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Ella Enchanted
This still stands as one of my favorite books. The fantasy elements are clever and not too over the top. Ella is witty and pretty clever herself, not ...more
Jan 2000
Jun 28, 2007
Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)
My sentimental favorite of the Anne series. I always thought college was going to be just like that - my best friends, a cute little house in a great ...more
Jan 1998
Oct 09, 2007
The Year of Secret Assignments (Ashbury/Brookfield, #2)
Not only does she bring some of the best epistolary writing I've ever read and feature some of the best character voices in ya lit, here Moriarty offe ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2007
The Ordinary Princess
One of my all-time favorite books, and one I reread regularly. When Princess Amethyst is born, her (slightly creepy) agreeableness prompts the oldest ...more
Jan 1998
Jun 30, 2007
The Time Traveler's Wife
A gorgeous, moving, beautiful book. The premise is unique and very original, the characters are compelling, and their love story is enthralling while ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 29, 2007
The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie (Ashbury/Brookfield, #3)
Probably my least favorite of Jaclyn Moriarty's, but still a very good book. Moriarty strays from her previous epistolary style (which I liked better) ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 28, 2007
The Portable Dorothy Parker
I do love the divine Ms. P. The fantastic cover alone was worth the price, even though I already own The Complete Poetry of Dorothy Parker and Complet ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 07, 2007
The Diary of a Young Girl
I've never gotten over the fact that she'll never write anything else. It's a huge tragedy that she bloomed in such terrible circumstances and never g ...more
Nov 1996
Jun 28, 2007
Feeling Sorry for Celia (Ashbury/Brookfield, #1)
Moriarty does some of the best epistolary I've ever read. Not to mention some of the best Teen Girl voice.

My goal is to talk like her characters. (She
Jan 2006
Aug 28, 2007
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
One of my favorite books of all time. Beautifully written, with a plot that blew my mind when I read it the first time. Everyone should read this at s ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 28, 2007
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams
God, I love this essay. I read it for the first time years ago for a class in a book simply called Baseball (what are the odds that link takes you to ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Oct 09, 2010
The Princess Bride
I love this book (and the movie! but more on that in a minute), and especially the narrator's tongue in cheek tone. And this is one of the few books w ...more
Jun 2002
Jun 29, 2007
A gorgeous, moving, beautiful book. What really sticks out in my memory is the writing - I couldn't put this book down, and it was mostly because the ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 30, 2007
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Look, a seagull! A hilarious, outrageous, irreverent (but never insulting) take on the missing thirty years of Jesus' life. Meet Joshua, the kid who c ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 02, 2007
What Learning Leaves
I adore Taylor Mali. If you've never heard of him, it's more than worth checking out some of the videos of his live performances on youtube. He's a te ...more
Dec 2006
Sep 24, 2007
Jane Eyre
One of my all-time favorites. I will allow that it's better the second time around - I was less distracted by puzzling out some of the sentence struct ...more
Feb 2006
Jun 29, 2007
Bridge to Terabithia
One of my all time favorite children's books. I have a very vivid memory of sitting in a circle in fifth grade as my teacher read The Chapter out loud ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 28, 2007
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3)
I think this is my favorite of the Thursday Next novels, which rank among my favorite series, meaning that this is one of my favorite books. An incred ...more
Jan 2003
Jun 10, 2007
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
Someone spoiled me for the ending of this book years before I ever read it. When I finally got around to reading it, I was still taken by surprise whe ...more
Jan 2004
Aug 15, 2007
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
One of my all time favorite books. Very well written, extremely engaging, funny, touching, fascinating, and covering a wide array of issues within the ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 28, 2007
The Fairy Rebel
This is one of those books that lingers in the back of your mind for years afterwards - it certainly lingered in mine.

I love any fantasy or fairy tale
Jan 1996
Sep 04, 2007
Diary of a Wombat
This is probably my favorite picture book that wasn't part of my childhood. It's in the same vein as Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Worm, but a little ...more
Feb 2006
Oct 14, 2007
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
An amazing book - I just devoured it. Real and painful and beautiful and disturbing. It's no wonder this is on both Must Read lists and Banned Book li ...more
Apr 2007
Jun 29, 2007
Number the Stars
This book was my introduction to WWII and the Holocaust, and is directly responsible for my interest in that era. It's also one of my favorite books f ...more
Jan 1995
Jun 28, 2007
One of my favorite picture books by one of my favorite children's authors, and I'm devastated that I never had it as a child. I adore the tone, and th ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 20, 2007
Pride and Prejudice
There aren't words that can express my love for this book. I think the fact that I have an entire shelf essentially dedicated to books connected to th ...more
Apr 2004
Jun 28, 2007
The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker
When I grow up, I want to be Dorothy Parker. And this book is the reason why. I love it so much that when they put out a different edition, I bought i ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 22, 2007
84, Charing Cross Road
For twenty years Helen Hanff wrote to the staff of a used book store on London's Charing Cross Road, and the letters are collected in this book. Cleve ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 02, 2007
Richard III
My favorite Shakespeare play, though it barely beats out Macbeth. I just love twisted Richard, what can I say?
Oct 2003
Oct 05, 2007
East of Eden
Compelling, beautifully written, and a classic piece of American literature.
May 2004
Jul 02, 2007
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