Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Reading List

Anna and the French Kiss - Read This
Anna Dressed In Blood - Read This 

Beauty Queens - Mixed
Before I Fall - Read This
Behemoth (Leviathan #2) - Read This

Clockwork Prince - Read This
Crossed (Matched #2) - Mixed

Eat, Pray, Love - Did Not Finish
The Eternal Ones - Mixed

Fire - Skip This (content)
Fire of the Covenant - Read This 
First Day (Ally Condie) - Mixed
Forever (Shiver #3) - Read This
The Forgotten Locket (Hourglass Door #3) - Mixed


Happyface - Read This
Heist Society - Read This 
The Help - Read This
The Hourglass Door - Mixed
How to Save a Life - Read This
How to Say Goodbye in Robot - Read This 
The Hunger Games (audiobook) - Listen to This 

I'll Be There - Read This
If I Stay - Read This
Illusions (Wings #3) - Read This
Incarceron - Skip This 

Jellicoe Road - Read This
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance - Read This 

Lockdown - DNF 
Lola and the Boy Next Door - Read This
The Lost Saint (Dark Divine #2) - Read This






The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) - Read This
Sean Griswold's Head - Read This
Shade - Mixed/Skip This (content)
Ship Breaker - Mixed
Shut Out - Discuss This
The Sky is Everywhere - Read This
Spells (Wings #2) - Read This
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes - Mixed
Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) - Read This 
Sweethearts - Read This 


The Way He Lived - Mixed
Where She Went (If I Stay #2) - Read This
Why We Broke Up - Read This
Wicked Lovely - Mixed 
Wings - Read This
Wither - Mixed 
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1) - Did Not Finish


Yearbook (Ally Condie) - Mixed


Friday, December 30, 2011

Best of 2011 - Best of the Rest

Not everything I read is contemporary or dystopia (or even YA). Here were some of my "out of my genre" favorites of 2011:

6. The Wings series by Aprilynne Pike (fantasy-ish?)
I'm almost embarrassed to admit how much I like these because they are so, so out of my normal genre. But they're fun, fast reads.

5. The Body Finder books by Kimberly Derting (paranormal-ish?)
It's The Sixth Sense meets Twilight. And really good. And really creepy. And cute boys.

4. The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld (steampunk, historical fictiony)
 Who knew steampunk was so awesome?  Also, kick-butt, girl disguised as a boy main character.

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (fiction set in the 1960's)
I know racism is incredibly complex and this isn't a perfect discussion of the issue, but it was a great story with unique characters.

2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (paranormal)
If you're so over the paranormal/vampires/werewolves trend in YA, this is the book for you. It's almost paranormal satire, and completely hilarious.

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor (urban fantasy?)
I thought this book was going to go all Mortal Instruments on me, but it definitely did not. I love a book that I think I have figured out and then am completely wrong about. (for older teens)

And now, for the Read This Razzies, or The Best of the Worst of 2011
5. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Didn't like the violence, or the message. Also, high fantasy is just not my thing.

4. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Creepster love interest; everyone lies to the main character and she's ok with it.

3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Weird science; illogical use of polygamy

2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Privileged lady spends a lot of time whining. Also traveling. I couldn't finish this one, so maybe it's not fair to include it with books I did finish.

1. Fire by Kristen Cashore
I should have quit after Graceling, as the setting and her style are not for me. I thought every character in this story (except for maybe the daughter) was unlikeable. Also, nobody wants to hear about drama with girly bodily function issues. Also violent. And sex everywhere.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best of 2011 - Dystopias

I started a bunch of dystopias this year, and surprisingly didn't finish quite a few of them. (I'm looking at you, Lockdown and Pure) And there were a few that were just ok for me. One will actually show up in part of tomorrow's post, The Best of The Worst.

Anyway, on to the goods. My top 5 6 YA dystopian reads were:

5. Variant by Robison Wells
Slow first half, but non-stop second half.

4. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I've never read anything like this. (But it is very, very violent)

3. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
The second book was the best, but the ending makes for good discussion. (Also very violent)

2. Possession by Elana Johnson
I really enjoyed reading this book, and the ending made me love it.

1.5 Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I was afraid it would be a retread of other dystopian books, but holy moley it was just really good.

 1. Matched by Ally Condie
Even if Crossed left me disappointed, it doesn't take away from how incredibly well-written Matched was.

ETA: D'oh! How could I have forgotten Delirium? It's now in it's rightful spot at 1.5

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Best of 2011 - Contemporary

In my first year of book blogging I realized I have two favorite YA genres, contemporary and dystopian. And since I read so many of both, they get their own "best of" list this year.
If you're looking for a good contemporary read, these were the best ones I read this year.

10. Happyface by Stephen Emond

9. Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

8. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

7. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

6. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

5. The Ruby Oliver series (starting with The Boyfriend List) by e. lockhart

4. Paper Towns by John Green

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

2. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

What were some of your favorite contemporary books this year?

Friday, December 2, 2011

On Holiday

I know I haven't been around the blog much lately, so I thought I'd make it official. I'm taking a break for the holiday season. Between baking and shopping and moving and life, it's a little busy around here.

I'll probably be back to do some "Best of 2011" lists, because I've read some great stuff. Just recently I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I don't even like fantasy.

So, happy holidays to everybody and I'll catch you all in 2012.

Provo/Orem friends, as I'm packing I found a couple books I don't want anymore. Anybody interested in Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans, or Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty?