Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I haven't given up, though. In fact, here are three of the best books ever I've been thinking about all this time. Enjoy!
* <-----------> ** <-----------> *** <-----------> **** <----------> *****
Easy - - Pretty Easy - - Moderate - - Pretty Challenging - - Challenging
The White Mountains, by John Christopher
$4.99 at Bn.com ISBN: 0689856725
Part one of the Tripod Series. I read these as a kid and found them more exciting than I can describe to you. The hero, Will, and his friends are on the run from giant, mind-controlling robots and their masters: disgusting green aliens intent on making humanity into their slave race. John Christopher writes so suspensfully about this weird, post-apocalyptic world, and the boys around whom the story revolves seem like the perfect boyhood friends. All three books in the series are a real treat for the young reader or for adults who like a fast-paced adventure.
Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk
$12.55 at Bn.com ISBN: 0393319296
** (pretty easy)
Palahniuk is probably most famous for Fight Club, made into a movie with Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. Good movie, good book. This ghoulish story revolves around a famous super-model whose jaw is shot off, making her a hideous freak for life. Non-linear storytelling (where you pop back and forth in time) keeps the pace fast and surprising at every turn. Easy to get into, difficult to put down, and always creepy and spooky.
Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
$13.45 at Bn.com ISBN: 0679781587
The touching story of a little girl orphaned in a small village in Japan, taken to a strange city to work as a maid and be trained as a geisha. No matter how rough things get for our heroine (very, very rough, at times) you never lose the sense that she's got what it takes to triumph. Set in the strange world of pre-war Japan, and involving the Geisha culture largely misunderstood in the west, all wrapped in a woman's point of view. Recently made into a mediocre movie that proves what we all know is true: the book is always better.