Follow Friday (13) & TGIF (6): Cozy Reading Spots & Influential School Day Reads

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Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q: Activity!!! Take a picture or describe where you love to read the most...

Since I'm currently not at home, that would prevent a picture being taken and I don't really have a favorite place to read. I guess I spend most of my reading time either on the couch beside the window or in my moon chair by the bed depending on the time of the day. As long as there's good lighting and a spot squishy enough for me to curl up, I'll be happy to read there.


TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by, where we answer a book-related question and recap our weekly blogging.

Q. Required Reading: Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?

I remember Lois Lowry's The Giver being read to us in elementary school and, despite already being an advid reader, it really changing the way I looked at books and how stories could be told. I also have a soft spot for Shel Silverstein poetry. It was my favorite go-to book during reading time and I think it should be required reading for kids to experience poetry that isn't "boring". 

As for later school years, I was really influenced by The Outsiders by SE Hinton and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in junior high while high school brought me The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Though to be completely honest, the most influential read from my school days was Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. It led me to writing two term papers on Sylvia Plath and her husband, Ted Hughes. I got a little obsessed, but in a good way.

As far as more recent books that I think would do well within school curriculum, I think The Hunger Games would be a good choice to lead a discussion in politics, war and poverty. I know there are a lot of YA "issue" books out these days, but I haven't read any of them. I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky would be another great choice.

What about you? What books in school had a lasting impact on you?


Weekly Wrapup:

- Due to some site rennovations, Monday's review got pushed to Tuesday, when I talked about Illuminate by Aimee Agresti.

- In the third installment of the "I Do Not Read Books" series, Fernando finally wrote about The Hunger Games yesterday.

- I'm impatiently waiting on Oppression by Jessica Therrien.

- Random Tuesday found me with a day off and some time to watch cartoons. I discovered The Super Hero Squad and instantly became obsessed.


That's all for the week. What have you guys been up to? Any fun weekend plans? What do you think of the redesign? I think we're done messing with it for a little while.