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For the Love of Books

I am a high school English teacher, so naturally I love to read! Find the time to do it is a different story, but oh what a wonderful thing it is to cuddle up in bed with my book and a glass of wine. This page is dedicated to all things reading! I will start a reading list for readers, and review books I am reading.

My hope is that this will not be a one person conversation, but that my readers will join in the fun and share their favorite books or even turn this into a virtual book club. Happy reading!

My Top Ten Favorite Books (I am kind of a nerd for the classics)

This is a list of my favorite books of all time. Surprisingly most of these were required readings for my degree in English and I fell in love with how they represented the variety of America both historically and culturally. 

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (I mean the symbolism alone!)

The Awakening by Kate Chopin (Who doesn’t love a woman who breaks out of her cage to be free?)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (It was a pleasure to burn books….I mean great first line)

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (I gotta have my romance novels)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (For Young Adult Fiction, this book is still rocking)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (Honestly anything by Mitch Albom is my favorite)

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (Chilling story of Post-Holocoast trials and one kid who loved unconditionally)

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Beautiful book about living in two cultures and learning to accept who you are in both)

Borderlands La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua (A book about identifying invisible “borders” and living on both sides without the expectations of either weighing on you)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (An amazing read from a literary standpoint, but also chilling as a high school teacher knowing that many students come to use broken and scarred)

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