I basically picked nine random books I read and enjoyed this year, because I read over 120 and I could never, ever rank them. I can, however, recommend these nine:
- Reality Boy by A.S. King — A.S. King is brilliant and continues to be a favorite. This book feels really timely (considering our current reality show culture) and you’ll find yourself sympathizing with, and rooting for, the angry protagonist.
- Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver — I looooove Delirium and the ending of the trilogy did not disappoint. Beautiful, lyrical writing.
- Also Known As by Robin Benway — Teen girl in a family of spies? Living my dream!
- Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill — Cute, fun, and light, but with heart. Contemporary fans will be automatically hooked.
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey — This was a FYA Book Club pick, so I read it, in spite of being overwhelmed with the amount of advertising going into it. (Seemed fishy!) It’s creepy and mysterious and so gripping.
- Reboot by Amy Tintera — I want to be BFFs with Wren, most badass Reboot in all of Texas. I wouldn’t normally have tried this book, but I’m glad I did… Really enjoyed it in all of its weird, dead-people-everywhere glory.
- Fatal Affair (Fatal #1) by Marie Force — DC Detective Samantha Holland solves murders and still has time to hook up with a hot guy working in politics. Fun, fast-paced, and steamy.
- Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer Armentrout — My first foray into aliens was interesting. I wasn’t a fan of THE BOY in this first book (at all, really), but if you like jerks with your alien bits, this one is for you. Still, fun and very different from my usual.
- On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves — 30-year-old hooks up with a teenager? WHAT! I expected to be on the edge of barfing for this whole book, but, oops, I liked it and didn’t mind. Ha!