Friday Fifteen

Another week, another Friday Fifteen, in which I review fifteen books in fifteen words or less. Here we go!

1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
One of my favorites. Gorgeous writing about human connections. Read it in Regent’s Park.

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Accidentally spoiled the ending for my husband. Worst moment ever. Works well as penultimate novel.

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Beautiful art, excellently written picture book. And it’s science!

4. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Made me forever paranoid that my parents aren’t my parents.

5. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
What it feels like when friends stab you in the back. Love Mark Antony’s speech.

6. Teacher’s Pet (Sweet Valley Twins #2) by Francine Pascal
The younger version of SVH. Twins still obnoxious and size 6. They did ballet briefly.

7. The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lenox
The kind of book Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey would have read.

8. Babylon Revisited and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Title story is great; others are good. None as good as Gatsby.

9. Heidi (Great Illustrated Classics) by Johanna Spyri
The easy reader Heidi, with lots of pictures. Didn’t need to read the real thing.

10. Something Upstairs by Avi
Inspired me to write a lot of bad, historical ghost story knock-offs.

11. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Chilling look at real-life violence in rural America. Capote’s best.

12. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Engaging premise (lesbian grows up English and Pentecostal) and vivid writing.

13. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Didn’t love it as much as I hoped. Is it wrong to love the musical?

14. Witch Week (Chrestomanci #3) by Diana Wynne Jones
Only one I’ve read in the series. Fun, non-HP book about boarding school and witches.

15. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Green’s weakest, in my opinion. Fun, but doesn’t carry the emotional weight of his others.

Happy reading/reviewing!

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