The end of the 2010-11 school year looms. My professional life is completely swamped by textbooks, textbooks, textbooks. Evey night I come home completely exhausted so I haven't had much energy to read or blog. One more week then I begin my summer reading! In the meantime here is a list of my favorite YA novels that I read this school year:
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This book is zany, funny, and very memorable. Not to be missed. This was my favorite book of the year by far.
2. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
I was completely immersed in the world created by Pratchett. Luckily I finally found this author. The book is both whimsical and funny.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
This is my favorite Printz Award/Honor book of the year. It took my breath away.
4. Jane by April Lindner
This modern retelling of Jane Eyre rekindled an interest in the classic book for me.
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
I laughed, I cried. This book made me think and question what it means to be human.
6. Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The exciting sequel to the Maze Runner. Equal if not better than the first book.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Aside from the whiny teenager, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I learned a ton about the French Revolution.
8. Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
The topic is book banning and the author is Chris Crutcher. Do I need to say more?
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Another Printz honoree. This one has all the gritty, angsty stuff I like in YA lit.
10. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
A romantic book between a girl and a werewolf. Sounds terrible, but it really is a touching, wonderful love story.
Honorable Mentions: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Cohn and Levithan; Revolver by Sedgwick; Anna and the French Kiss by Perkins; Split by Avasthi; and Monsters of Men by Ness.
It was a school year of good books. I really had a hard time picking ten of my favorites. If I made the list tomorrow I'd probably pick different books. This list does cover a wide range of reading genres and styles. I purposely left nonfiction selections off the list though I read several very good books in that category this year.