In no particular order:*
I had never read it.
Daughters insisted. I liked it. Quite a bit more than I thought I would. Crazy-creepy, and oddly touching.
No one really needs to say anything more about Jane Eyre, do they?
But I should.
I had never read Jane Eyre before this summer.
I had to read it, in order to keep up with Betsy, who loves, lives, and breathes all-things-period-drama-and-lit.
Classic and gothic, just as you've always heard it was.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
When a friend mentioned this book, and I saw that it was written by Maria Semple (who has past close personal ties to Arrested Development, Ellen, and Mad About You) I kind of had to read it. This book trailer sums up what I loved about book and author.
(And, hey, Maria? No, wait ... Dear Maria: I could happily read epistolary novels for the rest of my life. Epistolarily yours, Karen)
Emily of Deep Valley
It's Maud Hart Lovelace.
I would follow her anywhere.
I think Rainbow Rowell might have a heart as wide as the horizon.
* Caveats on language and content on some of the above. Be sure to check out reviews on Amazon, or BN.com, or Goodreads to determine what's right for you!