10.24.2013

fall reading list.

after our tv went out the other week i realized i need to read more. so it's time to update my summer reading list with a new roundup for fall. i recently finished reading AmericanahReconstructing Amelia and Divergent - i liked it even more than Hunger Games (probably because of all of the chicago references). here are a few other books i'd like to read:


Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis - set in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, the novel follows a cast of upper-class, good-looking, oversexed, drug-addled, thrill-seeking, college-age characters on the road to perdition.

Everything Is Wrong With Me: A Memoir of An American Childhood, Gone, Well, Wrong by Jason Mulgrew - the blog-turned-memoir piles the author's dysfunctional family, deranged friends, working-class roots, sexual experiences and mental illnesses mostly for laughs, spinning out a raunchy and irreverent bar-room book. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - books, war, love and mind-blowing sadness spin together in this compelling and complex young-adult novel set during WWII in germany. (am i too old to be reading all these young adult books!?)

Looking For Alaska
 by John Green - i'm on the fence with this one... i read The Fault in Our Stars and it was depresssssing and a little too sappy for my taste. has anyone read Looking? would you recommend it?



do you have any other suggestions? i'd love to read something funny (think david sedaris or sloane crosley...)

xo, 
jillian

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  1. Looking for Alaska is really, really good. Honestly, John Green can't do any wrong by me haha BUT if you're looking for a good contemp novel, I'd try Hate List by Jennifer Brown or The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls :) shameless plug...I review books on my other site: www.iswimforoceans.com

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  2. I read waaaay too many YA books - embarrassing. But I highly recommend the first two books of the Divergent series - the third just came out and was a bust to be honest. I also liked The Mortal Instruments and the movie is actually coming out in a few months. Adding The Book Thief to my list!
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  3. really you like Divergent more than Hunger Games! I was wondering if I should start that series... hmm

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  4. glad you like young adult fiction as much as I do hahaha! Looking for Alaska and The Book Thief are both WONDERFUL. And the 3rd book in the Divergent series came out Tuesday! Yay!

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  5. Good list! Funny? I'll have to think about that. I tend to read really dramatic books

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  6. The Book Thief: I guess it is a YA book, but oh my goodness it's powerful. Do not be embarrassed to read it, I feel like it's really for all ages! It's...definitely not funny, so be prepared there ;) It's clever though, in its own way.

    The Magicians: it's a series, sort of a grown-up version of Harry Potter (complete with magic school for college-aged kids), more dark and sexual for sure. It's not funny either, but I'm about 2/3's through the first one and very much enjoying it. It's great for this spooky time of year! Good atmosphere.

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    1. sorry to butt in, but i know what's going on. :) her comments are going to spam. they were for me for a while and i found them all at once. you have to whitelist her email. not sure what it is about her email address that gets flagged! :( go into your disqus admin and you'll see them all.

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  7. I'm always looking for new books. Right now I'm tearing through the #1 Ladie's Dective Agency series. It is simple, fun, but wonderful to read.

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  8. Love new book suggestions. I've been so slack with reading lately. And I'm burned out for studying for work! Blah. Enjoy for me :)

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  9. reconstructing amelia is on my list too!!

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  10. The Book Thief is great! A little heavy, but a good read! xoxo

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  11. I need to pick that book up - I look Chicago references since I live there. Thanks for this list.

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  12. I'm obsessed with the Divergent series!

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  13. Oh Divergent, definitely the best series I've read in the past few years (more than Hunger Games!), but I almost wish I didn't read the last one. Have you read it yet????

    I'm always looking for new books to read, and now I actually have time to read! I'll have to look into these :)

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  14. Thank you! Love the book suggestions!

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  15. If you like Young Adult books I could suggest and suggest and suggest as that's what I do...review YA books on my blog a lot of the time.

    If you want something super fun and cute and endearing, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I just love that book.

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  16. I've never read Divergent, but have heard lots of good things - might need to put it on my list!! The Book Thief is SO good. And it might be classified as YA but definitely transcends that narrow classification - can't say enough good things about that book! Life After Life was another good one that I read recently, and anything by Louise Penny is a favourite of mine :)

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