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What were your top 5 favorite books of the year?


Michael Ende's The Neverending Story is hardly new, but it's new to me, so I'm including it. I loved the Neverending Story movies when I was younger, but the movies are pale and pathetic in comparison with the glittering beauty of Ende's poetic writing, his gorgeous world of Fantastica, and his incredible characters.

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Nova Ren Suma's Imaginary Girls is a book I've seen on a lot of "best of" lists this year - but there is a good reason for that. It's awesome. This is the first book I point to when I want to explain what fantastic magical realism looks like. It's also the first book I point to when I want to describe the kind of books I want to write...but I digress.

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Will Shetterly's Elsewhere is also not a new book, but it's one of the best books on the Borderland I've ever read. The Borderland is a topic that has been explored a lot in YA literature, but in my humble opinion, this is the best tale of human-meets-fey-meets-magic-meets-technology. The setting is rich, the characters are awesome, and the plot twists are heartrending and head-spinning.

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Since I've already gushed about Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone I'll just remind everyone to read it. Now. NOW.
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On December 29th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC), edgyauthor commented:
Man, I feel like such an unreaderly reader, since...uh...I've read none of these books. *shifty eyes* I do have Divergent in my TBR pile, though, so I'll at least learn the awesomeness of that book firsthand someday!
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On December 29th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC), kristin_briana replied:
No worries! It was SO hard for me to find books that I'd actually ready this year instead of 2010. I was such a slacker in 2011. :/
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On December 30th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC), edgyauthor replied:
Heh, yeah, same here. I feel like I bought more books this year than read them! XD
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