So far this month I've read Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book," Yehuda Koren and Eliat Negev's "Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes' Doomed Love," Colum McCann's "Let the Great World Spin," and just last night I finished "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
I would recommend each and every one of these books so far. I should write up a review on them but I've been busy. Here are some short, short, overly simplified synopsis of each:
"The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman
This is the story of a boy who because of sad circumstance grows up in a graveyard with otherly world experiences. It is well written, adventurous and heartwarming. It is an easy read. =)
"Lover of Unreason" by Yehuda Koren and Eliat Negev
This is the story of Assia Wevill and her relationship with Ted Hughes and her ultimate demise. It is well researched and written in a way that is easily read and interesting to follow.
"Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann
This is the story of a group of neighbors and the greater interconnectedness of their lives and of all our lives. The story is centered around a tightrope walker who dares the impossible: walking a tightrope strung between the twin towers. It is very well written and gives a good taste of life in New York, all income levels. =) This book was so well written I bought more of his books on faith!
"The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
This is beautiful, poetic. It is a book about a book, a bunch of books that are written by one author who is very mysterious. It is extremely well-written and engaging. The mystery, the coming-of-age story, love, loss, death, betrayal....it contains all the great thinking and emotional buttons. =)