Let's play a game. Post a short passage (about a paragraph) from a novel that you admire - something that is indicative of the type of writing you aspire to, and something that is not so obscure there is a good chance no one else has ever heard of it. Add a line or two about why you admire this particular work. Everyone else tries to name the title and author. Hopefully that makes sense, because I am sick and the virus is taking over my brain.
"Dill left us early in September, to return to Meridian. We saw him off on the five o'clock bus and I was miserable without him until it occurred to me that I would be starting to school in a week. I never looked forward more to anything in my life. Hours of wintertime had found me in the treehouse, looking over at the schoolyard, spying on the multitudes of children through a two-power telescope Jem had given me, learning of their games, following Jem's red jacket through wriggling circles of blind man's bluff, secretly sharing their misfortunes and minor victories. I longed to join them."
Reasons I love this book: emotional connection to characters; creation of setting; realistic; good message; mix of humor with drama