1. Just After Sunset, Stephen King.


Yet another great collection of short stories/novellas by Mr. King.

Grade:  A 


2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz 


A spectacular book that defies a quick synopsis.  Check out my more lengthy review here.

Grade:  A


3.  Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha, Roddy Doyle


This Man Booker Prize winner is a coming of age story (sort of), told from the perspective of a young boy whose parents are encountering marital difficulties.  This book was funny, powerful, and ultimately depressing.  Roddy Doyle does an excellent job in the narration of the story from young Paddy Clark’s perspective- of course, this also makes it somewhat tough to read.

Grade: A


4.  A Drink Before the War, Dennis LeHane

A powerful mystery story that touches on some pretty heavy themes: politcal corruption, race relations, gang violence.  

Grade: B


5.  White Tiger, Aravind Adiga


A totally engaging, thoroughly depressing, yet darkly comedic book.  Man BookerPrize winner.

Grade:  A


6.  The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery


It’s considered a classic for good reason.  It may be classified as a children’s book, but that doesn’t mean adults shouldn’t read it.

Grade:  A+