Thursday, December 30, 2010
Best of 2010: Best Books
Snagging the idea from Kate Hart and Sarah E:
Here's a list of my FAVORITE books of 2010
I read a lot of books this year--- most of them trendy and cool with lots of buzz. The Duff, Paranormalcy, If I Stay... these books were excellent reads and I highly recommend them, but there were a few books I wanted to feature because I enjoyed them more.
Half Life of Planets:
I loved this book- I reviewed it on my blog and e-mail the author. I loved this book more than Will Grayson Will Grayson. It's a story told from two POV and one of the character is an boy with Asperger's syndrome. As a teacher, every year I teach at least one student with Asperger's syndrome and I never stop to think how they are going to handle their first love. This book touched me on personal and professional level. And I wasn't the only one who loved this book.
The Ghost and The Goth
100% solid FUN. Every page 100% fun. The voices of the two characters were very distinct voices and very different motivations. The plot was solid. Will was one of the most interesting characters I've read all year. I even gave him a Christmas Gift this year.
Possibly one of the most important books I've read all year. The story about a boy who's a techie kid and the government thinks he's a terrorist. He's not and doesn't become one until the government kidnaps him and goes too far. It's about friendship and impossible odds. It raises lots of questions about privacy and safety.
HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT. Did I mention this book is HOT? A gang member makes a bet he can sleep with the perfect girl in school. Seriously her rep is that she's perfect. However once the story goes on, she's not perfect by a long shot. It reads fast and it's fun and powerfully touching. I loved this book.
I didn't want to teach it. I didn't want to read it. I was convinced my students would kill me or complain the board of ed and have me fired. You know what? I loved it. I cried at the end. I whimpered. My students LOVED it- three students finished it in a week. Before we left on winter break nine students finished the book. 20% of my students finished the book before the class got to page 60. Nearly 50% of the students were further in the book then we were reading as a class. The story is about a boy growing up in a West Virgina Coal mining town who decides to build rockets. It's a wonderfully inspirational story.
Go forth and read-- What are your top books of 2010?