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Friday, April 12, 2013

Drop Everything And Read Day: Favorite Books to Curl Up With

It's DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) day! DEAR is from Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and DEAR is celebrated on Beverly Cleary's birthday.

I wish I could Drop Everything And Read today (being an adult is HARD and NO FUN!) Hopefully you can. Here's a list of books that kept me up waaaaaaaaaaaaaay past my bedtime so I could finish reading them.

    

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling. The first time I read this book, I had to go to the bathroom about halfway through and kept thinking "just one more chapter." I finished the book before I went.

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. Anna's a Russian Countess who's fled communist Russia and landed penniless in London. She's had to take a job as a housemaid in a manor house. Rupert, Earl of Westerholme, was never supposed to be Earl, but his older brother died in the war. Mersham is out of money, and Rupert has to marry for money. You know where this is going but you're still on the edge of your seat.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. There are two stories going on--one of a group of kids surviving a horrific car crash and their friends, and one of Taylor who has been chosen to lead the Jellicoe School in the annual Territory Wars against the Cadets and Townies. Her heart's not in it though, as Hannah, the closest thing she has to a mother, has disappeared. Also, the head of the Cadets happens to be a boy she hasn't seen this they ran away together 6 years ago, the last time Taylor tried to look for her actual mother. You know the two storylines connect, and you have an idea how, but you're not sure until it happens and it's 3 am and you're sobbing in the middle of your kitchen.

    

If I Stay by Gayle Forman. After a horrific car crash that kills her entire family, cello-prodigy Mia clings to life. Her out-of-body experience allows her to see the action around her, as well as reflect on her life as she decides whether to wake up or join her family. This is the only book where I peeked ahead to see how it ended. Also, I reread the end of the sequel Where She Went every time I walk by it in the stacks.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. After his grandfather is killed, Jacob feels compelled to travel to a small Welsh island to discover more about his grandfather's past. There he discovers that his grandfather's wild stories were true. There's a time loop and the monsters are real. This is one where I had it in print and ebook so I could read it EVERYWHERE until I finished. Sequel comes out in January.

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson. This was a finalist of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. As a part of that committee, I read this book a million times. Each time I found myself gripped in the action, unable to put it down, hoping against hope that maybe, just maybe, this time the boat wouldn't sink.

    

Airhead by Meg Cabot. When gamer-girl Em Watts is involved in a freak accident, she wakes up in the hospital to find her brain transplanted in the body of Nikki Howard, world-famous supermodel. Em and her family aren't allowed to tell. Now she has to try to get on with her life while still maintaining Nikki's. As the trilogy goes on, the personal drama and larger mystery just expand. Follow it with Being Nikki and Runaway.

The Luxe Decadent drama set in an era full of pretty dresses, with a large cast of characters and short, gossipy chapters? It's impossible to put down! (Ah, the curse of the short chapter-- of course I can read one more, it's only a few pages!)

Tales of the City by Armistad Maupin. Speaking of short chapters... originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle this story follows the lives of the residents of an apartment building in San Francisco in the 70s. When I was in high school, my mom's friend lent it to her and I stole it and loved it and passed it around to all my friends (who also loved it.) My sister and her friends did the same. The first in a series, follow it with More Tales of the City.

What are your recommendations for books that you won't put down until the last page is turned?

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