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Top Eleven Reads of 2012! Number Eight...

It's hard to believe it's the end of 2012 -- which means it's time for another list of books from yours truly. ;) I would've only done the top ten, except that I only have eleven five-star reads this year -- so I will highlight them all. It's always challenging to put this in any kind of order, and I want to point out that it's rather subjective (on top of already being a subjective list), as the way I feel about these books right now is different than I might have felt three months ago. Plus, the top eight are clumped so closely together in my mind (in terms of enjoyment) that they're almost random in their order -- you could simply say that I loved all eleven, and I adored the top eight pretty much equally! (All the covers link to their Tattered Cover book page, fyi.)

That said, let's move to number Eight (out of 111 books read this year):


The Way We Fall, by Megan Crewe
Why did this stay with me? First, I'm sure some of it has to do with getting to read this before publication (a couple of times, in fact) -- that definitely made me enjoy the final version a great deal! Second, even without that, I would've loved this book because it's got a fantastic plot and incredibly sympathetic characters. I love the whole concept of this virus which moves out of control, and I especially love how Kaelyn and others step up to the plate. Third, I adore Kaelyn. She's quiet, thoughtful, dreamy, curious -- and when the book opens, she's feeling a very common insecurity that I think most teens (and most adults) struggle with: that feeling that you've let someone down or even hurt them without meaning to. But she's able to pull away from those worries and focus on the here and now as the virus begins to take over their world -- and she's so strong but in mostly subtle ways. I felt very connected to her, and I'm thrilled that her story will continue. Fourth, the unexpected romance between Kaelyn and another character (I won't spoil it, if you haven't already read it) is very sweet. I will admit, I've read the third book already (in its pre-published form -- but it's still amazing), and I can't wait for the second to come out in 2013 -- highly recommended (the entire trilogy)!
Tags: book reports, top eleven
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