...but for some reason just did not get to. I wanted to mention them because some of them MIGHT have been favorites this year - if I had read them. You can bet most of these (I hope) will show up on the blog in 2011 at some point.
6 books from favorite YA authors (not all from 2010)
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Sleepless by Cyn Balog
Experienced (A Beautiful Americans novel) by Lucy Silag
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Now except for Sleepless, these are all books that I bought, which explains partly why I haven't gotten to them yet since review books do tend to get priority in my pile. Beth Kephart had two awesome sounding novels out this year and I bought both immediately and really can't wait to have the time to savor her way with language and story. I've been reading Turner's Queen's Thief series ever so slowly because I don't ever want it to end! Balog charmed with Fairy Tale, a story about fairies no less, so I'm interested to she what she has done with the sandman myth. The Beautiful Americans series, featuring a group of American exchange students in Paris, has me captivated. I bought Fever 1793 on recommendation from Rebecca because I do so enjoy plague tales. I think I need to do a theme week, because I have a bunch of other books I'd love to read that'd fit the category.
2010 YA Debuts
Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
Sea by Heidi R. Kling
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
Eighth Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich
These first 4 all are set in exotic foreign locales (which I love, obvs) - Laos, Indonesia, France, Cuba. I spent some time with the authors of the last 2 (had breakfast with Chelsea during BEA and Bemi was at two of Daniel and Audrey's book signings in September). I've read 30 2010 YA debuts this year, but I still feel like it could have been more! It was such a great year for debuts, wasn't it?
Adult books pubbed in 2010
Faithful Place by Tana French
Room by Emma Donoghue
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Bloodroot by Amy Greene
How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu
I really can't believe I haven't read Faithful Place yet since The Likeness is one of my favorite books ever. The other 5 are books I've added to my pile after BEA buzz and best lists galore. I actually do not yet have Yu's book yet, but I plan to get asap.
Which books do you wish you had gotten to this year?