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Friday, November 25, 2011

TGIF and Follow Friday...Books For Which I am Thankful

Books For Which I am Thankful...
(TGIF from Greads and Follow Friday from Alison Can Read)

During my childhood:
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle--- This book was my favorite and most important book of my childhood.  I read it over and over and used it repeatedly for reports, etc.  
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis--- This series rocked my world as a child.  All of the symbolism, creativity, and wonderful characters opened my brain to a whole new world.  I still love this series and reread it often.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawles--- I went through a phase where I only read animal stories.  This was my favorite and it still holds a special place in my heart.  I can cry just thinking about it.
During early adulthood:
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns--- This is the book that brought me back to reading after a long hiatus. It was after reading this book that I helped form a book club and started reading great literature.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen--- Though I have read many classics, this remains my favorite and it reminds me why great literature is important in my life. It is still one of my all-time favorite books and I reread it every few years.
  • Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver--- This was my first Kingsolver book (read out of order) and my introduction to a favorite author. All of her books speak to my better self.

Audiobooks that are especially delightful:
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read by Roses Pritchard. I didn't read this book as a child. This audiobook was my introduction to this classic.  It remains my favorite book and favorite audiobook of all times.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale.  If you haven't listened to a book read by Jim Dale, you are missing one of the highlights of life. My family listened to this audiobook when we took the favorite family car-trip vacation.  We were all enraptured by it.
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, read by the author. This semi-autobiographical story is both funny and poignant. The experience was heightened by Alexie's unique reading.
 Recent reads for which I'm especially grateful:
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese--- This is my favorite book of 2011. I liked EVERYTHING about it.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry--- I finally read this classic piece of children's lit. Now I know what all the fuss is about.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett--- I think this book is very transformational. I want to encourage everyone to read it.
YA Books that are a cut above:
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green--- I am a John Green fan, so I like everything this author writes.  But if I can talk students into reading his books, it seems to change the way they look at literature, too.  His books are all excellent.  Looking for Alaska was his first book.
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak--- This historical fiction is so well-written, it just blows readers away.
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray--- Funny, symbolic, and poignant. This book represents the best of the best of recent YA lit.
As a librarian I am very thankful for these series:
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling--- these books have done more for children's/YA literature than any other series, ever!
  • Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer--- a whole new genre was spawned by this series, Paranormal Romance. Many, many students found the joy of reading because of this series and have continued reading after finishing it.
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins--- just when it seemed that reading was going to slip back into an unpopular past-time along came the Hunger Games. Kids love it and now can't get enough of Dystopian lit.

What books are you especially thankful for?

*TGIF followers, forgive me for not following the question of the day.  I wanted to express my thankfulness this week for books, so I actually am answering last week's question now.


  1. The Hunger Games series is pretty awesome for the Teens. Kind of like Harry Potter in getting the younger kids back to reading :) Excellent post!

    Happy Black Friday!


  2. Harry Potter is one of my all-time favorite series. It's definitely something I'd like to read to my kids someday :)

  3. Great list! While I didn't find Narnia as influential, I could substitute the Oz books and our childhood list would look the same (plus The Lorax by Dr. Suess). My early adulthood books would also include P&P and Barbara Kingsolver (and I would maybe add Margaret Atwood and Marge Piercy's Gone to Soldiers). I also loved The Giver, The Book Thief, and Looking for Alaska.

    You can see your list definitely got me thinking! Thanks and happy holidays.

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    BEA stands for BookExpo America. It's the largest annual book convention in the world. This year it's in NYC. Basically every publishing house is there to unveil their new fall/winter book lineups, as well as showcase recently released books. Authors are there as are publicists. It's a great way to get a ton of FREE book (finished copies and ARCs). Feel free to email me if you have any other questions! (theirishbanana.review [at] gmail [dot] com)



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