A few recent reads and favorites:

The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros:

We read this in my Sophomore English class, but I don't think I really read it at the time . . . so I read it for real recently. It's juvenile and delicious! And a quick read.

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho:

This book is INCREDIBLE! My friend Christian recommended it and although it took me a while to finally read it . . . it was well worth the wait! It's a beautiful story of self-discovery that I'm sure I'll read again and again.

The Firm, by John Grisham:

It's been a few years since I've read this one and I've read several other John Grisham books since, but this one was my first. And probably my favorite! If you haven't read it, get yourself to the book store or library IMMEDIATELY and be prepared for a thrill!!! I should probably read it again, too...

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, by Douglas Adams:

This is actually five books in one. I've only read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," but I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in a book (except for maybe in "The Trial of Mary Lou!" Check that one out, too!). I read this one while I was working at America First and my coworkers always laughed at me cause I would sit there and giggle out loud. It's the silliest, most wonderful book! I need to read the other five books in the collection!!!

A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer:

This will depress you. I read that Dave Pelzer's story is the 3rd worst case of child abuse recorded in California. The 3RD worst! It's unbelievable what he went through as a very small child. And survived! Seriously don't read it . . . although I'm glad I did. It opened my eyes to the kind of abuse that really does go on in our society and made me even more grateful to have been raised by loving parents.