- Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Still conflicted on this book. It just wasn’t quite what I wanted.
- Rumors – Anna Godbersen
I LOVED this series. I am DYING for the last one to come out!
- Envy – Anna Godbersen
This one is not quite as good as the first two, but still fun.
- Fire – Kristin Cashore
This is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.
- Academy 7 – Anne Osterlund
- This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen
I will never stop loving Sarah Dessen
- Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
Probably my least favorite of her books, except maybe That Summer.
- Twenty Boy Summer – Sarah Ockler
This book was a crushing disappointment.
- The Finishing Touches – Hester Browne
Fine, but forgettable.
- One Lonely Degree – C.K. Kelly Martin
Bleck, too depressing.
- Catching Fire – Suzanne Cullins
There are not words to show my devotion.
- Feathers -Jacqueline Woodson
This book fell a bit flat for me; I need to read one of her other books.
- The Lemonade War – Jacqueline Davies
Not my favorite either. The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award and I got off to a bit of a rocky start.
- Another Faust – Daniel Nayeri
Too weird. Just. . .too weird.
- When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead
A book I meant to write about – funny, smart, and completely engrossing. Clearly, I never did, though.
- The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
This one deserved the hype. I feel oddly awesome to have finally read it.
- Small Steps – Louis Sachar
This is a rather flat follow-up to the absolutely amazing Holes.
- The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han
Another one that had me frantically Googling the release date of the sequel.
- Fairy Tale – Cyn Balog
Tried too hard.
- Life with Picasso – Francoise Gilot
I still cannot believe I managed to read this whole book.
- Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: from Wreck to Ravishing – Robert Novogratz
I want a garage door in my kitchen.
- Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella
Maybe my favorite Sophie Kinsella now. I kept forcing Bart to listen to me read parts aloud, while I HOWLED with laughter.
- Practice Makes Perfect – Julia James
Romance. Definitely romance.
- Banker – Dick Francis
I need to read something else by him, since this book was phenomenal.
- Valley of Fire – Janet Cox
Total Mormon chick-lit. Loved every page.
- Radiant Darkness – Emily Whitman
- Fade to Blue – Sean Beaudoin
This book was so weird. As in, I literally had no idea what had happened when I closed the book. I was just so glad it was done.
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Cullins
Just as good the second time. I can’t wait to read Catching Fire to Bart.
- Hate List – Jennifer Brown
This book was just marvelous. It deserves the hype it’s getting.
- Once Was Lost – Sara Zarr
A terrific Sara Zarr book – maybe my favorite so far.
- Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
Bless you people who tuld me you hated this book too. I feel so much less alone.
- On the Wings of Heroes – Richard Peck
Richard Peck, your books are just too good for words. Not that that stops me. I forgive you for telling teachers to pass out vocab lists when they read aloud.
- Princess Ben: Being a Wholly Truthful Account of her Various Discoveries and Misadventures, Recounted to the Best of her Recollection, in Four Parts – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
This book dragged on and on. It gave me no hint of how awesome her other books would be.
- Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie – David Lubar
A fun audio book. Kind of cheesy.
- Dairy Queen – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Holy cow, I loved this book (pun unintended but appreciated).
- Swindle – Gordon Korman
My students LOVED this book. A total winner.
- The Off Season – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Even BETTER than the first one. I am shaking with excitement about the third one.
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
So lovely. So glad to have read it.
- Judy Moody – Megan McDonald
I can see why these are popular – very cute and fun.
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
I was biased against this book going in, but it won me over in spite of myself. Darling.
- Billy the Fish – Charlie James
Funnyish but too weird and didn’t have a strong enough plot.
- Flygirl – Sherri L. Smith
Great YA historical fiction.
- Goldengrove – Francine Prose
Much different and better than I expected.
- Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus – Barbara Park
Having been around elementary schoul students for a month now, this book rings pretty true.
- The Fairy-Tale Detectives – Michael Buckley
I so wanted to love this. Instead I just liked it.
- The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Bizarre, but semi-charming.