Favorite Books


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
- I read this every summer. I love her descriptions of nature and her general reflections on life. There are many phrases she uses that haunt me and I love to introduce them in writing workshop with my students. Example: The water bug was "sipping frogs". (meaning it liquified the frog's insides and literally sucked them out leaving a skin behind) Beautiful and gruesome at the same time!

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
- A new favorite. This is the most recent Newberry Award winner and I definitely plan on incorporating it into my classroom. A great mystery/scifi combo.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
- Didn't originally have high expectations for this book, but I ended up loving the book and made my book club read it (they liked/loved the book as well).
- Great character and relationship development between humans and aliens!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Still remains one of my favorite books, the character of Scout stays with you long after you have read the book.

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
  • I love what Pink has to say and I love the organization of this book.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Farrows
This book is a great combination of historical fiction, an interesting cast of characters, and a very likable narrator. It's a good one.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The language in this book is simply amazing. It's the most poetic prose I've ever read, and it reveals a story that's full of mystery and romance and family secrets. So good!