December 27, 2010

List Maniac #12 - Favorite Books of 2010

Okay, here is my second list!! (there are two more coming!) and this time I'm talking about the books I loved during this year - it doesn't necessarily mean they were published this year, just that I discovered them during 2010. So, here we go with the books I loved the most out of the ones I read in 2010 (In no particular order):

Faves 1Jane by April Lindner - Basically, a re-telling of Jane Eyre, Jane was fast paced and approachable. I liked the way Ms Lindner handled the modernization of this well known/well loved story. She made 'Rochester' a rock star (which was just so hot) and Jane a nanny rather than a governess, but the core of their relationship was still there and I loved it for it. Also, in an odd way, it introduced me to Bruce Springsteen's song Cover Me, which I totally love.

Insatiable by Meg Cabot - Oh, there is a reason why Meg Cabot is in my all-time favorite list, and that's because her writing is so funny, so entertaining and yet is so far from being dumb. There is heart and soul to all her heroines, and Meena Harper wasn't the exception. This twist on Dracula was witty and so damn funny. I think Alaric Wulf is one of my favorite vampire hunters ever (he's in good company with Buffy!).

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard - I kept thinking about this book for a long time after I read it. There was something in Kayla that I instantly connected with. I loved her honesty and her loyalty and her wishes! Because as far fetched as they were, they rang so completely true. Plus, I loved the hot pink and cupcake cover.

Faves 2
Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas - When I got this book I promptly wrote in my twitter: Spending the day in bed with Leo Hathaway. And that's all I have to say about it.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White - Evie, you're my home girl. Sassy and kick butt, Evie is a such a normal teenager for someone who spends her days hunting for supernaturals of all kinds. Her own origins are surrounded by mystery, but that doesn't keep her from making the best of her circumstances, making friends with a mermaid and finding love.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George - I don't know what it was about this book that captivated me so much, but it did. Maybe because it had that fairy-tale feeling that I love, maybe because it reminded me of one of my favorite childhood tales. I don't know, but I was charmed by this fairly simple story of good and evil, magic and love.

Faves 3
All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins - I'm the first one to admit I have a love-hate relationship with Higgins, sometimes I lover her books, sometimes I wonder what kind of twisted childhood she had because I hate ALL the mothers she writes. But I loved All I Ever Wanted, such a nice story about regular people living regular lives and falling in love. I would love to see more stories like this more often.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern - This book was a complete, but completely pleasant surprise to me. I loved Jessie from page one, I loved her interactions with her family and the way she digs into herself to find the courage to be friends with openly nerd-y people (no matter what age you are, that ALWAYS takes a brand of courage that not everyone has). I loved that she got along with her brother and with her parents (I loved that her parents weren't standard-issue-clueless YA parents). It was one of those books that as soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it again.

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter - Oh. My. Oz. This book rocked my socks off. I have liked the Gallagher Girls since the beginning, I began to love them with book three (Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover), but this book (book 4) made a fan girl out of me. Things are starting to happen, starting to make sense, starting to get completely out of control! But Cammie goes forward, as only a Gallagher Girl can - with the help of her sisterhood - and tries to make sense of the danger she's in. I loved every page of it!

Special mentions go to Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams because Persephone is my Goddess Girl Gal Pal, and to The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong, because I totally loved the series as a whole and I love Derek.

SpecialSo, that's me, what about you?

Alex

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