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Top Reads of the Year

A lot of folks are doing their year round up, so I figured I would share, so here are my top picks of the year (NOT IN ORDER!) are--

House of Dead Maids--Clare Dunkle*** Top YA Pick
Divergent--Veronica Roth*** Top YA Pick
White Cat--Holly Black
Heist Society--Ally Carter
Raised By Wolves--Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Across the Universe--Beth Revis
Matched--Ally Condie
The Poisoned House--Michael Ford
Clockwork Angel--Cassandra Clare
Rise of Renegade X--Chelsea Campbell

NOTE: In MG, there were 3 that stood out.  I don't read as much MG, but these 3 were addictively good.
Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place--Maryrose Wood
Rise of the Darklings--Paul Crilley (Victorian, faery, adventure) *sighs* 
The Search for WondLa-- Tony DiTerlizzi

Darling Jim-- Christian Moerk  ***Easily my favourite book in a long time. I absolutely devoured this. His use of narrative structure and narrative timeline . . . *shivers in glee* Serial killer, storyteller, & some truly unlikeable characters with layered structure that made me re-read. LOVE.
The Sorcerer's House--Gene Wolfe

All Ages
Pegasus--Robin McKinley

What about you? What book or books did you find irresistible?


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Dec. 18th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
MATCHED and RAISED BY WOLVES both made my own top YA Picks of 2010. Beth is in my on-line critique group. Can't wait for ACROSS THE UNIVERSE! I was lucky to be able to read a few chapters before she got picked up. What I read, rocked!
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
AtU was wonderful. I read it in one sitting. :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
HEIST SOCIETY, RAISED BY WOLVES, and MATCHED will all be in my top fifteen :)


I only read a handful of adult books this year, and Linda Howard pretty much covers my favorites of those.
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Those are all new-to-me titles, too. I shall google them...
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I just finished Pegasus last night and really enjoyed it!

For MG I fell in love with Ingrid Law's Scumble and also Brandon Sanderson's Alcatraz series. Both deal with a kid who has a special talent for breaking things, but the plot and tone of them are wildly different. Also really liked Sarah Williams's Palace Beautiful, Kimberly Griffiths Little's The Healing Spell, and both new Riordan books out this year.

For YA I loved Elizabeth Bunce's Starcrossed, Alexandra Bracken's Brightly Woven, Jenny Moss's Shadow, Angie Frazier's Everlasting, and Maggie Stiefvater's Linger.

For adult (which I rarely read), I liked Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen, and also Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier.

Um, and I loved a lot more, too, but I'm trying not to glog up your comment space. :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. The only one there I read was SHADOW (which I read in manuscript & very much enjoyed--her style is so clean. I am awe of that sort of writing.) I'll have to look up some of the others you cite...
Dec. 18th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Well, some of yours are on my TBR list--I just haven't gotten to them yet.

If your son (who if I remember right is my son's age) likes Riordan, he might like the Alcatraz books, esp. if he reads a lot (literary jokes). Ditto MT Anderson's series that includes Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware.
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Too many! I adored Radiant Shadows as I associate it with good times (I had just finished my GCSE's). Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, which had me sobbing on my holiday balcony, and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I really enjoyed Personal Demons too. Oh, and how could I forget Tess of the D'Urbervilles?! An amazing novel I wish I had read years ago. This year has been pretty amazing for books but, somehow, next year looks even better! I have started saving all ready :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
TESS!!!!! I love that book so so much. Have you read his RETURN OF THE NATIVE? *sigh* Brilliant, brilliant writing.
Dec. 19th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Not yet. We are studying his poetry in class and the 1912-1913 collection is completely amazing. Each poem is so clever yet subtle and you can completely feel the emotion behing each word. My favourite is The Voice because its just so gothic and clever. I could go on forever about that one poem! I am desperate for Jude the Obscure once I have finished Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I just love his writing so much.
Dec. 18th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Well Wicked Lovley was one of my favorite YA reads This year! I just discovered that I do like books about faries if they are written right! Other YA books I enjoyed were Matched, Clockwork Angel, White Cat, The Reckoning!

I read Harry Potter series with my 10 year old son for the first time this year. So of course that was the best MG books I read!

Room by Emma Donoghue , Waking the Witch, and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy were among my favorite adult books.
Dec. 19th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Mocking Jay (Suzanne Collins), the last book in The Hunger Games wowed me a lot this year.
Dec. 19th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Added Darling Jim to my wishlist, hadn't heard of it before but it sounds delish!
Dec. 19th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
My best YA reads of 2010 included (not limited to 2010 releases and not in order):

*Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
*Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
*How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
*Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
*The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
*The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
*The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
*Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
*Stolen by Lucy Christopher
*If I Stay by Gayle Forman
*Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
*The Book Thief and Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
*The Queen of Attolia/The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (MG, yes, but the themes and messages were YA)
*Black Juice by Margo Lanagan

I already expect great things from the 2011 selections I already have in mind to read. :)
Dec. 19th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
My top ten released in 2010 would be(in no particular order):
*Nightshade- andrea cremer
*Beautiful Darkness- Kami Garcia and Marcia stohl
*Clockwork Angel- Cassandra Clare
*Mockingjay- Suzzane Collins
*Radiant Shadows-
*Last Sacrifice- Richelle Mead
*Only the Good Spy Young- Ally Carter
*The Eternal Dawn- Christopher Pike
*Paranormalacy- Kiersten White
*Descent- Charlotte McConaghy
and I cannot wait to read AtU(I've only read the preview on her website and I'm already wanting the book. badly). 2011 looks to be an awesome year for books. :)
Dec. 19th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
I totally agree about The Poisoned House - such a great read. I also loved Nightshade and Nevermore. I enjoyed Matched too which surprised me as dystopian stuff normally freaks me out.
Dec. 20th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
What does MG stand for?
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: MG
MG is "middle grade" (the under-12-but-not-picturebook category). Rowling's Harry Potter, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackon, & Lemony Snicket are all MG.
Teej Tryna Tell'em
Dec. 21st, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Matched was Awesome
Richelle Mead's Last Sacrifice
Simone Elkeles's Rules of Attraction
Raised by Wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Linger - Maggie Stiefvater
Personal Demons - Lisa Desrochers

Rick Riordan - The Lost Hero, The Red Pyramid

Haven't been able to get to the shelves as much this year as I'm a senior in High school. Every waking minute of my life this year has been spent typing papers, applying to colleges, doing homework, playing sports, etc.... but I'll look up a few of the books here... they seem fun!

Dec. 23rd, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Some of my YA favorites this year:
The Splendor Falls - Rosemary Clement-Moore
Graceling - Kristin Cashore
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Dec. 23rd, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I really loved Clockwork Angel and White Cat. I've recently been reading The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (adult short stories based on fairy tales) and they're pretty good, though I'm a little hung up on Puss-in-Boots right now.
Another adult book that I read that was pretty amazing was The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell. Beautiful and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic zombie story. Speaking of post-apocalyptic zombies stories, I also absolutely adored Carrie Ryan's The Dead Tossed Waves. I can't wait to read her next book.
I also just finished Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Fall, the second book in The Strain Trilogy. It was pretty good. I love what they've done with the vampire mythos; they're much more frightening than what we usually see in fiction nowadays. The first book was a little hard to get through when I first read it just because of how often it switched characters, but by the second book I was more comfortable with it and actually enjoyed switching perspectives.
There were many more I read and loved, but I really should be doing some work.
Dec. 27th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm disappointed you read Cassandra Clare :(

Oh well. That doesn't make YOU and your Wicked Lovely series any less amazing.
Jan. 12th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Clockwork Angels was one of my fav's.
My happy moment of the year read was Stopping Time.. Girl you rocked my socks.
Ruined by Paula Morris
I was behind and read all the Hunger games books in 2010
The Body Finder Kimberly Derting ... ohh gave me chill bumps. Loved it.
Adult read was Lover Mine by JR Ward
And Alpha by Rachel Vincent. So sad no more in the series.
Clair Couper
Jan. 18th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Im going to copy all the books from your post and these comments into my 2011 reading list :P

Books I've read this year and loved (that I can remember)...I dont know if theyre all 2010 releases but...meh

*The White Cat, Holly Black
*Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare
*Fire, Kristin Cashore (I won Graceling in a competition on your forum - thank you for getting me into her books!)
*Raised by Wolves
*Beautiful Creatues
*Linger - Maggie S...cant spell the rest :P
*Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan
*City of Ships - Mary Hoffman
*Loads of the True Blood series - they're so fun :P
Clair Couper
Jan. 18th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
o i forgot

*finding skye
*the dark divine
*stolen ----- by lucy christopher - AMAZING
*The Splendor Falls

I've been up to date with the Hunger Games trilogy, and I have to say, while I love the first two, I had a lot of issues with the third one, which is sad because the first two were amazing. I always think a book series should get better as it progresses, with the first and last books normally being my favourites.
Katrina Schofield
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
My favs were across the universe and the clockwork angel!! Cassandra Clare is one of my all time fav authors!!
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