Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
The story follows Manolo as he tries to grow up in the shadow of his famous father. Beautifully written so that you can feel the pressures, the worries and all the fears that Manolo has to go through. You also get a look into the world of bullfighting. And although you may want to flip to the glossary in the back once in a while it never leaves you lost nor do the unfamiliar terms interrupt the flow of the narrative. It is a unique and touching coming of age story.
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
This isn’t for everyone. This isn’t for me. The book is all dialogue and description. Which isn’t inherently a bad thing but in this instance it didn’t really do anything for me. There are a few interesting exchanges, mostly between Zooey and his mother, but mostly I just found it all uninteresting. I didn’t feel as if anything had happened. Or that anything had been explained or resolved. Nor did I think it was filled with insightful revelations. Zooey talks and talks and then finally stops. That’s it.