I loved this book too -- I loved the way they used elements of comic-books in the story too. Alexie's first YA book = wonderful! I hope he continues to write more in this (and really any genre). Have you read his other books? He's an author I would happily read his grocery lists. His poetry is also good/thought-provoking (and I'm not normally a big poetry fan).
I really enjoyed Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros. It;s about a Mexican family that has immigrated to Chicago and the experiences of the family going back and forth over the summers to visit the grandparents in Mexico. Beautifully written and very funny some of the sentences are just gorgeous.
Um...maybe I shouldn't have asked the question. I've had so much garbage in my personal life I haven't done as much quality reading as I like to do. I've read a lot of easy reads and a lot of things I wouldn't recommend like The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls or The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin or The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. I could go on with a list of books I've read in the past year that I would NOT recommend. My book group read my one of my favorite books of all time Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner a few months ago. Does it count as a book I've read this year if I've read it 5 times before? I guess its my post, I say it does =). I'm going with Crossing to Safety.
This year my favorite is definitely The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It made my choice easy for me by making me fall in love with it! If we're talking last August to now, though, a full 12 months, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro still wins as it has become one of my all-time favorites.
I have a few. One is One Thousand Splendid Suns, Peony in Love, and Book Thief.
This one is published in the United States as YA but in Australia it is adult. One of my favorites is Thirteenth Tale... I just loved it. Gothic, suspense and plenty of twists. This is to name three.
I have another, I knew there was I forgot. Loving Frank was slow to get going but at the end I loved it. Had women issues, and women's rights. This is a great book discussion. I would love to discuss this some time for a online book club if we ever have any. Nancy Horan is the author. Maybe we can ask her to join our blog. Or come for a visit.