Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 YA Reading Challenge...Sigh.

Once upon a time, I decided to jump into blogging. And it fizzled. Quickly.

I'd planned to review all the lovely YA books I was reading - along with others - helping to keep track and to give me a wonderful sense of accomplishment. HAH! I fool myself this way quite often, it seems! :) 

However, as with many in January, I'm hoping to ease my way back into things, and so I'm starting the new year by looking back at how I did with the 2011 YA Reading Challenge. 

Knowing me, I probably intended to go all out and read 50+ YA books this past year. Nope, didn't happen. I was, however, only one shy of the next level: I read 39 YA books in 2011, which is two more than in 2010!

Of those 39, I gave six titles five out of five stars. My fav teen books this year were:

  • My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger.  Completely charming, funny and sweet, this was the second time I'd read this coming-of-age story. This year I read it for my library book club and was a teeny bit heartbroken that they didn't love it like I do. : (
  • Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John.  A snarky, deaf senior offers to manage a her classmates' rock band, and they all learn a bit about music, jerks and falling in love. This. Was. AWESOME.
  • Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1 by Kiiro Yumi.  I completely adored this story of a young woman, inspired to protect the rights of readers to free information by a handsome young soldier. Librarians, armed and dangerous? Sold!!!
  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.  I love Maberry's adult Joe Ledger series, so when I heard he was writing a teen book about zombies, well I had no doubts I'd love it. And I did. Intense, scary and dark, just as an apocalyptic story involving zombies should be.
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This is one of those books I'd heard people gushing about, but as I tend to read a lot of zombie/supernatural/bad-ass-chicks books, a sweet contemporary teen romance simply wasn't high on my list. I was stupid. Now I recommend this one to people all the time. READ IT.
  • Ashes by Ilsa Bick. Yes, it has zombie-like people in it. Yes, there's a bit of an apocalypse. Yes, you should absolutely read it because Bick brings an intensity to this story that had me biting my nails, worrying that Alex, a seventeen-year-old dying from her brain tumor, might not survive, or that Tom might die, or that the little girl...I'm not sure I can wait for the sequel!!
What were your favorites?


  1. Hiya , great blog! Ive read My Most Excellent Year and loved it ! x

    Jessica from Booked Up!
    :) xxx

  2. Kearsten, so glad to see you are back blogging again! Your take on things is always fun to read, so don't give up! I, too, loved Anna, Five Flavors of Dumb, and I read My Most Excellent Year when it came out (I might have been the one who recommended it for book club!). Susan