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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Five Best (recent) Reads

Another blogger (Forever Young (Adult)) asked what your five best, recent reads are, and I thought I would put up my list.  This has been a year of heavy reading for me.  Recent move, no cable, and no job means that I have made a lot of time to read.  No complaints here!

So here are the five I liked best from the last twelve months:

Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor.  I loved this one when I got an ARC for Library Journal (my review is towards the bottom).  It is beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking.

Nation, by Terry Pratchet.  I admit this was a reread for me, and in light of the terrible earthquake/tsunami in Japan, I will probably reread it again this week.  This is not your standard Terry Pratchett.

Skipping a Beat, by Sarah Pekkanen.  I reviewed this for a contest, here, and it has grown in my estimation the longer I have had to think about it.

The Passage, by Justin Cronin.  This one was surprisingly riveting.  But it ended so abruptly that I had to rush to the internet to find out if it was part of a series.  Thankfully there will be a few more to round it out and I cannot wait.  Plus vampire-zombies.  Awesome.

Maybe This Time, by Jennifer Cruisie.  I LOVED this book.  And not just because it is based on Turn of the Screw, by Henry James (a favorite).  She nailed it.  In fact this was one of those few that as soon as I finished it, I opened it back to the beginning and started again.  Just to seal it in my mind.  Hmm, may need to reread this one, too.

Wow, just looking at that list makes me happy.  And I would happily revisit all of these, so I think that is recommendation enough.

So what are your fab five from the last twelve months?


  1. Jen, I read Nation with the YA Book club last fall. I really loved the book, but the kids didn't like it as much. It's the only Terry Pratchett I've ever read, but I really did think it was very well done.

    And I LOVED Maybe This Time. I couldn't put that book down!

    And The Passage would be on my top-5 list for the year, too! Evidently we've been on the same reading wavelength this year.

  2. See, for all that the main characters are teens, I don't think that Nation is a YA book.

    So what else have you liked? I could use the suggestions!

  3. Thanks for linking to me Jennifer - I just posted an extra entry for you!
    FOREVER YOUNG (adult)


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