Archive for Favorite Books of the Year

My Favorite YA Books of 2016

 

And … we’re back!  To celebrate the start of the new year, here’s a new in-depth episode featuring a list of my favorite YA books of 2016.  Here you’ll find lots of titles that made many other top 10 lists, as well as other books that didn’t make as many lists but which I thought were awesome and which definitely deserve some love!

Here are the titles I selected as my favorites of 2016.  Listen to the episode to find out why!

FICTION:

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

With Malice by Eileen Cook

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston

When We Collided by Emery Lord

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Breakfast With Neruda by Laura Moe

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

GRAPHIC NOVELS:

How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman with adaptation & artwork by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

The Gods Lie by Kaori Ozaki

Paper Girls 1 by Brian K Vaughan

I Hate Fairyland Vol 1 by Skottie Young

NONFICTION:

Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes by Christine Mari Inzer

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

Ten Days a Madwoman by Deborah Noyes

 

My Favorite CR & YA Books of 2015

Baba Yagas Assistant coverThe Truth About Jellyfish coverDumplin cover

 

Hi again, patient listeners!  My apologies for the delay in this episode, but I was sick for over a week and it took a while for my voice to come out of “Marlene Dietrich mode” and get back to normal.

Here are the books I recommended in this episode:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer

Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff

Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks  [booktalk HERE]

Placebo Junkies by JC Carleson [booktalk HERE]

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena Dunkle and Clare B. Dunkle

My Favorite Children’s and Teen Books of 2014

Brown Girl Dreaming coverGoodreads coverGrasshopper Jungle cover

Here are all of the books I mentioned in this episode:

PICTURE BOOKS

Quest by Aaron Becker

My Teacher is a Monster! (No I am Not!) by Peter Brown

Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans

CHILDREN’S CHAPTER BOOKS

Furious Jones and the Assassin’s Secret by Tim Kehoe

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

TEEN BOOKS

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Amity by Micol Ostow

Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Perry

Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

BONUS CONTENT — I’ve read SO MANY teen books this year that I couldn’t fit all of them into this episode!  So make sure you check these out, too!

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

My Favorite Children’s and Teen Books of 2013

Sure Signs of Crazy coverOCD Love Story coverFangirl cover

Here are all of the books I mentioned in this episode:

PICTURE BOOKS
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett [Check out more at MyBirthdayBunny.com]
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Year of the Jungle: Memories From the Home Front by Suzanne Collins

CHILDREN’S CHAPTER BOOKS
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

TEEN BOOKS
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The Great American Dust Bowl written and illustrated by Don Brown
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Slated by Teri Terry

My Favorite Teen Books of 2012

Okay, I could have waited until January to do this list, but just in case I could help any last-minute holiday shoppers, I decided to put it up now.  This list is by no means comprehensive, and it’s completely subjective.  That being said, I think you’ll find some good stuff here.

If you want to chime in with any agreements or disagreements, or if you have other favorite books from this year that you’d like to share, please do so in the comments!

Teen books of 2012 covered in this episode:

Beta by Rachel Cohn
After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier
Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson
Every Day by David Levithan
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Turning by Francine Prose
The List by Siobhan Vivian