Super Six Sunday is a weekend meme hosted by Bewitched Bookworms.
This is my first week participating in Super Six Sunday! I'm not sure if I'll do it every single Sunday, but I definitely wanted to do this week's theme :) All but two of these books were recommended to me, so I'm sharing the love and recommending them to you.
I thought it was going to take me a much longer time to decide on six books than it really did. That's probably because I don't really own a lot of books. Fortunately though I do own my absolute favorites.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. My dad recommended this book to me a year or so ago, so I spent no time deciding if I wanted to buy it or not when I saw it at the thrift store. At first it was a little confusing for me, I had to read the beginning in doses before bed until I started understanding the time travel situation. After that gap though, I lost a lot of sleep reading it before bed every night until I finished it. I felt so wrapped up in the characters and the places, and it affected my dreams heavily for a while after I was finished. This book left an impression on me for a very long time.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This is a book my mom had been bugging me to read for several years before I actually read it. It's one of her absolute favorites, and if she had a blog and did this meme, this would be on her list this week, too. I never was bored reading this, every bit of story told was important and interesting and somehow very relate-able to my life. I read this in bits in pieces while I tutored over the summer before my sophomore year of high school. The themes and general morals in this book are so important to me. It shaped my views on a lot of things I didn't know I cared about having views on.
Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl was recommended to me by a friend in middle school, who said that Stargirl reminded her of me. After reading it, I felt very complimented, because I felt like I was no where near as neat as Stargirl. She's a free spirit with an agenda of her own, but also very breakable like anyone. I recommend this for people who are in middle school, like I was when I read it. I felt more confident to be who I am because of this book. The second book wasn't as magical for me, but I recommend it anyways because it is a book that made me cry.
Flipped by Van Draanen. When I picked this book up at the library, it was one hundred percent because I thought the cover was cute. The cover has an upside down chick on it. The library stickers covered up most of the back, so I hardly read anything about it before I began it. It was my first duel POV book I'd ever read, and it took only a few chapters to get used to. I read this in middle school as well, and it introduced me to a lot of literary devices and things of that nature that they finally got around to teaching us in high school. It's very intriguing, and cute, and fun. The movie for this book was one hundred percent spot on to how I imagined it in my head, down to the simple settings.
And finally, my full-proof recommendation for everyone across the universe: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I learned about Anne Frank in sixth grade and took more interest in her than I did in anything else for a very long time. I didn't read her diary until I was about sixteen though, which was unfortunate because it definitely would have helped to have read it when I was Anne's age. I love Anne, I love her family, I love the intimacy in her diary, and I love her story. The somewhat creepy thing about when I read it was I finished the book on the anniversary of her death. And I had no idea until I got to the end that I was reading it so close to her passing. Naturally I cried at this book, as well. If Anne were in my time, or if I was in her's, we'd probably be best friends. Knowing Anne, she'd probably be best friends with anyone she talked to. I recommend this book for everyone of all ages, but especially blooming teenagers.
And my copy of Anne Frank isn't in exemplary tip top shape, because it is loved.