I loved this book and still do. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine is the story of two sisters, best friends but complete opposites. When strong, courageous Meryl gets sick, Addie must go on a journey of mythical proportions to save her sister and herself.
Honorable mentions include:The Junie B. Jones series by Barbra Park, A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket, the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer and Eragon by Christopher Paolini Continue reading Book Selfie Challenge Days 3-5!→
Went to see Les Miserables in Toronto yesterday with some lovely friends. Such an incredible show. So many strong performances with stand-outs being “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “Red and Black” and “Lovely Ladies.”
Well done to all.
Getting some last-minute Christmas shopping done today, but there should be a blog post coming very soon!
follows several life cycles of the narrator where he/she lives through different dogs. Each dog’s life explores their relationships with other dogs, humans and more. The story tugs a tear or two as themes of obedience, unconditional love, companionship and survival work their way through the chapters. This is a great, quick read!
This well-known book by J.D. Salinger has been influencing minds since 1951. A brutally-honest narrative from the mind of a societally-scorned teen, this tale takes readers through the struggles of impending adulthood. Older brother and student, Holden Caulfield, battles the “phonies” of the world as he searches for purpose and identity.
Though you may be skeptical after seeing advertisements
for the 2009 film, this novel by Jodi Picoult surpasses it’s on-screen sibling. The narration revolves around the experiences of a family and those they encounter as one of two sisters petitions for medical emancipation from the family. If the petition is granted, she will not have to donate the kidney to her sister, Kate. Without the kidney Kate may, or may not, survive. The story is as touching as it is heartbreaking with twists you definitely won’t see coming.
This memoir by Mitch Albom recounts his conversations with former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz. Diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Schwartz has a short time to live before departing the physical world. Albom delivers their conversations alongside flashbacks from graduation and classroom experiences bringing the reader into the room with them. Themes of acceptance and understanding canvas the work, inviting the reader to consider issues beyond life itself and making this book a must-read.
Margaret Lea, a woman born and raised in a bookstore, looking to become a biographer. Lea is commissioned to detail the life of Vida Winter, a famous novelist in the story. When she leaves home to live with Winter, she finds herself in a web of missing persons, incest, confused identities, arson, murder and much more. Though this novel is a tad longer than those above, it will certainly keep you occupied as it’s nearly impossible to put down!
Enjoy these suggestions, and may all your rainy days be grand!
If you want to know what’s really going on in the world, listen to the writers. Not all of them, mind you, but pay close attention to the ones who dare to call bullshit on everyone– including themselves.