Friday, December 9, 2011

Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly event that helps you expand your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. It is sponsored by Parajunkee and Allison Can Read. This week's question is:

Keeping with the spirit of giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read, and if you could, would you buy it for all of your family and friends?

Again, this is a really hard question this week! I think that I would actually have to pick a book that really touched me because of what I personally deal with in my own life, as well as family members I've had do this. The book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I especially want to recommend it to all middle school age kids. I know it is really about high school students, but I see my students saying these mean things to each other all the time. And I think the way the girl in the book describes how these little things that people say affect her, after all she's been through, is very realistic. It's so easy to just let your bad mood cause you to be rude or short with another person, not thinking about how it affects what they're already dealing with in their lives. And I guess along with this book, I'd also recommend the book How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath. This taught me a long time ago to think about how when another person doesn't say hi when you walk by or smile, or whatever, it's not necessarily anything to do with you, so don't take it personal, and also, realize how what you do or say can be taken personal by someone else, and do your best not to fall into these traps. I think the 2nd book is something to help you live by, and the first is good for those who are either suffering from depression, or who maybe are bullying, to see what they are actually doing to someone.

Okay, I think this post is kind of depressing for me today! Sorry about that! What books did you pick?


  1. I haven't read 13 reasons why yet, but I'm definitely excited to!!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  2. Hi, Lisa!
    Just found your blog through Follow Friday - I like it! Your blog that is!!
    I look forward to your new posts!


  3. I have 13 Reasons Why in my bookshelf, I'll make sure to read it soon.
    Olf follower here for the hop :)

  4. I haven't read these books but they sound interesting. I'm a new follower.

  5. Hi! I'm Izzy, and I'm stopping by for Follow Friday. I LOVED 13 Reasons Why, so I definitely agree with that choice :) I've never heard of How to Fill Your Bucket, but it sounds quite interesting and seems like it has a lot of wisdom to impart.

    Izzy @ My Words Ate Me

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you now!

    I love your reasons for picking 13 Reasons Why. It really is such a powerful book.

  7. 13 Reasons Why sounds like such an amazing read!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    I'm an old follower

  8. Not depressing, just unfortunately true. I have 13 Reasons Why sitting by my bedside, but I haven't been able to read it yet. I am a new follower. Here's my FF: Mom Reads My Books

  9. Jay Asher is awesome. Nice gifting choice.
    New GFC follower for FF.

  10. Oh my goodness, I'm embarrassed to admit I've had this sitting on my shelf at home for over a year. I don't know why I still haven't read it! I really should, huh?

    Great pick :)
    Happy (delayed) FF!
    New follower :)


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