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Cher-y-lynne {sher-uhl-lin} –noun 1. One who formerly sold and recommended children’s books at a bookstore; a specialist in young adult, middle grade, and picture books. 2. A para-educator at a middle school. 3. A struggling young adult writer. 4. A lover of chocolate and popcorn. Archaic: An Audiology and Speech Language Pathology major at Brigham Young University. Questions? Suggestions? Books you'd like me to review? E-mail me at cherylynne1 (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Taking a Personal Moment

So, many of you may have noticed that I haven't been posting for about year. It's been a bad year for me. Divorce, financial problems, etc, etc, blah blah blah. But the good news is, I'm back. :)

The good news for you? I will be contacting the winners of the book giveaway from (ahem) quite awhile ago. So be checking your email (or facebook or whatever information you may have included) in the next week to see if you're a winner!

I love you guys! Thanks for being so supportive!

Cherylynne

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Dreaded First Page

Let's discuss the bane of every writer’s existence: Your first page.

1. Plant your hook: While in a bookstore or library, chances are that the reader is going to give your novel the one-page test. If you don’t grab them in the first page, you’re done. Maybe your manuscript gets incredible on page 37, but if they don’t read page one, they’ll never get there. You MUST have something that makes your reader say, “Why?” or “How?” or, if you can do it very very well, “What?!” (The “What?!” approach is what made me read The Book Thief. The first page was pretty, but made no sense. I had to read more. I don’t recommend this for most authors, but like I said, if you can do it well…)

2. Set the genre of your novel: You can hope that the publishing company gets it right and gives you a title and cover that will clue any reader into what genre you’re in. But I don’t trust anyone when it comes to that kind of information, and since I have little to no control over titles or covers, I want to make sure my readers are not duped on the first page. If it’s a romance, bring in something romantic. If it’s science fiction, make sure we see something scientific-y. If it’s fantasy, we need to see some hint of magic. Think this isn’t important? Think back to all the novels you started but didn’t finish. Why? Usually it’s because the first page made you expect something that was not delivered in the novel itself. Don’t become the book that gets returned to the library before the reader hits page 50.

3. Don’t start with a dream: One of the most commonly broken rules. But let me tell you why. It has to do with Rule #2. Many times, these are designed to fool your reader. You start with an intense nightmare, tons of action, lightning-fast pacing…then the reader is dumped into a quiet book about a lonely girl in the Midwest who likes to pick dandelions. There’s a ditched book waiting to happen. And it’s a problem in two ways: first, the readers that pick it up will never finish it, and therefore never recommend it to friends, because they want what the book promised. Second, the readers that would like a quiet book about a Midwestern flower picking girl will never pick it up, because they’ll see a first page that looks like it dropped out of a James Bond movie. When you fool your reader on the first page, no one wins.

4. Don’t start with a flashback: This has to do with the fact that kids like to read “up.” They almost always prefer a book with a main character who is just a few years older than themselves. So if they open your novel and find it’s about a four-year-old, there’s a good chance they’ll just toss it. Tell us who your character is now, not who they were then. Now, is there ample opportunity to show us their life history later on? Absolutely. But leave it off the first page.

5. Ditch the prologue: I know. We can all name at least twelve books off the top of our heads with prologues. But there are very few prologues that are necessary, and even fewer that are done well. Prologues have many problems. For one, many prologues are just a lazy way to info dump, to tell us in long, dragging soliloquies about the world so that they don’t have to find more creative ways to actually work it into the manuscript. Or it’s a sneaky way to work in a flashback at the beginning, which is against Rule #4. Or it’s a way to fit in what is essentially a short story that happened in your world centuries ago, and has little to nothing to do with your character…but it’s fast paced and exciting, and it will keep your reader reading in order to find where that story ties in. My advice? Save the short story for your website. Don’t fool your reader into thinking that the characters in the prologue are main characters in your story. And don’t hide important information in the prologue, because studies have shown that most teens will just skip it anyway.

6. Introduce characters slowly and clearly, and keep your pronouns straight: You know your characters backwards and forwards, and you know that Riley is a girl who happens to be a tomboy. But your reader doesn’t. Be particularly careful if you have gender-ambiguous names, or characters that are doing activities not necessarily associated with their gender. I’m not saying that readers are sexist, but when we don’t have strong reason to believe otherwise, we will always fall back on stereotypes. And if you throw in more than three characters on the first page, I can almost guarantee that your reader will get lost. First pages are not normally read carefully. I always speed through the first page, because I want to know where the novel is going. And if your reader is not going to be careful, you have to be. Make it very clear who is who, and your reader will soon fall as in love with them as you are.

7. Avoid driving, sleeping, watching TV, or eating: This is a pretty easy one to fix. These are all passive activities. And in case you didn’t know, passive=boring. These activities are pretty boring when you do them in real life, and they’re definitely boring to read about. Now, at some point, your character will probably have a need to do some, if not all, of these things. That’s fine. But keep it off the first page. And when you take them out of the car or off the couch, you’ll be amazed at how interesting your character suddenly becomes.

Above all, have fun! The worst first page you could possibly have is a blank one. As long as you write something, anything, you’re on your way to an incredible story.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Author Interview: Claudia Mills

Congratulations to all of our winners! I will be contacting you within the next couple of weeks. But for right now, I would like to post an interview I conducted with the brilliant Claudia Mills, who I am honored to assist at this year's Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference in Sandy, Utah.

Claudia has a Ph.D in philosophy from Princeton and is a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is the mother of two boys, and has written over 40 books for children. And all of her books have been written between 5 and 7 in the morning with a mug of Swiss Miss at her side. She is one of the most brilliant and genuine people I have ever had the privilege to meet.

But enough of me. Read the interview so you can fall in love with her yourself.


Could you tell us the story of your first rejection letter?

It came in seventh grade. I had written a love poem to my first sort-of boyfriend, and I gave it to him. Shortly thereafter, he broke up with me, and I happened to see a list he had written of things he wanted in a girlfriend: “Not blond. Not emotional. Does not write poetry.” So I count that as rejection letter number one. After that there were too many to remember, all run together in my memory, but then came the one I remember best. I was in my mid-20s, working in NYC as a secretary/editorial assistant at Four Winds Press/Scholastic. Weary of uninformative standard rejection slips from all the other New York publishers, I decided to try sending one of my manuscripts to my own house, under a pseudonym, so I would have a ringside seat to watch the proceedings. Like all my other submissions, it was rejected. But this time I was the one who had to type the rejection letter.

You have a Ph.D in philosophy from Princeton, which is, to say the very least, no easy feat. How do you feel your educational background has affected your writing?
Well, it really hasn’t affected it in the way most people, including me, would have expected. If I heard that some children’s book writer had a Ph.D. in philosophy, I would expect that person to write high fantasy, epic struggles between the forces of good and evil, each page studded with nuggets of deep philosophical wisdom. I don’t write that kind of book. I write books like 7 x 9 = Trouble!, where a third grade boy is struggling against . . . the times tables. Still, in all my books I care about the small, central truth about the universe that my character discovers by the end of the story. And writing an opus as major as a doctoral dissertation made me able to believe that however daunting the writing task, if you just keep writing one page, and then another, and then another, at some point it really will get done.

Since you work basically two full-time jobs (as a professor at the University of Colorado and the mother of two boys), your writing time must be very limited, yet you manage to produce a steady stream of novels. How do you manage to maximize the writing time you have so that it's as productive as possible?
You cannot allow yourself to spend very much of your precious writing time on delay, denial, and self-doubt. It took me twelve years to write my dissertation, and of that entire span of time, literally two months was taken up with actual writing. The rest was spent telling myself I couldn’t do it, that it was impossible and hopeless, that it would never be finished, that I would go to my grave with the dissertation undone – including weekly visits to a therapist who specialized in working with people who couldn’t finish their dissertations, etc. Now when I write my books, that’s the part of the writing process I try to eliminate. Well, yes, but how? For me, what helps most is what I call “trusting the process,” which also means “trusting my writing group friends.” I just write the chapter, and then let them tell me whether it’s working or not. I heard one grownup-book author give a talk, and he told the audience that he had revised one scene of his book 88 times. The audience gasped with awe. I was unimpressed. “Don’t you have a writing group?” I asked him. “Well, no,” he said. “Well, they would have saved you 80 of those revisions,” I told him. And I was right.

I've heard that you write with a pen and notepad instead of on a computer. What does this do for your writing process?

This is going to sound a bit strange, but it’s almost as if my pen is a magic wand. Truly, I don’t think about my writing when I’m not actually doing it; when I sit down to write each day, I don’t have the unfolding scene planned out in any detail more than, e.g. “Sierra confronts her father” or “Second encounter with Luke.” Everything that happens in the book happens only as I actually write it. And it’s my pen that makes it happen. I don’t think it would happen on the computer. It doesn’t have that same magic power. I also love the coziness of curling up with pad and paper on the couch. Computers don’t seem as cozy.

You started writing when you were very young, and never stopped. What do you feel are some of the best strategies for inspiring children to write?

I think the two things children need to be inspired to write are opportunity and encouragement. I was lucky enough to have parents and teachers who prioritized writing and who praised me for my early successes at it. I was going to leave my answer at that, but then yesterday I saw the best strategy for inspiring children to write that I have ever seen in my whole entire life. While I was meeting with a fellow writer at a local café, in came an entire class of third graders, wearing their idea of beatnik garb (tie-dye shirts, hippie beads), and carrying notebooks. I inquired: it was a third grade class trip from a nearby elementary school – the kids were there to sit in the café, with their hot chocolate and croissants, and write poetry. And for the next hour, that’s what they proceeded to do. What child in that classroom would NOT be inspired to write?

You manage to jump effortlessly from writing for one age group to writing for the next. How do you deal with the difficulties of writing for different age groups?

I have the same process and approach in writing for any age group. I think we’re all the same, really, whatever our age. When I teach freshmen at the university, I tell myself, they’re just big fifth graders. And graduate students are just VERY big fifth graders. And kindergartners are just very little fifth graders, or maybe fifth graders in the making. At any age, we want to connect with characters we care about, and with a story that matters to us because it matters to them. And I think we also want to come to see the world just a little bit differently from how we saw it before we began reading.


What is your very favorite recent read in middle grade novels?

Well, my favorite author in the world, Carol Lynch Williams, has been mainly writing YA lately, so this isn’t a recent book of hers, but I will always love If I Forget, You Remember for its dazzling ability to blend hilarity and heartbreak on the same page, sometimes even in the same sentence. I thought last year’s Newbery, When You Reach Me, was the best Newbery in years . And I’m a huge fan of Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks series.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

BIGGEST BOOK GIVEAWAY EVER!!!

50 BOOKS!

That's right, I said 50. I am giving away 50 books. 50 amazing young adult books.


I am also giving away SIGNED copies of the New York Times bestselling novels Matched by Ally Condie and Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Yes, SIGNED. I watched them do it. :)







Here are the ways to enter:

1. One comment will get you one entry. Yay!

2. Promoting my blog (must include http://cherylynne.blogspot.com/ )will get you one extra entry for each venue you promote it on (twitter, facebook, blog, etc.) You must include links! you can only promote it once on each venue, though.

3. Promoting the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference (a.k.a. WIFYR) will get you TWO extra entries for each venue (must include http://www.wifyr.com/ or the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kgQp9FocO4) Again, you must provide links.

4. If you have signed up for either a morning workshop or the afternoon workshop at WIFYR, you will get an extra FIVE entries!!! Please note, the fee for the conference is non-refundable.


5. If you have signed up for Claudia Mills' morning workshop (my class!) you will get an extra TEN entries. That's right. Because it's my contest, and I say so.

The contest will end at midnight on February 26th. *

EDIT: Due to some extenuating circumstances, I'm now extending the contest for two more weeks! The contest now ends March 12th at midnight. So get those entries in!

Because there are so many ways to get extra entries, however, I do need to put a limit on how many books one person can win. Each person can win up to five books.


And here's the list of books you can win! I feel obligated to say that this list is subject to change, although I doubt it. If anything, it might get longer if I find other books that I have to give away.


Good luck!




Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

Love Drugged by James Klise

Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud

Losing Faith by Denise Jaden

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla

After The Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

Sweet, Hereafter by Angela Johnson

Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett

Abe in Arms by Pegi Deitz Shea

Myself and I by Earl Sewell

Addicted to Her by Janet Nicholas Lynch

Sweet 15 by Emily Adler & Alex Echevarria

China Clipper by Jamie Dodson

Flying Feet by James McCann

Rhythm and Blues by Jill Murray

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Survivor's Leave by Robert Sutherland

The Man of Mystery Hill by Tracy L. Carbone

Compromised by Heidi Ayarbe

Joe Rat by Mark Barratt

Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw

Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman

The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell

The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride

Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart

Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret

The 10 p.m. Question by Kate De Goldi

Runaway Storm by D.E. Knobbe

So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont

Beat the Band by Don Calame

Those Girls by Sarah Lawrence

Call Me Yubbie by Joe Wojcik

Bright Blue Miracle by Becca Wilhite

Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegesar

Stringz by Michael Wenberg

The Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson

The Summer I Got A Life by Mark Fink

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Change of Heart by Shari Maurer

Something Terrible Happened on Kenmore by Marci Stillerman

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Relaunching...again.

Yes, I am once again relaunching my blog. I'd promise that this is the last time, but I can't guarantee it.

But this time, the relaunch is coming with a HUGE giveaway. I mean HUGE. Details to come this weekend.

In the meantime, you can get an extra entry into said giveaway by commenting on this post BEFORE Saturday. Just a comment. I'd love it if the comment said something about how beautiful, intelligent, and just plain amazing I am, but any comment will do.

And since I don't want this post to be a complete waste, here's some information that you may find useful. Remember the incredible conference I was at last year? It's back again. Utah's Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference will be held in Sandy from June 13th-17th. It's an all-star cast this year, and spots are filling up fast, so if you want to get in, you'd better hurry. http://wifyr.com/

And if you're more a video person, you might remember this one from last year:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Incredible Synchronicities

synchronicities: 1. the quality or fact of being synchronous

2. the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality —used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung

--Merriam-Webster Online


This list of similarities and coincidences among the 2010 Cybils YA Fiction nominations is humbly submitted to you by the 2010 Cybils YA Fiction Panel. It is no way to be considered completely exhaustive, as we are certain nominated books and coincidentals will have been missed. This list was originated out of amusement as the seven panelists read their way through the 182 titles. If you know of a nominated title that should be included in one of the synchronicities below, please feel free to submit it in the comments! To get the entire list, you’ll have to visit all seven of the panelist’s blogs.


Featuring a Car Named Holden:

A Little Wanting Song

Butterfly


Featuring Twins:

The Twin’s Daughter

Dangerous Neighbors

Will (not ‘featured’, but reappearing)

Jackie’s Library Teen Events


Fiona Apple:

A Little Wanting Song

and ???? (we know there's one more...help, readers!)


Finding a Friend’s Dad’s Impressively Large Porn Collection:

Exit Strategy

Half Brother


Grandparents as Caregivers:

Harmonic Feedback

The Sky is Everywhere

What Mama Left Me

Sellout

When I was Joe


Historical:

The Agency 1: A Spy in the House

The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower

Anxious Hearts

The Brothers Story

Butterfly

Bright Young Things

Cate of the Lost Colony

City of Cannibals

Crossing the Tracks

Dangerous Neighbors

Faithful

Firefly Letters

The Fiddler’s Gun

Folly

Freaks and Revelations

Half Brother

Hellie Jondoe

Joe Rat

Life, After

Prisoners in the Palace

The Red Umbrella

Revolution

Something Terrible Happened on Kenmore

Three Rivers Rising

The Twin’s Daughter

We Hear the Dead

Wicked Girls

Wildthorn

Woods Runner


Homelessness Caused by Mother Relying on Boyfriends for Housing:

Harmonic Feedback

Sorta Like a Rock Star


IEDs:

Things a Brother Know

Sweet, Hereafter


In-n-Out Burger Love:

Harmonic Feedback

Amy and Roger


Isabel Allende:

Split

This Georgeous Game


“It is what it is” as a coping phase:

Myself and I

Stringz


Want to find out how many featured snake bites in Australia? Stockholm Syndrome? Lunchtime oak trees? Go check out the rest of the list! There are some surprises on there, I promise....

Amanda (#1-10)

Ami (#11-20)

Jackie (#33-42)

Justina (#43-52)

Kelly(#53-63)

Melissa (#62-72)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Book Review: Lynn Visible by Julia DeVillers



DeVillers, Julia. Lynn Visible. New York: Penguin Young Readers Group, 2010.

There we were. Taylor smiling, in the outfit I’d put together, looking very happy.
And me, also looking very happy. In my navy-and-white plaid shirt. And my hot pink tutu skirt that flared out superwide. Belted with a wide black leather belt. I also wore my navy-and-white knitted knee socks. On my head was a vintage black fedora wwith a large hot pink bow. And on my feet, sneakers that I’d hacked up and filled in the holes with tulle I’d trimmed off my skirt. And a necklace I’d made from old pink-and-red Polly Pocket shoes.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. That’s what she’s wearing the first day of school?
You won’t be the only person thinking that today.

When it comes to fashion, Lynn is either a genius who is decades ahead of her time, or she's crazy. If you asked the popular girls in school, they'd tell you the latter.


But that doesn't stop Lynn from dreaming about being the new It girl in the new GlITter Girl competition....the prize being featured in the hottest fashion magazine in the world. Will she face the same rejection she's dealt with her whole life? Or will she finally be validated?


Cute, very cute. Great for the tween girls that are really into fashion. Predictable? A little. But still, you can’t help but cheer for the main character and all the shenanigans she gets herself into.
Perfect for girls that are still a little young for Meg Cabot, but too old for Fancy Nancy.
Book #17

Nameless Book Review #6

Book #13
Set in a historical period that FASCINATES me, I had high hopes for this one. But no. It spends a ridiculous amount of time avoiding conflict and instead focusing on the historical facts. Worth reading if you want to read a textbook, but otherwise…

Book #14
I am so disappointed in this novel. It started with an AWESOME premise. AWESOME. I thought this would be one of my top favorite books this year.
Then, about halfway through, I discovered a subplot. A subplot that the author obviously wanted as the main plot. Except that it was too boring, so she had to demote it. And as soon as she introduced it, the main plot unraveled. The resolution was BORING. After all that build-up, for nothing? And the subplot took over. And guess what? I DON’T CARE.
So, read the first half, and write your own second half.

Book #15
Definitely full of fun and girl power. But it went a little over-the-top. Oh, what the heck. It went WAY over-the-top. Really cute idea, but then it went crazy. Anything that wasn’t over-the-top was a complete cliché. If it were me, I would have knocked down the character’s age by a few years and marketed it to 8-year-olds. But for YA? It’s a failure.

Book #16
I should have loved this novel. I really should have. The main character could have been based on me. And this is a dream I’ve had most of my life.
But I didn’t. Because quite frankly, it was kind of dumb.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Best Hunger Games Video EVER!

I think my title says it all. I could just watch this video over and over and over again.

If you're wondering where my reviews are, they're coming. I promise. I'm on book #60 of the Cybils and I'm reading about 4 hours a day...I just haven't had time to post the reviews. BUT I WILL!

And stay tuned...publishers are sending me more free books than I know what to do with, so sometime in the new year I will be having a HUGE giveaway. At least 50 or so books. :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

How Many Have YOU Read?

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.



*Bold those books you've read in their entirety.

* Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.

*Bold and italicize books you have read more than once





1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen



2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien



3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte



4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling



5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee



6 The Bible (Old Testament Only)



7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte



8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell



9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman



10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens



11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott



12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy



13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller



14 Complete Works of Shakespeare



15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier



16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien



17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk



18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger



19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger



20 Middlemarch - George Eliot



21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell



22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald



24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy



25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams



27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky



28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck



29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll



30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame



31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy



32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens



33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis



34 Emma -Jane Austen



35 Persuasion - Jane Austen



36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis



37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini



38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres



39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden



40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne



41 Animal Farm - George Orwell



42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown



43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez



44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving



45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins



46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery



47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy



48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood



49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding



50 Atonement - Ian McEwan



51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel



52 Dune - Frank Herbert



53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons



54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen



55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth



56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon



57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens



58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley



59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon



60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez



61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck



62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov



63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt



64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold



65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas



66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac



67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy



68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding



69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie



70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville



71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens



72 Dracula - Bram Stoker



73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett



74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson



75 Ulysses - James Joyce



76 The Inferno - Dante



77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome



78 Germinal - Emile Zola



79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray



80 Possession - AS Byatt



81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens



82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell



83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker



84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro



85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert



86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistr



87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White



88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom



89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton



91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad



92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery



93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks



94 Watership Down - Richard Adams



95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole



96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute



97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas



98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare



99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl



100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo