Long have I cursed my English teacher for forcing me to read the book The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. However, this fall, I forced myself to reread this book as part of the Half Price Books Book Club. As an older (though I won’t say wiser) person, I will admit I enjoyed re-reading the book more than I did reading it the first time, and am now willing to concede that the my English teacher might not have been as sadistic as I had once thought. It got me to thinking, what other books do I need to re-read? So, I turned to our 3,000 Bibliomaniacs and asked, what books do you think are better the second time around? And here’s what they had to say.
Oh the joy of discovering a book you just… can’t… put… down. I have a profound memory of being 12 years old and reading the mystical children’s book, When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson (now out of print). I tried to read it slowly to stretch out the adventure, but I couldn’t stop. And I will never forget how I cried when I was finished. I cried not necessarily because it was a sad book, but because the adventure was over.
I have been lucky to read many books I just can’t put down. Below is a list of 100 Books You Can’t Put Down, compiled from both your recommendations as well as suggested titles from our HPB Bibliomaniacs.
Now that the weather is (finally) cooling down, there’s no better time to curl up with a good book while taking slow, measured sips of autumn-in-a-mug. Not sure what to read while enjoying your favorite fall refreshment? Here are a few pairing suggestions to get you started.
(1) If your go-to harvest beverage is a Pumpkin Spice Latte, try sipping it alongside The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. This short story is a fitting read for October, and the pumpkin in your cup is sure to taste better than the one encountered by the unfortunate schoolmaster Ichabod Crane.
If you ask me how I feel about the final books of the Divergent and Legend trilogies coming out this fall, I will jump up and down with excitement and then break down into tears. Since 2011, young adult booklovers have been following the adventures of Tris and June as they fight battles, fall in love, and struggle to make their respective worlds better places. Now their journeys are coming to an end as the final books in each trilogy are released, and though I desperately want to read the books, I know I will miss the characters when the journey is over.
For teachers and librarians, the ABC's of saving are easy! A: Ask to renew or sign up for the your Educator Discount Program at your neighborhood Half Price Books to save 10% on everything year-round. B: Buy your favorite books, brand new bestsellers, and goodies for your classrom. C: Come on in and save 20% on everything in store during Educator Appreciation Weekend Thursday, October 10 through Monday, October 14 at all Half Price Books locations (does not include Half Price Books Outlet stores).
Reference books, flash cards, even something for yourself! No matter what you buy, you'll save on your entire purchase. If you don't have an Educator Discount Card, apply for one today in store or online. It's simple to apply and easy to save. Your P.O. money goes twice as far at Half Price Books, where almost everything is half price or less every day. So what are you waiting for? Come in today and join the HPB Educator Discount Program.
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