Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Top Ten. Or Fab Five times two...

Since I recently started writing and have decided, though my tastes run broad, that I’d focus in the YA realm, I’ve done a lot of catch-up reading this year. I still have a huge TBR list, but I got to many of the books I’d wanted to read. Here are my ten favorites. (Keep in mind that they were not all published in 2009.)

Realistic contemporary:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Love his style.
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers: Laughed and cried through the whole thing.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: Beautifully written.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: This may belong below, but I'm putting it here.

Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore: I’ll read anything this woman writes.
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: On the edge of my seat.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer: Sorry, you’ll have to wait until October. (I’ve got an awesome crit partner!)
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I’m actually in the middle of it right now and loving it.

So, there’s mine. What about yours?


  1. Two of the many books I enjoyed this year:

    The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. It's a poetic, page turning contemporary YA novel.

    Angry Management by Chris Crutcher. Great Characters.

  2. Oh wow! I made the list!! Thanks, Lisa (I have an awesome crit partner too)

  3. Many of those books make my list. I'm a huge fan of Collins and Cashore, and since I'm a fan of Andrea's blog, I know I'm gonna love her book. Lucky you to have had the sneak preview!
    I hadn't heard of Cracked Up to Be, so I will go in search of that--laughing and crying are good.
    Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian is fabulous.
    I enjoyed Pearl North's Libyrinth, which has one of the best opening lines:
    The wind howled and the flames roared, but the books, as they died, merely fell silent.

  4. Yours are actually very similar to mine!

    These are my favorite *published* books which I read this year
    Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    Cracked Up To Be and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (SGA is out 1/5/2010)
    Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
    13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

  5. Paul--Thanks! I'll look for them!

    Andrea--Of course you made the list, chick! What are you thinking?

    Tricia--I've been meaning to pick up Part-time Indian. I've heard great things. You gotta read Cracked Up To Be!

    Suzie--Great minds think alike! ;)