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Top books I've read since the beginning of this blog in July 2009. (Review date in parentheses.)
- The Things They Carried by Timothy O'Brien---(7-26-09) Written in the 1980s I'd been encouraged to read this book for many years before I actually did so. This book, about the Vietnam War and healing oneself, is very powerful. It is possible that I started blogging because of this book.
- Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins---(10-4-09) I read Hunger Games in April and Catching Fire as soon as it came out in October, but I blogged about them together. I remember asking my library assistant to read Hunger Games when I first got it in the library so she could tell me what it was about. When she returned it she said it was "pretty good." When I finally read it I wondered at her understatement. It knocked my socks off.
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly---(10-15-09) This book is one of my all-time favorites. It is about a boy who is trying to find his way home but keeps encountering fairy tales with a twist. Magical.
- Going Bovine by Libba Bray---(1-3-10) This book defies categorization. It is about a kid who is on a heroes journey to save the world or is dying from Mad Cow Disease. You be the judge. Love it and love Ms. Bray.
- The Plot Against America by Philip Roth---(9-8-10) This book to be a fractured history. It takes an actual historical event, WWII, but changes one thing. In this case FDR is defeated by Charles Lindbergh, a known antisemitic, in the 1940 election. Things go badly for Jews in America and fast. I often think about this book and its message when I watch politics today.
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann---(11-14-10) Interconnected stories that all revolve, in some way, around the World Trade Center Towers and the man who walked between the two towers on a tightrope when they were being built.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams---(4-5-11) Can you believe that I didn't read this famous book until I was well into my 50s? This is a not-to-be-missed book. It is simply laugh-aloud hilarious!
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green---(1-18-12) As a John Green fan I was holding my breath in anticipation of this book's launch. I loved every moment of it, even those requiring hankies.
- Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater---(2-25-12) A Printz Honor Award Book for 2012, this book was by far my favorite of all the winners. I'm at a loss for words how to describe this magical book.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline---(7-28-12) Anyone who sorta likes video games or grew up in the 1980s or is into computers and technology MUST read this book. I'm not into any of those things and I still loved it. Go get it now!
- Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
- The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
- Stolen by Lucy Christopher
- A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
- Roger and Amy's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan