Hail Thursday, fairest of days...

I really love reading books recommended to me by friends. Not just because my friends generally have such good taste in books, but also because I feel like I'm closer to the friend for it, like I learn something about her that way.

So today, for an entry in the giveaway, this is what I would like to hear from you: If you could recommend one book to me - or to any friend, for that matter - something that you really love, an outstanding book that is close to your heart, what would it be?

You can choose a book that you would recommend to any and all of your friends, or one that you think I especially would enjoy - whichever you prefer.

(FYI, I do intend to actually read your recommended titles. If you want to see if I've already read what you have in mind, you can check my Goodreads shelf.)


hwalk 10/23/2008 8:05 PM  

That's odd. Your posting it at 9:38, but it's only 9:05 where I'm at. I guess it makes sense. Though it sounds weird.

Oh. Right. Book recommendation. Uh, is 2 okay?

Hidden Talents! and Alex and the Ironic Gentleman

I recommend those because not everyone has read them, and I love them.

cuileann 10/23/2008 8:07 PM  

Yes, I am a time zone ahead of you. Nods.

And yep, two's totally fine.

Anonymous 10/23/2008 8:13 PM  

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Lewellyn...but you already knew that ;)

Gretchen 10/23/2008 8:29 PM  

Green Rider, by Kristen Britain. Karigan is my all-time fantasy heroine, next to Alanna and Hermione.

Q 10/23/2008 9:16 PM  

The Thirteenth Reality, James Dashner. It's MG, but I have to give a shout out for James. He gave me an ARC.

ikkinlala 10/23/2008 10:13 PM  

This is always a tough question, and you've made it more difficult by having already read so many of my favourites, but one I've recommended to a few people lately is a short story anthology called "The Green Man," edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. (I don't love all the stories, but I think it's an interesting collection.)

Cassandra 10/23/2008 11:37 PM  

Can I recommend 2? These books are great...

Lady Chatterley's Lover (a classic banned book... kinda eyebrow raising at some points because the, ah, intimacy gets kinda steamy, but I just love the way the book is composed)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (in the same vein as Catcher in the Rye, but Charlie, the main character, is much more innocent and not as abbrasive as Holden. excellent read.)


anilee 10/24/2008 4:41 AM  

But you've read my favorites!

I mean, because without a doubt, I'd recommend The Goose Girl first, if applicable. Which in this case, it sort of isn't, since you've already read it. And like it seems like everyone has.

And then Looking for Alaska would definitely be on my list, but again, pretty popular.

I need to become more creative.

Edge 10/24/2008 5:48 AM  

I'd have to say The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Terribly sophisticated and upper-level reading? No. But it's sooo much fun.

MismatchedSockGirl 10/24/2008 8:25 AM  

Hmph. You've read a huge amount of my favorites, too!

BUT, you've only read one Jodi Picoult book?? Goodness gracious! I highly recommend Keeping Faith, Salem Falls, and Plain Truth are the three that come to mind immediately....

Erin 10/24/2008 2:15 PM  

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty.

I see you have it on your to-read list already, but maybe this'll bump it up a notch, eh?

Summermoon 10/24/2008 4:06 PM  

Joel and Cat Sets the Story Straight by Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow. It is hilariously funny and so good.

Merissa 10/24/2008 6:01 PM  

Undercover, by Beth Kephart. I know it's already on your to-read list, but you've read so many of my favorite books already! It's annoying. ;)

spider 10/24/2008 8:26 PM  

Wow, that's tough. I'm going to go with Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde.

Allison 10/25/2008 7:42 AM  

read something by paulo coello. he is brazilian. and he writes fable-like stories...the alchemist is a good first one, i am about to read brida right now.
i'm not in on this contest, i don't have time to do it (sorry, dear), but i thought i'd pass something on since i've read about 25 books in the past 4.5 months...
love you, dear.

~Firefly~ 10/25/2008 3:04 PM  

You know this is basically impossible right? Well I would recommend The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I don't know if you've read that or not but it's amazing.

odessa 10/27/2008 7:27 PM  

i'd love for you to read "veronica decides to die" by paolo coelho.

minteva 11/01/2009 1:28 AM  

i think i asked you, but if you haven't read the time traveler's wife, you must! i love wicked, too. & to kill a mockingbird :)

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