Have you noticed I'm only posting on Tuesdays this month? It's not on purpose, but between planning teen events at the library, trying to get my two-year-old to nap, being a wife, podcasting at Authors are ROCKSTARS!, occasionally doing some laundry (maybe), reviewing books and apps for School Library Journal, preparing a presentation for KidLitCon, chairing a YALSA committee, and planning the baby's first birthday party... well, I've got a few things going on! This blog is the one thing I can do at my own pace, and dear reader, that pace happens to be s-l-o-w right now. I'm okay with that, and I hope you are, too.
Since I'm only posting on Tuesdays, I thought I'd participate in the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic is: Books I Loved but Never Reviewed.
1. Huntress, by Malinda Lo
I've been wanting to review this one, but somehow just can't fully articulate my thoughts on this beautiful book. I loved the descriptions of the lush settings, and the fact that it's a story about two girls who fall in love, but it isn't an "issue" book.
2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
Smart, funny, thought-provoking, relatable... such a perfect book. I love to recommend this when students need something for a school report, because it's a truly fun read and it has enough substance for academic purposes.
3. Audrey, Wait!, by Robin Benway
The casual swearing in this book is so perfect. Just-- YES. This is how a lot of teens talk, whether adults like it or not.
4. Girl at Sea, by Maureen Johnson
Possibly my favorite Maureen Johnson title so far. I recommend this book all the time at my library, as it has a little something for everyone- mystery, adventure, and romance.
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Powerful, hilarious, heartbreaking. An excellent choice to introduce an adult reader to the world of YA.
6. Good Enough, by Paula Yoo
Come for the spam recipes, stay for the funny and genuine narrator as she navigates her strict Korean-American parents' expectation and her own growing need for independence.
7. Robot Dreams, by Sara Varon
I read this four years ago, and still think about it. Deceptively cute illustrations tell a heartbreaking, relatable, and ultimately hopeful story about friendship, loss, and healing.
8. The China Garden, by Liz Berry
I believe it's out of print, and not even available in many libraries anymore, but if you can get your hands on it, this is an amazing read. A spine-tingling paranormal romance written years before the genre exploded.
9. Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin
A gorgeous afterlife story, kind of a Lovely Bones for teens.
10. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
I had to read this one twice to fully absorb it, because it was so different from the first two books in the trilogy, but I feel it was ultimately a worthy and fitting conclusion to the story. And I loved the epilogue, no matter what anyone else says.
Now... off to do some laundry! Maybe.