90% of my favorite books are from childhood, because reading fiction will never be as exciting as it was between the ages of 8 and 12. :/
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy
Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (Lena Dunham name-checked it in the NYT!)
Holes by Louis Sachar
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
Nothing I've read as a teenager or adult even comes close.
I'm also in the children's book camp for the most part. Definitely A View from Saturday, From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, and A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Songs for Innocent and Experienced Travelers. (I didn't ever run away to the Met but I did join my high school quiz bowl team). In high school I Capture the Castle joined the list and at the moment I'm rereading Netherland by Joseph O'Neal for probably the fourth time. The writing is just so beautiful I can't keep it on the shelf.
The Hairpin totally counts, right?
. . . right?
"Qrafting with Qream" is qoming. You've been warned.
The closed mouth ones make me laugh the hardest.
YESSS I've been wanting a financial advice column on The Hairpin for ages!
This was so sad. <3 u Rosatie!