Friday, December 31, 2010

My Top 20 Books of 2010 and Contest

2010 was an AMAZING year of books. I read so many amazing debuts, continuations of series, and books not enough people have heard of. So what better way to wrap up the year than round them all up? (Note: these list are in NO ORDER. I'm far too indecisive to put all of these in order.)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Goodreads page-My review
The conclusion to one of--if not my top--favorite series.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Old release I read in 2010)
Words cannot describe my complete and total love for this heartbreaking and -warming book.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Goodreads page-My review
Full of poetic writing, naked rock stars, and tub-fearing emos. What's not to love?

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
An epic dystopic tale with a heroine only Voldemort couldn't love. (Why yes, I am watching Order of the Phoenix.)

The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M Campbell
Goodreads page-My review
This was one of the most hilarious books I've ever read, and it had amazing characters and a fantastic plot to go along with the humor.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
With a killer plot, characters, and romance, this fresh and unique paranormal sets the bar for upcoming werewolf novels.

Gone by Lisa McMann
Goodreads page-My review
The conclusion to a fantastic, thrilling series.

The Iron King and The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
With fantastic writing, world-building, and humor, Julie Kagawa has created one of the hit series of 2010! I cannot wait for The Iron Queen.

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Another one that I just want to hold onto and never, ever stop reading. This one's full of awesome music references, excellent romance, and a unique and captivating world

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Fun, mysterious, and full of wonderful characters, this is one you don't want to miss.
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
This book was so FRUSTRATING...and awesome. And probably even better than Hush, Hush.

Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Old release I read in 2010)
I am officially a Scott Pilgrim fanatic. This unique, quirky graphic novel series astounded me with it's greatness.

The Last Saint by Bree Despain
Goodreads page-My review
This suspenseful, page-turning sequel was even better than The Dark Divine!

Looking for Alaska by John Green (Old release I read in 2010)
Goodreads page-Review coming soon
No words I say can do this book, or my love for it, justice. It was amazing. Fantastic. Stu-freaking-pendous.

And while these didn't quite make my favorites list, I definitely feel like the following books deserve a mention:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Goodreads page-My review
A fantastic debut that I still, to this day, think about.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
This was such a fun, fresh read and I'm so excited for the sequel.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
This one was so thrilling and swoony. I am DYING for the sequel, Desires of the Dead.

Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron (2009 release read in 2010)
A great book full of music and awesome characters that develop really well.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder (2008 release read in 2010)
I loved this storyline and concept, and it was executed (and written) very well.

Hourglass by Claudia Gray
I love this series so much, and this installment brought on so many new exciting twists.

And here are three 2011 titles I've had the opportunity to read this year that will be on my Best of 2011 list next year:

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Goodreads page-Review up in February
An exciting, gory, romantic, AWESOME book!

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Goodreads page-Review up in early 2011
Ho-ly craaaaaap this was good. Even better than Hex Hall!

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
An addicting tale of love, loss, and super creepy stuff.

If 2011 is half as good as 2010 was, it'll still be better than a double rainbow.

OK, so Mockingjay was HIGH up on the list of my favorites from this year, and I have one copy to give away to a very lucky person. US and Canada only (sorry! I'm living off allowance here). Ends Jan 14. FILL OUT THIS FORM TO ENTER. Good luck, happy New Year, and I hope you all have another excellent year of reading!!


  1. Before I Fall, Paranormalcy, Birthmarked, and I Heart You, You Haunt Me were also all on my list as well. And a lot of those I still need to read. :D Glad to see I'm not the only one who did 20 books instead of 10. lol. :P Oh and thanks for the contest!


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  3. Mockingjay!!!!! Missed this one for Christmas. so glad I get another chance to get a copy ♥ Thanks for the chance! GREAT GIVEAWAY!

  4. I haven't read as many of your favourites as I should have, but I'm hoping to read some of them this year. Hex Hall was definitely one of my favourites too along with Before I Fall, Paranormalcy and The Body Finder.

  5. Jessica: totally have this on my shelf, but so excited you're giving a copy away. Hopefully someone who hasn't read it will win it and love it!

    Excellent 2010 choices. btw (there's a contest to win a copy of Matched by Ally Condie over at : which is a new author site geared for teens. You'll be able to find me on there too.)

  6. That is some list. I have only read a few that you have listed but I recently just purchased more that you mentioned. I can hardly wait!

    Loved Angelfire so much as well!

    Mad Scientist


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