Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Favorite Books of 2009 - Two A Day x 2

Day 4 of Favorite Books Read in 2009. Also the last day.

16 Favorite Middle Grade Novels in 2009
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low
Ghost Town by Richard W. Jennings
I Wanna Be Your Shoebox by Cristina Garcia
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
Sylvie and the Songman by Tim Binding
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
The Magic Thief: Lost by Sarah Prineas
The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
Luv Ya Bunches: by Lauren Myracle
Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee
Glida Joyce: The Dead Drop by Jennifer Allison
White Bread Competition by Jo Ann Yolanda Hernandez

17 Favorite Young Adult Novels in 2009
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Ruined: by Paula Morris
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Jumped by Rita Williams-garcia
Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I by Lisa Mantchev
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Magic And Misery by Peter Marino
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan
Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
Meridian by Amber Kizer
Chameleon by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim

10 Favorite Female Protagonist
Calpurina from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Katniss from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Genna from A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
Micah from Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Yumi Ruiz Hirsch from I Wanna Be Your Shoebox by Cristina Garcia
Mare from Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
Samar from Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
Aubrey from Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
Scarlett from Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson
Theodosia from Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers

10 Favorite Male Protagonist
Marcelo from Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
Remy from Funny How Things Change by Melissa Wyatt
Zach from Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Spencer from Ghost Town by Richard W. Jennings
Carter from Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Roy from Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta
Hampton from Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp
Alex from Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Bobby from Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee
Daniel from Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Finally one of my favorite reads of 2009 was a graphic novel Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan.


Lisa Yee said...

Honored to have made your list!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I haven't been commenting and I should because your lists are just wonderful, and I so appreciate them! And FYI, here's what happens when I go to look for them in my library catalog:

something like Catching Fire: lots of copies, requested forever

something like Skunk Girl, Shine, Coconut Moon, A Wish After Midnight, um, anything with POC protagonist: no copies

Zetta said...

so glad Genna and I made your list, Doret!

mbpbooks said...
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mbpbooks said...

Wowee Zowee! I'm thrilled to be on such a great list!

Barrie said...

Doret, here's a review I thought you'd like:

Happy New Year!

Kurtis said...

Thanks for including Roy on your list! :-)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Are those in order, most favorite first?? I love both Calpurnia and Theodosia. I'm not yet familiar with the others...yet. :)

Mrs. Pilkington said...

This is a fantastic list! Will spread the word...

Doret said...

Jill - Thank you for leaving a comment.

Alyssa - they are in a semi order but it was really really hard for me.

I got so much joy out of all these books. There are no weak links.

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Thanks for these posts, Doret! We have some favorites in common (Calpurnia, Aubrey, Katniss), which makes me even more inclined to seek out the unfamiliar titles on your list. Petronella is on my shelf already!

Doret said...

Anamaria - read Petronella right now. Its so good.

Melissa Wiley said...

Your lists make me positively hungry. Thanks so much for taking the time!

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Okay Doret--I'm reading it tonight and will report back on it as soon as I finish. I love the cover already.

Anonymous said...

What a privilege and honor to have made your list. Thank you for including me. I treasure your reviews so your choice of my book means that much more to me. Thank you so much.
Jo Ann

Andromeda Jazmon said...

I am going to have to read a number of these, since you recommended them; particularly Calpurnia, Petronella, Mountain Meets the Moon, Yolanda Hernandez and Marcelo. Thanks for these great lists!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I love your protagonist lists. I think that is a brilliant idea. I've read many of the YA titles, looking forward to catching up to you in Middle Grade titles. Thanks for the list!

Lisa Nowak said...

Wow, looks like a great list. I'll have to check some of these out.

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful list! I especially enjoyed the favorite male and female protagonists one. Thank you for the resource.

Colleen said...

Are you and I the only ones who loved Petronella? Man, I thought it was so awesome!

Jan von Harz said...

Thanks for you list. I have yet to read a graphic novel, but I am going to put your recommendation on my must read list, so I can correct this. Thanks for sharing.

Doret said...

Its nice to see good feedback on the protagonist list. Thanks everyone

Petronella is such a great book.

Jan - Tales of Outer Surburbia is so good. You will be very happy you put it on your list

teacherninja said...

I am SUCH a slacker...