Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010...

I don't know how the rest of you feel, but I am wondering where the year went. I feel like I was sitting on my couch watching the ball drop last week... only it was one year ago today. I now have a little girl in her second year of Montessori school, a little boy who is walking and terrorizing his sister (as all good brothers should), and a list even longer of books I want to read! I know you can all relate to the last one.

The year to come is going to bring many great things for us all... I just know it! There are so many great books coming out this year and events happening that I can't wait to experience, but before we get too busy into next year I thought I would summarize this year.

My top 15 reads of 2010 (in no particular order):

1. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
2. Looking for Alaska by John Green
3. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
4. White Cat by Holly Black
5. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
6. Trust in Advertising by Victoria Michaels
7. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
8. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
9. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
10. Sister's Red by Jackson Pearce
11. Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle
12. The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
13. Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
14. Smells Like A Dog by Suzanne Selfors
15. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride

Debut Novels read in 2010:

The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Sea by Heidi R. Kling
Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by McCahan
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates

Lenore at Presenting Lenore did a post recently called 18 books I wish I would have read in 2010.... and I thought it was such a great idea. I mean I know I have a list of books I wish I would have read... don't you?

Wish by Alexandra Bullen
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Matched by Ally Condie
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Life, Liberty and Pursuit by Susan Kaye Quinn
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Change of Heart by Shari Mauer
Annexed by Sharon Dogar
Fallen by Lauren Kate
The Haunted by Jessica Verday
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
13 to Life by Sharon Delaney
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill

Books I can't wait to read in 2011:
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Anya's War by Andrea Alban
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthall
Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen

Plus sooooo many more!

I hope that you all have a blessed new year and that we all enjoy every minute of it. I can't wait to see what great things are coming our way :) Happy New Year!

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1 comment:

Andrea Alban Gosline said...

Happy New Year, Jennie!
I was thrilled to see my debut YA novel, ANYA'S WAR, listed in your "Can't Wait To Read" category on your blog. I hope the story of Anya Rosen engages and touches you.

I'd like to offer your Language Arts class either a Skype appearance or a live chat. I can arrange through my publisher a major discount on the book during my launch window. We could focus on any aspect of writing, particularly reading as a writer, creating quintessential characters and dramatic story settings, the art and craft of revision, and I could weave in the themes and symbols I used in Anya's War as well as some suspenseful Holocaust history.

I teach creative writing at an annual Writer's Conference, coach writers from 10 to 100, and work with creative writing university students on the subject of revision. Most importantly, I LOVE inspiring and guiding anyone who reads and writes.

Feel free to email me at or through my Facebook Author page.

Enjoy the newness of 2011!
Andrea Alban

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