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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
The Bermudez Triangle
Maureen Johnson
The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities
David Levithan, Billy Merrell
Eating Animals
Jonathan Safran Foer
Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown
Ryan Buell, Stefan Petrucha
A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word
Julie Zeilinger
The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling

The Name of the Star (Shades of London Series #1)

The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson I can't wait for the next book! This was even better than I was expecting :)

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green I don't know if I've ever read a more beautiful story than this.

Happy Endings

Happy Endings - ChelseaIRL Best!!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Last third of this one was FANTASTIC. Bit slow leading up but still mesmerized and amazed by the detailed world created by J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Just incredible. Thinking about J.K. Rowling coming up with all of this and keeping track of everything and making it so enthralling blows my mind. Like, I literally cannot understand how she did it.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré The last 3rd of this book is what made it worthwhile. I found it to be rather slow up to that point, but the plot twists getting nearer to the end were just phenomenal. Onto the Goblet of Fire!

Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  - J.K. Rowling The beginning and the rising action was a little slow it seemed, although I'm guessing some of that had to do with my being sick while reading it, but the climax was WICKED and the conclusion was humorous and charming, of course. Very last scene was a bit of a let down, but I can see why it was necessary. Onto book 3!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) - I'm not sure why I put of reading these or watching the films for all these years, but I'm kind of glad I did so that I can read a book, then watch the movie, and by the time I finish the last book, the last movie should be coming out, haha.Loved this. I'm glad the language is sophisticated enough to make me feel like I'm not reading a children's book, and the complex world that Rowling has created blows my mind. On to the Chamber of Secrets!


Siddhartha - This book gave me much more than I was expecting. I started reading it because a) it was free, and b) I saw it on a list of books that had been banned or challenged, and wanted to see why. I can only imagine it ever being challenged in the Bible belt maybe, with it's focus on a journey to Nirvana.The parts of the book where Siddhartha is alone, pondering, are the best, in my opinion. Hesse's description of Siddhartha's thoughts, realizations, and philosophy are wonderful. In the middle of the book, the recounting of the action within the story, the physical happenings, encounters and conversations, leave something to be desired, for me, up until Vasudeva.I think if I had read this book a year ago I wouldn't have liked it that much or really got it. The lengthy descriptions of Siddhartha's enlightened thoughts would have felt over the top or frivolous. If you've ever had a sort of --Oh. Oh I understand now. This is what life is all about.-- transcendent experience, I recommend this book. If not, I'd come back to it later. :)

Scott Pilgrim (Volume 2): Scott Pilgrim Versus The World: Scott Pilgrim Versus the World v. 2

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World - Bryan Lee O'Malley So great. Can't wait to start #3 tomorrow :)

Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan Early on, particularly in the first chapter or two, I was worried I'd be really disappointed in this novel. It seemed over the top, too idealistic; no US suburb would ever actually be this open-minded as a whole or have so much (open) sexual diversity. BUT as I kept reading I found that it became more believable and simultaneously less ridiculous. I really liked the story; there are some really truthful and believeable high-school-life relationships and issues in here and I think any teen (or adult, really) reading it could definitely relate. I was rooting for the characters 100% and am glad I trudged on past the first few chapters. Also, this would make a GREAT, and I think very commercially successful, movie. Mr. Levithan did alright with Nick and Norah's, I'd be stoked to see a film adaptation of this one too.