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Best Books of 2010

January 1st, 2011 (06:59 pm)
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Total number of books read in 2010: 335

Please note that a title's placement within a category is not an indication of rank of any sort. Usually, titles are listed in the order in which they were read.

Teen Fiction
Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
When Rose Wakes by Christopher Golden
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz
Dark Water by Laura McNeal
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway

Additional Titles of Note - Teen Fiction
A Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy
Reality Check by Jen Calonita
Light Beneath Ferns by Anne Spollen
Albatross by Josie Bloss
Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski
The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas
The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Freak Magnet by Andrew Auseon
Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Mindblind by Jennifer Roy
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt
The Curse Workers #1: White Cat by Holly Black
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (debut)
Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala (debut)
The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter (debut)
The Beautiful Between by Alyssa Sheinmel (debut)
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly (debut)
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (debut)

Graphic Novels and Comics
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Baltimore: The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Ben Stenbeck, and Dave Stewart

Adult Fiction
Where Angels Fear to Tread by Thomas E. Sniegoski (Remy Chandler series)
The Chamber of Ten: A Novel of the Hidden Cities by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon

Short Story Collections
The Secret Backs of Things by Christopher Golden

Sequels or Continuing Series - Teen Fiction
Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson (sequel to Suite Scarlett)
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (second in the trilogy)
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls series)
Broadway Lights by Jen Calonita (Secrets of My Hollywood Life series)

Series or Sequels - Juvenile Fiction
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, illustrated by Jon Klassen
The Keys to the Kingdom: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix (the seventh and final volume)
Cinderella Cleaners series by Maya Gold (Books #1-5 all released in 2010)
From the Life of Willa Havisham: Wish I Might by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Layla, Queen of Hearts by Glenda Millard and Patrice Barton
Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) by Lisa Yee, illustrated by Dan Santat
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Babymouse #13: Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Sassy #4: The Dazzle Disaster Dinner Party by Sharon M. Draper
Petal Pushers #1: Too Many Blooms by Catherine R. Daly
Petal Pushers #2: Flower Feud by Catherine R. Daly

Picture Book Pick
Birdy's Smile Book by Laurie Keller

Non-Fiction Fun
Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom by Queen Latifah and Samantha Marshall
Girls' Life Guides (multiple contributors)

Best of the Backlist (books read in 2010 which were published prior to 2010)
Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn (adult fiction)
Fat Cat by Robin Brande (teen fiction)
White House Autumn by Ellen Emerson White (teen fiction)
Long Live the Queen by Ellen Emerson White (teen fiction)
The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don't Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (teen fiction)
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby (teen fiction)
The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz (teen fiction)
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell (teen fiction)
Someday, This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron (teen fiction)
Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains, or, The Search for a Suitable Princess by Laurel Snyder (juvenile fiction)
Suddenly Supernatural #2: Scaredy Kat by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (juvenile fiction)
Suddenly Supernatural #3: Unhappy Medium by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (juvenile fiction)
The Naming of Tishkin Silk by Glenda Millard and Patrice Barton (juvenile fiction)
Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee, illustrated by Dan Santat (juvenile fiction)
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (juvenile fiction)
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventure by J. Torres and J. Bone (graphic novel)
Alison Dare: The Heart of the Maiden by J. Torres and J. Bone (graphic novel)
12 Reasons Why I Love Her by Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones (graphic novel)
Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger (picture book)
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller (picture book)
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (play)
The Sitcom Career Book by Mary Lou Belli and Phil Ramuno (non-fiction)
Underfoot in Show Business by Helen Hanff (non-fiction)
Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great by Mavis Jukes and Lilian Wai-Yin Cheung (juvenile non-fiction)

Advanced Reads (books read in 2010 which will be published in 2011)
The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracy (juvenile fiction)
The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book One: The Wild by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, illustrated by Greg Ruth (juvenile fiction)
Bone: Quest For the Spark, Book One by Tom Sniegoski, illustrated by Jeff Smith (juvenile fiction)
The Waking: Spirits of the Noh by Thomas Randall (teen fiction)
Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances Roark O'Donnell (teen fiction)
Family by Micol Ostow (teen fiction)

Want more recommendations? Check out my other booklists!

I post these "best of" booklists monthly and annually. I also create booklists based on topics and themes, such as Tough Issues for Teens and Sisters.

Here are my annual lists:
Best Books of 2009
Best Books of 2008
Best Books of 2007
Best Books of 2006
Best Books of 2005

Check out the archive of booklists at the Bildungsroman website and the tags for booklists and best of at the blog.

Comments

Posted by: taylormorris (taylormorris)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Family!

I'm so jealous you've read family! Dying to read. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Re: Family!

It's riveting.

Posted by: raina (goraina)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)

Aw~ Thank you!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)

De nada, Raina!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 2nd, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
have you read Plain Kate

Did you have a chance to read Plain Jate by Erin Bow? ONe of my faves for 2010.

: ) Jenny

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: have you read Plain Kate

I haven't. Thanks for the recommendation!

Posted by: dawn_metcalf (dawn_metcalf)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Smile!

Wow! Thanks for including these.

Of course now my TBR pile weeps...

Good Books Rule.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)

Hi Dawn! Good to hear from you. :)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 5th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)

Let me know what you think of the books as you catch up!

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