Tuesday, December 28, 2010

5 Favorite Adult Novels Read in 2010, In No Particular Order

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

Annie is in a relationship with Duncan a music snob, especially when it concerns reclusive singer Tucker Crowe. When her relationship with Duncan starts to crumble Annie starts to form a life of her own and oddly enough stumbles into an e-mail correspondence with Tucker. I'm looking forward to reading more of Nick Hornby's books.

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Isabelle Spellman narrates the adventures of her kooky family of private investigators. This is for fans of Harriet the Spy or Veronica Mars.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Flavia de luce is a precocious 11 year old growing up in a small English village in 1950. Early one morning she finds a body in the cucmber patch and makes it mission to solve the murder.

Push by Sapphire

This is an inspirational story about the importance of literacy and education. Before I started reading I assumed the focus of the story was abuse. I love the first person narrative because you experience first hand the improvement in Precious's grammar, writing, and sense of self.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This book was from the "Yes I have a degree in English and no I haven't read it" list. I love this book. I read slowly because I wanted to spend as much time in Maycomb as possible. From now on I will go forth and preach the gospel of Harper Lee.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

I haven't tried a reading challenge in some time, so here goes nothing! The goal is to read 12 2011 debut authors of middle grade or YA fiction. I will most likely stick with YA since it is the age group I work with. Thanks to the Story Siren for hosting this challenge. Click the button for more information!