Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: I love Steinbeck. I fell in love with his work way back as a sophomore at Carlson High School. This novel was required reading in my English 10 class. This was one of the few required titles I actually enjoyed reading back in high school. On my own I went on to read most of Steinbeck's works. Such a great story of friendship and the struggles of the working man. I have read and re-read this novel numerous times.
|I Love Steinbeck|
Along Came a Spider by James Patterson: Ok, some may think Patterson has just become a book factory, kicking out new (lousy) books every few months just to make a buck. The Alex Cross novels are some of Patterson's best works. I have read most of them. Along Came a Spider is one of my favorites, and was made into a feature film. Great action and short chapters, which helps when you only have a few minutes here and there to get some reading in (which is the case with two young children at home)!
|Alex Cross is in the House|
No David by David Shannon: Speaking of my little ones, I have read a ton of new children's literature over the past five years. There is some really great stuff out there (to go along with the classics like Where the Wild Things Are). No David is a great book, especially if you have a young son at home. Anyone with a little guy running around their house can relate to this book. I loved hearing my three year old son Nate reading this book. It brings a big smile to my face each time he yells out "No David!"
|No, David! Or Should I Say No, Nate!|
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris: Do you remember how fantastic the film The Silence of the Lambs was? It won numerous awards and was a great film. The film was based on the novel of the same title by Thomas Harris. While Lambs may have been the best film in the Harris series, I do not think it was the best novel. The nod for best novel in the series has to go to Red Dragon. This book actually had me on the edge of seat, literally. I remember gasping as I read this book on a beach on the Carolina shore years ago. I could not read it fast enough. Also, if we are using films as a measure of greatness, this book was so good two film versions have already been made Red Dragon 2002 and Manhunter 1986. I actually think both films are pretty good as well, not as good as the book however.
|Best Book in the Series|