Saturday, January 1, 2011

Top Ten of 2010

I wanted to get this list up sooner, but the internet did not want to cooperate! So after much debating and list making, here's my top ten reads of 2010 (to make it easier on myself I limited my list to 2010 releases instead of everything I read in 2010.) This is also my personal list and I made this from the books that I loved and personally were my favorite reads.

10. Hush by Eishes Chayil-a heartbreakingly beautiful look into a strict religious community-this book is a haunting read and will stick with you long after you read it. I'm thrilled that it made the Morris list this year!

9. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins-Just when I think paranormal is the same ol' thing, Hex Hall comes out and manages to combine boarding schools, paranormal and humor into a book that has just the right mix of laughs and mystery for my liking!

8. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder-I think this is Lisa's best book so far. It's an amazing novel in verse that takes the reader on a emotional journey and I just couldn't stop reading. Beautiful writing and a love story to remember-I read this is one sitting.

7. Sea by Heidi Kling-I didn't know what to expect from this book and it took me by surprise. A wonderfully written contemporary romance with a character who travels the world and does good. This one could have gone the preachy route but it never did and the unique storyline made it stand out. A fantastic debut!

6. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson-This was a book that I wasn't sure how much I liked it when I first read it, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. The quirky characters have stuck with me and the story turned out to be one I couldn't forget.

5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins-Love or hate the finale, you have to admit this series was amazing. Me, I thought Mockingjay wasn't anything that I expected and the emotional ride that Suzanne Collins put her readers on throughout the book and the surprises she pulled off make Mockingjay land a spot on my list. (This is the one Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan disagrees with the most-it's on his list of disappointing books of the year!)

4. A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee-A historical mystery with historical details deftly weaved into the storyline, a great character twist, and witty banter between the main characters-I was sold from the first page! One of my favorite debuts of the year!

3. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly-Figuring out just how the two storylines come together and uncovering the small details of how the characters connect made this a fantastic and memorable read.

2. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar-A novel about bridge for teens turns out to be a fantastic book with a bit of magic. I don't even know if I can really explain why I loved this one, but it left me wanting to hug the book at the end, I loved it that much.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins-Contemporary romance done right! This book is incredibly swoonworthy and it's another one that I wanted to hug after finishing. A hot English boy in France? I'm so there!!

9 comments:

  1. Great list! I'll have to check some of these out.

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  2. Great list, I definitely want to check some of them out - particularly your top 2!

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  3. I am surprised at how many of those I haven't read! More to add to my TBR list!

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  4. Very excellent list! There are several I still need to get to, including Revolution. Must be a faster reader.

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  5. oh, the cradturner. what a story. i simply loved it. it was magical. yes, it is hard to explain louis sachar love, the only way to say it is you just do. some of the others sound great as well. i'll finally be starting the hunger games next (i know, i'm so behind) i just finished incarceron. that's a great book.
    LF

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  6. Now that we're in 2011 I can read Revolution! I'm claiming it as part of my YA Historical Fiction challenge :)

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  7. I STILL have yet to get my hands on Anna and the French Kiss. Someday soon, hopefully!

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  8. A few of these were on my Top 10 List too. Revolution, Anna and the French Kiss - seriously great reads. Excellent list.

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  9. Everyone keeps talking about the book Anna and the French Kiss! When I first heard about it, I assumed it would just be another cheesy romance novel. But after reading a number of bloggers writing great reviews about this book, I must get my hands on it!
    :-)

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