1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis - a fabulous tale of science fiction, mystery, and romance. It also had one of my favorite "covers" of the year!
2. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite of these three - I stayed up till 3am to finish the last one! I never thought I would like these books, hearing about the gladiator style fight to the death games in a futuristic North America, but they were fabulous. I can't wait to see the movie in March of 2012!
3. One of my favorite reads of the year - a debut novel about magicians caught in a deadly game.
4. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is a memsmerizing story of a modern day American girl in Paris with flashbacks to the French Revolution. Makes me want to go explore the catacombs!
5. An unusual book, partly told in words, and partly told in exquisite drawings. Two stories of people that feel the need to run away that who's stories become intwined.
6. I am fascinated with the Titanic. This book indulges my need to pour over facts about that fateful night. Read it and be ready for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of this magnificent ship this April of 2012.
7. This book was so fun! I loved it as much as "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict". For all you secret Jane Austen fans - imagine if you got to swap places! I liked this book almost as much as "I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend" from 2010.
9. This is a very powerful book, exposing what it must be like to be a refugee, running for your life. I also loved the aspect of the World Cup for homeless kids that is a real international competition!
Traci L. Jones is a great storyteller. This book, based on her own life, tells the story of a black girl that integrates almost all white high school in Colorado in the early 70's. She handles the subject with grace and humor, and it is a very enjoyable, eye opening read.