I had an excellent reading year and, of course, want to point out my favorite (and later my least favorite) reads.
I picked 13 books because that’s how many I really wanted to highlight and it turns out that’s how many I highlighted last year, so this will be my thing now. These are in no order other than when I read them throughout the year.
Austenland – Shannon Hale
The book and the movie are friggen adorable and I can’t get enough. Plus, as an Austen fan, I’d love to visit a place like that!
The Oversight – Charlie Fletcher
I was drawn in by the fabulous cover and kept hooked by the refreshing gaslight fantasy plot. Eagerly awaiting the third book!
Beastkeeper – Cat Hellisen
Everything I could ever want in a dark middle-grade/fairy tale retelling.
Nimona – Noelle Stevenson
A fun, snarky, beautifully illustrated comic about villains – my favorite!
The Wild Robot – Peter Brown
A book after my own metallic heart! So many feels and illustrations by the author!
Alias Hook – Lisa Jensen
Oh my gourd, talk about a dark retelling. Plus sexiness. Plus villains! I want this Hook so bad.
Wolf Road – Beth Lewis
This book had some unexpected twists and a wonderfully depressing tone.
Pax – Sarah Pennypacker
More heavily emotional middle-grade! Just drown me in it, please. Not to mention an incredibly well-done animal POV.
Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
Another book that pleasantly surprised me. I love sci-fi that gets me thinking “what if?”
Cold-Forged Flame – Marie Brennan
Yes, a novella of only 100 pages made my top list. In such a short time I was thoroughly engrossed in this world and desperate for more!
The Haunted House Project – Tricia Clasen
Middle-grade was slaying me this year. Emotionally powerful and contemporary, for once.
Ship of Fools – Richard Paul Russo
More sci-fi that had me thinking and totally creeped out.
Liesl & Po – Lauren Oliver
The fifth middle-grade on this list. Magical, emotional, dark and illustrated. Need I say more!?
So tell me, do you agree with me on any of my favorites? Or disagree, even? Let’s discuss!