The Best Five Books of 2010

The lovely ladies at YA Highway are asking today:

What are the best five books you read in 2010?
And I’m going to take that literally and not limit myself to books that were actually released in 2010 because I don’t think any of these would make the cut. And it was hard narrowing it down to the top 5, but here goes:
5. If I Stay. Beautiful and heartbreaking all at once.
4. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Cozy mystery featuring a precocious 11-year-old protagonist. If you haven’t heard of it, get thee to a library and check it out. It was a pure delight.
3. The Hunger Games. Yes, I was late to the party, but damn am I glad I showed up!
2. Looking for Alaska. I read this a few days ago (when it was still December—I’m not cheating) and immediately logged onto Amazon and ordered everything John Green had ever written. My package arrive about 20 minutes ago. How’s that for timing?
1. The Book Thief. Wow. That’s all I can say. This book still haunts me. Powerful, powerful stuff.
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12 Responses

  1. Roni Loren says:

    This is like the tenth time I've heard someone recommend Looking for Alaska. I think it's high time I put it in my Amazon cart. :) Thanks for the recs.

  2. Kaitlin Ward says:

    I've really wanted to read IF I STAY but haven't gotten to it yet. Glad you joined the Hunger Games lovewagon!

  3. Rachel Bateman says:

    I read THE BOOK THIEF at the very end of 2009 and it still haunts me too! It was so, so, so amazing.

  4. Rebecca B says:

    Very awesome list. I really need to read LOOKING FOR ALASKA.

  5. Kate says:

    The Book Thief is definately up there on my list too!

  6. KO says:

    If I stay and the Sweetness at the bottom of the pie are both on my MUST GET SOON list. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Alicia Gregoire says:

    I liked Looking for Alaska. An Abundance of Catherines is sitting waiting patiently to be read. I have to read If I Stay. It's on the list, but haven't purchased yet.

  8. Jess says:

    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie sounds fantastic! I must get me to a library now…

  9. Katy says:

    LOVE If I Stay (can't wait for Where She Went!) and Looking For Alaska. The Book Thief has been on my To-Read list forever. Time to pick that one up!

  10. Pam Harris says:

    I heart John Green–Looking for Alaska was great. I can't wait to read If I Stay, too. :)

  11. Michelle Schusterman says:

    Aw, Sweetness sounds adorable! I'll have to check that one out.

  12. Kate says:

    I've never eve heard of Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. But I LOVE the other four books on your list, so I'll have to check this one out.

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