Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ellen's Awesome List

Hi everyone! It's been great to see what everyone's come up with so far. My list took me so long to write just because I couldn't narrow it down to just five. Nevertheless, I did it:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise. Sure, everyone loves The Great Gatsby, but Fitzgerald's first novel is more raw and sad and charming. I read it in high school and probably re-read it at least once a year.

Judith Kogan, Nothing But The Best. I was a high school orchestra geek and often stayed up nights re-reading this nonfiction book about students and teachers at The Juilliard School, one of the best music conservatories in the country. I was never this good, but I still loved reading about it.

Gordan Korman, No Coins, Please. This middle-grades chapter book about a bunch of boys taking a van trip across the country (and one's plan to make a million dollars, stop by stop) is still one of the funniest books I've ever read.

Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride. This is a good introduction to the novels of Atwood, who I think is one of the best in describing relationships among female friends both treasured and toxic.

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night. So what if I've never worn yellow stockings, dressed in drag or had a twin brother? This is my favorite Shakespeare play, hands down, and it doesn't have to be directly relevant to be enormous fun.

5 comments:

raidergirl3 said...

I love Gordon Korman! Love him. His books are so funny. I read The Great Gatsby this year for the first time, so will probably try the one on your list.

Madame Rubies said...

I loved Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Beautiful.

Pattie said...

I enjoyed "The Robber Bride" also. Atwood is terrific!

Maryanne Moll said...

Shakespeare! My favorite is "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I love, love, love the donkey head detail. :) Everything is just hilarious!

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Oh my gosh, I love Gordon Korman!! They are the books of my childhood (but I couldn't leave out Anne of Green Gables, so he got bumped). No Coins, Please is one of my faves, but I Want To Go Home wins first place with me.