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  • The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    Angie Thomas
    Young Adult Fiction
    4.51 (612,914)

    8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best · William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller! "Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds "Stunning." —John Green "This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review) "Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review) "A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review) Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Want more of Garden Heights? Catch Maverick and Seven’s story in Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas's powerful prequel to The Hate U Give.

    Gretchen Rubin

    Included on Gretchen's must read books

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  • Harry Potter
    Gretchen Rubin

    now I'm gonna start rereading Harry Potter. I need it now.

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  • Manhattan Beach
    Gretchen Rubin

    I read the whole book. From the time that I left to the time that I landed, I think I only had a few chapters left

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  • The Midnight Fox
    Gretchen Rubin

    That’s a middle grade book, but it is a masterpiece that anybody, male or female, adult or child, it’s just a perfect book.

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  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections
    Gretchen Rubin

    A book that I love that I have read so many times is Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung.

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  • Holes

    Holes

    Holes

    Louis Sachar
    Juvenile Fiction
    3.98 (1,034,150)

    As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

    Gretchen Rubin

    Funny

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  • Wonder

    Wonder

    Wonder

    R. J. Palacio
    Abnormalities
    Human
    4.41 (838,379)

    "Now a major motion picture! Includes full-color movie photos and exclusive content!"--Dust jacket.

    Gretchen Rubin

    That is an amazing book.

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  • Samuel Johnson
    Gretchen Rubin

    Samuel Johnson essays I read and reread, a lot. I love Samuel Johnson.

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  • The Book of Dust

    The Book of Dust

    The Book of Dust

    Philip Pullman
    Adventure stories
    4.13 (89,017)

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of His Dark Materials--now an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda--to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible heroines" (The New York Times Magazine). Don't miss Volume II of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, are used to overhearing news and the occasional scandal at the inn run by his family. But during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm finds a mysterious object--and finds himself in grave danger. Inside the object is a cryptic message about something called Dust; and it's not long before Malcolm is approached by the spy for whom this message was actually intended. When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he begins to notice suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl--just a baby--named Lyra. Lyra is at the center of a storm, and Malcolm will brave any peril, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through it. "Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen-year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." --The Washington Post "The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling." --The New York Times "People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out." --Slate

    Gretchen Rubin

    rereading it now

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  • Black Swan Green

    Black Swan Green

    Black Swan Green

    David Mitchell
    Fiction
    3.94 (40,766)

    A meditative novel of a young boy on the cusp of adulthood follows a single year in the life of thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor as he grows up in what is for him the sleepiest village in Worcestershire, England, in 1982. By the aauthor of Cloud Atlas. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

    Gretchen Rubin

    A young adult book

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  • Peter Pan
    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

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  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

    Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

    Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

    Peter Cameron
    Fiction
    3.68 (13,439)

    Eighteen-year-old James Sveck, sophistocated yet vulnerable, appreciates the world around him. He just doesn't know how to live in it.

    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

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  • Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Bronte
    4.13 (1,741,481)

    Considerada uma obra-prima da literatura inglesa, Jane Eyre é um romance da escritora inglesa Charlotte Brontë, publicado no século XIX, mais precisamente em 1847 Jane Eyre é uma autobiografia ficcionada da protagonista que, depois de uma infância e adole

    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

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  • Tales of Magic Boxed Set
    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

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  • The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    J.D. Salinger
    Fiction
    3.81 (3,040,146)

    The hero-narrator of the catcher in the rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native new yorker 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

    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

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