And because I made this video in early December... Well, I was partly wrong when I said no books I will read in December will knock the books I already mentioned off their top 6 positions. I didn't think I was going to find books I will LOVE as much I did the six but I did. They are:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
It's possibly the most romantic young adult novel I've ever read. I absolutely adored this book! Anna and St. Clair were just perfect in their imperfections. I quickly devoured the book because I wanted to get to that inevitable happily-ever-after end but when I did get to that last page I was sad that my time with Anna and St. Clair was over. Then, I immediately wanted to read the entire book all over again.
D.J.'s personality and fresh voice shined throughout the book. Sometimes teen characters are so quick, so witty, so droll in their thinking and speech that it's just not plausible that this character is only 15 or 17 years old. Well, not so D.J.--she actually acts and thinks her age. I don't think I've ever run across a character like her before and I can't wait to read the sequel.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I first started because I love my happily-ever-afters and I knew it was going to be a sad book. Told mostly in flashbacks, you really get to know the characters and care for them, especially Mia. It was bittersweet and the tone was sad throughout but surprisingly not depressing. It was beautifully written novel overall, with great music references. I'm so excited for the sequel.
I highly recommend all ten books and if you, lovely reader friends, haven't checked them out yet, you simply must! Have a fun and safe New Years Eve everyone! **waving** See you all in 2011! :D