Monday, October 20, 2014

Books to Read on Weepy Sappy Days

     Most people have sappy days.  Most of my friends will tell me that they have days when all they want to do is switch on Netflix and find a movie that makes them cry.  But, you know, sometimes the Internets are not working or all that blue light is making your eyes bleed.  To remedy such crises, I have created this list as an alternative for people who would like to read a book that will make them cry.  Some of them are romantic-sad, some of them are tragic-sad, some of them are beautiful-sad. And I guarantee that all of them are good as well as tear-jerking.  

My cat is having One Of Those Days
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Whoa, whoa, wait.  Is this really a YA romance in which the girl isn't gorgeous and flawless???  Yes.  Yes it is.  You're welcome.
2. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Di Camillo - An arrogant porcelain rabbit doll is lost by a little girl and learns what love is by losing love, over and over again. This is the only book I ever seriously cried over.  
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I can't even tell you the most horrific part of this book.  I'll just say that basically, it's about a German girl who rescues books from Nazi book-burnings during the Holocaust. 
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I mean, durr :P 
5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - A girl moves into a small town, beats all the boys in a race at recess, and creates an imaginary world for herself and a friend to inhabit in the woods. Sounds inoffensive enough, but it ends in rivers of tears.
6. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne - It looks like a children's book but this is NOT A CHILDREN'S BOOK!  It's about the Holocaust and friendship.  The last line will stay with you forever.
7. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - Read if you want to know the heartbreaking consequences of drinking from a Fountain of Youth.  
8. The Harry Potter books - They will leave you feeling like everyone you've ever loved is dead. 
9. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - Grace would want this book to be here; she read all 1,037 pages of it in the fourth grade and still demands that her friends read it.
10. Every Day by David Levithan - A spirit-creature-thing who never spends more than a day in the same body falls in love with a human girl.  Is a happy ending even possible here?

     - Carly

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Goals for Book-Loving Losers

A mini-library in Park Slope, Brooklyn
- GOD it's so cute
     For me, this time of year means nonstop action - essays, tests, cross-country practices, holidays, and rushed, chilly walks to the subway.  I like being busy, but often when I'm studying and hurrying I find myself fantasizing about the all reading I'd do if I had any spare time.  I think I would be much more educated and cultured if my teachers just shut me up in a room with a load of books, rather than expecting me to come to school.  Oh well.
     Here are my fantasy reading goals for sometime when I have more time.  (And if you happen to have a lot of time right now, why not attempt one?)

1. Read a ridiculously long book - War and Peace, or the Bible, or the entirety of that endless series about feral cat colonies, Warriors - and admit to yourself that you're mostly reading it so that you can tell people you read it.
2. Go camping/sit in a shed/climb up a tree/acquire a hermitage and read Walden.
3. Write a fan-fiction.
4. Shop at an independent book store - if you're in New York City, try the Strand, Books of Wonder, or St. Mark's Bookshop.
5. Go to LIT Crawl!
6. USE THAT LIBRARY CARD.
7. Build and stock a mini-library.
8. See an actually good book-to-movie adaptation.
9. Acquire this necklace from Out of Print clothing.  1984 reference?  Anyone?
10. Read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  Seriously, how can I call myself a fantasy-lover and still have never read it?  It's embarrassing.

     - Carly

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My (BASIC) List of Books to Read During the Fall

          It's been way to long since I posted some yammerings here!  Sorry.  School started again and things got crazy.
          I should be going to bed right now so this will have to be a short post.  I guess, since I am feeling very excited about the arrival of fall (Every time the seasons change I hyperventilate with joy! It's exhausting), I should make a list of cozy fall books.  Do you know what kind of books I mean?  Comforting, heart-melting ones.  I would not, for example, recommend The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or 1984 specifically for a list like this - the former is so ridiculous that it sort of stretches your mind out of shape like a very old T-shirt, and the latter makes you question EVERYTHING and wake up in cold sweats as you question the very nature of human nature.  Not that they are not phenomenal books; they just don't belong on this list.  Hitchhiker's Guide is OBVIOUSLY a perfect summer book and 1984 is for January, when you are fully submerged in mid-winter depression.

Cozy Books to Read with Hot Chocolate, a Blanket, and Your Butt Perched on a Warm Radiator:
1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - This book is all about the power of love, amped up by the awesomeness of Charles Wallace, the Happy Medium (a perpetually perky psychic), and space travel.
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - Something about Charlie and the group of friends who adopt him makes me feel all mushy.  It's a good free-spirit-y teenager-y story.
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - Told in the form of letters and set on a British island just after World War II, this is the story of an eccentric circle of book-lovers who formed a book club AND invented potato peel pie, all while under the thumb of occupying Nazis.
4. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry - Lowry is one of the coolest writers ever because she writes spectacularly in whatever fiction genre she chooses - and so far she has chosen a wide variety.  This one, for example, is a spoof on "old-fashioned" classics and makes me laugh each time I re-read it.  It also has food in it - roast chicken and chocolate-chip cookies and such.
5. The Cookie-Store Cat by Cynthia Rylant - This book may be substituted for any favorite nostalgic picture book of your choosing.  However, this one is particularly fitting for this list because it contains lists of different kinds of cookies.  Even the names taste good!  (This seems to be a somewhat food-centric post.)


Gonna drink some tea now.  Bye!

     - Carly