First off, MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Here's my gift for you:
This year for Christmas I asked my parents to order me the books I've always wanted that aren't stocked at my local bookstore. Combine that with the books I bought at Goodwill over the last week and the couple I've already bought since I've been home, I have these two awesome stacks of books to bring back to school:
An Off Year by Claire Zulkey
What It's About: a girl who takes a gap year between high school and university
Why I Wanted It: I'm very interested in any and all books about university. New Adult is going to happen, damn it!
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
What It's About: a girl who's best friend dies
Why I Wanted It: good reviews and good writing
Hooked by Catherine Greenman
What It's About: teen pregnancy
Why I Wanted It: I always find pregnancy to be an interesting teen issue; I also think this story will be a little different since it deals with characters entering university.
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
What It's About: all the in the moment decisions people make and how that affects us.
Why I Wanted It: Gladwell's The Tipping Point and Outliers were both fascinating.
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
What It's About: a girl's decision to wear a hijab
Why I Wanted It: it has a unique, controversial premise. Plus, the book starts with a major Friends reference--I simply couldn't resist.
L. A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
What It's About:...something about hollywood. Does it really matter?
Why I Wanted It: I read an excerpt from it in Teen Vogue when it came out, and always wanted to try it. Something different. Light reading. A different perspective. Hopefully. You never know.
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
What It's About: a girl's summer on a ship
Why I Wanted It: I enjoyed Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, as well as Johnson's story in Let It Snow.
Play Me by Laura Ruby
What It's About: a guy who films reality tv
Why I Wanted It: I love books about reality tv, and this book puts a different spin on it, telling the story from the director's perspective rather than the star's perspective.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
What It's About: boring British stuff...something about Mr. Rochester...I don't know...Mia referenced it a bunch in one of the Princess Diaries books I think...
Why I Wanted It:...I didn't. It's book I have to read for my British lit class next semester. Kill me now.
Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart
What It's About: a girl who spies on boys
Why I Wanted It: I just finished the Ruby Oliver series and really enjoyed it. And the premise sounded fun.
The End of Education by Neil Postman
What It's About: the education system in the US
Why I Wanted It: I'm going to be a teacher!
The Half Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brandon Halpin
What It's About: a romance between a girl and a boy with Asperger's syndrome
Why I Wanted It: good writing and an interesting premise.
Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
What It's About: a battle between evolution and creationism! Yay! And hopefully some romance!
Why I Wanted It: I loved Brande's Fat Cat, and I think this could be a really interesting exploration of beliefs and science vs. God.
Pledged by Alexandra Robbins
What It's About: sororities
Why I Wanted It: I liked Robbin's Overachievers, and, since watching Greek, I've become fascinated with Greek life.
Quarterlife Crisis by Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner
What It's About: life in your twenties.
Why I Wanted It: I'm about to enter my twenties. And it looked interesting anyhow.
I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusack
What It's About: A cab driver? A robbery?
Why I Wanted It: AMAZING reviews, including John Green's endorsement (very valuable). And it seems like a different kind of book.
I Love You Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
What It's About: a guy who confesses his love for a girl he barely knows at graduation.
Why I Wanted It: it seemed funny.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
What It's About: two guys who have the same name.
Why I Wanted It: I am in a little bit of a John Green phase (read: complete obsession. Vlogbrothers. Nerdfighters. Scoodilypoopers. I've finished Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and even Let It Snow. Now I just need to finish off his back catalogue, and I'll be ready for The Fault in Our Stars in January) and I like and respect David Levithan's writing. I think these two together has the potential to be AMAZING.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
What It's About: See title.
Why I Wanted It: good reviews, good writing, interesting structure. Not a terribly original premise, but I can get past that.
Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
What It's About: high school drama
Why I Wanted It: I really, really liked Sales's Past Perfect. I don't really want to read about high school drama right now, but I think this might be worth it.
Isn't that the best Christmas ever?
P. S. I took those photos with my new iPhone, another awesome part of Christmas (but not as good as the books of course :)