If You Like… CLASSICS


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I’ve been reading a lot of classics lately, so I thought that this week I’d recommend some classics that I’ve recently enjoyed.

Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Although this novel is a lot different from what I expected it to be (I thought it would be a romantic love story- it’s not!) I still really enjoyed. It’s basically like reading a soap opera because it’s so dramatic and ridiculous. It’s really well written and you can’t help but love to hate the characters. It’s a pretty quick read as well, which is great if you’re in any sort of time crunch.

Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I’m in the middle of rereading this novel for the second time right now, and I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying it. Yes, Holden Caulfield can get a bit irritating at times (everything is just so PHONY to him) but I think that deep down we can all relate to him at least a little. It’s also really interesting to read it knowing how it ends because it definitely puts a different perspective on his entire situation. For anyone who has ever felt lonely, misunderstood, or just frustrated with the world, I think you’ll definitely find a connection with poor Holden!

Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens

I haven’t actually finished reading this one entirely yet- I’m reading it with my AP English class right now and I’m currently about half way through it- but I am absolutely adoring it thus far so I thought I’d recommend it anyways. Pip is a spectacular narrator because he’s so easy to relate to. The characters in this novel seem to leap right off the page and Dickens’ writing is brilliantly witty. If the second half of the novel is as good as the first, this book is one fantastic read!

I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What classics would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY (Nut Free Nerd)

P.S. Can you tell that I’m in love with the Penguin English Library collection? ❤

if you like… LONG BOOKS

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Wow, it sure has been a while since I’ve posted here on The In-Between Place! As per usual, school, work, and life in general have consumed so much of my time, but now I’m back and ready to blog! Since I was gone for such a LONG time, I thought that this week I would recommend some LONGER books. (See what I did there? :))

I always feel like winter is the perfect time to curl up with a nice tome and spend a while reading. So in the event that you’re looking for a longer book to read this season (or any time of year, really) here are three books that have over 500 pages!

the goldfinch coverThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

At 771 pages long, this colossal novel tells the story of Theo, a boy whose life is perhaps destined to be intertwined with the intriguing painting, “The Goldfinch”. You follow Theo from a young age in New York City all the way to his life as an adult caught up in a tangled mess of mistakes and desires. Haunting and utterly captivating, The Goldfinch will change the way you look at this simple yet meaningful painting- and maybe even art as a form of expression.

a prayer for owen meany coverA Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

With a total of 640 pages, this novel tells the story of Owen Meany, a boy who accidentally kills the mother of his best friend in a Little League baseball game. Their relationship is forever changed, even in ways that don’t come to light until it is too late. Set in small-town America in the 1950s and filled with questions of friendship, religion, politics, and life in general, A Prayer for Owen Meany is certain to make you think.

all the light we cannot see coverAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Ringing in at 544 pages, this novel tells the tragic and heart-wrenching story of two young people attempting to survive on opposite sides of World War II. Marie Laure, a blind French girl, faces the every day challenge of piecing the world together in her mind. Werner, a German orphan, struggles morally as he works for the Nazis on the radios that he has adored since he was a child. All the Light We Cannot See is sure to strike a chord in readers as these two beautifully written stories collide and intertwine.

I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What long books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

if you like… WHO-DONE-IT MYSTERIES

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Some of the best mysteries are those where you just have to know WHO DONE IT? They’re great because often times you want to know who the culprit is so badly that you end up racing through the pages, reading more in a single sitting than you ever thought you could or would. I’ve experienced this quite a bit myself, especially late at night… when I’m supposed to be doing homework… or sleeping…

But I digress! The point is, who-done-it mysteries are perfect for when you want to just sit down and really get invested in a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat story. Here are some of my favorites!

and then there were none

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’ve talked about this book many times before on this blog, but I just can’t help myself! This is such a brilliant mystery, and I enjoy more and more each time I read it. A group of strangers trapped on an island with an unknown killer murdering them one by one? It’s the ultimate case of who-done-it!

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The Woods by Harlan Coben

A serial killer at a summer camp decades ago? The long-lost body of the victim, never to be uncovered? This chilling novel will make you question every summer camp you’ve ever attended!

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This complex, multidimensional mystery will captivate and perplex even the cleverest of minds. With countless enigmatic characters, surprising layers, and astounding twists, it’s sure to deliver a bumpy ride!

I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What are your thoughts on these books? What who-done-it mysterious do you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

if you like… TWISTS

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Alas, it’s time for the final Halloween-themed week of this feature! This post focuses on twists, because we all know that surprises are what Halloween is really all about. A haunted house would be nothing without people jumping out and surprising you! So here are some books that have plenty of twists and turns in them to keep you guessing the entire way through.

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Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Nothing is as it seems in this medley of classic fairy tale ideas. Think of an idyllic fairy tale town. Got it? Now add a twisted, sinister spin. You’ll never see this one coming!

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

This book is mysterious and suspenseful from the very first page. As soon as I thought I had everything figured out, Ness would go ahead and completely prove my theory wrong. AND THE ENDING. Oh my goodness, it completely blew my mind!

and then there were none

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’ve read this book countless times, and I still cannot believe the ending. This is a fantastically executed who-done-it story from the master of mystery herself. Filled with murder, secrets, and complicated pasts, this novel will absolutely keep you guessing until the very last page.

Well, these past four weeks have been a blast, guys! What suspenseful or Halloween-ish books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

would you rather: scary books

would you rather graphicWelcome to a new feature called Would You Rather? The rules are simple: I’ll be asking two bookish questions, and then you guys have to pick which one you’d rather do!

So, would you rather…

Read a fun, light-hearted book while all alone in your house on a stormy night.

or

Read a super scary book in bed late at night while everyone else in your house is asleep.

Let me know which option you would rather do in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

if you like… SPOOKY SETTINGS

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The Halloween fun continues this week with a post all about spooky settings- you know, those places in books that make shivers dance up your spine, the ones that cause to you look over your shoulder in paranoia whenever you read. It takes a skilled writer to craft such a spooky setting, but fortunately there are plenty of them that I can recommend!

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 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

There’s something about Cairnholm Island that was really spooky. Perhaps it’s the gloomy weather, the isolation, or simply the eerie aura it exudes. Whatever the reason, it’s sure to give you the creeps!

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

London in 1878? Dark alleyways, mysterious societies, and conniving vampires? Everything about the setting of this novel screams spooky!

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.

 That’s right: this story takes place at a Victorian boarding school. Coupled with a secret Order and supernatural elements, this setting is definitely going to make you think twice about shutting your lights off at night!

I hope these recommendations are adequately spooky! What books with spooky settings would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

on the benefits of assigned reading.

Last Thursday I wrote a post explaining how I feel about assigned reading. I wasn’t sure if a discussion would actually develop in the comments section, but to my delight many of you responded! You guys are the best!

A lot of people said that they agreed with my rather negative opinion on assigned reading, but some people disagreed. These readers offered several valid arguments as to why assigned reading can be a good thing, and I thought I would take the time to share a few of them with you.

It broadens your reading horizons.

Often times the books we’re assigned to read are ones we wouldn’t necessarily have picked up on our own. Whether you end up enjoying the book or not, it is always good to be exposed to new ideas, writing styles, authors, and genres.

Class discussions can be fun, engaging, and really helpful.

The only way to discuss a book with others effectively is if you’ve all read the same thing. This comes in handy when you don’t quite understand the novel because you can talk about it with your classmates and figure things out. It can also be a lot of fun!

Misery loves company.

Not that reading is misery (although it might be depending on the book, haha) but sometimes it can be rather… dull. With assigned reading, there are most likely many other people reading the same book alongside you. That’s way better than having to do it all on your own!

Thanks to all you optimistic people for helping me see the good in assigned reading! To keep this awesome conversation going, I have another question for you all today:

If you were a teacher, what types of books would you assign? (Classics? Modern literature? YA? Free choice? Others?)

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Yours,

HOLLY

if you like… CREEPY CREATURES

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It’s time for another Halloween themed post! This week is all about those creepy creatures that lurk in the shadows, those monsters and alien life forms that keep you up at night. Watch out- they might bite!

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The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.

This story revolves around a government organization that deals primarily with keeping creatures at bay. There are so many twists and turns here that you won’t even see them coming!

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The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld.

This trilogy is seriously underrated. The story is suspenseful, chilling, and absolutely unique. If you’re looking for dark creatures, then you’ve come to the right novel!

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

I’m going to be honest here: the Grievers sneaking around in the maze at night definitely freaked me out a bit! I haven’t seen the movie so I don’t know what they look like there, but the image I had in my mind while reading was frightening. Kudos to Thomas for being so brave!

I hope you enjoy these recommendations, and happy October!

Yours,

HOLLY

on assigned reading.

It’s inevitable: if you’re a student in any sort of literature class, you’re going to be assigned something to read eventually. As someone who loves to read, you wouldn’t think I would mind this. But for some reason whenever a book is assigned to me it instantly becomes less appealing.

This frustrates me to no end.

Even if I was looking forward to reading a book beforehand, if it is assigned to me I will immediately lose some of my interest in it. I often regain it once I get through a good portion of it, but until that point it’s like trudging through sludge- really difficult and just plain unpleasant.

Maybe it’s my inner rebel finally showing its true colors. Or perhaps its simply the fact that I automatically associate homework as something terrible.

Does anyone else struggle with this? I’d love to know that I’m not alone!

Yours,

HOLLY

if you like… GHOSTS

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In honor of the spooky season, these next few weeks will be Halloween themed! This week is dedicated to one of the most iconic haunts of Halloween- GHOSTS! The following books have ghosts in them in some fashion or another:

beloved coverBeloved by Toni Morrison.

Historical fiction with a supernatural twist- not something you see everyday! Will the ghost of Beloved triumph over her mother? You’ll have to read to find out!

please ignore vera dietz coverPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

Pizza delivery girl haunted by her deceased best friend- if you’re not intrigued, you should be!

the raven boysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater.

If you like magical forests, old legends, and irresistible guys then this is the book for you!

I hope you like these recommendations, and have a spooktacular October!

Yours,

HOLLY