This week’s prompt is Top Ten Books Read in 2011.
Why?: Friends, I don’t think The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell is getting the attention it deserves. This book is a quiet, wonderful middle grade read that reminds me of Anne Of Green Gables but with birds and a decades old murder mystery. It’s very, very wonderful and I want MORE people to read it. Trust me, I would never give you a bullshit book recommendation. The Aviary is legit.
Why?: As an introduction to adult contemporary romance, Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise was solid. After finishing it, I created a list in my brain of potential people to push it on. I also still think of Love Me Tender occasionally and will absolutely re-read this one.
Why?: Sometimes in life we read books that take our souls and rip them into shreds, books that just shatter us. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a book that I listened to that totally slayed me. I felt such deep emotion for A Monster Calls that I know my best of 2011 list would be incomplete without it.
Why?: I have this thing for orphans. AND YOU GUYS SAM AND RIDDLE AND AN INNOCENT ROMANCE. And I just love contemporary that is well done that also makes me feel something without schmaltz. And that ending, WOW.
Why?: Yo, this hearkens back to authors like Robin McKinley and Tamora Pierce and it was like publishing said, April, what do you wish we would publishing and then they gave me The Girl Of Fire And Thorns which is high fantasy AND AWESOME AS ALL HELL. OMG. I could go on and on all day about HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS book.
Why?: So there were one hundred million dystopia books that came out in 2011 because it was the fetch genre. Divergent stood out for me because of my girl Triss who is the shiz. Seriously. if I am in a fight or need a good friend, I want Triss in my corner. AND FOUR. Ahhhh. Utterly impossible to put down and totally exceeded my expectations.
Why?: Yo, there are bells that fight the dead. BELLS. BELLS. Yes, bells. I shall forever be a fan of new forms of magic and I just love those damn bells a little too much. Plus the title character, Sabriel is da bomb. She rocks. AND MOGGET. Foreva.
Why?: A good angel book always deserves a shout out. Also people get so apeshit over Laini Taylor and I never knew why. But NOW I DO. Girl can turn a phrase like nobody’s business. Seriously, Taylor’s prose is delicious. She’s got this way with words that completely drew me in.
Why?: You know how some books are totally going to not pass the test of time, but others become classics? I think this book will be a classic. It is delightful and complex with themes and messages not just for children, but for adults too. Plus there are charming illustrations and Ell the Wyvern is my secret BFF, forever.
Why?: OMG THE ULTIMATE ORPHAN BOOK. Poor Peter Nimble gets his eyes pecked out by ravens, then has more crappy luck but then makes friends with Sir Tode who is a baller. And then there is magic and children fighting against an evil force. And apes. And beautiful writing. Pretty much I love this book so hard.