Monday, December 28, 2009

Best Books of 2009!

I read so many great books this year! It was hard to pick ten, so I chose ten honorable mentions as well. I wrote a brief description of each book, but I also linked to my original review, which says a lot more. Toni Morrison was my most-read author this year, and all three of her books that I read this year made the honorable mentions. Read Neil Gaiman for the first time, and plan on reading more in the future.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Told by death itself, this is the story of a brave and thoughtful little girl living in Nazi Germany during WWII. Heartbreaking and beautiful.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. A great piece of young adult dystopian fiction, involving cloning, drug lords, and the disappearance of the whales.
The Once and Future King by T.H. White. A whimsical and enjoyable retelling of the King Arthur saga.

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. I linked to my review of the first book, The Lightning Thief, but all five were excellent. A brilliant way to bring classical mythology to life, and to envision it coexisting with today's modern life.

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. I'm glad I gave Faulkner another shot, because I loved this bit of dark comedy.

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III. A tragic and beautiful story about people too caught up in themselves to understand one another.

Animal Farm by George Orwell. Perhaps the perfect allegory, this famous work shows beautifully what happens when socialism goes awry.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. A riveting account of an expedition to climb Mount Everest gone horribly wrong.

Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. This book could be the model for today's "Mean Girls" phenomenon. A great story that examines girls'--and womens'--relationships with one another.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Told in one of the most unique voices, this book chronicles a brilliant but autistic teen's attempt to solve a mystery.

And the honorable mentions:

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Finish That Series--1/1/10-12/31/10

Hosted here at the very alliterative site, Royal Reviews, this challenge provides the opportunity to finish the series you've begun. I am going to sign up on the "fascinated" level, meaning I must complete three series this year. Some of the series I am hoping to finish are:

The Twilight Saga 4/19/10
The Murdoc Jern series
The Foundation series
The Border Trilogy
The Hunger Games 9/12/10

Series I want to reread include:

The Chronicles of Narnia
Dragonlance: Legends
The Prydain Series
The Dark Tower series 8/25/10

Young Adult Through the Decades Challenge (1/1/09-12/31/09)

Hosted here at Youth Services Corner, this challenge has you read young adult books written in different decades, starting with the 1930s or before and ending with the 2000s. Rereads are allowed (yay!!!).

1930s or before: Little Women
1940s: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1950s: Fahrenheit 451 --1/13/10
1960s: I Am David --11/19/10
1970s: Rumble Fish
1980s: Four's Crossing
1990s: Push
2000s: The Hunger Games--2/9/10

The Great Fire--Jim Murphy

Genre: Nonfiction
Year Published: 1995
Pages: 144
Rating: 4/5

I use this book in my classroom occasionally. It is a really interesting and informative account of the Great Chicago Fire, with drawings, photographs, and true-life accounts written by survivors of the fire. Definately worth reading.

Book a week # 60

Eclipse--Stephanie Meyer

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Year Published: 2007
Pages: 629
Rating: 2/5

"All our attempts at subterfuge had been in vain."

Why oh why do I keep reading these books? It isn't the writing, which is awkward and flowery, and seems to deteriorate even more with each subsequent book. It isn't Bella, the main character, who may very well be the WORST female heroine ever--she's spineless, moronic, and an utter doormat. It isn't Edward or Jacob, both of whom behave very badly when it comes to matters of love. I'm completely over the romance between Edward and Bella, so it isn't that (although I will admit the tension between Bella and Jacob got me a little bit). So what is it that keeps me coming back for more nauseating twaddle?

Well, I like the supernatural. I like the mythology behind the vampires and werewolves in the novels--especially the Native American shapeshifting stories. And I feel like I've invested myself in it this far so I sort of have to go all the way. (I thought Eclipse was the last book, however, and was very annoyed that I'm going to have to subject myself to this again). And I guess the story isn't that horrible...although our anti-heroine really truly is.

What happens in this book? More of the same, really: Victoria is still after Bella, Jacob is still in love with her, she still feels torn between him and Edward even though she will never even consider life without Edward because without him she would surely die, her father is still a bumbling fool, she still wants to be a vampire but Edward is still holding out for--gasp--marriage, the werewolves and vampires still hate each other, and Bella still manages to do stupid things and get herself into trouble so that her strong and supernatural lovers can save her. New stuff? Bella graduates, we get the whole story behind the tribe of werewolves, the werewolves and vampires come together to save her, and she makes a choice between the boys and a big decision that will affect her future. Oh, and there's a big party at the vampires' house.

What really disgusts me about these books is the same as I wrote in my last review--Bella is a horrible example for young women. The message here is that it is OK to act like an idiot because a boy will come and rescue you from danger. And that nothing is more important than your love for said boy. And if the boy leaves you life is no longer worth living and you will walk around like an empty shell. Oh--and Bella's revulsion to marriage hardly fits with her as a character. Ditto for the fact that she's supposed to be an honor's student but she's a complete idiot. I could document all of Bella's "Duh!" moments--you know, when the light bulb goes on and she suddenly realizes what the reader figured out ages ago--but why put anyone through that?

Now that I'm done ranting, I must sheepishly admit that I AM going to read the final book in the series.

Book a week # 61
Date Read: 12/21/09

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Take Another Chance Challenge (1/1/10-12/31/10)

The Take Another Chance Challenge allows you to find books to read by chance--how fun!! You can find all the guidelines here. There are twelve categories of participation; I am going to try to participate in all twelve (Gambling it All, as they say on the site!). I will list the categories, and the books I plan on reading, below.

1. Read Your Doppelganger: Since no one has the same exact name for me, I am going to read an author with the same initials--Lois Lowry's Number the Stars.

2. Blogroll Roulette: Twilight Children by Torey Hayden

3. 100 Best Book (I chose from the 2009 Best Books for Young Adults List): Debbie Harry Sings in Frency by Meagan Brothers

4. Prize Book Winner: 2666 by Roberto Bolano

5. Title Word Count: Jazz by Toni Morrison

6. Genre Switch Up: Graphic Novel--From Hell by Alan Moore

7. Break a Prejudice: Oh boy. Maybe I'll read The Bourne Identity for this one.

8. Real and Inspired:

9. Same Word, Different Book: Breaking Dawn; Breaking Her Fall

10. Become a Character:

11. All in the Family: 20th Century Ghosts (Joe Hill); Just After Sunset (Stephen King)

12. Author Anthology Pick:

Flashback Challenge (1/1/10-12/31/10)

I love re-reading books. I have been keeping track of my re-reads with the ongoing Read it Again Challenge, but this new one--the Flashback Challenge--caught my eye. It is a little more structured, with categories for how many books you read (I am going for Literati, which means I will reread six books) and the following mini-challenge categories:

1. Re-read a favorite book from your childhood
2. Re-read a book assigned to you in high school
3. Re-read a book you loved as an adult

I am going to read two from each category. This challenge crosses over with my Revisit Childhood Favorites as well.

Childhood: Ballet Shoes, Four's Crossing
High School: Catcher in the Rye, The Crucible
Adult: The Stand, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Fantasy Reading Challenge (1/1/10-12/31/10)

I love fantasy, and this challenge crosses over with my Arthurian Reading challenge, so it seemed a waste not to join. Guidelines can be found here. I think I will opt for the "fascinated" category, meaning I will read six fantasy fiction novels, but I might up that to "addicted" and read twelve. I will post my list soon!

2010 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge (1/1/10-12/31/10)

"Reading With Tequila" has compiled a list of books recommended by bloggers. Of the 234 books on this list, I have read 35. For this challenge, I plan on reading another ten. Here is a tentative list of books I might read:

1. City of Bones--Cassandra Clare
2. The Alchemist--Paulo Coelho
3. Eragon-_Christopher Paolini
4. The Host--Stephanie Meyer
5. Gone With the Wind--Margaret Mitchell
6. Push--Sapphire
7. A Thousand Splendid Suns--Khaled Hosseini
8. The Prisoner's Wife--Asha Bandele
9. Artemis Fowl--Eoin Colfer
10. The Bell Jar--Sylvia Plath
11. Alas Babylon--Pat Frank
12. The Looking Glass Wars--Frank Beddor
13. Neverwhere--Neil Gaiman
14. My Sister's Keeper--Jodi Picoult
15. Fight Club--Chris Pahlaniak

451 Challenge (1/1/10-11/30/10)

This challenge is hard to explain, so I am going to just copy and paste from the 451 Challenge site:

"451 Fridays is based on an idea from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In his novel, a group of people (Bradbury calls them Book People) are trying to keep the ideas found in books alive. Instead of actually saving the books, the Book People each "become" a book - memorizing it, word for word, and passing it down to the next generation.

451 Fridays asks what books you feel passionate about. What book do you think is so important that you would be willing to take on the challenge of "becoming"?

We have compiled an amazing list of books this year in our weekly 451 Fridays posts, and it's time to start reading them! So, the 451 Challenge was born."

I am going to do the "Blaze" level,which means I will be reading at least seven books from the list. Here is my tentative list of books:

A Thousand Splendid Suns--Khaled Hosseini
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn--Betty Smith
Gone With the Wind--Margaret Mitchell
A Solitary Blue--Cynthia Voigt
Fahrenheit 451--Ray Bradbury
I Am David--Ann Holm
Shantaram--Gregory David Roberts
The Haunting of Hill House--Shirley Jackson

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Sun Also Rises--Ernest Hemingway

Genre: Fiction (Classic)
Year Published: 1926
Pages: 251
Rating: 3/5

"Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton."

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, having recently finished On the Road, it was almost torturous to endure another book about a narcissistic, self-centered group of 'friends' getting drunk all the time. On the other, I did find myself caught up in the romance between Lady Ashley and Jake, and almost feel a warmness for them. And I really liked the ending.

The story takes place in Europe not long after the first World War. Jake is a writer living in Paris, and he and several of his friends, including his on-again off-again lover, Brett Ashley, decide to go to Spain for the Running of the Bulls. Then they get drunk, do some fishing, get drunk, watch some bullfights, get drunk, get mad at one another, get drunk, fight each other, get drunk, find out Brett has left with a young bullfighter, get drunk again, wake up and leave town. That is pretty much the entire plot. What holds the book together is the characters and their relationships to one another. Robert Cohn is a friend of Jake's who has also had an affair with Brett (pretty much everyone has, actually. Brett was quite the afficionado of men), and who follows her around like a lost puppy even though she is with her fiancee. Her fiancee acts like he's fine with her affairs when he's sober, then gets nasty about it when drunk. Brett seems to feel some sort of remorse about her loving and leaving these guys, but not enough to stop her from continuing to do so. She does seem to love Jake, but again, not enough to stop her from continuing to do so. Jake loves Brett but knows that he can't have her on any other terms, so he accepts this way even though it bothers him.

I have to say the anti-semitism weaving through this book bothered me. I have never been bothered by this before when reading a book, so I'm not sure what was different about this one, but every time someone referred to Cohn as "that Jew" or the "kike" it irked me. I did like Lady Ashley--it seemed almost feminist to have a female carry out the "playa" role. Even though she's a real jerk to those poor guys.

I get that the book is meant to represent the post-WWI generation, the loss of innocence, etc. But as far as I'm concerned, the best thing about this book is how it ends. It's a lovely ending, and it manages to sum everything up in an almost whimsical moment. But I certainly can't say that this was one of my favorite reads this year. In fact, I can't really say that I like Hemingway much at all.

Book a week #: 60
Challenge/s: Decades; Modern Library; 1% Well Read
Date Read: 12/14/09

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Riders of the Purple Sage--Zane Grey

Genre: Western/Classic
Year Published: 1912
Pages: 358
Rating: 3.5

A sharp clip-clop of iron shod hoofs deadened and died away, and clouds of yellow dust drifted from under the cottonwoods out over the sage.

I was surprised by this book. It was surprisingly readable, considering it was written in the early 1900s--1912, to be exact--and that westerns have never really been my genre. But really it was a lot of fun to read. Dramatic and romantic, heavily outdated, but fun. The story centers around Jane Withersteen, a Mormon woman who has inherited a ranch and riches from her father. The Mormon men in her small Utah town are unhappy with Jane's independence, and more so with her friendliness to the Gentiles (meaning non-Mormons. This confused me greatly, since it actually means non-Jew, but apparently the Mormons actually regard themselves as Isrealite descendants: who the church members shun. When Jane refuses to marry Elder Tull her real problems begin. Her cattle and horses disappear, her workers quit, disappear, or turn out to be spies. Enter Lassiter, the gun-slinging hero of the range, who has come to take revenge for a loved-one's death but finds himself instead falling in love with Jane and her adopted daughter, Fay. The two of them are forced to make a stand, with only Jane's former employee (and previous love interest?) Benters, who has been holed up in the cliffs with a notorious cattle-rustler's "Masked Rider", who turns out to not be what everyone presumed.

There are many reasons I could have disliked this book: it reads like a soap opera, the plot is easy to figure out, the characters are simplistic and stereotypical, the Mormons are over-vilified, it's preachy, and horses die. But I didn't dislike it at all. The story was fun, and even after I knew what was going to happen I still wanted to read it. The female characters are surprisingly strong for the time, especially Jane (although she does faint). The romance is overdramatic and ridiculous, but not anymore so than in the Twilight series, and more enjoyable. This book has left me with visions of the barren wastes of the Utah cliffs, the wind rustling through the sage, and the proud and noble people riding into the sunset.

Book-a-week # 59
Date Read: 12/8/09
Challenge: Decades

The Zero Game--Brad Melzer

Genre: Crime Thriller
Year Published: 20056
Pages: 512
Rating: 3

"I don't belong here."

I don't usually read thrillers, but I needed to read something that started with "Z" for my A-Z challenge, and this was one of the only books I could find. It was good. Well-developed characters, good plot, kept me guessing through much of it. It centers around the US Congress, which was an interesting touch, and deals with secret projects hidden deep below the earth in a defunct South Dakota gold mine. Enjoyable, easy to read, and now I've read my "Z"!

Book a week #: 58
Date Read: 12/4/09
Challenge/s: A-Z

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time--Mark Haddon

Genre: Fiction
Year Published: 2004
Pages: 226
Rating: 4

It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs. Shears house.

This book was a delight to read, featuring one of the most unique narrative voices I have ever read. The narrator, 15-year old Christopher Boone, thinks differently than most of us. Some might call him autistic. Some might call him a savant. Some other kids call him stupid but he knows this is not so, just as he knows all the prime numbers up to 7,057 and the Monty Hall Problem and why Occam's razor is true. When Christopher finds his neighbor's dog dead on her lawn, he is determined to find out who committed the crime, although he dislikes interacting with others. In deciphering this mystery, Christopher finds out far more than he expected about his own family life, with extreme results.

More than anything I am impressed with Haddon's ability to give a voice to a person like Christopher. His character is so real and so likeable that it helps further understanding towards those who may not relate to the world in the way most of us might expect. But aside from that, the story is captivating and suspenseful, touching and disturbing, and altogether human. I skimmed through all the higher math problems because they made my head hurt, but they were a nice touch as well, along with the diagrams and visual aids. Altogether a very good book.

Book a week #57
Date Read: 12/1/09
Challenge/s: What's in a Name

As I Lay Dying--William Faulkner

Genre: Fiction
Year Published: 1930
Pages: 267
Rating: 4
"Jewel and I come up from the field, following the path in single file."
I began this book with trepidation. I had read The Sound and the Fury last year and found it to be one of the most difficult books I've ever read, and hardly worth the effort. But I ended up really enjoying this book. First of all, it is much easier to read--no lack of chronology, no stream-of-consciousness. There is still an abundance of unidentified pronouns, so you aren't always entirely sure who the narrator is referring to, but it all becomes clear by the end. Secondly, this book is so full of dark comedy that it is hard not to enjoy. The story is about a southern family who is transporting their dead mother's/wife's body to her hometown for burial. A series of mishaps befall them, and each character deals with their own issues, before they finally arrive. That's it. That's the plot. The story is told by many different characters in the book--mostly the family, occasionally other minor characters, and once the dead woman herself. The characters in the family, including the dead mother, are not very sympathetic--they're all a bunch of jerks, in my opinion. But their voices are clear and amusing. After reading this I think I might give Absalom! Absalom! a chance.
Book a week # 55
Date Read: 11/28/09
Challenge/s: 1% Well Read, Decades, What's in a Name, Modern Library

X-Files: EBE--Les Martin

Genre: Young Readers/Fantasy
Year Published: 1996
Pages: 100
Rating: 3/5

I needed a book that started with X (although I suppose this one actually starts with "E") for a reading challenge, so I pulled this off my classroom bookshelf. I had already seen the episode, so I knew what was coming, but it was a decent retelling that is good for older kids with lower reading levels, as well as younger kids who are interested in (and ready for) X-Files material.

Uncharted Stars--Andre Norton

Genre: Science Fiction
Year Published: 1969
Pages: 256
Rating: 3/5
"It was like any other caravansary at a space port, not providing quarters for a Veep or some off-planet functionary, but not for a belt as sparsely packed with credits as mine was at that moment either."
The second book in the Zero Stone series, Uncharted Stars continues Murdoc Jern's quest to understand the secret of the stone he recovered from his dead father's belongings. His alien feline-like telepathic partner Eet is still with him, and they pick up a down-and-out pilot to fly their ship to Waystar, the planet of the Thieves' Guild. Although somewhat wordy (especially the parts where he is analyzing gems), the book keeps your interest with new alien creatures and wasted, empty planets of ruins. Big surprise at the ending too, when Eet transforms. I plan on reading the third book sometime next year.
Book a week # 54
Date Read: 11/26/09
Challenge/s: Decades

Sunday, December 6, 2009

What's In a Name Challenge 2010

I really enjoyed this challenge last year, so I am glad it is running again, thanks to Beth F. who has taken over and come up with some really great categories! You can sign up for this challenge here.

Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:

A book with a food in the title: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
A book with a body of water in the title: Lake Woebegone Days
A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: Queen of Babble
A book with a plant in the title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: City of Bones
A book with a music term in the title: Jazz

TBR 2010

It has become an annual tradition for me to join the TBR challenge, and this year is no exception! My bookshelves seem to get heavier and heavier all the time!

Some of the alternates are books I never got to from last year's TBR alternate list. Maybe this year...

Regular list:

1. The Alchemist--Paulo Coelho
2. Survivor--Chris Pahluniak
3. Elven Star--Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret--Brian Selznick
5. The Nature of Jade--Deb Caletti
6. Abarat 2: Days of Magic, Nights of War--Clive Barker
7. Gregor the Overlander--Suzanne Collins (1/1/10)
8. A Short History of Nearly Everything--Bill Bryson
9. You Are a Spiritual Being Having a Human Experience--Bob Frissell
10. Sin in the Second City--
11. Gone With the Wind--Margaret Mitchell
12. Just After Sunset--Stephen King


1. Eragon--Christopher Paolini
2. I, Robot--Isaac Asimov
3. Night--Elie Weisel
4. Are Men Necessary?--Maureen Dowd
5. Breaking Her Fall--
6. Trainspotting
7. Life of Pi--Yann Martel
8. Her Fearful Symmetry--Audrey Niffenegger
9. Blaze--Stephen King
10. The Crossing--Cormac McCarthy
11. Dance Macabre--Stephen King
12. A Brief History of Time--Stephen Hawking

A to Z 2010

Last year, I did the A to Z challenge by reading titles beginning with each letter of the alphabet. (You can see my list and links to reviews here). This year I am joining the 2010 A to Z Challenge but doing it by author's last name. Last year I managed to find a book beginning with every title, including X and Z, so hopefully I will have the same luck this year with authors!

Atwood, Margaret (The Robber Bride) 1/23/10
Bradbury, Ray (Fahrenheit 451) 2/13/10
Collins, Suzanne (Gregor the Overlander) 1/1/10
Gaiman, Neil (American Gods) 6/6/10
Holland, Kevin Crossley (The Seeing Stone) 1/4/10
King, Stephen (multiple)
Lawhead, Stephen R (Taliesin) 1/8/10
McCarthy, Cormac (Blood Meridian) 2/23/10
Paulsen, Gary (The Crossing) 3/24/10
Vonnegut JR., Kurt (Slaughterhouse 5) 3/10/10

2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge

One of my favorite challenges each year is the Young Adult Challenge, hosted by J. Kaye. I finished this challenge last year, and the year before. This year I am going to choose the "Just My Size" option, meaning I will read 25 rather than 12 young adult novels. I don't have a complete list yet for 2010, but here are some of what I hope to read:

1. Abarat 2: Days of Magic, Nights of War--Clive Barker
2. The Hunger Game--Suzanne Collins
3. Gregor the Overlander--Suzanne Collins (1/1/10)
4. The Nature of Jade--Deb Caletti
5. Among the Hidden
6. I Am David
7. The Host--Stephanie Meyer
8. Push--Sapphire
9. Artemis Fowl
10. Eragon--Christopher Paolini
11. City of Bones
12. Breaking Dawn--Stephanie Meyer
13. The Seeing Stone
14. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. A Solitary Blue--Cynthia Voigt
16. Number the Stars--Lois Lowry
17. Debbie Harry Sings in French--Meagan Brothers
18. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn--

100+ Reading Challenge 2010

Even though I didn't make 100+ books in last year's 100+ Challenge, that doesn't deter me from signing up for this year's. Hopefully this year I will be able to focus and channel my energy and make the 100 book mark. This is where I will be listing books for the Book a Week Challenge as well.

1. Gregor the Overlander--Suzanne Collins (1/1/10); 308p; 3.5/5
2. The Seeing Stone--Kevin Crossly-Holland (1/4/10);
3. Taliesin--Stephen R. Lawhead (1/8/10)
4. The Robber Bride--Margaret Atwood (1/23/10)
5. City of Bones--Cassandra Clare (1/28/10)
6. Hawkes Harbor--SE Hinton (2/4/10)
7. The Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins (2/9/10)
8. Fahrenheit 451--Ray Bradbury (2/13/10)
9. Blood Meridian--Cormac McCarthy (2/23/10)
10. Feast of Snakes--Harry Crews (2/26/10)
11. Jazz--Toni Morrison (3/9/10)
12. Slaughterhouse 5--Kurt Vonnegut (3/10/10)
13. Life of Pi--Yann Martel (3/10/10)
14. The Crossing--Gary Paulsen (3/24/10)
15. Merlin--Stephen R. Lawhead (4/12/10); 448p; 3/5
16. Breaking Dawn--Stephanie Meyer (4/19/10); 754p; 3/5
17. The Host--Stephanie Meyer (5/19/10); 619p; 2.5/5
18. Sin in the Second City--Karen Abbott (5/26/10); 384p; 5/5
19. Blaze--Stephen King (5/29/10); 285p; 4/5
20. American Gods--Neil Gaiman (6/6/10); 592p; 5/5
21. Artemis Fowl--Eoin Coffer (6/18/10)
22. Dead Until Dark--Charlaine Harris (6/25/10)
23. Living Dead in Dallas--Charlaine Harris (6/28/10)
24. Club Dead--Charlaine Harris (7/3/10)
25. Dead to the World--Charlaine Harris (7/6/10)
26. Dead as a Doornail--Charlaine Harris (7/9/10)
27. The Gunslinger--Stephen King (7/16/10)
28. The Drwaing of the Three--Stephen King (7/24/10)
29. A Short History of Nearly Everything--Bill Bryson (7/25/10)
30. The Waste Lands--Stephen King (7/30/10)
31. Wizard and Glass--Stephen King (8/5/10)
32. Wolves of the Calla--Stephen King (8/14/10)
33. Song of Susannah--Stephen King (8/17/10)
34. The Dark Tower--Stephen King (8/25/10)
35. The Colorado Kid--Stephen King (9/7/10)
36. The What's Happening to My Body Book
37. Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins (9/12/10)
38. Mockingjay--Suzanne Collins (9/12/10)
39. Definitely Dead--Charlaine Harris (9/23/10)
40. Altogether Dead--Charlaine Harris (10/4/10)
41. The Gunslinger Born--Multiple (10/13/10)
42. The Long Road Home--Multiple (10/14/10)
43. A Thousand Splendid Suns--Khaled Hosseini (10/20/10)
44. Horns--Joe Hill (10/25/10)
45. The Invention of Hugo Cabret--Brian Selznick (10/25/10)
46. Treachery--Multiple (10/26/10)
47. Under the Dome--Stephen King (11/6/10)
48. I Am David--Anne Holm (11/19/10)
49. Among the Hidden--Margaret Peterson Haddox (11/20/10)
50. Number the Stars--Lois Lowry (11/20/10)
51. The Nature of Jade--Deb Caletti (12/1/10)
52. Fall of Gilead--Multiple (12/2/10)
53. Saving Max--Antoinette van Huegten (12/5/10)
54. Just After Sunset--Stephen King (12/8/10)
55. From Dead to Worse--Charlaine Harris (12/20/10)
56. Survivor--Chuck Pahlaniuk (12/30/10)