Monday, April 30, 2007

Megan's List

The Writing Life - Annie Dillard
I have always loved reading books about writing. My own desire to write has been with me my whole life. It waxes and wanes in frequency and intensity but I love learning about authors. I love to know how and why they write.

Boys and Girls Forever
- Alison Lurie
For about six years I have been obsessed with children's literature, it's history, it's impact. These essays are great and focus on some classic children's novels I have passively dismissed. (As I commonly do, I have a classic phobia.) This book has inspired me to visit the stories that have been on the fringe of my consciousness throughout life.

Nothing But the Truth - Avi
This is a great young adult novel. For many years I have wanted to be a teacher. I have wanted to use this book as one of my opening lessons.

The Black Book: Diary of a Teenage Stud - Jonah Black
I read this book several years ago. At the time everyone was talking about it, it seems since then it has gone out of vogue. I was searching for a book about boarding school, since that was an important experience of high school. First I was going with Catcher in the Rye but it wasn't very me. And I have always hated A Separate Peace. What makes The Black Book special? It fills the void of relevant midteen fiction. Not only does it fit an age demographic that many young adult novel miss but the main character is male. I am totally in love with the style of story telling.

The Country of Pointed Firs
- Sarah Orne Jewett
I was trying to find some good New England writing. Something that had really spoken to me. The writing in this book is absolutely overwhelming.

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Madame Rubies said...

I added The Writing Life to my list. I have always wanted to read that. :)

Megan said...

It is nice because it is definitely a one sitting read. 111 pages.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Nothing But the Truth by Avi is one of my two favorite YA novels (the other is The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg).

Megan said...

Konigsburg and Avi are just amazing. Period. End of story.

Pattie said...

I'm with Heather...I own The Writing Life and have never finished it!

Megan said...

Hi ladies. Just a quick note. For those of you looking to buy The Writing Life I found it discounted at

This is one of my favorite sites.

Wendy said...

Hi Megan - I am reading The Country of Pointed Firs (love it!). I know you chose it because it was set in New England. I see from your home page that you don't currently live in New England - so I'm wondering what your connection to New England is (I was born and raised there, and lived for several years on the coast of Maine). Just trying to learn something about you!! *smiles*