i loved Ramona, and all Beverly Cleary books, because I related to her, and to those dear dear children, that lived on a block, just like anyone else's block.
always dear, always emotive, always ridiculously dramatic, and always loveable.
Pride and Prejudice
most real characters ever.
dearest love story.
(basically anything jane austen i read through)
best moody complex characters.a story to wrap you up completely
and poetry: I got to like it in 11th grade: John Donne, especially
Red China Blues
the first time I ever learned about China, and I was floored to hear about Mao's cultural revolution and Tiananmen Square. I lost that book on the way home. Wish I still had it.
Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson
i read that in a children's lit. class, and I think it was for the first time. So so good: why had I never read it before?
books on adolesence: Reviving Ophelia and Lost Boys
that was eye opening, and tear jerking.
The Schools We Need, And Why We Don't Have Them
that got me on a kick about nationalized curriculums...my feelings have subsided some.
In The Middle
which got me excited about teaching writing, but made me realize how hard it is.
Most of these books are due to the Sonlight Curriculum that kept us all reading.
A Long Road From Home
first time I ever heard of the Arminean genocide.
Walk Two Moons
i remember reading this on my couch in my Slovak flat, not wanting to stop for lunch, or to do anything productive, and then just crying, because it was so good. And I had to finish it before it was time forLaurel to read it.
dear use of language.fantistic layering of stories, mystery unfolding.if I could choose to make a book into a movie, i'd chose this.
To Kill a Mockingbird
I read it for the first time in June while traveling through England with Briana and I was torn between travels through interesting and beautiful land, and a book that captivated me.
The next year, reading it again, my love was confirmed:
favorite book. best girl ever.best book made into a movie ever.best dad played on the silver screen.
teaching in atlanta:
i had read this the summer between my freshman and sophmore years of college, but it didn't make nearly as much an impression as it did when I taught it fall 2004.
deep story of love, forgiveness and mercy.
i've gotten to like this book more the more I read it. Huck is a funny narrator, and I love the nuances that catch you when you read it again, and again slower.
incredible language. deep insight into mankind.best quotes ever.
The Hiding Place
humbling, suffering, forbearing, loving, and true to history.
knock the socks off your faith.
painting clear picture of communist bloc Europe.