A couple of the books I read were BEASTS (ahem LITTLE DORRIT and THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE), and I also read 10 manuscripts for friends, so I practically made it to 100.
Many of the books I read were fantastic and I wanted to share my list of favorites, so here goes...
(Note: I'm only including books I read this year. If I had to list all of my favorites this post would go on forever.)
THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls
This is pretty much a must read. It's horrifying and heartwarming all at once.
Favorite Middle Grade
PRINCESS FOR HIRE by Lindsey Leavitt and Janice Hardy's SHIFTER
PRINCESS FOR HIRE is really cute and magical (two things I love in MG) and THE SHIFTER is a great story, with great writing.
MATCHED by Ally Condie, followed closely by Ally Carter's HEIST SOCIETY and Kiersten White's PARANORMALCY
These were all just fun. I read a lot of deep YA too, but I really appreciated the lighter stuff this year.
Charles Dickens LITTLE DORRIT and Thomas Hardy's FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
I always read a few classics. LITTLE DORRIT took me all year to get through, but it was a great story and well worth the effort.
THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Obviously)
I love these.
Favorite book from a genre I'd never read before
Jody Hedlund's Christian romance THE PREACHER'S BRIDE
I read this because Jody is a friend. I loved it because it was a really great story, told well.
NURTURE SHOCK by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Favorite Books from Childhood Revisited
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry and pretty much everything by Roald Dahl
It was really fun to read these again now that I'm grown up.
Favorite book for grown ups and favorite book this year
THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett
LOVED this. I think it was probably my favorite read in five years.
So there you have it! I read a very wide range of books this year so hopefully there's something here for everyone. I promise if your taste is exactly like mine you will love these books! And if you're taste isn't exactly like mine you'll probably still like some of them. :)
Now the question is, what should I read in 2011?