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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

12.09.2011

Follow Friday (13)



Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee's View and Alison at Alison Can Read.  It is an awesome opportunity to network other book blogs.  
Welcome to Follow Friday! Let me tell you what is going on today.
  • First Parajunkee & Alison will be featuring one blogger from this great community each Friday along with having the Follow My Book Blog feature. 
  • Each week one blogger will be selected as a feature, so sign up for the Follow Feature. Future features are picked randomly.
This week's question is:
Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

This is such a hard question!!  I love so so many books!  I think I'll have to split this into two categories: prose & poetry.  I read so much poetry (which some of you may or may not have known since I don't really talk about it much), and obviously read a lot of prose.  There are certainly books from each category (not even going into YA vs Adult, Fiction vs Non-Fiction, etc.) that I think everybody needs to read, and that I would buy for my whole family (of course I can't guarantee they'd appreciate the gesture...)

My picks:
PROSE
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book has made such an impact on my personal and literary life.  It is one of the most amazing books I've read, and it really tells such a brutal, beautiful story.  This is a must-have on everybody's shelf, even if you aren't into "young adult".  My family practically knows the book by heart, as well, since I talk about it all the time.

POETRY
Etcetera by E. E. Cummings
This man is my poet.  Each poem I read, I find a connection and a cadence that I fall in love with.  Some people find his poems perhaps overly complicated or just strange, but I find he uses that to make the words shine.  It is in the absurdity of some of his works that I find inspiration.  Another work needed on each shelf, and something I know most of my family won't get, but will love because I love it!

It is interesting to think that I am the only "reader" in my family.  Of course, each member reads their own thing: romance, sci-fi, military.  But I am the only one that runs the gamut.  In a way, it makes it hard to share what I love with them, but at the same time a joy to help them experience something wonderful and new!

7 comments:

  1. I love Speak. Great choice.
    New follower through GFC for FF.
    My Follow Friday

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  2. I promised a couple of fellow book bloggers I wouldn’t “machine gun” my Follow Friday posts on the blogs I visit but this week’s Follow Friday has inspired me to make an important exception.

    The book I think everyone should read is a work of non-fiction called The Four Hour Workweek. The thing is, the book is very well written and entertaining so it reads like a work of fiction. What the book can do to enhance your life and change the way you live day by day seems unbelievable on its face which might mark it a legitimate work of fiction for the skeptics out there.

    If you read this work of non-fiction and really follow the advice it gives and apply the insights you’ll gain, your life will read like a modern tale fairytale.

    I encourage, implore and even insist you follow me back to my book blog so you can find out why I think EVERYONE should read The Four Hour Workweek – http://www.howardsherman.net

    TGIFF!

    Howard Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  3. Speak is such a powerful book!
    And e.e. cummings wrote some of the most beautiful, innovative poetry ever.

    I'm a new follower :)
    Here's my FF

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  4. Speak-- that is my kind of choice! I wish I would have thought of it. Awesome. This one is so powerful. I like ee cummings too. Great poet!

    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction (New follower)
    My Follow Friday

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  5. Hopping through. Great idea of Speak. It's a very powerful and important book.
    My Hop

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  6. Amazing choices!
    New follower.
    Here's our #FF
    Make sure to enter the giveaway while you're there. :)

    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

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  7. Speak is one of thoses books I keep meaning to read I'll get there eventually, new follower, here's mine
    http://headstuckinabook.blogspot.com/2011/12/feature-and-follow-friday-8.html

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