Paige suggested that I should post some book suggestions, so here goes:
1) Right now I’m reading Tempest, by Julie Cross. It’s a time travel story for teenagers, and it’s got some really cool twists on the whole time travel idea. Plus there’s a love story through time that’s very Time Traveller’s Wife-esque. I’m loving it. I think it’s the first of a trilogy.
2) I just finished Jane Eyre for a school project, and I absolutely loved it. Even though it’s “literature”, it reads more like a mystery/romance novel. I love Jane because she’s so smart and spunky and she says exactly what she thinks. Plus, I love the suspense as you try to figure out what is lurking in Mr. Rochester’s attic.
3) Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is this ultra clever novel that’s also a really fun ride. When our hero gets a job in this strange bookstore, he is determined to solve the mystery of the store’s odd customers and strange, gibberish books. With the help of his friends and a pretty girl who happens to have some connections at Google, he unravels this crazy, centuries old conspiracy. The characters are so fun and witty and I learned some pretty cool stuff about Google, and fonts, and computers, and books. It’s definitely worth a read.
4) I have to throw in Looking for Alaska by John Green because it’s my absolute favourite book. I probably will reread it this summer actually. It’s written for teenagers, but I think that anyone would like it. It’s the story of a guy named Miles and his friends over the course of a year at boarding school. There’s pranks and hilarity, but also all of these ideas about loyalty and the meaning of life. Every time I read it I get something different out of it.
5) The Poisonwood Bible is another book I read in school, but it’s more contemporary than Jane Eyre. It’s about a missionary family in the Belgian Congo in the fifties, told from the point of view of all four sisters and their mother. I really connected with it because I read it right after I got back from Africa, but I also think there’s lots of universal themes in there that anyone can connect with. It’s about love and guilt and duty, and it follows the girls over the courses of their lives, so it’s also about growing up and how your experiences shape who you are. Each sister’s voice is rich and distinct, which is really what brings the story to life.