This is the time of year when I feel like the most popular girl in email land! My inbox explodes as friends and family begin their hunt for perfect gift books. After typing up the same list a few times, I thought, “why not share my favorites on my blog?”
First, a few stats: I read seventy-eight “traditionally” published books , seven manuscripts as a beta reader, and twenty-one self-published books for a grand total of 106.
That’s a lot of books. Not as many as the most prolific readers I know, but more than the average American reader (I’ve seen this number set anywhere from three to fifteen).
My favorites (bold denotes one of my all-time favorites):
Where She Went by Gayle Foreman
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Chime by Franny Billingsley
The Boyfriend Thief by Shanna Norris
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta (releases 2012 in the US)
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
It’s a YA heavy list, but a few straddle adult/young adult line: Finnikin, Froi, Where She Went, and Forbidden.
Out of these, The Boyfriend Thief was a surprise. It’s a self-published book that’s deserves a wider audience.
Chime and Imaginary Girls have gorgeous prose. Anna is probably the most adorable YA contemporary book I’ve ever read. Perfect for younger readers while still appealing to the *ahem* more mature YA reader.