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This Christmas Break is brought to you by: My parents’ new Keurig Craig Thompson’s Habibi Time’s Up Today and tomorrow in Michigan, then back to Boston on Friday.    

Born to Run by Christopher MacDougall

#1. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall There is absolutely no reason why I should have liked this book. First off, it’s about ultra-long distance runners – I can barely run two miles, have no interest in running for twenty-four hours up and down mountains, and the whole thing just reeks of excessive machismo. I’m […]

Made for You and Me by Caitlin Shetterly

#2. Made for You and Me by Caitlin Shetterly One reason I enjoy making these book lists is because I like to look at overall trends in my reading habits: how my tastes change, what things I like, what things I don’t like. Narcissism. Yes. Moving on. Last year, food books, young adult-ish classics, and […]

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

#3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley I feel like it’s unfair for me to praise this book, to insist you read it, because clearly this book was written expressly for me. Or at least expressly to the narrow window of readers that I most resemble, or something. Anyway, of COURSE I loved […]

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

#4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White Listen, guys. If I tell you to read this one again, will you listen to me? It will be well-worth your time, I promise. The surface stuff: Wilbur is the most delightfully neurotic little animal you will ever meet. He is amazing. Every animal in the barnyard is just […]

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

#5 The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer This book first caught my eye when I was working at a public library, spending many hours digging through the YA collection in an attempt to weed out enough books to counteract the books coming in. (This was a largely futile endeavor, by the way). I […]

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

#6. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Okay. I’ve talked about a few syllabus books that surprised me by being really good reads. But you guys… I have like, 30+ books to read each semester. 95% of the books I’m required to read fall somewhere between a monotone kind of “oh, well, that […]

Hush by Eishes Chayil

#7 Hush by Eishes Chayil Question: How many young adult books did I read in 2011 that featured a young person committing or attempting to commit suicide? Answer: 8 In Hush, our protagonist must deal with the personal and social aftermath of her best friend’s suicide. In fact, her dead friend still seems to haunt […]

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

#8. Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper I don’t read a lot of truly “children’s” books for fun. This probably makes me a terrible student of children’s literature/future children’s librarian-type-person… but I’m really just in it for the YA. So it’s probably bizarre and inaccurate of me to be so shocked by how amazing […]

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

#9. And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman I am a big fan of Maira Kalman. I am also a big fan of American political history. I am also a big fan of heavy, colorful books that look nice on your coffee table, feel nice in your lap, and make you feel like you […]