To quote C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Every night before I go to bed, even if it’s late, I grab a cup of my favorite tea and try to get in a little reading. Whether it’s a fashion magazine, a lifestyle magazine or a new book, I always enjoy reading! These are a few of the novels piled up on my nightstand:
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
In this cult classic, Stephen Chbosky tells the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school when you’re standing on the fringes of life. The tale is told from the perspective of a shy, intelligent and socially awkward teenage boy named Charlie. Chbosky also wrote the screenplay for and directed the recently released movie, starring Emma Watson (among others). There’s a really good interview with him here, if you want to know more about how to write a best-selling novel, then follow that up with writing and directing a great movie.
2. Looking for Alaska
John Green‘s first novel won nine awards when it came out. Here’s the plot synopsis from the author’s website:
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
I can’t wait to read it!
3. Eleanor & Park
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love and just how hard it pulled you under.
Another random thing that makes this book even more interesting is that Augusten Burroughs took Rowell’s author portrait. What if they’re friends? Any friend of Augusten Burroughs has got to be pretty cool. (He wrote Running with Scissors, btw.)
What books have you been dying to read? I’d love to hear from you!