“Every great love starts with a great story…” – Nicolas Sparks
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with books. Even better, International Book Giving Day is on Valentine’s Day. So instead of just celebrating love, celebrate love with books. Give the love of your life a book that tucked your heart strings or made you cry.
I love reading books with people I love, not only can you discuss the story and linger over the beauty of language, but you can highlight passages that you love. I read on an Ipad an one of the wonderful features is that you can leave sticky notes in the book. This is a wonderful way of sharing how a book makes you feel.
I had a long discussion about book hangovers with Gamer Boy this week. A book hangover is the inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world.
This is a list of books that will give you a serious book hangover, according to my teenage boy. Teenage boys are not known for their communication skills and keeping with that theme instead of giving a summary of what each book is about, he is sharing a quote that touched him in some way.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. Two different boys with the same name crossed paths and from there their lives intertwine.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
August Pullman is not an ordinary ten year old, even though he wishes he was. He has a facial abnormality. This is the story of how he goes to school after being homeschooled by his parents.
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
Liz Emerson commits suicide, but makes it look like an accident.
Of course, no list would be complete without The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A love story of a girl dying of cancer. Yes, you will cry, but perhaps not in the way that you expect and you will also laugh and cheer.
A book that Gamer Boy enjoyed even more than Fault in our Stars is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn.
A love story unfolding with love notes left in books. A perfect read for Valentine’s Day.
After reading these books we ended up with huge book hangovers, but it was absolutely worth it. If you are still thinking of a story days after you have finished the book you know that is was worth your time. These are a few of the books we will be sharing on #Internationalbookgivingday.
We will also print out these wonderful bookmarks to share from bookgivingday.com. To download the printable version just click on the link or the picture.
Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s/Bookgivingday and if you stumble over this months after Valentine’s Day, remember that love and books can be celebrated at any date or time, you do not need a special day for it.
Any books that you would recommend for a teenager, maybe worth a book hangover? We are always looking for books to add to our to-be-read list.
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