivity has doubled. I hope you all have a great week!


Windsong said...

I'm going to have to check that out. The title is awesome. Glad for productivity. :D

Ack! I'm not sure I could narrow it down to five. >.<

yellow_gin said...

frankenstein will always be my favorite book...so far i've read nothing that comes close to replacing it

Casey said...

Still haven't read The Forest of Hands and Teeth yet but it's likely to be in my next order. I can't stand hearing all this awesome praise anymore!

We're not well stocked for an emergency at all! And yea, I have no idea where I'd keep a stockpile. Our house already feels over packed.
Hm. Will have to ponder this.

Angela said...

We keep an emergency backpack ready to grab and go should the need arise. Preparing for badness is always a good idea. Go team spinach!

I loved Forest of Hands and Teeth. I would recommend that all the way. The Hunger Games, too.

I'll look for those other two post apocalypse books you mentioned...*rubs hands excitedly*

Miriam S.Forster said...

Lordy, my top book? Leaving out the ones I've read before,I'm going to have to go with....

Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire by Kimberly Pauley

Freakin' hilarious!

PJ Hoover said...

It's the best title, I've heard yet, Windsong. Reason enough to buy the book.

I've never read Frankenstein, Victoria. My husband also proclaimed how great it way. Maybe I'll give it a go.

Read it, Casey! And I think it's time to stock up :)

A backpack is a great idea, Angela. We'll have to add that to our collection. I loved The Hunger Games, too, though I read it last year so thankfully it didn't have to compete with TFOHAT for top book of 2009.

I'll take that as a huge recommentation, Miriam. You've sold me with it. But I trust you!

Thanks for visiting!

Travis Erwin said...

It's not the apocalypse you need worry about. With the swine flue you gotta watch out for the aporkalypse.

PJ Hoover said...

Clever, Travis! Did you make this up? If so, you get the creative badge for the day!

Kelly said...

We actually do have a plastic tub full of canned foods, water, can opener, flashlight, batteries etc that we put together after 9/11 I think. I had better go check on it...it's been years since I looked in there, better put fresher stuff in there!

Kelly H-Y said...

That is hilarious ... I can just imagine the conversation between you and your hubby! Gotta read "...Forest...". I've heard so many great things about it, and the title - in and of itself - is a draw to me! Glad to hear the new computer and LARGE monitor are working nicely!

beth said...

TFHT is probably my favorite book of the year, too. It was just so well written--totally gripping!

PJ Hoover said...

I was wondering how long the food would really be good for, Kelly. I'm thinking forever it I was really hungry enough.

Yeah, it actually was hilarious when I thought about it, other Kelly! And the computer is perfect!

Exactly, Beth! Loved it! And you know Carrie which is even better!

Trisha Pearson said...

I have to admit that I stocked up on supplies at the grocery store today (because of the swine flu thing) - and I felt like a paranoid freak while I was walking around with my cart overflowing! I got a few strange looks too. Oh well - we are prepared now in case of a pandemic, apocalypse or zombie outbreak.

Lauren said...

I couldn't even come close to naming my top five. I'd have to at least do top 30 and then I'd remember other books and want to add them.

PJ Hoover said...

Good for you, Trisha! I plan to keep up the stocking each time I go!

Wow, top 30, Lauren! I'm impressed! Do you keep a list of books you've read for the year?????

Thanks for visiting!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Top 5? That's hard! Here are some of my favorites, but the top 5 might change tomorrow.

A Curse Dark as Gold
Hunger Games
The Graveyard Book
Fragile Eternity
Gregor - The Underland Series

I think I'm one of the very few who didn't care for Forest of Hands and Teeth. It wasn't a bad story, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I should keep a list of all the books I've read. I think my favorite one so far has been Gregor the Overlander. It came out years ago but I just read it a couple weeks ago and fell in love with it. But the new Percy Jackson comes out in a week, so we'll see!

Lady Glamis said...

Everybody raves about that book. I really need to read it. Although the classics are always at the very top of my "I love" list.

Sherrie, GoodReads is a great way to keep track of what you've read.

Christina Farley said...

Top 5? Eek. Don't know yet but of course I LOVED Hunger Games. Graveyard Book was good too. Must think about this some more.

But I can't get my hands on The Forest of Hands yet until the summer when I go back home to the states. Can't wait!

Lenore said...

Life as We Knew It affected me that way too. I am constantly thinking about stocking up on food! Sadly, it is hard to do since we walk to the grocery and can only buy what we can carry. I'm going to have to arrange a car trip in the near future.

Lenore said...

And now for my top 5 of what I've read so far this year:

Dust of 100 Dogs A.S. King
If I Stay Gayle Foreman
Undercover Beth Kephart
Rampant Diana Peterfreund
My Fair Godmother Janette Rallison

Keri Mikulski said...

Hmm.. So far this year? I'll be back.. I have to think about this one. :)

Leigh Russell said...

I see on your profile you're a "mother of 2 small children, 1 Yorkshire terrier, and 2 tortoises" - sounds painful. I'm impressed you still have time to write.

Frankenstein is an amazing book, full of deeper significance about man being carried away with the excitement of invention for its own sake without considering the possible consequences. In the pursuit of science, Dr Frankensteain creates a destructive monster. How many parallels can we think of in man's recent history? (Remember the book was written in the 19th century.)

PJ Hoover said...

Great list, Nora! And I'm always fascinated when people like different books. It shows such hope for the writing future!

A second vote for Gregor, Sherrie. Hmmm, this pushes it up on my TBR list! And I'm totally with you on the next Percy Jackson book!

You do need to read it, Michelle! Though you do seem like a classics kind of gal!

It is hard to come up with only five, Christina! I'm going to give it another try. And I bet you are looking forward to summer!

Funny, Lenore. I'm glad I'm not alone!
And I loved D100D also!

Yes, Keri, think and come back!

Funny enough, Leigh, the torts take more time than the dog. They are demanding little things. And another vote for Frankenstein. Wow!

Thanks for visiting!

C.R. Evers said...

I can't wait to read CArrie's book! She is in my SCBWI Carolina's chapter. I can't wait to discuss it w/ her!

I need to go buy a copy. NOW!

PJ Hoover said...

Yes, Christy! Buy a copy! Man, I'd love to discuss it with her. It was fantastic. I thought about it for days afterward.

Leigh Russell said...

Having a new computer is great. When I started writing I was tapping away in a little room right in the middle of the house - no privacy to speak of. Now that I'm a 'real' author, I've invested in a desk and new computer and have ensconced myself in what was my daughter's bedroom. (sorry, love, but you've grown up and left home. It's not your bedroom any longer!) It's wonderful. I've printed out a picture of a monkey on a typewriter and added a slogan - Keep out I'm writing.

As for dystopian novels - I find them depressing but compulsive. I've written a couple of short stories, post-oil, water rations, Londoners scavenging in the ruins for food... I find the seige mentality, stocking up on canned food etc, is quite seductive. I'm a real "just in case" person, always wondering "what if" - that's why I write crime fiction!

Don't forget you're invited to visit my blog for the Virtual Book Launch next month. (But please come back and comment before then. You're very welcome.)

Leigh Russell said...

aporkalypse, Travis... ! hilarious.

PJ Hoover said...

Compulsive is the perfect word for dystopian novels, Leigh. I never want to put them down though they are normally bleak.