Six Impossible Things

A Blog About Fiction and Reading


I'm always looking for new writers to read, new fiction to devour.  If you have a suggestion for a writer I haven't mentioned, or a book that you think is one of the best ever written, please include it in this thread.  Some of the books I've read that I wouldn't have considered reading without someone recommending them are:

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

So, you can see, it sometimes takes some gentle nudging to get me to try authors who are outside of my normal tastes.  Even though the list of books I want to read has become voluminous, please don't hesitate to recommend another title.  Sometimes, it's worth the extra time to discover a new author.


May 13, 2006 - Posted by | Recommendations


  1. If you like fantasy, I really enjoyed the Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan. The 3 books are The Magician’s Guild, The Novice, and The High Lord. Just a nice “classic” style piece of work, with none of the modern gimmicks.

    – Jim

    Comment by ekted | May 13, 2006 | Reply

  2. I’m sure you’ve read A Bridge to Terabithia, but that would be the first I’d recommend. The second would be The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It has a mystical slant to it, blending a lot of real life experiences with things that cannot be explained… one of the most unique books I’ve ever read.

    Comment by Chris | May 15, 2006 | Reply

  3. A book I’m reading now that is easily one of the best books I’ve read in a long while:
    A Dictionary of Maqiao by Han Shaogong (tr. by Julia Lovell). I lack the words to describe this right now.

    I second Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, although I prefer an earlier book by Murakami:
    Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World (I might have the title slightly wrong, but it shouldn’t be hard to find). It’s shorter than Wind-Up Bird and not as heavy going in some places. OTOH, it also doesn’t tackle as much as Wind-Up Bird does.

    If you can find them, RA MacAvoy’s:
    Tea of the Black Dragon
    Lens of the World
    are two very different, very well-written fantasies. Both completely out of the bog-standard fantasy realm; both also completely out of print, I’m afraid.

    Comment by Alex | June 3, 2006 | Reply

  4. […] Someone suggested that I read this book in my Recommendations thread, so I decided to bump it up in my list. I suppose it should receive some distinction for being the first recommended book I’ve read through this blog (though not the first attempt; I had to abort reading The Wind Up Bird Chronicle because I ran out of time, and there was a long holds list behind me). […]

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  5. I’ve just finished reading Wicked: The Life And Times of The Wicked Witch of the West and found myself totally immersed in it. It’s an intersting idea which I thought was well done and tickles your brain as you try to assimilate this character with the one we all know from The Wizard of Oz. I’ve written a bit about it on my blog: http://meeplemonologues.blogspot

    Comment by Mary Weisbeck | July 15, 2006 | Reply

  6. Nuts! I screwed up the site address. 😦 Sorry.

    Comment by Mary Weisbeck | July 15, 2006 | Reply

  7. I would recommend Alma Alexander, particularly “The Secrets of Jin Shei” – you can find out more on her website,, or (for getting to know the person behind the author) there’s her LiveJournal blog at She’s got a new book coming out in February, book 1 of a YA trilogy…

    Comment by Deck | December 4, 2006 | Reply

  8. Thanks for sharing this information. Really is pack with new knowledge. Keep them coming.

    Comment by My Happy Kids | August 16, 2007 | Reply

  9. First of all, I only recently discovered this sight in an online search for quotes from The Thirteenth Tale. Having thoroughly enjoyed the quotes I found, I decided to continue exploring the website’s content. As an avid reader, I thoroughly appreciate what you’ve created, and know I will probably use this as a reference in the future. You’re a wonderful writer, and your reviews seem straightforward and practical. Thank you for such a wonderful site!

    Secondly, I highly recommend the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey. The books can start of a little sexual, but the surprising plot twists, descriptive writing, and action kept me on the edge of my seat racing towards the last page. They get a little unbelievable and impractical at times, but I would definitely consider the read worthwhile.

    Comment by jessiemay | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  10. […] suggested that I read this book in my Recommendations thread, so I decided to bump it up in my list. I suppose it should receive some distinction for […]

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