Before I Fall - This book surprised me. I expected a somewhat fluffy-sympathetic-and-endearing sorta YA read. Instead it was (dare I say) heartfelt and engrossing. Sure, there were remnants of Groundhog Day but ultimately I couldn't believe that growth that the main character went through. The character development itself made this an astounding read.
Ceremony - I had no idea what to expect with this contemporary classic. Surely the cover of my copy did not pull me BUT wow-oh-wow-wonderful. One of the reasons why literature is important to read, imo, is simply because it allows us to experience things that we never would be able to. I'll never know what it means to be native american and I'm ashamed that I have read little of the culture. Ceremony is beautiful and harrowing.
Rebecca - *sigh* Is there really anything left unsaid about this gothic gem? I only hope that the more that I read of this author the more I'll enjoy.
Lonesome Dove - Freakin' epic western that left my heart pitter-pattering for me. Lucky me there are a couple more books out there that follow the travels of our gang of cowboys. Who knew that I would fall for their spirit as quickly as I did.
Sense and Sensibility - It's Jane Austen. There will always be a Jane on my list, I'm afraid.
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth - Another read thanks to LT's early review program. At least now I'm on the look out for both of these authors. This one is a societal study in how we judge others and our cliquish ways. Most impressive is Robbins includes adults as well. So true, so true.
Without Tess - Such a realistic portrayal of mental illness and how it affects the family. It's a short read but will leave you emotionally exhausted.
The Color Purple - if you think that the film was incredible and heart wrenching and fitful and breathtaking and in-your-face-kick-ass, then the book will exceed all of that.