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Anne Riley’s Favorite Books: The 2010 Edition

While the little one is napping, I thought I would take this opportunity to do one of my favorite blog-related things: Post my Favorite Books list.

This is the 2010 Edition, which means that, as of the year 2010, these are my top ten favorite books. They were not necessarily published in 2010, and I may not have even read them in 2010, but as of 2010 they are still my favorites.

Is there a record for the number of times a person can say “2010” in one sentence? Because I just broke it.

Anyway, let’s get to it! Oh, and these are in no particular order, by the way. I’m just writing them down in the order I think of them. And I’m not listing the Harry Potter series because, come on people, you know I’m obsessed with Harry. It just goes without saying at this point.

Also – I don’t have time to find pictures and write actual good descriptions of these books, so I’m including Amazon links on the titles. If you’re interested in one, click away!

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Anne Riley’s Favorite Books: The 2010 Edition

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Reality television takes a deadly turn in this dystopian young adult novel. When Katniss Everdeen’s younger sister is picked to play in the government’s brutal Hunger Games – a televised fight to the death involving 24 teens from all across the country of Panem – Katniss volunteers to take her place.

2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Thomas wakes up in a box and all he knows is his name. When the box opens, he finds himself in a giant maze with a bunch of other boys – until one girl arrives and throws everything for a loop. What in the world is the maze all about, and how will they escape?

3. Under the Dome by Stephen King. Life in a tiny rural Maine town is going along just as it always has, when for no apparent reason, a giant invisible dome slams down over the inhabitants, locking them in together – and keeping the outside world out. And when everyone’s true character starts to emerge, things get downright freaky.

4. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship from England to Australia. When she arrives in Australia, a kind dockmaster takes her in. Years later, her granddaughter sets out to England on a quest to discover who her grandmother really is.

5. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book. Written in journal format, this one keeps you in stitches till the end.

6. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Although much of the content will make you cringe (and maybe vomit) the story itself is unbelievably good. Set in the 11th or 12th century (can’t remember which one) it’s about a man looking for work as a builder – and dealing with the medieval world as he tries to provide for his family.

7. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. A boy who has lived his whole life in a massive prison suspects he may have been born on the outside. A girl, practically royalty, who is the daughter of that prison’s warden and the victim of an arranged marriage, remembers a boy from her youth who was supposedly killed. The crazy part? No one knows where Incarceron is.

8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Time travel. Scotland. Kilts. How can you lose? When Claire touches a sacred stone in modern-day Scotland, she is transported 200 years into the past – where she’s found by strange Scottish men. Will they hurt her? How will she get back to her husband?

Okay, I said ten. I meant eight. These should keep you busy if you’re looking for something to read. Happy reading!

5 thoughts on “Anne Riley’s Favorite Books: The 2010 Edition

  1. I’m reading The Hunger Games right now and am loving it despite my initial reservations. Thanks for the other recommendations. I’m adding several to my list! My fav’s of the year, Mistwood by Leah Cypess and Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus.

  2. Loving:
    The House of the Scorpion (Nancy Farmer)
    Unwind (Neil Schusterman, I think)
    The Forest of Hands and Teeth (I forget)
    Trash (I forget)

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