According to Goodreads, I read 48 books last year. Frankly, I was surprised that number wasn’t higher. I think I may have missed a few. Anyway, here are my favorites (in reverse chronological order). The most recent 3 are middle grade and the rest are young adult. If I featured the book in a Read Through Thursday or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post, then the link is embedded. The dates in parentheses are when each book was published, not when I read them.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (Mar 2010)
Savvy by Ingrid Law (May 2008)
Elliot and the Goblin War by Jennifer Nielsen (Oct 2010)
Luminous by Dawn Metcalf (Jul 2011)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (May 2011)
The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan (Jun 2011)
Red Glove by Holly Black (Apr 2011)
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton (Feb 2011)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Mar 2010)
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (Feb 2010)
* If I do my top 10 YA books of 2011, I would replace the 3 MG books with:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Jan 2011)
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker (Mar 2011)
The Shattering by Karen Healey (Sep 2011)
This was a tough choice. Several books vied for that last position. I learned quite a bit by looking at my list of books read. For example, I was definitely fantasy-heavy last year. I think I read more contemporary YA in 2010, which probably reflects what I was writing at the time. I’m happy to see a large number of debut books here, mixed in with a couple of sequels.
How many books did you read in 2011? Are you setting any reading goals for the new year?