Friday Reading Recommendations

I’m going to start posting a topic for conversation every Friday. I’d love your input on it.

I know I don’t fit into the majority. Currently I’m reading the Portal Series by Sarah Barnard. She’s such a creative spirit that it emanates through her work. From the first page she sucked me into the story and I’ve been hooked ever since. She’s a fantasy author, which is one of my favorite genre to read.

Let’s talk about what you’re reading. The last time I reviewed statistics, it seems Romance Readers are the most avid consumers of books. I’m curious, who are your favorite authors and why? What genre do you enjoy? What are you reading right now that has you so hooked?

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    • Teresa Thomas on June 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Right now I am reading and highly recommend The five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Originally I was forced to read this book for Summer Reading my Junior year of high school and after I was forced to read it that time I continue to read it now. It is a very good book and I truly enjoyed it.

      • Tiana on June 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm
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      Fabulous! What are you enjoying about it? It’s wonderful to hear the schools are finally suggesting some interesting books instead of the typical boredom.

        • Teresa Thomas on June 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

        I guess I am a sucker for good flashbacks and this book is full of well written flashback.

    • Karyn Pearson on June 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I’m currently rereading the entire Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling–but honestly, who doesn’t know this?–and am currently reading the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in order to prepare for the upcoming release of the final film. I absolutely adore this series; it’s quite literally, my entire childhood.

    I first heard about the series by word of mouth when I was seven years old, but didn’t get around to actually picking up the first book until my 4th grade teacher had us read it. She bought a class set along with the audiobook and made it mandatory for each student to read with the audiobook for a certain number of hours for the school year. So at first, it was a class assignment. But I never expected I’d become so deeply attached to these books as I did.

    I was eight years old when I read the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. And I’ve loved them all ever since. I learned a lot from the characters and I grew up with them–they’re like very old friends to me now. The books have taught me so much and I credit them with shaping me into who I am today. In fact, I wouldn’t be a writer without them. Nor would I be an entirely whole person. The books were here for me during a long, dark period of my life. I had a rather difficult upbringing and a painful childhood, so whenever I needed solace, a place to escape, the HP books were there for me.

    I’m almost 21 now, and still as much as enchanted by the magic as I was when I first discovered it as a child. I guess my genre is primarily fantasy, since I’ve always been interested in magic and things like that, but I don’t mind the occasional science fiction or medical thriller every once in a while. I have a variety of genres I enjoy reading, but I don’t think I exclusively read from ONE genre.

    A few other authors I’ve read that I like are Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins. I’ve read all of Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series and I’m waiting for the second installment of his “Heroes of Olympus” series as well as the third installment of his “Kane Chronicles.” I recently finished reading Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy, which I highly recommend as I couldn’t put those books down for the life of me–I was still in school at the time and I was reading during my classes (I REALLY couldn’t put it down).

    I haven’t got any new books to read as of yet, seeing as I more or less reread books I love over and over again until the binding falls apart (I’ve replaced 3 of my Harry Potter books for this reason, possibly a 4th very soon as my copy of Chamber of Secrets is starting to show signs of the binding separating from the cover) but I’m open to suggestions.

    Sorry for the really long post, by the way. I have a lot to say on the subject of HP (I could talk about it all day and night and still have more to discuss). It’s just one of those things that happens when you really love something.

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