I hope everyone’s holidays have gone smoothly so far, with no toppling Christmas trees, blizzards causing power outages in the middle of a party, the turkey or ham being eaten by the dog, or other mishaps. My holidays have been nice and quiet, and so has this blog. It’s always a trial to remember that poor little blog huddled in the corner during the holidays, but fear not! An exciting new post is on the way.
Since the year 2010 is soon coming to a close, I’ve been thinking back on the year in books. The bestselling children’s author Rick Riordan came out with not one, but TWO new books, starting two new series, this year: The Red Pyramid of the Kane Chronicles, and The Lost Hero of the Heroes of Olympus series. YA superstar series The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins came to an end back in August with Mockingjay‘s release. The film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (part one) came out in November and was a box office hit. Newcomer series The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore started out with I Am Number Four and made quite a splash, with a movie by Dreamworks already set to come out. Well-known author Cornelia Funke (the Inkworld Trilogy) published Reckless, the start of a series of the same name. The list of book news goes on. It was a good year for bookworms, to say the least. I know I had a great year in reading.
Keeping up with new YA literature seems harder than it’s ever been. I now sympathize with longtime book bloggers who complain that their To-Be-Read stacks are getting out of hand. The more I pay attention to the world of books, the more I realize I have to read. The handy bookish publication BookPage is great for getting the scoop on new books– it’s available for free in libraries. I’ve caught wind of countless YA reads I have to get my hands on through them. Book blogs are an ever-helpful source of tips on the good stuff. So many books from my 2010 TBR stack will have to carry over into 2011: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, just to name a few.
However, I did get to read lots of fantastic books this year, both new releases and older ones I somehow missed. I’m grateful that the hand of Fate guided my hand to the Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce this year. Those books had been sitting, quite unassuming, on the library shelf for years, and trip after trip I ignored them. Now, Books One and Two have joined the ranks of my all-time favorite books, and I eagerly await a Book Three.
Among the new releases I wish I’d missed is I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I honestly can’t say what all of the fuss is about. On the other hand, Reckless by Cornelia Funke was totally worth the hype. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins was suitably dramatic but full of doom and gloom.
What about you, fellow bookworms? What were your top picks of 2010? I wish you a happy New Year in books!