31 January 2008

get thee to a bookstore

Well, it started off well.

For the first two weeks of January, I religiously transcribed the novels I actually liked enough to read the whole way through, so as to share them here with you all. But then I misplaced the list and/or got lazy (most likely both), and my noble intentions disintegrated.

Today I spent (let's see--three episodes of twenty minute searches) about an hour looking for the list, and lo and behold, it appeared. Then I spent another twenty minutes or so trying to remember the titles I missed. So I may have left out a few, but if I did I can't remember them so it really doesn't bother me. Kinda like how I don't care if the back of my hair is messy because I can't see it.

Anyway.

Most of these monthly lists will be strictly limited to fiction (read: I will not plague you with the self-help/how-to/nonfiction/etc stuff), but this time around I included two narrative nonfiction titles that were especially nifty.

And that was quite possibly the longest introduction to a very short list ever. Here we go.

SURRENDER by Sonya Hartnett
SOLD by Patricia Mccormick
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (again) by JK Rowling
BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott
TWILIGHT (um, again) by Stephenie Meyer
GRACE EVENTUALLY by Anne Lamott
THE RULES OF SURVIVAL by Nancy Werlin
ECLIPSE (yep, again) by Stephenie Meyer
KIT'S WILDERNESS by David Almond

January's favorite is LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Be warned: it's an honest portrayal of teen life, so if you're easily shocked you may want to choose a milder read. Caveats aside, it's exceptional.

Get thee to a bookstore, and pronto.

5 comments:

janae said...

Thanks so much! I'm always looking for a good book. Now I just need to decide which to read first.

Melissa said...

I'm off... well, no I'm not. It's 11:17... I doubt the book stores will be open :) Thanks for the suggestion. I am still trying to decide if I like the distinction of being the only person on the planet who hasn't read the Twilight series. Do I keep up my reputation or do I cave to the social pressures that surround me? Decisions, decisions...

jen said...

OH! Thank you for posting that. I've been absolutely dying for more to read. Some of those I have read but I'm going to tackle the rest soon. :D

Jen said...

Oh, and I should add....I challenge you to read New Moon again. I didn't want to...but was glad I did. Well you know that. LOL.

Nic said...

jen--i will, i promise! i've loaned NM out right now, which is the only reason i keep skipping over it. back when i had a borrowed copy from the library, i did read it several times, but the 2nd and 3rd time i cheated and only read the beginning and end, plus the parts in the middle where she does psycho stuff to hear edward's voice. but i do aim to read it the whole way through this next time. :)