young adult: 33
middle grade: 6
children's literature: 5
I completed one challenge this year: The Great Book Blogger Swap. It was great fun and some of my favorite reads of the year came from the recommendations of my friends Book Nut and Library Queue.
I will now list for you the books that I gave 5 stars to. Five stars means, usually, one of two things.
1. It was so riveting that I couldn't put it down. Maybe it wasn't the most thought-provoking or meaningful book ever, but I was obsessed with it, so the author did SOMETHING right for me as a reader.
2. It made me look at the world in a new way. Maybe an idea in it struck a chord with my own personal experience in a way that no other book has. Maybe it's so beautifully written that I want it to be on my bookshelf forever. Maybe it was just such an excellently executed good idea that I was satisfied and wouldn't change a thing (since I'm a really picky reader, in case you haven't noticed).
This year, I read 19 books that I gave 5 stars to. I shall list them for you now with a link to my review:
I put stars by my top four for the year. What joy I find in books. If you read an incredible book this year that I MUST put on my list for 2012, please leave a comment and let me know :)