Without further ado, here is Book Love's year in review: Top 10, By the Numbers, and Goals for the New Year
Top 10 YA Books Read in 2010 (with a three-way tie for 1st place and a two-way tie for the runner up!): All titles are linked to reviews
If I Stay by Gayle Forman - Because I still get a cryball in my throat and an urge to find the cello station on Pandora whenever I think of Mia's story
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner - Because this story was a breathless race to the finish, one of the few I read this year that I just could not put down
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead - Because I love a story that makes you think and question and wonder if the world really is the way that you always thought it was. Miranda's incredible story was my most frequent book gift this year!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - Because Junior is hilarious and heart-breaking and so wise beyond his years. While reading this book I was either bursting out laughing or quietly weeping, sometimes both on the same page. After reading, you will never again think about American Indians or the school system in the same way.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - Because I really still want to be Frankie Landau-Banks. She is just so freaking kick-butt and brilliant! This quote from her book still says it all:
"She might, in fact, go crazy, as has happened to a lot of people who break rules. Not the people who play at rebellion... but those who take some action that disrupts the larger social order. Who try to push through doors that are usually closed to them. They do sometimes go crazy, these people, because the world is telling them not to want the things they want... [but] another possibility--the possibility I hold out for--is that Frankie Landau-Banks will open the door that she is trying to get through. And she will change the world."Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - Because I have never in my life been so desperate for a book. Regardless of whether or not Mockingjay lived up to the hype, Katniss and Suzanne Collins have forever changed me - and a whole generation of students - as a reader. Every other fearless female I read about will have to be compared to the incomparable Katniss.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta - Because I still haven't stopped talking about the wonder that is Jellicoe Road. I've read very, very, very few stories that felt so completely real to me. I've read very, very, very few stories where I literally could not read anything else for a few days afterward because I had been so profoundly touched. Jellicoe Road is made of magic.
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness - Because I literally could not put this book down. Because Patrick Ness is a freaking creative genius. Because I still get a cryball when I think of Manchee. Because Todd and Viola really are the ultimate literary duo. Because Mayor Prentiss really is the most evil literary villain ever. Because this is the only series I've ever read where each new book was increasingly more amazing. Because I already want to pick it back up and read it all over again.
Top 3 NOT-YA of 2010: I very rarely review books that don't fall into the YA category, but these 3 books made a huge impression on me this year.
- Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
- Outcasts United by Warren St. John
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
By the Numbers
- This year I read 118 books.
- 8 were "grown-up" books, 4 were picture books (Yay, Oliver Jeffers!), and 106 were YA or middle grade.
- I reviewed 59 of those books.
- I wrote an average of 11 posts a month
- I met countless kind and opinionated fellow bloggers, and increased my mental TBR list by approximately a million
Goals for the New Year! In 2011 I would love to...
- Read more! My 2011 reading goal is 150 books.
- Review more of the books that I read. I'm shooting for 2 reviews per week.
- Post reviews from my students
- Attend a book conference like BEA or the ALA Annual Conference
- Read all of Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan books for 2010 and 2011
- Read at least one "grown up" book a month. There are just too many great books out there to only read YA!
To all of you who read and chat with me through Book Love, thank you! You are the reason why this whole blogging thing is so much fun. I hope you and your families have a joyous new year, filled with good books.