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Friday, December 30

My Top Ten Books of the Year

Wherein I give you 11 books because of a loophole. Here’s my Top Books of 2011 in no particular order:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: If you can read even the first 20 pages without being pea green with envy and wishing you had written some of those sentences, you are either an idiot or a far better person than I.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Oliver just shines when it comes to good prose within a heroic tale. Half of my book is highlighted because of the sentiments of her sentences. Couple that with the brilliance of her dystopian tale- a world where love is a disease that is cured, a heroine that has such spark, a sacrifice worth making. Just thinking about this book, you need to mop me up from the puddle on the floor.

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Oh the cleverness! Beautiful writing within a beautiful story. Morgenstern is playful: the non-sequential time narration, the vivid imagery, the sensations.  I loved the Victorian setting here and in some characteristics it reminded me a bit of Jonathan Strange and Dr. Norrell (but in the most delightful way!). In the end may it be said, we are all reveurs.

The Night Circus

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini: It takes a certain kind of genius, a genius very few possess, to take a story that everyone knows and to twist it into something new and wonderful. Angelini takes the Trojan War and mythology to new heights with this contemporary setting and a pair of lovers that could light up the night sky. This is the only book that I finished and immediately read again. In my life. Please re-read that and let it stand as testament to how honestly wonderful I believe this series to be.

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: I fell straight up in love with a boy named Cricket. CRICKET. That’s how you know Stephanie Perkins’ is the queen of YA contemporary. You’re reading a romance without realizing it’s a romance and OH does it suck you in.

Lola and the Boy Next Door

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Psychologically thrilling plot, a stunning cover, and the smexiest boy ever: Noah Shaw. Yes please. Hodkin hits all the right notes if you’re looking for something dark, unnerving, but sinfully appetizing as well.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

Shatter Me by TaherahMafi:Think X-men meets dystopian. Our heroine is fierce, her love interest is swoon-worthy, and the world they are fighting in is terrifying if only because it rings possible.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz: For sheer comedic value alone, Spellbound makes the list. It is one of the few books that made me laugh out loud. Multiple times. In public. I might have snorted in one of those highly unattractive moves that you have no control over. Add in medieval curses, the NY setting, a fated romance and a DJ boy that could make you drool and this book is filled with pure win.

Spellbound (Spellbound, #1)

The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare: Ok so I’m purposely late to the game here but I knew I would like them so I needed a few books out before I started reading. I read the first 4 books in one day. Can I just say: JACE. CLARY. AH! These books filled the void left by Harry Potter for me. The world Clare has created is fascinating and filled with such interesting characters: good, evil and all the gray in between.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare: Ok I know, I’m a little late to this one too but I wanted to have at least two books I could read sequentially before starting the series. Will Herondale takes hot to a whole new level. The balcony scene? The attic scene? Seriously. A note: the audio books with Ed Westwick narrating…I’m pretty sure you could get pregnant just by listening.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

BONUS: Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Technically it comes out in 2011 so this is me cheating and giving you an 11th book. THIS BOOK IS UNBELIEVABLE. Seriously, it is a book that I will come back to time and time again and never tire of. It’s a contemporary YA that will take you through every emotion possible.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Also in Non-Fiction my favorite of the year was Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton.

Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

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Friday, October 21

Crickets and Costumes and the Cosmos

 Lola and the Boy Next Door- Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door

The day I read Lola and the Boy Next Door was the day I fell in love with a boy named Cricket, something heretofore unimaginable to me. Then again, so was the day I fell in love with Etienne, but that’s a different story. To be honest, Lola is just a phenomenal story; it’s the kind of story that you come back to again and again and which reveals more every time you read it.  It is the kind of story that leaves you feeling warm and golden and lovely. Lola is spunky and fun and Cricket just melts your heart in all of his awkward, nerdy wonder.  Fans of Perkins will also enjoy the re-entry of Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss. Seeing their relationship through Lola’s eyes but knowing what you know as a reader makes you feel like you’re in on a secret. Frankly, the only thing wrong with this book is that it had to end, but oh, what an ending it is.

Overall: A+

P.S. if someone can figure out how to make me a small cosmos in a locket or compact where the moon changes according to the lunar cycle, I’d marry them.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is out NOW! Get your copy hereand follow Stephanie Perkins on twitter @naturallysteph

Tags:   #i read, #ya, #young adult, #young adult fiction, #ya lit, #contemporary, #stephanie perkins #lola and the boy next door #anna and the french kiss

Wednesday, February 2

And If I Was From Paris, I’d say Ooo lalalalalalala

Anna and the French Kiss- Stephanie Perkins

This book lived up to all the hype it’s received.  No wonder everyone loves it!  With it’s classic yet contemporary romance plot, it captures your heart immediately.  Perkins imbues her characters with great depth; from the paralyzing neuroses, apathy, fear of loss, and loneliness, it is hard not to empathize with Anna, Etienne and the rest of the SOAP kids.  Speaking of Etienne—-American attitude, British accent, and French charm. Resistance is futile. If the characters or plot don’t win your heart, the book’s setting in the City of Light will.  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so go ahead, fall in love with Anna and the French Kiss. I did.

Overall: A

Soundtrack Song: “Paris (Ohh La La)” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Tags:   #i read #young adult fiction #ya lit #anna and the french kiss #stephanie perkins

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