Great Reads

As you've probably been able to tell if you've ever read my blog, I'm a pretty avid reader. It comes with a territory I guess, being an elementary school teacher and all. My life revolves around teaching kids how to learn to read, and then read to learn. I usually try and keep my blog friends in the loop about my current literary indulgences, since I gain a lot of my book recommendations from blogland. Megan asked me if I could put together a list of fave reads I've posted over the years in my sidebar section "Currently Reading."The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
One of my absolute all-time favorite books. I read this for the first time in high school for a school project, and have probably read it about 3 times since. It's a unique story, but I'm one for elaborate description, and this book truly paints the picture for you.The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A beautifully woven story about cultures colliding, first generation Indian children growing up in America, and growing up "American," much to the chagrin of their traditionally rooted parents. I absolutely adore this author, she writes in through an honest, relateable, and poignant lens.Bel Canto by An Patchett
This was recommended to me by a friend, and while I wasn't interested in reading it at all after skimming the "blurb" on the back of the book, I read it anyway. The plot is totally unique and different than most stories I prefer, but really engaging, moving, and thought provoking. I enjoyed this book.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
This book is one of those that while it's pretty recent, it has an old soul. The story is sweet in a powerful, love conquers all kind of way. I devoured this in like 2 days...

Other notable faves
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova

Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell

Next time, I'll give you a run down of my fave Children's that could be a LONG post.
Now...tell me your faves- I'm always searching for new great reads!

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