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Books Worth Reading

My Hollywood by Mona Simpson - my heart breaks for Lola

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher. I already loved this book, and then I learned that the author was inspired by listening to Buffalo Tom -- my favorite band. (Mr. Asher, I found them on MSCL too!)

Allie Brosh, it's like you are writing my life. Sample of Ms. Brosh's brilliance: "[w]hen there's a snag in my plans because I failed to account for something, it still feels like reality's fault." AMEN!

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker. This is a novel about poetry, and it's spectacular. My favorite lines: "I woke up thinking a very pleasant thought. There is lots left in the world to read."

Fin & Lady - by Cathleen Schine. I loved this story; my favorite character is Mabel!

Suite Francaise - beautiful novel (and not-boring history lesson!)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: smart and funny (I assume just like the author!)

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage - from the genius Alice Munro

The Elegance of the Hedgehog - This is a beautiful book. I wish I could know these characters in real life.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman - so great. Consider this line: "We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful." Amen, Ms. Hartman!

I want to be BFFs with Mindy.

We Live in Water: Stories -- Jess Walter is rapidly making his way up my favorite authors list.

State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America - This book is proof that the US is wonderfully quirky...and that there are writers out there I'd love to road trip with!

Untold Stories - This collection by Bennett literally moved me to tears; if you know what I mean when I say I feel a kinship with my favorite spoon, this book will speak to you.

Losing Nelson - Unsworth's writing is magical

Pigeon English - That rare, amazing work that makes you feel for and understand a character you have absolutely nothing in common with.

The Weird Sisters -- Not so weird, after all. I'm half Rose, half Cordelia, and a dash of Bean.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Architecture, Antarctica, Blackberry Bushes, Compound Pharmacies, and a ruckus at the Westin...it's all here, and all EXTREMELY fun. I love it.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Long title, true -- but this hilarious and touching book is smart and unique.

This one is about fairy tales, but not the Disney variety ones we're used to. So many layers of story here, this one with a child as its main character is definitely not for kids. Beautifully told!

The Archivist by Martha Cooley: a magical novel for book lovers

‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter -- I just finished this and it broke my heart, in the best way. Also: it will make you want to go to Italy!