My Favorite Reads

♥ 2015 ♥

(Overall Favorites Noted)

Picture Books

The Day the Crayons Came Home – Drew Daywalt
Waiting – Kevin Henkes
Orion and the Dark – Emma Yarlet
Wait – Antoinette Portis

Middle Grade Books

Fish in a Tree – Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Gracefully Grayson – Ami Polonsky
Home of the Brave – Katherine Applegate
A Night Divided – Jennifer Nielsen 
House Arrest – KA Holt
The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price – Jennifer Maschari
The Crossover Kwame Alexander
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War – Helen Frost
Hidden – Helen Frost

Young Adult Books

The Boy in the Black Suit – Jason Reynolds
And We Stay – Jenny Hubbard
Under a Painted Sky – Stacey Lee
Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen
Shadow Cabinet – Maureen Johnson
Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
Bone Gap – Laura Ruby
All American Boys – Jason Reynolds
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Nimona – Noelle Stevenson
Winter – Marissa Meyer
Orbiting Jupiter – Gary Schmidt
Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor

Adult Books

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

Poetry

One – Sarah Crossan

♥ 2014 ♥

(Overall Favorites Noted)

Picture Books

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla – Katherine Applegate
The Adventures of Beekle:  The Unimaginary Friend – Dan Santat
The Book With No Pictures – BJ Novak
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole – Mac Barnett

Middle Grade Books

A Snicker of Magic – Natalie Lloyd
Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
El Deafo – Cece Bell
Flora and Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo
Nest – Esther Ehrlich
One Came Home – Amy Timberlake
Shadow – Michael Morpurgo
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere – Julie T. Lamana

Young Adult Books

All the Bright Places (2015 ARC) – Jennifer Niven
Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #3) – Barry Lyga
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Days of Blood and Starlight (The Daughter of Shadow and Bone #2) Laini Taylor
Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith
Hollow City – (Miss Peregrine and the Home for Peculiar Children #2) – Ransom Riggs
I Kill the Mockingbird – Paul Acampora
Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) – Tarereh Mafi
I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
I’ll Meet You There (2015 ARC) – Heather Demetrious
Let’s Get Lost – Adi Alsaid
Not a Drop to Drink #1 – Mindy McGinnis
Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) – Ally Carter
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) – Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) – Leigh Bardugo
The Mortal Instruments Series (all books) – Cassandra Clare
The Shadow Throne (The Ascendence Trilogy #3) – Jennifer Neilsen
This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales
Threatened – Eliot Schrefer
Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
When I Was the Greatest – Jason Reynolds

Adult Books

Flat Out Celeste (Flat Out Love #2) – Jessica Park
The Rosie Project (#1) – Don Tillman
Wild – From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed

Poetry

Professional Books

Whole Novels for the Whole Class, Grades 5-12, A Student Centered Approach – Ariel Sacks

♥ 2013 ♥

(Overall Favorites Noted)

Picture Books:

Extra Yarn – Mac Barnett
Have I Got a Book For You – Melanie Watt
This is Not My Hat – Jon Klassen
Postcards from Camp – Simms Taback
That is Not a Good Idea! – Mo Willems
Creepy Carrots – Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown
The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

MG Books:

Counting By 7s – Holly Goldberg Sloan
Hold Fast – Blue Balliett
Lions of Little Rock – Kristin Levine
Sparrow Road – Sheila O’Connor
Storm Runners #1 – Roland Smith
The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2) – Jennifer Nielsen
When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead

YA Books:

Allegiant (Divergent #3) – Veronica Roth
Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets to the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
Dairy Queen and The Off Season – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) – Laini Taylor
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
Game (Jasper Dent #2) – Barry Lyga
Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman
Legend, Prodigy, and Champion (Legend #1,#2 and #3) – Marie Lu
My Most Excellent Year – Steve Kluger
Out of the Easy – Ruta Septys
Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) – Kasie West
Revolution – Jennifer Donnelly
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Series #1) – Leigh Bardugo
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black
Variant (Variant #1) – Robison Wells
Winger – Andrew Smith

Adult:

Fly Away – Kristin Hannah

Non Fiction:

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous – Georgia Bragg
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi – Neal Bascomb

Poetry:

Professional:

Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers – Penny Kittle
Join the Club! Katie Doherty Czerwinski
Reading in the Wild – Donalyn Miller

♥ 2012 ♥

Picture Books:

Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman
Dragons Love Tacos – Adam Rubin
Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes – Eric Litwin

MG Books:

Capture the Flag (Capture the Flag #1) – Kate Messner
Ghetto Cowboy – G. Neri
Hound Dog True – Linda Urban
Powerless (Daniel Corrigan #1) – Matthew Cody
See You at Harrys – Jo Knowles
Smile – Raina Telgemeier
The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) Jennifer Nielsen
The Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom (The League of Princes #1) – Christopher Healy
The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
Wonder – RJ Palacio

YA books:

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) – Stephanie Perkins
Ask the Passengers – AS King
Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys
Boy 21 – Matthew Quick
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Delirium (Delirium #1) – Lauren Oliver
Divergent and Insurgent (Divergent #1 and #2) – Veronica Roth
Endangered – Eliot Schrefer
Every Day – David Levithan
Everyone Sees the Ants – AS King
From What I Remember – Stacy Kramer
Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore
Heist Society & Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #1 and #2) – Ally Carter
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) – Barry Lyga
Please Ignore Vera Dietz – AS King
Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) – Tahereh Mafi
Shine – Lauren Myracle
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) – James Dashner
The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) – Maureen Johnson
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Stiefvater
The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

Adult:

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick

Non Fiction:

A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini – Sid Fleischman
The Day Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand New Colors – Chris Barton

Poetry:

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems – Gail Carson Levine
The Rose that Grew From Concrete – Tupac Shakur

Professional:

4 thoughts on “My Favorite Reads

  1. I just finished reading Eleanor and Park too. I really loved the characters and the writing, but I was disappointed with the ending. It never seemed to reach a resolution. Plus, I was expecting something tragic based on the prologue and the references to Romeo and Juliet, but it never got there. -@alcp

    • From what I’ve seen so far, this type of ending may be Rowell’s preferred style. Maybe not as satisfying as some readers would like, but still very powerful. I cannot wait to read Fangirl and see if this applies. Thanks for your comment!

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