The autistic 15-year-old narrator of this novel, Christopher John Francis Boone, is so well imagined that you'll keep hearing his voice in your head. Often misunderstood, he's falsely accused of killing a neighbor's dog and decides to find the killer himself. This is the journal of his investigation, and it's absolutely unforgettable.
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Now THIS is the greatest series ever written. I really need to just buy the series...it's been years since I've read them...the first one I read 12 or 13 years ago!
Not only can you get your literary passport stamped twice with Hemingway's romp through Paris and Pamplona, but you can enjoy an immersive mood piece about the highs and lows of drunken, rambling youth.