Weekly Color Inspiration: 04. 29. 13

colorinspiration042913 On Friday I started reading the John Green book, Looking for Alaska (I only just now discovered that it is “teen fiction”…should I be embarrassed?), and have had a hard time putting it down every night since. Have you read it? How about The Fault in Our Stars (also by John Green)? Anyhow, I can’t really say why exactly, but this art print by Mariana, A Miseravel reminds me a bit of some of the scenes in Looking for Alaska. Perhaps it’s the depiction of a sports team that seems ill-suited for the playing of any sort of sport…or maybe it’s the disdainful rivalry glares, the lone smoker, or the couple making out in the corner? If you’ve read the book, do you see it too?

I’ll soon be needing a new book to pick up and would love your recommendations! What was the last great book that you fell in love with? xo Ez

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  1. Amanda Joy / / Reply

    I LOVED the fault in our stars! Another one similar (if you like slightly sad but still redeeming stories) is the book Tell The Wolves I’m Home. Also, The Age of Miracles was a fine read. The most intense page turner though is Gone Girl (a must!).

  2. Agnes / / Reply

    I absolutely loved “The Fault in Our Stars”. It’s one of the best books I have ever read. I think Louis Sachar’s “Cardturner” is quite similar (not THAT good, though), you might like that as well. More teen fiction also very much suitable for adults: Lois Lowry’s “The Willoughbys”.

  3. marné / / Reply

    I just finished Beautiful Ruins, and it was lovely. I also recently enjoyed The Paris Wife, Wonder (also YA), and The Dog Stars. Do you use GoodReads? I love it for finding and keeping track of what I read.

  4. Leigh / / Reply

    Ohh, books… i just LOVE books…
    it’s always hard to recommend books to others because they “can be” so personal and time involving… i always want to make sure what i menton to others is worth the time it takes (in a busy life) to make it through… my tastes are all over the place, but some random options are:
    gritty suspense: Gone Girl (whew, i had to stop trying wrap my mind arround what i “thought” was happening and just r-e-a-d) by Gillian Flynn
    (yes, hello, i’m 32 & i do read “teen fiction” if it’s well written & a compelling story) so that being said: Hunger Games Trilogy (yes, really) by Suzanne Collins
    and another “teen trilogy”: Matched (2nd: Crossed, 2rd: Reached) by Ally Condie (i thought this was going to be goodie-goodie boring but it has been very original for a “dystopian/love/suspense” tale and i’m currently enjoying the 3rd one right now)
    mellow mystery: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (a bit slow to get going but well worth it & oh so beautifully written! just lovely and a GREAT story unfolds as told via the lives of 3 generations)
    So if you take the book plunge from any of my recommendations above, something will hit the spot! :)
    I don’t know if your daughter loves to read but all except Gone Girl would be appropiate & fun reads for her too.
    P.S.: eagerly waiting to hear the rest of your moving truck & setting-up-home story, but i’m sorry to hear that you’ve had a rough go of things lately… even if i don’t know the details my heart goes out to your suffering and i hope things improve soon.

    • indreams / / Reply

      totally with you on the kate morton there, leigh! ‘the forgotten garden’ is amazing. (also, i wrote myself this note a few weeks ago: “get gone girl by gillian flynn.” and then i couldn’t remember why i’d written it. now i know!)

  5. Jane B. / / Reply

    If you haven’t read any Ann Patchett, now is the time! She is a fabulous writer. Her characters stay with me for months on end. I would strongly recommend both Bel Canto and State of Wonder. Another really wonderful YA book is Inkheart by Corneilia Funke. Great as a book-on-cd if you want to listen while doing a DIY project or going on a long drive.

  6. indreams / / Reply

    i absolutely loved ‘the magicians’ by lev grossman. i bought it on a whim (on sale for $5! hardcover! magical stuff!), and was totally blown away by it. i recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, and remotely likes harry potter. (oh, c’mon. you can’t say you’re “not into those books”…!) actually, i loved it so much, i bought the follow-up, ‘the magician king’, as soon as it was available. (it is also SO GOOD.) and there will be third book following, ‘the magician’s land’, soon too. :)

    if you’re feeling a little more refined in your tastes (ie. not scarily addictive, but definitely un-put-down-able), ‘the shadow of the wind’ by carlos ruiz zafon, is probably the best book i’ve ever read. it’s like inception, but all about a book. (book-ception? hmm…)

    let me know what you think of these books, if you do get around to reading them!

  7. Jacqui / / Reply

    I enjoyed that book too – was it teen fiction? LOL?!
    I just finished reading Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. I enjoyed its characters. Although it deals with some very heavy issues such as infertility, intercultural relationships and the plight of women in Asia that wasn’t the main ’cause’ of the book. It’s a novel at its heart so I enjoyed it a lot.
    I look forward to checking out some of your and others’ recommendations!

  8. juni / / Reply

    I’m currently super in love with Rules For My Unborn Son by Lamond Walker. It’s not actually a novel, but it’s a super cute and well designed book full of little tips and anecdotes for an aspiring gentleman. Funny and full of wisdom at the same time!

  9. Ez
    Ez / / Reply

    I simply cannot wait to have the chance to start delving into all the amazing books you guys have recommended! Thank you so much!! xo Ez

  10. Ag / / Reply

    Nick Hornby!!!! He’s a great author. I love him. High fidelity is my favourite, but Slam, How to be good and A long way down are also amazing. If not, Jeffrey Eugenides. Or Neil Gaiman (I love him too, but I don’t know if it’s going to be your cup of tea. But he’s brilliant!)

  11. Brandi / / Reply

    “The Fault in Our Stars” is wonderful. Its a tie between it and “Summer Sisters” as my favorite book of all time.

  12. Melissa@Julia's Bookbag / / Reply

    Never feel embarrassed about teen or YA fiction!!! It’s mostly all I read, ha ha :) ~ I just finished the book ‘Charlotte au Chocolat’ by Charlotte Silver…she grew up in the restaurant run by her parents, it was above the Hasty Pudding Club at Harvard University..fabulous short read!

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