My Favorite Books (currently) - check out all my recommendations on Goodreads
Top 5 Novels:
1. Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby
When I read Fever Pitch, I found a voice that spoke eloquently for me as an obsessive sports fanatic. Hornby explores what makes people like him, and myself, act as we do. In doing so, he writes a hilarious and heartwarming memoir.
2. In the Lake of the Woods, Tim O'Brien
O'Brien writes a haunting novel about a couple in crisis. Mysterious and enthralling, this is a novel you can not put down. It will leave you thinking long after you've finished. If you love Dateline mysteries, you will love this novel.
3. Atonement, Ian McEwan
Beautifully written, this novel will wrap around you and not let you go until you've finished. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, full of hope and despair, this is McEwan's best novel.
4. The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk
I believe this is an often overlooked classic. Beyond the entertaining story and characters, I love the psychological aspect of the characters and their actions that is woven throughout this novel.
5. The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore
While a memoir, not a novel, this book is one of my newest favorites. A fascinating juxtaposition of two lives that begin so similarly yet end up so differently. It is an important book for everyone in the education field to read, since so many of boys like both Wes Moores are in our schools.
Top 5 Young Adult Novels:
1. The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is so touching, the characters are so wonderful, and the writing is so beautiful. I cried for the last 50 pages. I believe everyone should read this book.
2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
I don’t normally like science fiction books, and I LOVED this book. I could not put it down! It was engaging, fast-paced, addicting, and exciting. When I finished, I could not wait to pick up the second book in the series. This mega-hit is a must-read.
3. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Creepy, funny, exciting... The Graveyard Book is everything you want a novel to be. Gaiman has taken a fascinating concept and woven in beautiful graphics to create an exciting thriller for young adult readers.
4. The Rock and the River, Kekla Magoon
Magoon has written a moving novel, set in a difficult time period, with a compelling narrator dealing with real issues as he tries to find his own way. I recommend this novel to all middle school students, especially those who are studying the civil rights era.
5. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief is a fun and exciting read. I love the way the author weaves Greek Mythology into an entertaining story. This is an entertaining read for those of all ages.