Reading With The Heart


Martha is a prolific reader with eclectic taste. An avid book buyer, she probably owns more books than she can ever read. Yet she keeps buying them. And buying them. And buying them. She’s quite proud of her literary citizenship!

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, THE SHADOW OF THE WIND

Martha occasionally finds the time to reread her favorite books. Two of them come to mind—Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Gary Schmidt’s Okay for Now. She brings different experiences to each reading and therefore reads a different book each time.



A Few of Martha's Favorite Books

(Probably a few too many!)


Adult Fiction:


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luiz Zafon (Accent on o) and Lucia Graves

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel


Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction:


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Peña

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Paper Towns by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala