Road Trip Wednesday — Groundhog Day

This week’s RTW prompt over at YA Highway: “In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray has to relive the same day over and over. What books would you pick to read over and over for the rest of your life?”

Ooh, what a fun question. I think I’ve already made my eternal devotion to HP pretty clear, so let’s just consider those seven books givens. Other than them…

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, & Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

Also fairly obvious choices, given both my personal fan-girling and that of the entire YA universe, but I couldn’t leave them out. They’re intense, juicy, keep-you-up-all-night reads; I only finished Mockingjay a week or so ago and I’m already looking forward to revisiting the whole trio. TEAM PEETA FOREVER.

Matched (Ally Condie)

Another one I wanted to dive into again as soon as I’d reached the last page. A seamless blend of compelling plot and gorgeous language, Condie’s debut is a true treat of a book from start to finish. I cannot wait for the sequel!

The Tiger In The Well and The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)

My favorite installments in Pullman’s Sally Lockhart and His Dark Materials series, respectively — the former primarily because of the swooniest intellectual romance ever committed to paper (Daniel Goldberg, will you marry me?) and the latter primarily because, well, it’s The Golden Compass! (I try to pretend the movie adaptation never happened.) Pullman was one of the first authors I remember being directly inspired by. Not only is he an astonishingly inventive and gripping writer, he is a champion of strong female characters, and for that especially I will always love him.

Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)

I can’t even count how many times I’ve reread this book, and every time I revisit it I find something new to relate to, chuckle at, or be moved by. The reigning queen of YA “issue” books, Anderson makes powerful points without ever getting preachy.

Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings (Megan McCafferty)

I was a faithful reader of McCafferty’s whole Jessica Darling series, but the first two books will always be my favorites. Like Speak, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gone back to these books — sometimes just for a few happy-making pages, sometimes to devour them in their entirety all over again. They’re funny and poignant and endlessly re-readable.

What are your picks?

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12 responses to “Road Trip Wednesday — Groundhog Day

  1. youve got some really nice picks! ive yet to read the books youve listed, but they’re almost all on tbr pile and i cant wait to read them.
    great post<3

  2. I think I’d like to be your reading buddy. We have the same taste. And because of that, I’m going to add Megan McCafferty’s books to my need-to-read list. :)

  3. The Hunger Games… *sigh* I’m still thinking about that story!

  4. I loved the Jessica Darling series, especially the first two books. :)

  5. Mighty fine choices. I picked Hunger Games, too, and considered Philip Pullman for both of the books you mention. Sooooo good.

  6. ooooh, the ones I’ve read on here I really love. I adore all the Sally Lockhart books. Also the Tin Princess I liked, not to mention His Dark Materials. Fantastic.
    Sloppy firsts is on my TBR pile right now!
    Great list!!

  7. Yes! Philip Pullman would definitely stand up to rereadings. He’s wonderful. And Laurie Halse Anderson is both beautiful and utterly convincing with every book. She’s a great choice to reread too.

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