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Books that I LOVE. {Part 1}

As an English teacher, I think I would be remiss if I did not share with you some of my favorite books; some of which I’ve read as recently as a few weeks ago. Others that have stuck with me since I was in elementary school. These are the books I recommend to my students. These are the books that have helped foster a love for reading that I hope to instill in them. These are the books that I keep coming back to over the years. The books that have dog-eared pages & writings in the margins. These are the books that are as much a part of me as my fingers & my toes. I think you get the idea! This might end of turning into a little series, because it will simply be too long if I put them all into one post. Anyway, here we go…!

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Written originally as a child’s novella, The Little Prince has so many lessons to teach us in its short, sweet story about a confused little Prince that is trying desperately to understand how adults work. I remember going to my English teacher, Mrs. Rogers, in the 9th grade & asking her for a book recommendation & her pulling this book off her shelf. As if reading my mind she said, “I know it looks little & childish, but there are some pretty big ideas in these few pages.” I took it home & read it in its entirety that night.

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

Another book that I read in high school. I didn’t know much about Sylvia Plath when I read this, but afterward I bought her journals & become slightly obsessed with her. This book is so painfully beautiful. I will always treasure it.

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

This was one of the only books I can think of that had me crying by the end. I don’t typically get that involved in a plot, but I was hooked from the first page! The movie does not do this book justice in my opinion. Read it, but be prepared with a box of tissues!

Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk

Oh my goodness. This book is ridiculous, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from Chuck! Its biting sarcasm & over-the-top plot about a super model who has been grotesquely disfigured in an accident will keep you on the edge of hysteria. Although it wasn’t my first Palahniuk book (that place of honor goes to Choke), it was the one that left the most lasting impression on me. I will always be an avid Palahniuk fan. He is not afraid to be weird & different & unapologetic.

Well, that’s all for now. Please tell me some of your favorite books! I am always look for recommendations!

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  1. Anything Salinger! Nine Stories is lovely, particularly.

    Eggers, Eugenides, Kafka…erm, Ian McEwan’s First Love Last Rites is also splendid in a weird way.

    And if you are a language nerd like me, Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson is an interesting read about how the English language got to be how it is. Did you know the first written “English” (technically an Anglo-Saxon runic inscription) we’ve so far discovered is “This she-wolf is a reward to my kinsman.”? Found on a gold medallion! Seriously, an awesome book. And awesome party-banter. Who doesn’t like to spout off facts about she-wolves and runic inscriptions?


  2. the time traveler’s wife is one of two books that made me cry. (the other is pay it forward)

  3. I happened to read A Bell Jar when I was the exact same age and at the exact same turning point in my life as she was in the book (summer after junior year of college). It was a coincidence! It was scary how I could relate to almost everything she said. There couldn’t have been a more perfect time to read it.

  4. The Little Prince is such a wonderful little book. It’s been my all time favorite since I was little. I am half french and grew up reading the french version and was so happy when I found it in English to share with everyone I know. I am also surprised how much I adored The Time Travelers Wife. Do you recommend her other books?

    Some other favorites of mine that you may investigate: Secret Lives of People In Love, The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time, and of course, Eat, Pray, Love.

    • How lovely to be able to read it in french! I’m a little jealous. :)

      I’ve been meaning to check out several of the books that you’ve recommended. I’ll definitely be adding them to my list! As far as other book recommendations, anything by David Sedaris is a favorite of mine as well as Chuck Palahniuk. I might do a few more posts like this in the future with more of my favorites!

  5. i loved sylvia plath, she’s so beautifully heartbreaking. and i love this post, it gives me reading suggestions. i’ve already looked into buying the hunger games.

    love you!

  6. I read “Her Fearful Symmetry” this past summer. Tell me what you think about it when you’re finished! I’m going to go check out your book post right now. :)

  7. I’m reading Audrey Niffenegger’s “Her Fearful Symmetry” just now, having loved “The Time Traveller’s Wife”.

    I did a post of my favourite books a couple of weeks ago and – at the risk of seeming like a comment spammer – it’s over here: http://amongthechimneypots.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/book-recommendations/

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