So far in 2011, I've read the following books:
1. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman -- Intriguingly inventive perspective for narration. Moving.
2. Real Live Boyfriends, by E. Lockhart--The fourth and final book. Ruby's all grown up now.
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larson --About 15% of the book is interesting.
4. The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson-- Fantastic setting, characters, emotional spectrum.
5. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro -- The most subtle dystopian sci-fi ever written.
6. Jumpstart the World, by Catherine Ryan Hyde -- I like the concept of a kid living in her own apartment.
7. Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen-- Wonderful, but very sad.
8. Crooked Letter Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin-- Quality voices and fleshed-out characters, well-oriented setting, builds gradually toward its climax.
NEW TO MY LIST:
9. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett--This author has moxie. My belly was a knot of nerves for these women, and the book serves as a reminder that sometimes furtive activity is quite bold and courageous, and integrity matters more than most any attributes I can call to mind.
10. Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen--A compassionate he (ordinary and lacking confidence) said - she (un-self-consciously free-sprited) said for the tween set. Reminds me of Bridge to Terabithia, somehow.
11. Kaplan ACT Strategies for Super Busy Students (non-fiction)-- This book helped me to revise my methods for teaching kids how to approach the reading and English sections of the ACT. Repetitive, yet accessible and helpful--if put to use.
Two books I read late December 2010 that I wish to recommend are Tawni O'Dell's latest, Fragile Beasts, and Sara Gruen's newest, Ape House.
My most frequently recommended (and best loved) books of 2010: My Name is Memory, by Anne Brashares, The Nobodies Album, by Carolyn Parkhurst, and Fragile Beasts, as referenced above.