July 3rd, 2010


Top Books of 2010 (halfway through)...

I did this last year too, and it's fun (for me mostly) to see which books have really stood out to me during the first six months of the year. So here are my five-star reads (titles link to the Tattered Cover pages, in case you want more info) and the four-plus-star reads for middle grade (which is the same as five-star YA in my world). First, my 'definition' of five-star:

***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite.

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(In alphabetical order)

Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally), by Lisa Yee (MG)
The Body Finder, by Kimberly Derting (YA suspense)
The Dark Divine, by Bree Despain (YA urbanfantasy)
The Demon's Covenant, by Sarah Rees Brennan (YA urbanfanstasy)
Flirting with Disaster, by Rhonda Stapleton (YA romance)
The Gardener, by S.A. Bodeen (YA science fiction)
Girl Overboard, by Justina Chen Headley (YA contemporary)
Heist Society, by Ally Carter (YA spy/adventure)
Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins (YA paranormal)
Lies, by Michael Grant (YA dystopic)
The Line, by Teri Hall (YA dystopic)
The Magic Thief: Found, by Sarah Prineas (MG fantasy)
My Most Excellent Year, by Steven Kluger (YA contemporary)
Raised by Wolves, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (YA urbanfantasy)
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman (MG historical)
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie, by David Lubar (lower YA/tween contemporary)
Spells, by Aprilynne Pike (YA urbanfantasy)
This World We Live In, by Susan Beth Pfeffer (YA dystopic)
Voices of Dragons, by Carrie Vaughan (YA fantasy)
Zen & Xander Undone, by Amy Kathleen Ryan (YA contemporary)

Whew! There we go. Out of 98 books read so far this year, 21 are favorites. That's 21%, which is a little higher than last year...I wonder if the rest of this year will continue in that fashion :) Of my favorites, only 4 came out before 2010 -- so 17 (and 17%) of the books I've read this year are newly released (2010 books). Not bad -- clearly it's a good year for books. For the end-of-year favorites post, I'll try to break everything down (publishing year, genre, POC, author gender, etc) -- just because I think it's fun to do things like that (the geek in me, hehe).

Have a great holiday weekend, and in between all the celebrations and fireworks, be sure to pick up a good book :D