Ahhh, another road trip Wednesday. The first of the year, hooray!
This week the YA Highway Roadtrippers want to know: what are the 5 best books in 2010 and/or how would you sum up your 2010 in a book title?
I've been trying to avoid a top books list, because it's SO hard, and so personal. Just because a book doesn't make my list doesn't mean I didn't like it or learn from it. I mean, seriously, who am I to judge?
So, in no particular order I will list five books I read this year that wowed me in some way. Please note, these are not necessarily books published this year, instead here are five books I read this year that I enjoyed. I hate it when my students change the assignment, but there it is.
Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver. My review is here. Just a stellar concept, beautifully realized.
here. It's no surprise she studied poetry. What a beautiful, heart wrenching, glorious book.
Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, discussed here. This will always be an all-time favorite book for me. A sweeping story with authentic characters, twists and turns, mega romance, and a love of books. What else do you need?
review) reminds me a bit of my own characters, and I loved to see what he did with the themes of science, nature, growing up, etc.
Stolen, Lucy Christoper. A true mind bender, reviewed here. The way the author takes you, and changes your conceptualization about what has happened is breathtaking.
And how could my year be summarized in a book title? Ummm... I can think of at least 3 of those:
1. The Idiot's Guide to Being a YA Author
2. Blogging for Dummies
3. Getting in over my head: my journey from unpublished author to unpublished author