Monday, November 8, 2010

My Best Friends Tour the YA Section

This weekend, I spent an inordinate amount of time in Borders with my best friends while we were having a girls' weekend in Indianapolis. (Don't you just love having bookish friends?) Rachael and Ali also love YA fiction, so they gave me a few recommendations while we were there:


  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak*
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers*
  • Boys Meets Boy by David Levithan*
  • Inexcusable by Chris Lynch*
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie*
  • Ophelia by Lisa Klein*
Not to be left out, Dana shared her favorite pick of the day because Jessica Biel is her "girl crush." HA! * I haven't read these books! I've got to get going on them! Do you guys have any bookish friends willing to waste hours in bookstores with you? Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. Jealous! I wish I had bookish friends! Good thing I have you ladies :)

  2. I wish! But my family does it all the time with me so I guess that counts too.

    And you definitely need to read The Book Thief. It is extremely sad but beautiful anyway.

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  4. I'm pretty sure I could set up a tent and live in Borders and do nothing but drink coffee and read all the time...anyway, i totally need to get started on Ali's list and please do not judge my literary tastes based on my pick of "L.A. Candy" (it's kind of my secret).

  5. Wow, yeah all very good picks! You have awesome friends. I WISH I had bookish friends to go to the bookstore with and just waste hours upon hours looking through books. But alas, all MY friends think I'm weird for loving books as much as I do. :/

  6. Your friends rock - I love Rachel's picks. The Book Theif is one of my all time favorites, and I just picked up Shiver myself. Inexcusable sounds amazing - I just put that on my TBR list.

    Thanks for sharing!


  7. I've got one bookish friend and she's my BEST friend. I thank my lucky stars for her. Your friends definitely gave you some good books to read! I personally loved Looking For Alaska :D

  8. *sighs sadly and sheds a little teardrop.* Alas, Borders UK closed all their shops down about a year ago, and I miss it more than normal people would think reasonable to miss a bookshop. It was more than a bookshop, it was a social place. I would meet my friends outside, we'd have a look around the books and then go sit in the Starbucks upstairs with our purchases, or notebooks and pens. I really miss it.

    I just read "The Hunger Games" series - I really didn't think I'd like it, but I did. Also I love the "Shiver" books, and "The Book Thief." Some excellent suggestions there.

  9. in my defense, i was drawn in by the typography AND jessica biel.

  10. Your friends have great taste :-) and what a fun weekend! I wish my friends (in real life? lol) loved books as much as me. My bookish friends are scattered all around the states.

    Shiver = best werewolf book of all YA time.
    Epic Detour = best roadtrip atlas for YA'ers of all time.

  11. omg you have AWESOME friends because those books are the shizz! isn't going book shopping with friends the best thing in the world?!

  12. What fun! My daughter and I give each other suggestions sometimes, but I don't really have people I could wander the bookstore with. (They have great taste in books, BTW, I've read a lot of those and most I would recommend.)

  13. Your friends have great taste; you should listen to them.

    (I want irl bookish friends! Very jealous.)

  14. Bahaha my friends don't give a bloody crap about books...I'm glad yours do! You got some brilliant books, Anna! I'm interested to see what you think of Graceling...I enjoyed it for the most part.

    Oh, and HUNGER GAMES!!! Eep! Enjoy :)

  15. such a cool post. for some reason i just love it.

    yay for so many awesome books :) i love book shopping :)

  16. I love hanging out in bookstores with friends. And I reckon both your friends have awesome taste in books -- I like all of their picks (although there are a couple I haven't read)! :D

  17. You are so lucky to have bookish friends IRL! Some of mine read but not as avidly as I do. Glad you had a good time at girl's weekend :)

  18. I couldn't agree with Amy & Roger's Epic Detour more!! One of my favorite books this year.


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