Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Best of 2011 - Angela's List

December - and time to make our best of lists for the year. I'm going to post everyone in the department's lists and today I'll start with mine. I loved them all. And I've included all ages from picture books to crossover titles.

Picture Books
Stars by Mary Lin Ray
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Wiener Wolf by Jeff Crosby
Skippyjon Jones: Class Action by Judy Schachner

Older Readers
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Middle School
The Warlock by Michael Scott
Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins
The Death Cure by James dashner

High School
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Wither by Lauren deStafano
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Scorpia Races by Maggie Steifvater
Legend by Marie Lu


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Room by Emma Donoghue (now in pb)
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie (now in pb)

Given this list, let me know what you think I should read next!


Anonymous said...

Yes! Anna Dressed in Blood. Oh, why isn't the sequel out RIGHT NOW!

Sverige said...

The "Graveminder" tells the story of the Barrow women and Montgomery men, who were tied together centuries ago when the town of Clayton made a deadly pact. It has been the responsibility of the Barrow women to act as graveminders (literally minding the graves of the dead) ever since, with the Montgomery men (undertakers) to act as guide and protectors on their quest to the world of the dead. When Bek Barrow's gradmama, and current graveminder, is found dead, it is up to Bek to carry on the mantle.

The main characters Bek and Byron were nice enough, but they were just a bit too vanilla for my taste. Too cardboard. And Bek was commitment phobic to the point of obnoxious. Frankly, I would have dropped her off a bridge and had a hard time swallowing that any honest to goodness human being would truly put up with such a person for so long, and yet Marr created a hero that has and does. It was just too altruistic to be believable.