Ames: Ok, today is Part IV of our Best and Worst of 2010. Today’s genres of choice are Young Adult, Fiction and Erotica.
Nath: I can't help but shake my head at this funny mismatch of genres, Ames LOL.
Monroe: I'd like to take credit for throwing in Erotica...yet shift credit to Ames for getting me to start Erotica this year! lol
Ames: Yes, cuz I'm a horndog. LOL
1. My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
2. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
3. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
4. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
5. The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
** Honorable Mentions: (Because five is NOT enough LOL)
i. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
ii. Out of the Pocket by Bill Koningsberg
iii. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
iv. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Worst/Disappointing - Not that Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian and Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick - both books frustrated me greatly. Ugh
1. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
2. Evermore by Alyson Noel
3. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
4. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Worst/Disappointing - I honestly don't have any...I've been REALLY lucky in this category...
I'm extremely hooked to all my YA series! ;) Notice how they are all pretty much paranormals! HA! lol I'm with Ames in saying that 5 isn't enough...I'd have to also say all the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead, all the House of Night books by PC and Kristen Cast, and lastly Sherrilyn Kenyon's Infinity...so ya I pretty much eat up all the para YA books lately! ;)
1. My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
2. Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
3. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
4. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Worst/Disappointing - Fire by Kristin Cashore. I was expecting a lot out of this book and it just didn't do it for me ^_^; Felt like a chore to read this book, unfortunately :(
Nath: Ames, I'm so happy that My Most Excellent Year made it to the top of both our lists!! It was such a great, great book :) And thank you for recommending Amy & Rogers' Epic Detour! Another great book.
Ames: No problem! You should check out The Sky Is Everywhere - I think you'll really like that one too.
Monroe: That's the one about the sister and her boyfriend with the other sister right Ames? I still need to read that one!
Ames: That's the one. You'd really like it too. :P
Nath: See everyone? Ames is our pusher LOL.
Here is where we thought we could capture books that we haven’t listed yet. Like historical fiction, general fiction, chick lit, women’s fiction, etc.
Top 3 Fiction titles (except where Ames doesn't know how to count so she made it 4, LOL)
1. Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
2. False Colors by Alex Beecroft
3. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
4. The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
1. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
2. Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
3. Something Blue by Emily Giffin
Worst/Disappointing - Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella...like the author...hate that book! =) *said in the nicest way possible of course.
1. The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
2. Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
3. And One Last Thing... by Molly Harper
Worst/Disappointing - A Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr. I love Ms Carr's book and was truly disappointed by this book. Part of it is probably because I went in thinking it was a romance, but it turned out to be Women's Fiction. Then, just the storylines themselves weren't very interesting and some of the characters, very frustrating :(
Ames: I didn't read a lot of general fiction books - as you can see, most of these are historical fiction. And for the longest time, I was referring to ALBiL as a YA (b/c it starts when they're kids). LOL So I guess that's one thing I need to work on this year. Branch out a bit more!
Nath: I don't know what you're talking about, Ames. You branch out so much more than me. LOL, I was lucky to have a Top 3! At first, I thought I'd only have The Last Days of Summer, but I stretched the boundaries a little :)
By the way, I totally agree with your top choice. ALBiL would have been my top pick as well if I've read it in 2010. I kind of regret not having made a Best and Worst of for 2009... Do you think it's too late now? LOL
Also, seems like Steve Kluger was a winner author for both of us!! :)
Ames: Steve definitely was our go-to guy. Thank YOU for telling me all about ALBiL. :)
And Monroe wanted us to include this final category:
Monroe: And normally I'm NOT the dirty one...am I? Why was I the one to think of Erotica???
1. Stranger by Megan Hart
2. Taking Care of Business by Megan Hart and Lauren Dane
3. Always by Lauren Dane
Can you tell I love Lauren Dane and Megan Hart? ;)
Worst/Disappointing - Kate’s Crew by Jayne Rylon...it scarred me for life...lol Ames remember you suggested it but you didn’t know the (how do I say this) extent of the book? lol And I was SO new to erotica? lol
Ames: Excuuuuse me, I did NOT recommend this book. I hadn’t read it yet. LMAO
Monroe: BUT BUT BUT you told me I should try it...you told little 'ol Monroey-poo with her clean virgin eyes to read this book...you have FOREVER sent me into shock! ;P
1. Love's Fortress by Samantha Kane
2. Paradise Rules by Beth Kery
3. Sex on the Beach by Susan Lyons (this one was an anthology which I generally do not like but this one was enjoyable!)
I used to read contemporary erotica, but I noticed with my new found love of m/m, that I've really cut back. So yeah, didn't really read that much quality stuff. I read a lot of short stories/novellas for Book Binge, but very little of it really stood out for me.
Ames: Nath claims she didn’t read any erotica (I don’t believe her LOL) so she doesn’t have anything to contribute. :)
Monroe: I claim she's in the closet about her love for Erotica! HA! Love you Nath! ;p
Nath: I can send you my list for 2010! LOL. I thought I read Broken by Megan Hart, but it turned out to be in 2009 ^_^; Well it's not really surprising, since I've never been much into erotica...
Ames: I'm just teasin' ya! LOL You need to read more Megan Hart and Lauren Dane too! And Beth Kery!
Monroe: Amen on Ames comment! lol Woot woot to Megan Hart and Lauren Dane!