This year I read 53 books. My goal was to read 100, so I fell a bit short, but 53 is still impressive, don't you think? Anyways, here's my list of the five favorite books I read this year.
Anna and the French Kiss
This was just your classic cute love story. About an American girl sent to a Paris boarding school who falls in love with a classmate. Nothing extraordinary, except for the fact that it was adorable. :)
If I hadn't had to take a break to sleep, I would have read this all in one sitting. I read it before the movie and found it soooo good! It's been a long time since I've ready something I enjoyed this much. This book is about a guy who gets stranded on Mars with not nearly enough food and supplies to last for four years (when he can get rescued), and he has to work to survive. It was super logical (which I loved), as well as witty, and full of surprising turns. (If you saw the movie, there are twists and turns you still won't see coming. Plus, the book explains everything the movie did not.)
Cinder & Ella
This was another fun story I found as an ebook. About a girl who is scarred in a car accident and must move home to her father, stepsisters, and stepmother to finish her last year of high school. It's also about a famous actor, who just wants to be heard as he is... who connects with a book blogger (read, the girl I originally mentioned) via the Internet. A super cute, super fun Cinderella retelling.
Think Like a Freak
I love all of the Freakonomics books, and this was no exception. I also read this one in about a day. It is an entertaining book, full of anecdotes that show you a different way to look at the world... how to "think like a freak."
I read all four (and a half) books in this series and loved it. I do want to point out that the books have a ton of spelling and grammar mistakes. Which only goes to show you how much I enjoyed it. Another young adult romance, about a couple that gets together in the first book, and stays together through the whole series - which I loved, since it wasn't the cliche chick-flick storyline. The main characters are somewhat paranormal and have to navigate the ups and downs of their paranormal society. (They call themselves "Aces"... I honestly have no idea if this is book specific or a widely accepted paranormal form.)
So that's it! What are your favorite books you read this year?