Daily Archives: January 1, 2010

Kyra’s Top Ten, a Happy New Year Post

Top Ten FAVORITE Books I Read in 2009

{Not all these books were published in ’09. And since everyone knows my mom is my favorite writer I won’t name her novels, either. Also, this list is in no particular order– except 1, 2, and 3 are my favorite favorites.}

  1. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins.

Yes, I am like the million other people who are in LOVE with The Hunger Games. This dystopian world that Collins has put her readers in is clear as day. I can picture everything perfect{ly.}

2. Beat the Turtle Drum Constance C. Greene.

This book was published in 1976. So it’s an old one. But its also a great one! It will break your heart.

3. . Liar Justine Larbalestier.

Talk about a crazy book! {I got to meet Justine at this year NCTE and she was SOOO AWESOME!} If you want something different and unique then buy Liar.

4. . The Forest of Hands and Teeth Carrie Ryan.

I actually liked it 10X better than 28 Days Later, Sean of the Dead and Zombieland. If you’re into scary or intense books, you’re going to love this one.

5. . Some Girls Are Courtney Summers.

This book comes out next month and when it does everyone needs to buy it! It’s a tough read but great anyway. I read it in one sitting. The characters in this novel sound like people I actually know.

6. Eternal Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Just read my review to see why I loved it.

7.  Living Dead Girl Elizabeth Scott.

I still have dreams about this book– It’s dark, intense, brutal and tragic.

8. Everything is Fine Ann Dee Ellis.

I read a lot this year, but nothing I read was like Everything is Fine. This was such a sad story, yet had some comedy in it so I could at least breathe while I was reading. Ann Dee is an amazing author and I can’t wait to read what she comes out with next. I hope, because we share this blog, she’ll send me what she’s working on right now. HA HA HA just kidding. But if you haven’t read Everything is Fine, you need to! Best Middle Grade book I’ve read in….forever!

9. The Sky is Everywhere Jandy Nelson.

This. Book. Is. Beautiful! I seriously did not want it to end. It’s sad, funny, compelling, and well . . . sad. It comes out March of next year and I already know its gonna be huge. Move over, Laurie Halse Anderson,  Jandy Nelson is in the room. 🙂

10. Cracked Up to Be Courtney Summers. Okay, So I wasn’t going to play favorites but… This is actually my favorite book that I’ve read in years. Yes, YEARS! I’m writing a review about it in a few weeks so I won’t say much on here except that I LOVED it. I actually read it twice this year.

By Wednesday, word around the halls is Chris and Becky are a couple. By Thursday, it’s confirmed. They’ve got the Public Displays of Affection thing down pat and I have to hand it to them, they look pretty happy for two people who have absolutely nothing to be happy about. From Cracked Up to Be


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