All my graduate school reading has been making my head hurt,* and I've been dying for some fun, escapist reading to lose myself in before I go to bed at night. (I was trying to finish Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, but that was decidedly not meeting the criteria so I've put it aside for a while.) I'm especially interested in young adult books, since I'm spending quite a bit of time with teens these days. I asked some literary friends for suggestions, and thought I'd share them. I can't wait to read these!
- I'll Be There, Holly Goldberg Sloan
- Full-frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
- Chime, Franny Billingsley
- If I Stay
- The Mysterious Benedict Society
- The Wave
- The Eyre Affair
- Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
- Marcello in the Real World
- If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
- How to Steal a Dog
- Shine, Lauren Myracle
- The Help
I also added a couple to the list:
- Garlic and Sapphires, Ruth Reichl (I love reading about food, and I think Reichl is the best food writer around.)
- Charlotte's Web (I heard an NPR story on the author, and decided it was time to read this classic.)
I've also started reading one to two poems each night from a book Pete gave me: Good Poems, by Garrison Keillor. I recommend this book to anyone else who wants to start dabbling in reading poetry!
* Becoming a teacher is hard!