Read it again.
Such a great read! To use every post-modern device in existence to talk about the loss of his parents and his brother's non-removable smelly hat, and have me laughing out loud? Heartbreaking Work qualifies as genius.
I'm sure I could read Beloved twenty more times and find something new with each reading.
I gave myself a year to read Godel Escher Bach. It changed my thinking about lthe structure of the universe.
Phillips paints on pages of a forgotten Victorian novel for several decades, leaving selected words to tell a dreamlike story. Truthfully, I've never read A Humument as a story-- I just open it to any page and get lost in the art.
I love Lady Audley's Secret. I'd write my dissertation around this novel. A main character traverses three cities a day by train-- because he can. A doctor pulls out his pocket watch to allow no more than seven minutes for his housecall. Characters' perceptions of time convey as well as any document industrialization's impact on the people of Victorian England. My favorite line from maybe any novel: "It was in the time of apples."
Out of print? Dangit. Sellers' story is a great memoir of face-blindness. Throw in a childhood in Florida and you've got a terrific read, worth finding a copy. Or, since it's out of print (dangit), start with Oliver Sack's New Yorker article about his own face blindness...
Verse style provides the driving beat for this energetic novel. Every single dog cliche is here-- a dog's life, dogs playing cards, men are dogs. A unique read.
The way Johnson tells this story creates the characters, the heartbreak, your absolute investment in the ending. A decade after reading The First PArt Last, I still find myself thinking about these characters.
This is a very sweet and creative collection of poems, a YA version of What If God Was One of Us.
The main character in Catherine, Called Birdy really inspired my interest in YA. She's a great character, full of life.
The writing is funny, the friendships are great, the reveal is excellent! This middle grade novel is a sure thing.
The main character's voice in this YA novel-in-verse is what stands out. Read the trilogy. Suitable for adults.
I marvel at Applegate's ability to convey quiet and boredom while keeping the reader completely engaged. Just spare enough, while going straight to the heart.
Hidier has comic timing to spare. This first-person-teen story of growing up should be made into a movie. I'm waiting.
The most frenetic novel-in-verse I've ever read, and adored. Herrera draws partly from his own childhood to paint the life of a teen, migrant worker, new kid in school. It's all in the title: Crashboomlove.
Elephant and Piggie have set a new standard for learning-to-read books. Parents everywhere are asking their kids, "May we please read Elephant and Piggie?"