Saturday, April 21, 2012

I Need Some Opinions Here:

One of my favorite things about not being in school is the fact that I have time to read books I actually WANT to read! I hardly read at all during the semester because:

A) I am reading textbooks
or B) I feel guilty because I should be reading my textbooks.

It's a vicious cycle. 

Anyway, this is where I want some help! 
I need some ideas on books to read this summer... 
So what's YOUR favorite book? 

What book has changed your opinion on something, made you cry, provoked introspection, or had you wishing it was 1,000 pages longer because you didn't want it to end?

Your advice and opinion is much appreciated :)

And have a happy weekend!

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  1. I would recommend (especially if I remember correctly and you're thinking about going to medical school...) "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down." It's about a Hmong child with epilepsy and is a really interesting account of a clash of western and traditional medicine. It is sort of academic I guess, so you may have to wait until you're a little further out from school ;)

  2. Fiction: the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
    Nonfiction: Blink or What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

  3. If you like Mormon fiction: The Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Mangum

  4. Probably the two best books I've ever read: East of Eden and A Monster Calls.
    They're probably the most profound books I've ever come across, especially the latter - it's a Young Adult novel, but it brought me to tears multiple times and touched me deeply.

  5. Hi. You don't know me but I'm friends with JP. I hope it's not creepy that I read your blog. :) I suggest Peony in Love by Lisa See. One of my favorite books ever!

  6. Also, I'm in a book club with a bunch of other BYU girls. Our first book discussion was today. It's fun! You are welcome to join us if you want!

  7. Snow flower and the secret fan - that's a good book and they even have a movie based off of it

    Shanghai Girls - I love this book because I like hearing about Asian history and such... This book also has a sequel to it called Dreams of Joy, and it is also very good! I highly recommend it.

    The Bad Queen - I love this book so much because it's about the wonderful Marie Antoinette and is so cutely written.

    - Caroline Hatch

  8. The Handmaid's Tale

    The Fountainhead

  9. The People of Paper- Salvador Plasencia -Very interesting!

  10. My favorite book is The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down. I see that someone suggested it at the top, which means you have to read it now! :)

  11. girl with the dragon tattoo series...the perks of being a wallflower...the glass castle (i think you've already read this though ha)...a thousand splendid suns...into the wild...white fang...catcher in the rye...

  12. I recommend the Hunger Games. They are obviously really popular right now but they are very good. :) Love your blog

  13. Here are some of my favorites, in which some I am sure you have read.
    1. The Room (kind of slow, but seriously intense and very interesting, based on real life, and so good!)
    2. The Hunger Games (great series)
    3. Heaven is Here (just started it, but so good. Stephanie Nielson story)
    4. Seriously...I'M Kidding (by Ellen and haven't read it yet but on my list. Heard it's hilarious)

    1. 1. Bless Me, Ultima
      2. Left to Tell
      3. Kite Runner
      4. Black Rain

  14. You've got to read "The Help" It is sooo good. Even if you've already seen the movie it will be worth it. I could not put it down!

  15. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (or really anything by him is the best!)
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  16. I've been a reader for a while, but am a new commenter. This post basically FORCED me to comment!

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I've read it twice and it just kills me. The story, the characters, the symbolism, the love... Do it! You won't be sorry. (:

  17. Goose Girl by shannon hale. It's my favorite book ever! Very girly and such a great read!