I've read more than 60 books so far this year. Some are old, some are new, some you've probably never heard of. A few I'd never read again, but some I really enjoyed and those are the ones I wanted to pass along.
My top picks out of the books I've read this year (in no particular order):
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
This is actually a grown up book (I read them every once in a while!) but the main characters are kids through much of the story. I love this book. I want to write one like it some day.
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
I know this came out a long time ago, but I just read it this year. The other books in the series didn't hold my interest, but this first one is incredible. As soon as I finished it I had to read it to my kids. Awesome, awesome story.
Need by Carrie Jones
I love a good fantasy novel, especially when it takes place in the real world. This book rocked. The sequel comes out in January.
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
I didn't think I would like this book. It's YA, it deals with abuse and it's written in verse. So not my cup of tea. But once I started, I couldn't stop. This is such an amazing novel, such beautiful writing. If you haven't read it, you should.
Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart
Talk about beautiful writing! I loved this book because it's not high concept, it's just a really good story. The world needs more books like this.
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
My shelf book is a dragon story. I love dragons and I absolutely loved this book. It's high fantasy adventure with a plucky MC you can't help but adore. I can't wait to read this with my daughter.
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
This is another YA that I wasn't sure if I would like. It deals with how a teenage pregnancy affects the lives of four friends. I loved it. Amazing book. I want my daughter to read this when she's older.
Everything by Suzanne Collins
I read my first Gregor the Overlander book back in May and since then I've read every Suzanne Collins book. I love her writing. Seriously, I'm ready to start digging through her trash because I'm pretty sure even her grocery list would be well written!
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
The blend of humor, action and mythological gods is brilliant. I devoured these books then begged my son to read them so we could talk about them. Please don't take offense J.K., but this series is even better than the Harry Potter books. I can't recommend them highly enough!
So those are my top picks for the year. The strange thing is, the more I read, the bigger my pile gets. How'd that happen?