This is a hard topic for me... There were so many excellent books I read in school -- it was really hard to choose just one. So, I'll pick two that deeply affected me and many other readers.
In college, one of my favorite books was Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. Talk about a study in the senses. The language and imagery are gorgeous in any language. Check out the movie, too -- it's amazing.
One of my favorite assigned books from high school was Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
This was Harper Lee's only book, yet it has affected generations of readers. It is a study in social justice and personal responsibility. If you haven't read it -- put it on your list and then add the wonderful film version starring Gregory Peck to your Netflix queue.
And speaking of Harper...
Welcome my new arrival Harper -- named for HarperCollins and of course, Harper Lee. Isn't she adorable? Now if she'll only let me get some writing done...
Heather and Harper
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
Coming in April 2009 from HarperCollins
Harper is the spoiled kitten sleeping in the closet on top
of the guest towels instead of in her cat bed.