Friday, April 10, 2009

Best Friend Books.

When I am sick, lazy, nostalgic for my childhood or cooped up in the house on a rainy day/bored I grab a book, curl up on my couch escape from the world. When one of these moods seizes me, I want one of my favoirte Young Adult Ficiton books, a book that takes no effort to read, a book I practially have memorized a book that is a friend. (Do you feel books are friends?)

Here are 4 of my friend books that I re-read often. All of them are easy young adult fiction and you don't have to have a dictionary nearby to look up words. All of them have a love story. All of them have been around for a while. During my spring break right now I'm reading Mara. Here is my list:

1. Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is a historical fiction children's book. It follows Mara, a young Egyptian girl who takes up a dangerous job as a double spy between two different masters. (from Wikipedia)

2. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast tly by Robin McKinley. This is my favorite retelling of the French Fairy tale.

3. The Blue Sword also by Robin McKinley is a fantasy novel. The Blue Sword has received numerous awards including; Newbery Honor Award, ALA Best Book for Young Adults and the ALA Notable Children's Book.

4. The Blue Castle is a 1926 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, best known for her novel Anne of Green Gables (1908).

I have so many good memories of these books. I have them all and I've read them all at least 5 times. I would suggest them to any of you, but now I want to know...What do you read? What books do you have on your shelf that are tattered and loved? Let me know I want to expand my list.


Missy said...

Hey! I also have a love for YA fiction. You feel so smart because you can read them in just one day. I would also try to read what my students were reading, so here are a couple of my recent favorites:
House of Scorpions
Uglies series

Evenstar said...

I second you on Mara, Daughter of the Nile, The Blue Castle and Beauty. My own list also includes: any Calvin and Hobbes book, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, My Father's Dragon and A Tangled Web. Reading a beloved book is like pulling a warm blanket over yourself on a chilly day.

Maurine said...

Hi Joanie. I just have to comment that I LOVE Mara. I just read it again because I ran out of other things to read in the house. I am so glad I is such a good one.