1. Harry Potter. I know, I'm so predictable. But seriously, I would recommend it to kids, adults, readers, non-readers, wizards, muggles, anyone.
(want more HP funs? check out my pinterest board!)
2. Anne of Green Gables --definitely the first one, if nothing else. Young girls with big imaginations will love this one.
3. The Thing About Jane Spring --I recommend this one all the time. It's a little-known book but is super cute and I think it would make a great movie. Jane is a no-nonsense lawyer who doesn't understand why she can't "get" a man. After a Doris Day movie marathon, she decides to do a complete overhaul of her life and it goes from there. This book is part of the reason I'm so excited to read Going Vintage, because they sound very similar.
4. Cannery Row --if you're going to read Steinbeck, skip Of Mice and Men and The Pearl...read this one instead. There's no puppies or women getting accidentally killed, no babies getting stung by scorpions, no one shooting their best friends in the back of the head for their own good. You still get the good part of Steinbeck with all the descriptions and feelings but none of the bad Steinbeck.
5. Anna & The French Kiss --one of the best contemporary, young adult, romances around right now. If you haven't read it, here's my non-spoilery review. (And have you been living under an Internet-less rock??) And if you have read it, how about checking out my favorite bits? :)
6. To Kill a Mockingbird --everyone should have/want to read this book. It's still one of the most important and relevant stories young people should hear.
7. The Book Thief --along the same lines as TKAM, this book has such an incredible message.