Do you know how hard it was to narrow down my list to five? But I did it because…well, I have no reason for choosing FIVE as my target number, other than it seemed good.
Also, I still have a pile of books to read before the year is over, so there could be more awesomeness in my future reads.
In no particular order:
It was different. Quirky. But it still tackled heavy issues. Death, grief, secrets. The alternating voices are some of the best (and most unique) I’ve ever read.
I can’t get this book out of my head. Even months later, parts of it still pop up in my mind. The subject matter, the setting, that haunting feeling it left me with…this book is the total package.
(the cover isn’t the one on Goodreads, but wanted to show the same one my library had)
This is one of those rare cases where I liked the book and the movie equally. I bought the movie (VHS so that shows how old it is) on a whim at a video store sale years ago and it’s stuck with me for years. The book is just as heartbreaking, about a small, economically depressed town torn apart by tragedy.
There were some parts of this I found dry and confusing, but it’s the whole concept that won me over. Vampirism caused by a virus. The last man on earth. And the ending – brilliant and frightening.
Two stories that are really one, the past catching up to the present, the concept of family and love…beautiful, gut-wrenching book.
The reason I wanted to read this was the reason I liked it. Friendship, finding yourself, adulation, being trapped in a dead-end town…all these great themes and no hot, mysterious, solves-all-problems-like-magic boy in sight!
This is one of those quiet books that sneaks up on you. The writing is beautiful, the descriptions of the ocean made me feel like I was there, and the story made me cry.
And there it is, my bloggy friends, my last post for 2011 – I’ll see y’all* in 2012!
*I so want to use y’all since I’m from Virginia, but it just doesn’t roll off my tongue. I’m more of a “you guys” type of girl. But regardless, have a great Holiday and here’s to lots of writing and reading in the new year!
Clinks glass, discards for a piece of cake, stuffs face, happy carb coma….