I couldn’t end the week without mentioning just a couple more favorites. As the Teen Librarian the majority of the books I read are young adult books, which I love, but occasionally I need a break from the lives of teenagers. Here are a few of the non-YA books that I really enjoyed this year:
1. Faithful Place by Tana French is the third novel by this Irish mystery writer. I enjoyed the family history, the Irish slang, and the vivid descriptions of the Dublin neighborhood where the story takes place.
2. The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz is the fourth book featuring the quirky and hilarious family of private investigators, aka, the Spellmans. Anyone looking for a laugh-out-loud series will want to start at the beginning with The Spellman Files.
3. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is the first book in a charming mystery series featuring the hilarious and precocious Flavia de Luce, who has become one of my favorite characters.
4. The 13th Hour by Richard Doestch is a fast-paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.
5. Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth is the first book in The President’s Vampire series. This book is an action-packed political thriller with a unique paranormal twist.
6. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen is a magical and enchanting story about two different women finding their place in a quirky town full of misfits. I did not want this story to end.
In order to make this an official Top Ten of 2010 I’ll finish off the list with a few more young adult novels. Here are a few YA books that I think will appeal to both teens and adults.
7. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar is a touching and at times hilarious book about a teenaged boy, his blind old great-uncle, and the game of bridge. With a hint of romance and magical realism, this book is a real gem.
8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first book in a prequel series to her Mortal Instruments series. This new series explores the world of Shadowhunters in Victorian England. All you adult fans of Twilight will want to read everything by Ms. Clare.
9. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer is the first book in the series starring Mary “Jacky” Faber, orphan, ship’s boy, pirate, fine lady, soldier, sailor, spy and all-around adventurer. This is one of my all time favorite series and I highly recommend checking out the audio versions of these books.
10. Lies by Michael Grant is the third book in the riveting Gone series. It’s been 7 months since all of the adults in Perdido Beach disappeared and those left behind are desperate to escape. Stephen King fans will not want to miss this fast-paced and creepy series.
This list has a little bit of everything-action, mystery, humor, and even vampires (but not the swoon-worthy sparkly kind) so you are bound to find something that you like!