Back in June, I shared the first twenty-five books I read in 2017 (if you missed that post, you can check it out here). From July through December I read another twenty-five. The list is pretty heavy on Young Adult (YA) fiction, but I did try (perhaps unsuccessfully) to vary the genres I picked up to read.
Just as before, I had some really amazing surprises. One of the novels was written in verse and published back in 2008. It was so beautiful and tragic and scary and hopeful . . . so many conflicting emotions all at once. I can’t believe it took me ten years to find it (Crank by Ellen Hopkins). There are thrillers on this list . . . fun, easy reads that kept me engaged and turning pages (Little Monsters by Kara Thomas). There are old tales from my childhood that I read out loud with my kids and now understand why, after the decades it’s been since I read them for the first time, I still remembered them so well (Charlotte’s Web and James and the Giant Peach). I still feel the stirring of emotions I had when reading lines from a memoir so poignant that I could probably still quote sentences from the book (I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia E. Bitton-Jackson).
Just like last time, I wish I had time to write detailed reviews for all of them and give specifics about what it is exactly I loved about each particular book. I liked all of them for different reasons and learned something about writing from each one. Some of them are heavy reading, some of them are quick beach-reads. But I’ll stick with what I did back in June . . . I’ll pick one or two favorites and talk about them next week. . . . not an easy task since they are all so different from each other and so many of them are so good.
In the meantime, feel free to pursue the list and see if you feel inspired to read any of these titles. And if you’ve read a book recently that you think I should add to my to-be-read list for 2018, let me know in the comments.
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
Girl Against Universe by Paula Stokes
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
180 Seconds by Jessica Park
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Cut by Patricia McCormick
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease—and the Statin-Free Plan that Will by Jonny Bowden, Stephen Sinatra, and Deirdre Rawlings
Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef
I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia E. Bitton-Jackson