"We read to know that we are not alone." - C.S. Lewis
Best Book You Read Last Year:
Oh boy...this one is a doozy. I read a lot of excellent books last year. But for sake of non-repetition I am going to leave out books in series or books that could easily come up in another list (like The Queen's Thief, Froi of the Exiles, or Scorpio Races and such). That has narrowed the list down to two books. So I have decided for my own sanity to divide this category into two sections...
Best Literature and Best YA (I could subdivide more but remember I am trying to narrow this down to the lowest possible number).
So the winner of Best Literature read last year is.... *drum roll*
My Antonia by Willa Cather
This book completely surprised me. Completely. I expected to enjoy it, but as one enjoys much classic literature in that I would appreciate it for its fantastic prose, universal story, themes and such but that it wouldn't be the sort of book that I couldn't put down....boy was I wrong. While all the attributes I pointed out were found in this book it was not a book meant only to be appreciated and enjoyed on the surface. It was the sort of book to be consumed and loved and it has therefore won a place of honor in my heart and mind because while I enjoy much classic literature only a few favorites have managed to completely stun me and leave me longing to read more. This was one of them.
And the winner of Best YA read last year is....
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Now, I love Maggie Stiefvater's work...pretty much all of it (some I like a lot more than others but I have at least enjoyed everything I have read by her) and Raven Boys was no exception. It had everything I love about a story: excellent characters, a compelling plot, interesting setting and back story, fun dialogue, and great description. Basically I knew going in I would love this book and it did not disappoint and only exceeded my expectations.
So there we go. Day 1 is complete....