Monday, December 20, 2010

Top 10 in 2010: Librarian Lisa's Picks

We're starting off with Librarian Lisa who couldn't choose just 10 titles, so you get some bonus choices!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.
Exquisite writing, characters you fall in love with, searing loss, and unexpected love, what more could you want in a book?

I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
Tiffany Aching is my hero! She should be emperor of the world.

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot (Scientists in the Field Series) Sy Montgomery
You'll fall in love with these big, adorable New Zealand parrots. I wanted to fly right down to join the incredible volunteers who are part of a last-ditch effort to save them from extinction.

Sources of Light, Margaret McMullan
I loved reading about 1962 Mississippi from the perspective of Sam. Sam just moved there with her liberal mom and is trying to make sense of the civil rights movement, especially after she falls for Stone, who turns out to be a white supremist.

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, Susan Campbell Bartoletti This was perfect to read after Sources of Light. What a fascinating book about a truly scary group that still exists.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Saenz Full of beautiful writing about horrendous experiences and a hopeful ending.

Finnikin of the Rock, Melina Marchetta
Adventure, intrigue, romance, intense relationships, and assassinations are all present in this slow-to-start, but incredibly well-worth the time, story.

Nothing, Janne Teller
This disturbing book wasn't fun (think Lord of the Flies meets No Exit), but it has stayed with me the longest. If you think nothing matters can Nothing shock you?

The Last Summer of the Death Warrior by Francisco X. Stork The unlikely friendship between Pancho, whose sole purpose in life is avenging his sister's death, and D.Q., who is dying of cancer, is beautifully and humorously told in this thought-provoking book.

Trash by Andy Mulligan
Mystery, suspense, brutality, and corruption are all parts of the puzzle solved by 3 slum-dwelling youth when one of them finds money as he's picking thought the trash dump.

The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
This non-fiction adult book gave me an objective view of good soldiers doing their best in increasingly bad situations in Iraq. If you want to understand the complex mess that is Iraq, read The Good Soldiers. (Recommended for high school and above.)

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