Pixar Post - T.J.
Hey everyone - since we're chatting books in general with the launch of the Pixar Post Book Club, I thought I'd ask what your favorite book you've ever read is? It doesn't have to be a Pixar-related book.


My favorite book is East of Eden[image] by John Steinbeck - in fact, he's my favorite author as well. I'm not one that has to have a fast moving book, I really like when books take the time to explore the landscape and really dig into the character's history and development and I think Steinbeck does that perfectly. If anyone ever wants to discuss this book, I'm actually in the process of re-reading it again for the 3rd or 4th time and would love to discuss it, just let me know! [Nerd_zps76dc97d3] (nerd alert)!
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Rachel Cranor
I am a huge reader! My favorites are:
The Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series
The Lunar Chronicles
The Michael Vey series
And of course, the Harry Potter series.

And the cool thing about Michael Vey, I have met the author!
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I don't read as much as I used to or as much I'd like to, but hopefully with the PPBC I'll get back into it more! It would be impossible for me to pick out just 1 book as a favorite. I will say that Creativity, Inc. will be close to the top of that list. I also really enjoyed the Harry Potter series, especially books 1 - 5. I would get all wrapped up in those books and get to a point near the end of the book where I wasn't able to put it down until the end. I've lately been reading more non-fiction, and enjoy management books like Good to Great. Of course, I've read a number of Pixar books that I really liked, such as To Infinity and Beyond!, The Pixar Touch and The Wisdom of Pixar.
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Harry Potter is my all-time favorite, it is a spectacular story with so many discoveries about Harry's past throughout the book, and when they all come together at the end of book 7, it is amazing.
I'm also gonna go underdog here and say "The Spongebob Squarepants Experience". Some people hate Spongebob and say it is a bad show, but I love it! So I just couldn't resist getting the book. Think a Pixar Art-of book, but taller and with more words in it. It's really interesting to compare Pixar's creative process and development to Nickelodeon's on Spongebob Squarepants. The book is packed with art, character profiles, interviews with the cast and crew, and more in 160 pages of fun by Jerry Beck. I highly recommend at least Googling it if you are a animation fan.
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Top 3 that come to mind:

  • Harry Potter (all of them but favorite 2 are OotP and PoA)
  • Ender's Game
  • The Great Gatsby
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I read a lot of books. Some books that I really enjoyed were Watchmen, Paper Towns by John Green, the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowel. But my absolute favorite book of all time is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This is my go to book whenever I am sad or depressed. My personal copy is so beat up because I've read it so many times the cover is practically falling off. I love all of the other Percy Jackson books but this one has a special place in my heart.
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I really like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience
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I'm a Huge reader as well. Of course Harry Potter is my favorite series but another one that I love is The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. The most magnificent trilogy I've ever read.
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I'd say I have two favorites.

First, Haruki Murakami's "The Strange Library" -- one of the strangest books I've read. I won't argue that it has literary merit, but it is compelling to picture this as an animated feature. It might, however, not make for family viewing (not to imply that animations are solely for kids and families). It is also illustrated, and the images, much like the words, are dim. It is a favorite because the book doesn't take itself too seriously, and it feels like an ironic effort.

Second, "Animal Cognition" -- a text I read in college, and one that has fueled and informed my interest in animals, both in real life and films with animal leads. I revisit this from time to time, and it always offers me some good insights. For instance, is anthropomorphizing animals the only way to present them in films? Or can we just present animals' voice as is--that is, without the comprehensibility, just grunts, howls, and what not (even in animations)? How would this affect our ability to relate to such a film? A very interesting book, and it sure does give rise to more such weird thoughts.
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I'll split it into two categories:

Stand-alone (non-franchise book): A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Series: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

My ranking of the books:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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