I am proud to announce that I read a grand total of 40 books last year!
Here are the winners!
Farthest from my usual: Uzumaki by Junji Ito.
(Horror graphic novel that I did not know was horror going into it. Got hooked by the fantastic story and it is now the only horror that I like!)
Best Historical Fiction: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. (A wonderful story about two women, a spy and a pilot, in Nazi-occupied France during WWII.)
Favorite classic of the year: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare.
(I enjoyed reading the play and absolutely LOVED seeing the production at college. I ended up going back to see it 4 times!)
Favorite Graphic Novel to Movie: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore.
(I actually watched the movie before realizing it was adapted from the graphic novel. I LOVE the movie, and read the novel after I saw it for the first time and enjoyed that as well.)
Favorite YA series of the year: UnWind by Neal Shusterman. (Guys, this is a FANTASTIC series!)
Best Non-Fiction: The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.
*I would recommend this book to everyone everywhere, but especially women. A fantastically helpful book.*
Another favorite series of the year: Widdershins Adventures series by Ari Marmell.
(SO GOOD. A fantastic rush from beginning to end, with small elements of horror that really up the ante and the tension. The main character in these books has my favorite voice for a book character!)
Yet another favorite series of the year: The Time Quartet by Madeleine L'Engle.
(I loved the entire series, but Many Waters was probably my favorite out of the bunch.)
And finally, my very favorite book of the year.......
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
I cannot begin to tell you how deeply this book affected me. It tells the story of the 300 in the form of historical fiction, and it is beautiful. Steven Pressfield brings the characters to brilliant life, and *wow* I just can't get over this book.