Written when Toole was just 16, but not published until after his death. Well worth a read for fans of his A Confederacy of Dunces. An experimental novel that defies literary convention and category, this mix of fiction, critique, memoir, confession, and essay demands to be experienced. Best novel I've read in such a long time. An ageing journalist requests a virgin prostitute for his 90th birthday, but instead of sex, he finds love for the first time. A darkly comic novella in which the narrator tells her unborn daughter the story of how she came to be.
A romantic comedy with the emphasis on comedy, not romance. A woman assigned to deal with the estate of an old flame finds herself in the middle of a secret war between two mail distributors in Pynchon's satirical novel. In s Saigon, a young French girl enters into a passionate affair with the son of a wealthy Chinese family that threatens to tear their families apart. The narrator befriends a young New York society girl, Holly Golightly, who relays tales of her dates with wealthy men, and finds himself entranced by her.
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Ethan Frome struggles to tend to his farm and his wife — then her beautiful cousin comes to stay. In a reverse narrative, the protagonist moves backwards from death towards the story's beginning and his role in one of the most horrific events in recent history. A witty and searing indictment of the '70s New York literary scene, in which a poet observes her peers at a writer's colony upstate.
Emily Freyer emfreyer Follow Excited doesn't begin to cover it. An essay in narrative form, arguing against the treatment of women both as fictional characters and as writers of fiction in a male-dominated literary world. An alcoholic bartender in Los Angeles observes the lonely, broken, and grotesque characters who populate his bar, among whom he may be the most broken.
Brutal yet brilliant and visceral. I loved it. Ranjit qtfan Follow Patrick deWitt's Ablutions is an astonishing first novel with a second person narrative. This list isn't exhaustive. If there's a short novel we've missed, please add it in the comments below so others might enjoy it. Oh, and just because you can read these in a day doesn't mean you have to.
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Happy reading! Posted on September 02, , GMT. Dan Dalton. Anna James acaseforbooks. Reply Retweet Favorite. Juliet Mushens mushenska. Lucy Caldwell beingvarious. Scott Pack meandmybigmouth. Two friends plot the downfall of a politician in this Booker-winning novella. Nikki Nikkayme. Dan Therriault dantherriault. A fantastical, lyrical love story set during the Napoleonic Wars. Helena Fitzgerald helfitzgerald. Homeless street kids find refuge in a most unusual place. It's great to have food and a bed - but is it worth their freedom? Karen yearns to move back to her old apartment building - until she discovers that people are much more important than places.
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Did Jack's disappearance have anything to do with Mr. Devorka's snakes? Maybe Gus didn't know his missing friend as well as he thought he did. Cindy lives in a fancy gated community. Philip lives in a tacky trailer park. Which of them comes from a loving home? Matt Blum.
A childhood favorite, Danny Dunn is a series of 15 fiction books about a headstrong boy and his exploits with science and math. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney depicts the middle school struggles of middle child Greg Heffley, told in the form of his diary. Not many books of adult science fiction can appeal to kids.
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The classic book Half Magic by Edward Eager is clever, funny, and heartwarming. The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson became a favorite for all three of my kids when they were toddlers. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a lovely homage to early French film making and a most creative book. The masterworks of fantasy fiction. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are must reads for any literate geek. While the long slog to Rivendell in The Lord of The Rings may be difficult for children and adults alike, reading it aloud often allows children to persevere until the rollicking adventure begins.
In our home, we have successfully read The Lord of the Rings to two eight year olds. Going slowly a chapter at a time, it takes about three to four months. Popular among the 5 and 6 year old set, at least one book of the Junie B. Jones series must be read out loud merely because Junie is such a fun character to read.
She mispronounces many words and hearing these mistakes is great for training the first and second grade ear. Poignant, sad and yet beautiful in the end. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is the tale of a beloved toy finding its way back to the arms of a child. The gorgeous writing alone makes it worth reading aloud. In this case, magic is replaced with Greek mythology. Percy must come to terms with his demigod lineage and the reality of a world filled with minotaurs, chimeras, and vengeful titans.
Contemporary cultural references and a prior interest in mythology by my kids made these five books and the first two of the follow-up series riveting bedtime reads. It proved a fun race to see who recognized each myth first.
So you know the story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, but do you know how they got to Neverland, and why Peter will never grow up? Peter and the Starcatchers and its sequels tell a great tale that serves as a backstory to the tales you know. Great fun, if you know the original story. Savvy by Ingrid Law is a coming-of-age story about a special family whose members are each blessed or cursed with a special ability.
For Mibs Beaumont, her gift comes at a critical time when her father is recovering from a terrible accident. Reading Savvy sparked several bedtime conversations. Law has turned the premise into a series with Scumble released as the follow-up in Calling all dreamers… Poetry is made to be read out loud and no modern poet captures the spirit of childhood imagination and play better than Shel Silverstein.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is a book about a cat and a group of rats who run the perfect pied piper scheme… or at least, try to. Only Terry Pratchett could write animal characters this smart, yet still somehow believable. This book does technically take place in Discworld, but is much more aimed at kids than are the usual Discworld books.
This would be a great book for anyone who saw The Secret World of Arrietty , which was loosely based on it. You think you had an unusual childhood? Try growing up raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Strange, creepy, and altogether wonderful. Here the characters are the stars. Reading a conservative mole, an adventurous water rat and a profligate toad is wonderful fun. The Cartoon History of the Universe is a series of wonderfully researched historical stories, spread over several volumes that cover the beginning of the Universe through modern times.
The content by author Larry Gonick does not shy away from the role violence and sex play in our past, however, making it a reading choice that may not fit some parenting styles. The subject matter benefits from a read-along parental guide and provides a great and lasting foundation for future learning. It has a lovely fairy-tale sensibility and makes for fantastic bedtime reading — and is quite a bit better than the animated movie it inspired.
Jonathan Liu. I discovered the Far Flung Adventures trilogy only recently but had a great time reading them out loud to my daughter. Each book is a stand-alone story, although there are some overlapping characters and locations throughout. The three title characters Fergus Crane, Corby Flood, and Hugo Pepper each have wonderful, exciting adventures that are fun to listen to, and the illustrations by Chris Riddell are brilliant. Henry Mulligan is the lead genius of the tales, but the adventures require a team effort and normalize science and technology as a way to solve problems. Everything is told from the perspective of Charlie, one of the members of the MSC.
The colloquial language makes it a great platform for attempting different character voices. The Mouse and His Child was written in but it can still give Pixar a run for its money when it comes to storytelling. All your favorite characters are here along with a great bit of humor and a fleshed out story. The Princess Bride is definitely worth reading to your child when they are home with the flu. Reading aloud gives plenty of opportunity for talking and provides discussion points for talking about relationships with siblings.
If you can find an earlier print pre , the book will contain some fun illustrations by Roy Doty. Dave Banks. This E. Orphan Lewis Barnavelt goes to live with his uncle, who turns out to be a wizard. Along with the next-door witch, Lewis must find a magic clock hidden in the walls of the house before it destroys the world. This is the first and best book in a Lewis Barnavelt series that spans a dozen books, so if you enjoy it, there are plenty more.