Top Ten Books I Read This Year That I Loved (Listed In
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – this semi-autobiographical and delightfully illustrated story deserves the 22 awards it received.
2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Honest to goodness, this book will change your life.
3. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos – reads like a Cole Porter song: clever, funny, sexy, poignant, and expressing all kinds of love in musical prose.
4. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – made me whoop for joy at the clever twists and turns.
5. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt – broke my heart.
6. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork – this author’s warmth jumps right out of the pages.
7. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly – beautifully wrought prose.
8. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – historical romance saga at its best.
9. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – laughed till I cried.
10. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – follow-up to The Tea Rose, this next installment is even better than the first! (But they are both so good, you’ll want to read both, so start with The Tea Rose.)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin – racial reversal in Mississippi
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – information overload set on a dystopic world
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick – haunting tale of redemption
Room by Emma Donoghue – unforgettable story with a five-year-old narrator