I don't know about you but I love making lists ... and lists with pictures is even better. So, in the spirit of listing & reading, here are a few of my favorite lists. I've compiled them over the months & would love it if you stole this idea & made your own lists (& shared them with me!) as well.
5 Best Dystopians
What else would I list first? These are my absolute favorite because they are well-fleshed, colorful worlds peopled with characters who are realistic, multi-layered, and flawed but grow in some way. They are imaginative & enterprising.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- The Dark & Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
- Across The Universe by Beth Revis
5 Best Non-Dystopians
Because these are books I loved as much as I loved my top 5 dystopians.
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
- Drought by Pam Bachorz
- Firelight by Sophie Jordan
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
- Vamplayers by Rusty Fischer
5 Great Ideas / Poor Executions
I feel like half the books I read I lament that the idea was fantastic but the execution failed to live up to the awesome potential. Here are the ones that saddened me most.
- The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
Failed when I realized the narrator was keeping info from the reader for the sake of future plot twists.
- Fallen by Lauren Kate
Failed when it became clear the centuries old fallen angel was as immature as a high schooler (seriously, he flipped off the love of his life?) & his re-incarnated girlfriend was even worse.
- The False Princess by Eilis O'Neil
Failed from the first instance of underwhelming magic & the fact we almost never got out of the narrator's head.
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Failed halfway through after I couldn't take any more of Shay or the way every chapter seemed to need a cliffhanger & therefore became obviously crafted to lead toward one.
- Possession by Elana Johnson
Failed on the first 2 pages due to the improbability of the first scene alone.
5 Books I Wish I Never Read
I mean there are a few, even though I generally love most of the books I read. Most of these I chose to read because I wanted to be able to speak intelligently about them with people who had also read them. You know, so I could explain exactly why I didn't like them. But a couple were assigned reading back in high school.
- The Twilight Series (esp. book 4) by Stephenie Meyer
- Fallen by Lauren Kate
- Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
- Bliss by Lauren Myracle
- Don Quixote by Cervantes
5 Books I Can't Wait To Read in 2012
I figured I'd finish up with a hopeful look forward. These books need to be in my hands soon though!
- The Kill Order by James Dashner - Release: August
Hello?! Prequel to The Maze Runner.
- False Memory by Dan Krokos - Release: August
The idea behind this one just interested me & ooh shiny cover!
- Endlessly by Kiersten White - Release: July
I adore this series & I am really looking forward to seeing how the snarky Ms. White finishes it all up.
- A Million Suns by Beth Revis - Releases: January
I really enjoyed Across the Universe (until the slap-in-the-face ending) so I'm curious to see where Ms. Revis takes this.
- Fever by Lauren DeStefano - Release: February
Wither is probably at the top of my most favorite books. I hope this continues with the awesomeness even if the cover is ugly as sin.