Books I Reread
This book is just a gem. If you aren't brave enough to conquer this amazing author's Little Women, which says nothing about its size in the title, then this is the one to read. I was probably 8 when I read this for my first time, and being a bit of a romantic, I loved it. The relationships, the style, and how one girl stood out because of her "old-fashioned" ways and was an example and friend to others different than her . . . I ate it up. I have easily read it 4 times. It's that good.
This book was my first love. Not that I hadn't enjoyed or appreciated any books before this one. But this was the first book I read where I had no idea what it was about and I came away absolutely loving it after dreading it as a school assignment. Now I have forced nearly every age-appropriate member of my family to read it and watch movie renditions, none of which have made me happy. I highly recommend this one, but beware the British aristocrats' spontaneous use of language :)
So I love historical fiction. I mean love. And this book fit my standards on both the historical and fiction levels, being set in the Pilgrim/Puritan era (one of my favorites!!) and being really well-written. This book takes the cake as the first one I finished and then immediately began again. I read it twice in one week. I dare you to beat my record.
I had never heard of this book and only knew the author for 101 Dalmatians. When a friend highly recommend I try it out, I did, and I loved it! It's a coming-of-age book about a girl in a quirky family who lives in a leaky, creaky castle in England. I loved how frank the main character is as she documents all the eccentricities of their life while keeping up with the new neighbors, both eligible young men. It's content is not completely clean due to the overly artistic step-mother and an immoral old lady, but overall Cassandra's ability to see right through the emotional side of her life, but still not escape it, I found very fascinating.
I'm sorry, but the title and author's name should have caught your attention by now. This series is witty, bizarre, really interesting, and 13 books long. The author has his own fictional backstory to go along with his pseudonym that plays cleverly into the books. The illustrations are superb. The series follows three orphaned siblings who are entitled to a fortune and hunted for it. I connect to each of them in a different way. I've read it all the way through twice; once when I was around 8 and once with my dad reading it aloud to all of us. If you've seen the movie, it covered books 1-3 (and they're about to make it into a TV series starring Neil Patrick Harris). If you're looking for a curious, easy read, this is it.
Which of these books have you read? Did you enjoy any of them as much as me?