Best Books of 2010

I read 78 books this year, which is less than last year’s 100. Next year I’m going to try for 100 again. But I read lots of wonderful books—so many that it was really difficult to choose my top 10 favorites. But here are 10 that I really, really loved.

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson (debut)
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins (debut)
FIRE by Kristin Cashore
PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow (debut)
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
WITHER by Lauren DeStefano (debut; ARC; pubbed March 2011)
BLEEDING VIOLET by Dia Reeves (debut)
RESTORING HARMONY by Joelle Anthony (debut)
JANE by April Lindner (debut)

You will notice that 7/10 are debuts! I try to buy and read a lot of debut authors, and I was totally rewarded this year. In fact, here are a few more that I highly recommend: FREEFALL by Mindi Scott, LOSING FAITH by Denise Jaden, ASH by Malindo Lo, SHADE by Jeri Smith-Ready, and of course my critique partner Jackie Dolamore’s MAGIC UNDER GLASS.

I also added a few authors to my auto-buy list. Like Courtney Summers (SOME GIRLS ARE) and Lisa Schroeder (CHASING BROOKLYN).

And this year brilliantly ended two series that are among my all-time favorites: VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead and REAL LIVE BOYFRIENDS by E. Lockhart. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

Thanks so much to all the authors on my list for transforming and transporting me.
What about you? What were your favorite reads in 2010?

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