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(November 29, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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One of the best things about the cooler months, in my opinion, is the opportunity to curl up by a fire. Watching television or movies by firelight isnít nearly as sentimental as reading a book while wrapped in a blanket in front of the fire. And not just any book will do. A fire book should be light enough to be fun to read while deep enough to make it interesting and meaningful. The thickness of the book doesnít matter, but you should be able to get into the story and stay there for a few hours to take full advantage of the firelight and ambiance. I recommend a few of my favorites for your fireside reading this fall and winter:

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things

If the title alone doesnít sell you, this novel by Carolyn Mackler is a great teen read because it is so real. Virginia, the fifteen-year-old main character is a larger than average girl with larger than average problems. Her best friend just moved away, sheís larger than sheíd like to be and canít seem to live up to her familyís expectations. Her family is perfect, and if she wasnít part of the picture, the Shreeves family would be literally picture perfect Ė until things fall apart one day. Virginia learns a lot about staying true to herself and how itís the size of the soul and heart that matter most.

If You Come Softly

A short book, and therefore pretty easy read, If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson examines the underlying pressures and stigmas still very much associated with interracial couples. A white Jewish girl and a black boy meet at an elite private school. The two fall in love immediately and exist in a perfect state of love and happiness until the world gets in the way. This book is deceptive. It might be short, but it is full of huge issues and extremely deep subject matter. You can expect it to linger in your mind for days, if not months after you finish the story. It is a very powerful book that you have to experience and process.

First Part Last

Another powerful book, First Part Last by Angela Johnson is the story of a teenage father. Told with the first part last, the book takes you on a journey through a teen pregnancy, the birth of his daughter and his efforts raising his daughter alone as a teenage father. An extremely powerful story, Iíll admit I was breathless at parts and cried more than a few tears. Donít let the strong language of the book put you off, it makes the story so much more real, and this is a very real story indeed.


If you havenít already read it, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson will overwhelm you with its story. A girl slowly falls mute during her freshman year of high school. Her parents rarely speak to her, instead leaving post-it notes on the door as they leave for work, and her entire school hates her for calling the cops on a summer party. Sheís alone and canít bring herself to speak, but only she knows the real reason why.

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Posted On: December 14, 2008
I might ask for them for Christmas!
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New Zealand
Posted On: December 13, 2008
Yeah, those books all are ones you need to read by the fire. Because in the sad or thoughtful parts you can look into the flames and think...

I'm feeling poetic today.

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Grangerland, TX
Posted On: December 9, 2008
All sound interesting to me. And if I may add one thing, there is a certain series I find extremely good. Though It's slightly hard to find.

It was written by Martha Finley in the mid-nineteenth century so it's partly a history tale. The books are Elsie Dinsmore, the first being that exact name. It tells the story of a eight year-old girl who's mother died before she was a week old. Her mother was extremely rich and married secretly to a wealthy man who was captivated by her beauty.

Unfortunately he never loved his dear little daughter and didn't even meet her before she was eight, partly because Elsie's mother was a orphan and his family disapproved of his marriage, and partly because he had been told that his daughter thought him a tyrant. I must warn that it is christian based and it made me shed a few tears when I learned of the trials the sweet character known as Elsie has to go through, it's all together touching.

Great article! (Sorry for the long comment)
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Arvada, CO
Posted On: December 6, 2008
I liked speak when I read it for school last year, but it's not a book I would want to read again.

The Princess Diaries Series is another good selection, as thee books are much, much better than the movies.
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Posted On: December 6, 2008
ooh and If You Come Softly is amazing also, forgot that i read it lol
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Posted On: December 6, 2008
i love The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things, its quite inspirational. and Speak is amazing also.
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United Kingdom
Posted On: December 6, 2008
I like the sound of the first one. The girl has a lot in commen with me. I'll see if my libary has a copy.


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Posted On: December 6, 2008
They all sound fantastic.

The last one, to me, sounds the best.

I'll look into theses suggestoins. Good article. ;3
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