This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…
Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog
Wow, it is reeeeeally hard to narrow my favorites down, and I’ve only been blogging since January! I can’t imagine how difficult this was for those of you who have been blogging for years! I have 13 titles (technically 15, agh!), and I can’t get rid of any more. I loved all of these books for different reasons.
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green — Such a wonderful and heartbreaking story. Pretty sure the last quarter of the book is peppered with tear stains. I loved this one because it made me feel all the emotions.
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys — This book is the haunting story of Lithuanians under Stalin’s rule during World War 2. I’m using the beginning of this book as an example of a great lead with my students. I loved this one because it gave us a look at a group of people often overlooked in the Holocaust talk.
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman — This was an amazing sequel to If I Stay, which I read last fall. My heart just broke for Adam in this story. I loved this one because it gave such a real look at how life can affect one’s a relationship and how a relationship can affect one’s life.
- Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver — Oh, that ending!! After my students left for the day, I had to open the book and keep reading because I had gotten to THAT POINT…you know, that point where you know you can’t do anything else until you finish. I loved this one because I have no idea what will happen in book 3!
- Leverage by Joshua Cohen — Everytime I think about this book, my stomach rolls. I loved this book because it was gritty, laying everything bare.
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio — Auggie is one of my favorite characters ever. He is inspiring. He is strong. He is funny, smart, and endearing. “I didn’t destroy a Death Star or anything like that, but I did just get through the fifth grade. And that’s not easy, even if you’re not me.” I loved this one because everyone should choose kind.
- From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer — Who wouldn’t love a fun teen version of “The Hangover” told from alternating points of view? I loved this one because it was such a light, fun read that had me laughing and crying.
- Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin — Kelsey is such a lovable character. There is no way that I could have made it though her year without hiding out in my room! Here is my review. I loved this one because it was a hilarious look at the life of a high school freshman whose year doesn’t quite meet her expectations.
- Boy21 by Matthew Quick — I can’t wait to book talk Boy21 to my students this upcoming year. It has a great mix of basketball and relationships. Here is my review. I loved this one because Finley is a character that you root for. You want him to succeed in his relationship, basketball, and his “project” with Boy21.
- Enclave and Outpost by Ann Aguirre — I read Enclave this summer and was lucky enough to be able to borrow the ARC of Outpost from Kathy at The Brain Lair. I loved these because the narrator is a strong heroine who experiences growth throughout the series.
- Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu — It’s well established that I love books from alternating POV, and this series is such a great example of how alternating the POV enhances the story. I loved this book because I truly care about the characters and want them to show the Republic what. is. up!
- Ashfall by Mike Mullin — If there is a huge natural disaster that disrupts my world and my life…I just hope that I can survive like Alex and Darla. Here is my review. I loved this one because it was such a harrowing, realistic view of what post-apocalyptic life might be like.
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson — I used to think I wasn’t really a fan of high fantasy, but books like Graceling and The Girl of Fire and Thorns really cause me to rethink this! Here is my review. I loved this book because Elisa wasn’t a strong, perfect heroine from page one, but someone who had to grow into her power and strength throughout the book.