Or reread them... These books are just that good.
  1. Holes by Louis Sachar
    Even if you've watched the only okay Shia LaBeouf film version recently and don't believe me, this book is brilliant. It beautifully weaves together numerous storylines, and it deals with some heavy handed topics like child labor and racism. Plus it includes essentially modern day versions of the lost boys.
  2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
    This series got a bit tired once we reached book 8 or so, but at least the first few are a joy to read. Olaf might be one of the greatest literary villains since Bill Sikes (okay maybe not, but he's still a great character). Also, I'd probably never know the difference between "literally" and "figuratively" if it weren't for these books.
  3. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
    This book was incredibly powerful and taught me about racism in the Depression-era south. If you like this one, I highly recommend the sequels as well.
  4. Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
    Honestly you should check out ANY book or poetry anthology by Shel Silverstein... I promise, you won't regret it. The reason I chose this book specifically is because it includes one of my favorite of his poems, "Pinocchio." My mom hated reading this one aloud to me, and if you read it you'll see why.
  5. The BFG by Roald Dahl
    Roald Dahl is another one of those authors that you could pick up any of his books and be a happy camper. Still The BFG is timely now with a Steven Spielberg adaption in the works, and it's definitely one of the most poignant and imaginative of his stories.
  6. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
    Because obviously.
  7. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
    I doubt many of you have read this book, but it's really worth a look. It's a heartbreaking story about girls bullying another student who they feel is different, and the creative way she deals with it.