As some of you know, I am an avid reader. Looking back on my year of books there are a couple that I really loved and would recommend to anyone. Here are those truly impressive books:The Hunger Games earns my #1 favorite book this year and may stay there through next year. The writing is amazing, the story is captivating and Suzanne Collins grabs you from the first page and never lets you go. Although the topic is a bit gruesome, it is an AMAZING book. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all. I even have testimonials from others that have read this, give this a try! I can honestly say that I am not the biggest Stephenie Meyer fan, I think her writing in the Twilight series is atrocious. She totally shows how well she can write in The Host. She once again shows her abilities to write an unlovable character into one that readers love. Although I do have to say there really is no climax to the story, it is all about the characterization. I surely hope she writes more to this story. Umm, I love this series. Don't let the titles scare you (although they make me laugh out loud). I started reading the first one off of a recommendation from a very good source and haven't been able to stop reading them. They got me through the traumatic parts of Kalli's ordeal because they let me leave that world and enter Georgia Nicholson's. It is a YA book, so it isn't naughty, it just talks about snogging a lot. So funny. If you need a good laugh, this may be for you! Such a cute little book. It really made me feel like I was in the classroom again. I seriously thought there were times that I could smell that school smell again. This was a refreshing book that truly made me believe in good literature again. It was humurous in the right parts and serious in the others. Highly recommend. I heard that this has Newbery buzz around it, and I am a sucker for a Newbery book. The Uglies is a series I ran across on Goodreads.com. I decided to try it out and was not disappointed. There seems to be a lot of the end of the world literature going on and this was at least written well. I really enjoyed this series (except for the fourth book). It is worth giving it a try and it is a very clean book which always makes me happy.
The last book I would recommend would be Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days. I think this book surpasses all her other books. As much as I am a fan of Goose girl, this one just made me so happy. Her story telling techniques are so amazing. I can't wait what else Hale has up her sleeve.
Now I have given you mine, can you give me your picks for 2008?