Friday, January 7, 2011

9 book recommendations for your weekend

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Happy Friday everyone!  If you're anything like me, this weekend you will more than likely find yourself in a bookstore someway or another, running your hands over all of the books, flipping through the pages, and skimming over the first few pages of those that catch your eye.  One of my most favorite things to do is spend an hour or two wandering through our local bookstore, making lists of all the titles I'd like to read.  I can't get enough of books, and before I became a teacher I actually worked in a bookstore.  It was heaven.  And now, even though I've been using my beloved Kindle for over a year, I still purchase and swoon over all of the books in our local shop, and our library continues to grow. Today I thought I'd put together a list of 9 books I really love- some are my all-time favorites, a couple are recent reads, a few are of the young adult genre.  So, if you're looking for something new to read this weekend, bring this list out with you, and see if any of these English-teacher approved books strike your fancy! Have a great weekend.


The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
The Center of Everything, by Laura Moriarty
The Uglies, by Scott Westerfield
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle
Swallow the Ocean, by Laura. M. Flynn
Lucky, by Alice Sebold
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

51 comments:

  1. Loooove The Center of Everything. I will have to pick up a few more of these. Thank you!

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  2. She's Come Undone has been a staple of my personal library since I was fourteen. I've probably read it ten times!

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  3. I just finished The Hunger Games series and I loved it! I couldn't put it down.

    A few of your other books are on my to-read list. Which is so long I can't remember half the things that are on it. ;)

    I have a Kindle to and no matter how much I use it I still love actual books. I still have shelves and shelves of them at home.

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  4. have you read the time traveler's wife? that's in my top three faves. also, my niece got mehooked on hunger games! such a good trilogy!

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  5. Abby Gail- yes I LOVE that book! SO much better than the movie :)

    xo

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  6. i always love getting recommendations for new books to read! thanks for sharing :)

    peace. love. create.

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  7. I absolutely ADORE The Hunger Games series. I was so surprised about how much I loved it and could NOT put it down.

    The books on this list that I haven't read will certainly go on my (ever-growing) must-read list. Thanks!

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  8. Excited! I've been itching to go to the bookstore and hang out for a while now. I still have books I haven't read though. Now I know what I'm doing today during Kyleigh's naptime! :)

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  9. I just re-read all the books I had to read in elementary school and was reminded of how awesome they were! A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver-classics!

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  10. Hunger Games la la love. I'm almost done with Catching Fire and have Mockingjay waiting in the wings. Love this trilogy!

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  11. I'm a big reader but I've only read ONE of those - I'll have to give some of the others a try... and maybe do a book recommendation post of my own sometime soon...

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  12. Ooh thank you!! I'm so excited to pick some of these up :)

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  14. The Glass Castle is one of my all time favs. I am forever recommending it. If you have not already, you should read her newer book, Half-broke Horses. It's equally engaging in a totally different way.

    Xo
    Carly

    All this is Grace and Charm
    http://allthisgraceandcharm.blogspot.com

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  15. Yay I love new book recommendations! I haven't read any of these - yet!

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  16. I love Uglies! It's one of my favorites, I've read the whole series probably half a dozen times.

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  17. she's come undone is one of the most memorable books i've ever read.
    Jacci x

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  18. I just finished The Huger Games series and loved them all. Lucky is a wonderful book as well and of course how can you not LOVE The Bell Jar

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  19. Ooh love me some book recommendations! Have downloaded the first chapter of the ones available on Kindle. I agree with Abby Gail, LOVE the Time Traveler's Wife, and also Audrey Niffenegger's other book, the Fearful Symmetry. Hope she writes another soon!

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  20. Ack! The Glass Castle was one of my Faves!

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  21. Aww "A Wrinkle in Time" used to be a fave of mine growing up! I love anything by Alice Sebold too, and of course "The Bell Jar" is classic. Great recommendations! I'll have to check out the others for sure! :)

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  22. I downloaded the free trial of Swallow the Ocean onto my Nook and was hooked!! Great picks!! Thanks :-)

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  23. Great list! I am thinking I need to read The Hunger Games.

    I remember you recommended She's Come Undone to me at school, and it was really great.

    Also - I love the Uglies series :)

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  24. I read the Hunger Games series in 2010 and then I recommended it to all of my friends. It was so fun to read.

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  25. The bell jar is one of my favorite books ever! And i just recently read the glass castle.. so amazing!

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  26. I love books but I can't buy anymore books until 2013. I have more than 600+ books at this moment. I buy it faster than I could possibilities read.

    Definitely going to add these to my list and when the time comes I could buy more books. thanks for your recommendation, danielle.

    The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (need to double check...)
    She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb (have it in my collection)
    The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls (need to double check...)
    The Center of Everything, by Laura Moriarty (need to double check...)
    The Uglies, by Scott Westerfield (need to double check...)
    A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle (need to double check...)
    Swallow the Ocean, by Laura. M. Flynn (need to double check...)
    Lucky, by Alice Sebold (need to double check...)
    The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath (I read this in high school)

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  27. I have read 3 of the 9 books - The Hunger Games, Glass Castle, and The Bell Jar. All amazing choices!

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  28. Even though I write for a living, I never know where to start with books! So this is the most helpful post I've read in a while, thank you! xx

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  29. funny you posted this.. i just finished 'she's come undone' a few days ago. it made me sad, but i liked the ending a lot.
    xoxo nicole

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  30. I've read and loved six of those so will definitely look for the one's new to me - Cool!

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  31. ah I have been waiting for you to post some book recommendations, I am never disappointed. Thanks for doing this!!

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  32. ahhh.. the bell jar. LOVE IT.

    Once a week I write an LOL:Letter of Love. I'd love it if you took this challenge with me.

    teaandluv.wordpress.com

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  33. Awesome. I have been wanting some recommendations from someone, anyone. I will be getting some of these soon. Thank you.

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  34. ooh, thanks! i'll have to check some of those out. i just got a kindle for christmas, but i ALSO got paper books...i can't decide which deserves my love first! i love book recommendation posts though.

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  35. These are great recommendations for weekend reading. I've read The Glass Castle and really liked it. In the same genre I also read "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City" by Nick Flynn (don't let the name fool you, it's brilliant!) and The Liar's Club by Mary Karr. I think the Flynn one is my favourite memoir. I'm new follower, too, by the way!

    Sarah

    http://sadiedesigns.blogspot.com

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  36. i love this list. a wrinkle in time and the bell jar are two of my most favorite books!

    the hunger games is fantastic. i'm not usually big on teen fiction, but that series is completely worth reading.

    she's come undone and the glass castle are on my to read list. so i will pick those up soon, since many people seem to recommend them.

    thanks for this post. :]

    ashley
    http://lovescomesfree.blogspot.com/

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  37. Do you have a goodreads account? I joined a few years ago because my friend told me to and I love it. You can add books to your future reads list and track your progress of completion as well as review books. But my favorite part is seeing books that my friends have read so I can compare our ratings on a book or talk to them about it. I recently joined a bookclub so my reading list is growing. Anyway if you are on it I'd like to check out your reading list!

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  38. i really wanted to read the uglies and i gave it my best go, but i couldn't for the life of me get into it. i love all of your other suggestions, so i might have to give the uglies another try.

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  39. I'm always in need of a new book, so thanks for these suggestions. I just read The Center of Everything a few months ago, and A Wrinkle in Time has always been one of my favorites. I'll have to add the others to my reading list.

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  40. A Wrinkle in time was my FAVORITE book growing up. It's about time I read it again. Wonderful list!

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  41. i already own 6 of the 9 recommendations! love it! ♥

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  42. Love your book suggestions! Wally Lamb is my favorite, I read "She's come undone" and loved it. If you haven't read his book "I know this much is true" i recommend that =).

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  43. Yeah books! I can never get enough. I'll have to check these out. Thanks!

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  44. Oooh, The Bell Jar...I'll have to pick that one up again! Right now, Amazon just brought me Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris...my "townie-mama's book club's" next pick. It looks, ahem, interesting? But I think I'll have a little time to squeeze in a little Plath in there!
    :)

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  45. I got The Hunger Games for Christmas from my SIL - I am excited to start reading it!

    Do you have a GoodReads account? Mine is http://www.GoodReads.com/raezie

    Have a super weekend!

    Raechel
    http://ourislandoutlook.blogspot.com

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  46. yay! i was planning to head to the library this weekend, so i could use the rec's! love your blog, i'm one of your new readers!

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  47. The Bell Jar and The Glass Castle are among my favorites as well. Great suggestions! I just got Sylvia Plath's Ariel for Christmas- the newest edition with a forward by her daughter- it's amazing.

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  48. Oh I LOVE Wally Lamb, and The Glass Castle... LOVED it!! I copied the list down so I can read the others- always on the look out for a great read! Thanks!!
    ~cm

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  49. Hi, I've been following your blog for awhile now. Great good recommendations. The uglies is highly addictive! Have a lovely day :)

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  50. I read 'The Glass Castle' on a recommendation. It was applicable to a family crisis at the time, & the ending affected me in a way that was deeply personal & made a lot of sense in regards to what I was dealing with. (Trying not to give anything away!) It's a fantastic read, so glad I bought it.

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