I think I have found one of my new favorite authors. Sarah Addison Allen managed to combine magic and a seemingly simple plot into a wonderful tale that hinges on several characters. I'm going to try another one of her books...
the Girl who chased the moon In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world—no matter how out of place they feel.
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Loove anything David Sedaris. He has a sense of humor unlike any author that I have read thus far. You will find yourself bursting out laughing randomly throughout the book, at least I did. I highly recommend reading all his books!
Young adult/adult fairy tale: I found this fun little surprise of a book a few years before the Coraline movie came out. Similar idea - a young unhappy boy finds a strange land in a secret room that SEEMS so much better than his real life. Very dark. . . probably more for adults, but can be read by mature children who like scary stories. I would love to see this as a movie!