YA Historical Fiction:
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Opened my eyes to how many stories and sorrows there are that I will never know about. Cruelty of humankind will never cease to amaze me. Also, resiliency!
YA Historical Fantasy:
Chime by Franny Billingsley (review to come)
Fascinating, strange, and beautifully written. I was engrossed from the start.
Cress by Marissa Meyer
More, please, Ms. Meyer. I love this series!
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (review to come)
I really enjoyed the fantasy and the magic woven in this tale.
Atlantia by Ally Condie (review to come)
Different and unique and once more, beautifully written.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (review to come)
Intriguing and fascinating and if I had had a copy in hand, unputdownable (I listened to the audio).
Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (review to come)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (review to come)
Let's just get me the last book in this series, already. I'm always surprised by where these books end up!
MG Historical Fiction:
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Hello, novel in verse. I love seeing unique historical periods through the eyes of a child.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (review to come)
There's a reason this book is being raved about. It is fantastic and I wish I could just read it over and over all day long. Also written in verse!
The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy (review to come)
Many thanks, Mr. Healy, for the belly laughs.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (review to come)
Made me really think about where I've been and where I'm going in life. Who do I want to become?
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (review to come)
Such a rich and detailed fantasy world Sanderson has created. I'll take another helping, please!
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread!)
Never gets old. Truly, the best fantasy for me.
Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand (review to come)
The book touched me in many ways, noting again the cruelty of mankind and the ability we have to rise above extremely horrific circumstances. Truly inspiring!
What were your favorite reads this year?
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