Hi and welcome back to another weekly article

This weeks theme is Our favorite books

For this article every member of our group has chosen to write about 1-2 of their favorite books. Enjoy :)

Linn @iwannabelovedagain

Little Women by Louisa Alcott
Little Women is a beautiful story about 4 sisters living in New England during the civil war. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.
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I read this book in 202o, and I absolutely loved it. All the characters were so well done and I could really see myself in every one of them. The conflicts between the siblings and the life around them, are very relatable. I only have one sister, but I have 2 brothers as well and could relate so much to all the conflicts. This is definitely a comfort book for me, and the writing is so beautiful. I recommend this to everyone because no matter age or gender you will be able to relate to this. Also the movie is incredible and one of the best book to movie adaptations I’ve seen.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal.
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This is another book where I could really relate to the characters. Towards the end I could understand Connell so well. The writing is so raw and real. I truly felt as if this was a real story being told to me. I love this book so much and I recommend it to everyone. This book has a tv series, it’s also really good, and stayed very true to the book. I loved the show just as much as the book.

Alex @lifewithgrace

The Catcher In the Rye by J.D Salinger
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure.
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For my recommendations I wanted to choose 2 books that focus on the early years, the teen years, of the characters. I think these books capture what it is like to be a teenager, the problem that comes with it and the feeling of being lost while trying to find your place in the world incredibly. And thus, I think everyone should read these at least once in their teenage years. There are so many things to say about The Catcher in the Rye. If I tried to explain every aspect of this book and why it’s so amazing it would take me days. But one thing I should mention is that in the short time that we follow Holden Caulfield, with such little things told about him and with such simple language we see his floundering between happiness and sadness, pain and pleasure,enjoying life but also seeing the madness in it. It’s that moment of indecisiveness and ambiguity in life where you’re trying to figure out who you are and what life is as you are going by your day.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixtapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower will forever be one of my fav books of all time, it’s one of those books that I return to read again. I think everyone can find something to relate in this. Whether it’s our insecurities, the feeling of loneliness, family issues or even something as horrible as being abused, The Perks of Being a Wallflower captures all of these emotions and experiences astonishingly. Despite Charlie’s problems with his family, the loss of his only friend and him starting high school all by himself with really nothing to hold on to, we see him starting to feel alive with the help of his friends who choose to make him one of them and his teacher introducing him to the world of literature. All in all it’s a wonderful book and if you haven’t read it yet you definitely should.

Vivi @theperksofbeingmeeveryday

La nuit des enfants rois by Bernard Lenteric
In the 70’s in the USA, a multinationale asks one of their most talented engineers, Jimbo Farrar to create a program supposed to discover gifted and really intelligent young kids among the american population.
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I never talked about this book in my “favorite books” articles because it is kind of special. This is my all time favorite book. I found the story so different from what I am used to reading and it delighted me. The story is quite unique because I did not expect at all the story to go this way. If you ever read it, you will notice the interesting relationship between Jimbo and his computer. But more than that, as a genius himself, Jimbo has hard times dealing with his personal relationships, trying to protect, at first, the kids. The kids feel different from other people and when they finally meet up, it is like they have found their people, ther team. I really don’t want to spoil anything so maybe you won’t understand what I am saying lol but this is a GREAT book, from the start and until the end. The only thing that I really don’t like about it is that some lines are racists and sexists… I was at first going to say that maybe it is because it was written in the 80’s but unfortunately in 2021 we can still read things like that in other books...

Melissa @melissa_d1008

Chavirer by Lola Lafon
This novel tells the story of Cléo, a young girl, who becomes involved in a shady foundation and recruits other girls. Instead of receiving grants as promised, they are in fact taken advantage of by older men. This will have a lot of repercussions for her but also for many people around her when the scandal is discovered.
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I really liked this book and this is one of my favorites of 2020. First of all, I love the style of the author. The first part of the book is focused on Cleo, but she then gives us access to multiple povs. I feel like she is really minimalistic in what she shows us, she keeps only the essential. This books deals with a lot of difficult subjects such as sexual assault and guilt and responsibility around that topic. This book can open many discussions and reflexions around a lot of topics, for example there is a discussion about how entertainment is perceived depending on what social class it is aimed at, it also brings a lot to think on how we view and treat women bodies. As a sociology student and a reader, I highly recommend this book. It is sadly only available in french.

Paula @twistingmiracles_

Crónica de una muerte anunciada by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place twenty-seven years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to try and stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society--not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial.
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This is one of the best stories I've ever read, I first read it when I was young, then for school and still every time I read it I get the same feelings. This author is very talented but the novel in particular gets you in such a way that it's so difficult to stop reading. The characters are quite a few, they are very old fashioned since the novel must be set around the fifties. The way that the story is narrated is as if it was a crime novel, the style is very peculiar. I don't want to spoil any details but the title says everything already. We know what happens since the beginning of the book yet there are still secrets. This is based on a true story, you can google it and I'm sure you'll get it fast. What I don't want to forget to mention is that the context around the book and everything is very fascinating, I may be a little biased, you can learn about that if you want to get the most out of it. I totally recommend it, this is one of the authors that everyone has to read at least one in a lifetime.

Zoe

A song of ice and fire by G.R.R. Martin
The book series is the foundation of the popular TV Show Game of Thrones and focuses on a variety of characters. It doesn't have one set main character and instead switches the POVs every chapter.
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I love this series so much. I adore the characters and am fascinated by the complexity of the character dynamics and the worldbuilding. Regardless of the flaws that I think it has, it's certainly absolutely genius.

Sera @out_for_a_walk_b7tch

The Hunger Games
In the distant future,North America is now known as Panem. The Capitol houses the wealthy and privileged while everyone else lives in the 12 “Districts”. Katniss lives with her mom and sister in District 12, the coal district. When the 54th annual Hunger Games are about to begin. A vicious competition where one boy and one girl are “reaped” from each district to fight to the death...on live television. When Katniss’ sister’s name, Prim, is pulled, Katniss volunteers to take her spot. She’s immediate;y whisked away to the Capitol where she’s groomed and trained to become a Victor. But they made a mistake when they took her...because Katniss will be the last Victor from District 12...or any of the Districts for that matter.
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I’ve loved The Hunger Games trilogy for what feels like my whole life. It serves as a warning of what the future may very well look like. It shows evil and corruption of the rich and the suffering of the less fortunate. It also shows the resilience and determination of mankind. While the Districts are put through so much...the people don’t give up. They’re sacred and feel powerless but when Katniss unwittingly ignites a revolution, they keep the fire going no matter what they’ll lose. We see it in District 11 when they acknowledge Katniss’ sacrifice and struggle, and the love and respect she shows for their lost Tributes, despite the fact that they will be punished. When the elderly man raises his hand, even though he knows he’ll be killed for it. We see so much humanity despite all the inhumanity they’ve been shown. The Hunger Games is so much more than a YA dystopian. It’s a story of love, sacrifice, hope, horror, and willpower. It’s tragic and beautiful and honestly a masterpiece. It’s a story that sticks with you forever. (PS it also has great mental illness, including PTSD and addiction, and physical disability rep)

That's all for this time. have a good day <333