I've spent my whole life reading almost exclusively Bildungsroman (coming-of-age) type stories and I always try to expand into other genres there's just something about those stories that, no matter how old I get, I can't get enough of them. Anyway, it seems that the older I get, the more I appreciate brevity in writing (which I think is the opposite of how it's supposed to work =[ ). I used to hunt out series books. I always liked how familiar that I could get with characters in them. But, as I get older, series are starting to become somewhat of a turn off. It just seems that the non-series books like Phantom Tollbooth have started to dominate my list of favorite books. The problem is that it's really easy to find out about a good series book, but finding good non-series books is a lot harder (at least for me). If any of you would like to post your favorites, I'd really appreciate it.