Really. It’s like trying to choose a favorite kind of ice cream or one particular style of cookie -the taste that pleases you most will depend on your mood of the day- right? And yet. Aren’t there some books, and ice cream flavors or kinds of cookies, that never seem to let you down? That’s how I tried to select my list of books this year. It’s tough to stay within the number boundaries, but like last year, I kept it pretty close!
I made sure to include a variety of books, from non-fiction to a graphic novel to teen books, so I could feel confident that I provided a potential “new favorite” title for just about everyone! See what you think?
You Against Me by Jenny Downham
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Plague *and* Fear (which will be published in 2012) by Michael Grant
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin by Michael Inman
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
365 Thank Yous by John Kralik
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey
Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Yes. I know. There’s more than eleven -but just by one! So this year I kept it the same, but made it different too, from my Top Ten of 2010. What’s the same? I’ve created a list of twelve books, they are in alphabetical order, and there is a variety of genres/age appeal. What’s different? I specifically made sure that I didn’t repeat authors -except one, how could I not include Deanna Raybourn’s newest gem? The two non-fiction books aren’t in The Reading Room, so I linked to the author’s website and you can see more of what they’re about…
I hope you enjoy reading my list, and hopefully the actual books!, as much as I enjoyed making the list! (And at least half as much as I enjoyed seeing what other books got a shout out this week!)
Have a wonderful time reading!