One of my readers asked me if I was going to list my top five or ten books of the year, as other bloggers have, halfway through 2010. And, in looking at Jen Forbus's list, I can tell it's a list of her "current" favorite books, not necessarily read this year. Those are ones Jen loves enough to pass on. So, I think everyone has a different slant on this topic.
I went back and selected the books I marked as A+ this year, books I loved when I read them, and, most of all, when I reread my short summary, I still remember the book. There are only six so far this year, and only one is a mystery, and a crime caper at that, not a traditional mystery.. So, these are my favorite books of the year, with links to my reviews.
Fat Cat by Robin Brande. A YA novel. A high school science whiz changes her lifestyle for a project, and to show up the boy who was once her best friend, until he called her fat.
The Secret of Everything by Barbara O'Neal After a traffic accident, a tour guide ends up in a New Mexico town where she finds the secrets of her childhood.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen - After her mother's death, Emily Benedict discovered a grandfather she never knew in the town of Mullaby, North Carolina, a town with secrets, including some about Emily's mother.
God Never Blinks by Regina Brett - The newspaper columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer offers her 50 lessons for life's little detours.
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts - Lucky O'Toole, troubleshooter at a Las Vegas casino, has her hands full with a murder, a boss who is acting strange, her unusual mother, and a show business boyfriend.
Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn - Evie Walker's return home when her father is dying isn't what she expects in a novel that combines mythology, family history, and the end of the world as we know it.
So, are these titles what you expected from me for the best of 2010? Probably not. Remember, though, my husband died in February. God Never Blinks comes from the time soon after his death, and I bought that book, and recommended it to so many people. I'm still reading mysteries and thrillers, as you can tell from my daily posts. But, these six books are the ones I remember, ones that moved me, in the first half of the year.
What are the books that stand out for you from the first half of 2010?