Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My top 5 books of 2010

I didn't read a whole lot in 2010, but there were a bunch of books that I fell in love with. I can't narrow it down to 10 but the top five are very clear, I LOVE these books. (These were books I read in 2010, not necessarily published this year but I think most of them were.)

5. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Completely fell into this world, it's so complex and dark and the characters are awesome. It was very fast paced and engrossing.
4. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
This is a hard one to describe, but I think the biggest thing I loved was that it was about a friendship. A complicated and messy and painful and amazing friendship, that was as real as all of mine are. I loved the characters and the writing style and the ending.
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
A very very powerful book, you saw the main character change so much. The way the plot elements wove together from day to day was amazing, the little glimpses of feelings in each character mattered so much. It is one of the only books I've read with completely real and understandable, if not likable, popular mean girls. I felt so hopeful at the end, it left me with such a good feeling.
2. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
I wrote a review for it already on this blog which is here http://toliveinarainbow.blogspot.com/2010/09/stolen-by-lucy-christopher.html and I'm not going to repeat myself, so I'll just say, WOW. What an amazing book.
1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Stolen fought with this one for number one, but Jellicoe Road eventually won. Not because Stolen is any less good, but this one is a bit less painful and I can remember it without being so sad. Pretty much this is an incredible book. Complicated, emotional, characters and a crazy haphazard plot that weaves together perfectly and just purely beautiful writing. I fell in love with it from the first page (and the characters! All of them! Are amazing!) and it's definitely one I'm going to be rereading lots, I just read through a page of quotes from it to find one to put here and it's just making me want to read it again. And I can't choose one.

So those are my favorite books of 2010, what are yours?


Anonymous said...

I'm still debating about doing a "favorites of" or "best of" 2010 list, but I do know that Life, A User's Manuel by Georges Parec is one of my favorite books read this year.

I haven't read ANY of the books on your list...! Jellicoe Road sounds good. :)

KrazyK said...

That book sounds interesting, I love the title! You definitely should read Jellicoe Road (and all the others too) :)

Literary Odyssey said...

It's so funny you did this, I was thinking about doing something like this as well!

I didn't read a whole bunch in 2010, but I can definitely pick out a few that stuck out as favorites. ^_^ I'll have to write up a post in response to yours with the list. :)

I haven't read Jellicoe Road in so long, but I remember that when I read it, I loved it. I haven't read any of the other novels you mentioned, though, so I'll have to take a look at them sometime. :)