I did it last year and I’m doing it again. My top seven reads of the year.
I read 33 books in 2010. Maybe that’s not a lot compared to some but it’s seven more than last year and good grief, I wrote two books and moved across the country. I took care of three children on the side and I make my own bread, (my one domestic talent.)
It was surprisingly easy to pick out my favorites for this year.
SAVVY by Ingrid Law
Sweet, spunky and original. I’m looking forward to reading the companion novel, SCUMBLE.
WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead.
Newbery Medal winner. This was actually a pretty complex plot, something to challenge kids and adults alike. I loved how she really dug deep in her concepts and made sense of things that make no sense, like time-travel.
A CURSE DARK AS GOLD by Elizabeth C. Bunce
A loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. Gorgeous and haunting. I’m a new fan of Ms. Bunce.
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins.
It made me want to take anti-depressants but still I love this series. I will always love it.
MATCHED by Allie Condie
Likely the most highly anticipated YA novel of 2010 and it did not disappoint, (well not me anyway.)
FEED by M.T. Anderson.
I am not a fan of cussing and especially not the ever popular “f-word” so it is probably surprising to some that I like this book because it says the f-word in abundance and plenty other colorful words. But strangely, this book is one of my favorites and I almost appreciate those four-letter-words, for they are not written as a compliment to themselves. Feed is surprisingly literary and it is so deep and poignant to our society today. I think every teen, and even adults, should read this and consider what they sound like, what they act like, what they feel like.
And my #1 read for this year is:
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie.
And it is absolutely true and funny and sad and beautiful. I find it interesting that my favorite read of the year is a contemporary novel with no sci-fi or fantastical elements whatsoever.
Do me a favor and tell me at least one of your favorite reads this year that wasn’t on my list!
Happy New Year! Looking forward to an awesome 2011.