You. Must. Read. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. As soon as possible.
For me, this book ranks up there with my very favorite Newbery novels, like Holes, The Westing Game, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and A Wrinkle in Time. Like these classics, it gets the following things just right: a well-crafted story with plenty of mystery, compelling characters who seem like real people, and commentary on the human condition that's not in any way preachy. This book is downright enchanting. Go read it now!!
* * * *So, a few years ago, my nerdy/organized side teamed up with my sappy/reminiscent side to create an Excel spreadsheet, a place to keep track of the books I read. Thanks to a "Year Read" column, I can easily look back on the books I read each year. I thought I'd share my year in reading. There's really nothing here I wouldn't recommend, but my favorites are in red.
What I Read in 2009
Have you read any of these? Have you read When You Reach Me? Have you read anything GREAT lately? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
- The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
- Summerland by Michael Chabon
- An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
- The Gathering by Anne Enright
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
- World Without End by Ken Follett
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonnell
- Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls by Lynne Jonnell
- Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
- About the B'Nai Bagels by E.L. Konigsburg
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
- The Soloist by Steve Lopez
- In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Mostly True by Molly O'Neill
- Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
- A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
- The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
- The Soul of Baseball by Joe Posnanski
- The Machine by Joe Posnanski
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- Big Fish by Daniel Wallace