Another year of reading gone by. Here is my list for titles that made me sit up and take notice, or at least the ones I took time to record. There's a lack of picture books and a lack of GN this year, which is surprising since my son devoured it. He has Sidekicks, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and Astronaut Academy at home on his shelf.
The Big Crunch
Okay for Now
Anya's Ghost (GN)
Blood Red Road
Where Things Come Back
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Between Shades of Gray
Inside Out and Back Again
The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True
The Trouble with May Amelia (author site) [I"m surprised by how much I liked this. I never read the first. Patti, it rises above the scrappy-historical-fiction-heroine-does-good scenario.]
A Monster Calls
Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
If Rocks Could Sing: a discovered alphabet
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart (goodreads) [Even though we all know the outcome, the suspenseful pacing totally got me.]
Heart and Soul: the story of America and African-Americans (author site)
Big Little Brother [I love this book! Sibling dynamics and loving your little brother, even if he's bigger than you. Bonus: Little Brother likes to carry a donut around with him all day. A picture book a little left of center and totally wonderful.]
Little Owl Lost
Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots [well, of course!]
Anton Can Do Magic
The Night Circus
Unfamiliar Fishes (goodreads)
And hey! I like TV, too! This year I discovered The Big Bang Theory on local reruns. It's kind of fun to watch a series totally out of order. What episode will be next? My husband and I, we are too much fun. Count me in with the Downton Abbey Die Hards. PBS Mysteries had me all year, too.
Happy 2012 Reading, one and all! Patti and I will have our ALA Youth Media Awards Annual Chat and I cannot wait! Only 20 days to go.