Today's Broke and Bookish Blog Hop asks us for our "Top 10 Books I'm SO Glad Someone Passed On To Me" (because I never would have picked them up otherwise...):
The Arrival by Shaun Tan and The Tree of Life by Peter Sis. Thanks to our brilliant and hilarious school librarian, John M., for guiding me to these psychologically rich and artistically stellar picture books that offer adults - and the young adults he so skillfully serves - plenty of visual food for thought.
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. This one was recommended (well, required) by the nationally lauded Lance Balla when he trained a cadre of us to teach A.P. Literature. I had read other Morrison, but somehow missed this one, which has since become my personal favorite.
What Is The What by Dave Eggers. Don, a fellow teacher at my school, was reading it before a meeting one day and offered a description and an endorsement when the rest of us inquired about it. I had read earlier Eggers, but again had not yet found this novel/biography of a "Lost Boy" from Southern Sudan. Since I read it, I've recommended it in turn to hundreds of young adults and adults alike (seriously: hundreds). And I've not yet met a single soul who didn't find it engrossing and memorable.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I can't even count the number of ninth grade boys who practically begged me to read this book, but I must thank them all: Again, as a Y.A. read, I found it engaging and thought-provoking with decent character development, a sympathetic protagonist, and a dash of philosophy-in-action to set it above your typical young adult sci-fi adventure. Now I keep at least two copies in my classroom library, and one of them is almost always traveling about with a student.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (review on Friday!) and A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. I'm always on the lookout for decent YA reads because so many of them are purely plot-driven, obvious, and derivative. Many thanks to Anne of My Head Is Full of Books - another extraordinary school librarian - and Daria on Goodreads for offering recs. that swayed me toward the former, and to Sophia, a wonderful student from last year, for urging me to read the latter. Now I'm always on the lookout for Libba Bray (check my book reviews page for my take on two of her titles), and can't wait to read Beauty Queens.
That's nine. So, offer me one of your favorites in the comments below and I will pledge to read it within this year and review it here!
p.s. Thanks as ever to the folks at The Broke and the Bookish, and do stop by there to scope out many more great book ideas from bloggers the world over!