Friday, December 20, 2013

Top 10 for 2013: What's the Story Lisa?

Lisa's top ten has a wide variety of stories, some true, some drawn, some set in fantasy worlds and all you'll want to take a closer look at: of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
The Lumatere Chronicles are some of my favorite, favorite books. They’re all complexly plotted and
thought-provoking with characters you come to love, and hate to leave. Dealing with genocide, revenge, love and hope, they’re not light reads, but they’re the best reads ever!
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
These two separate graphic novels should have been published as one back-to-back book, in my opinion. Don’t read one without the other. They’re a brilliant portrayal of China’s Boxer Rebellion from opposite points of view. Should be required reading for all students of Chinese history!

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., book 1) by Jonathan Stroud
Everyone needs a bit of adventure and mystery now and then, not to mention a few ghosts. Throw in some humor and you have Lockwood and Co, the new series by Jonathon Stroud (author of the Bartimaeus books),. This brilliant audio brings to life gutsy ghost hunter Lucy Carlyle, and charming but cocky Anthony Lockwood as they rid the Victorian British Isles of ghostly Visitors.

Sharing Leonard Peacock’s 18th birthday is no party, but this book will take you into his tormented head and make you root for his survival.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (see our posts)
You’ve read plenty of praise for this book on TATAL, so all I’ll add is the fact that no one can make the simple act of holding hands as sensual as Rainbow Rowell! Fall in love as you watch Eleanor & Park fall in love. (But be prepared to cry.)

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick (see our full posts)
Watch what happens when Becky is magically transformed into Rebecca, the most beautiful girl in the world. This fun and entertaining read raises issues about fame, beauty and what’s really valuable.

This one’s an adult book from last year, but how did I miss it in 2012?!? Thanks to Katie’s review, I found it in 2013. (Thanks, Katie!) Alif the Unseen is terrific for older teens, and is part fantasy, part techno-thriller, part love story, and all-round amazing!  
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
When a temporary restraining order is put on Rosie for torching her ex-boyfriend’s car, her parents send her on a road trip with the nerdy guy next door and his two friends. This hilarious, heart-warming book is one of my recent fun favs.

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone
This book enraged and inspired me! It tells the story of the “Triple Nickles,” the first black paratrooper unit in America. They were formed during WW II, but never saw battle. The discrimination detailed here is horrifying, but the men’s dignity is inspiring, and it’s hopeful to see how far we’ve come.

OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn (see our full review)
Journal entries, letters to her therapist, and emails tell the humorous story of Danielle’s senior year as she copes with OCD, a social skills class, and her love/less life. I found it funny and eye-opening.

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