Thursday, September 30, 2010


This is the second weekly collaboration post with the lovely Morgan from Blackbird Fly! This week we are sharing our favorite reads. We all know that being an English teacher makes me the absolute expert on all things literature…. ;) So, of course, you will want to know my opinion about the best books, hehe! I thought that since my love for reading began in the Young Adult section at the Cincinnati Public Library, and remains there, still, that I would first tell you about some of my favorite young adult books.

The first being, of course: The Catcher in the Rye. This book has been a long time favorite, since high school. I read it first when I was a freshman at Mercy, and fell in love. At first it was only because I thought that Holden Caulfield was completely hilarious. After teaching the book, I think it’s one of the most fascinating journeys through someone’s mind. I highly recommend this book!

The Tea Rose. This book, by Jennifer Donnelly, is one of the most captivating books you will ever read. It traces the journey of a woman with hopes and dreams that are hindered by tragedy. For a young adult novel, it’s very mature and is ridiculously addicting.

Next we have 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This is one of those books that you can’t put down because you HAVE to know what happens next. The sequence of events in this book is one of the most riveting I have come across in young adult fiction. It's about a high school girl who commits suicide, but before she does, she records thirteen tapes telling people she knew what part they played in her death. Completely eerie and intoxicating. I read this book in one day, and loved every page.

Wintergirls. If you have read anything by Laurie Halse Anderson, you will know that she is one of the most gifted young adult authors of our time. She wrote the other popular YA book Speak. I have read all of her books and these two are my favorite thus far.

The Jessica Darling Series. Yes, when I googled this phrase for a shot of the covers of this series, I was met by some pretty crude images, do this at your own risk. I should have known this would happen, considering it’s included in the book! However, this series tracks the teen to adult years of Jessica Darling. It’s a really good series for girls who want something fun and light to read.

And, lastly, you all know how big of a fan of Sophie Kinsella I am. Any of her books would be a fantastic choice, but the one in particular that I really loved was Twenties Girl. I got this for Christmas this past year and read it in about three days. Its kitschy and cute and fun, per Sophie’s usual. 

Finally, you know I have to throw in a plug for my Kindle, again. I am still on the third book of the Shopaholic series, but there are several books in my lineup for when I am finished. First of all, I have to finish the last two books in the series so that I can get to the newest book in the series, that just came out about two weeks ago: Mini Shopaholic

Following this, my planned reads are:

I have samples of each of these waiting for me, and I can't wait to read them! 

Hope everyone has a lovely Thursday! Be back later tonight with a little update about my last few days at school, etc! Don't forget to follow us Facebook! <3 xoxo


  1. I haven't read any of them & I guess I'll put some of them to my what-to-read list!

  2. Love your blog Pep! It's way better reading than any of those dumb novels!

  3. Sophie Kinsella is hilarious and HIGHLY addictive... there is nothing I've read by her that I didn't immediately love. Have you read The Undomestic Goddess? or Remember Me? ...both great, and I can't wait for Mini Shopaholic!

    obviously, Sophie Kinsella elicits a crazy response from me :-)

  4. Zuza - I am SOHAPPY I could lend a hand :) Hope you love them!

    Dad - You're the best :)

    Barb - We are book soul sisters. I have read ALL of them and I love each one. ESPECIALLY The Undomestic Goddess. But they are all SO good!!

    Thank you all for stopping by, I really appreciate it!! <3

  5. i put the tea rose on my "want to read" list :) and eye scream is wonderful. a friend gave it to me for christmas one year, and i couldn't put it now. i have always been fascinated by henry rollins as a person, but now i can't stop reading his novels. they are very weird, but i love them. let me know what you think!!

  6. Will def let you know, Chels :)

  7. Catcher in the Rye is seriously one of the best books /ever/. In love. Also, The Road is AMAZING. Have you seen the movie? I hope not, because I read the book first, which made it a thousand times better. The movie was a pretty good adaptation, but it's definitely a better choice to read the book first. And seriously...did not want to put it down, amazing.

    Thirteen Reasons Why sounds great. I think that will definitely be a future buy.

  8. I have tried to read The Road once before, and it was a little too gloomy at the time (but still good) so I am going to try again to read it. I haven't watched the movie yet, but I want to!! I hope you love 13 Reasons Why. It's SOGOOD.


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