11. Generation X by Douglas Coupland
I didn't love this, but I don't think I will ever love these 'voice of a generation' books. I recently gave up on On the Road because it wasn't going anywhere, no pun intended, and thought I'd try something closer to my own generation instead. I did love all the extras in the margins, definitions of 90s terms to describe new phenomenom: "Down-nesting: the tendency of parents to move to smaller, guest-room-free houses after the children have moved away so as to avoid children aged 20 to 30 who have boomeranged home" Coupland is a terrific writer and I enjoy his perspective and imagery and Canadian references.
12. All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
Loved this story. I'm on a Coupland jag, and this was really good, because, in fact, all families are psychotic in their own way. It kind of tied up too neatly at the end, but this poor family needed a good ending. It was also timely, as the daughter in the family was an astronaut, involved in a romantic triangle. Ha!
13. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
The first Tommy and Tuppence book. Snappy dialogue, lots of red herrings and a somewhat obvious villian, I enjoyed this on www.dailylit.com , a little bit everyday. I was pretty sure who Mr Brown was before the end but I loved being right and finding out how it all happened. Christie is the master of mysteries for a reason and her stories are still a great read.
14. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The movie is coming out and I always prefer to read the book before the movie, and have luckily convinced my 9 year old of the same. I finished it quickly and he'll get to it soon but he probably won't cry the way I did. Very enjoyable book. It was a Newberry Medal Winner as well. There wasn't as much in Terabithia and the creatures as the trailers would lead you to believe. It was more about friendship and the power of a friend who believes in you, so that you can believe in yourself.