It’s long, and probably overly detailed.
(Also, I didn’t bother to put authors if I didn’t know it off the top of my head. So there.)
- Firsts [and lasts, all for YA lit]:
- manga: Nightschool
- graphic novel: Stitches
- biography of a model: Hungry
- Africa: First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria;The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency; Scribbling the Cat; Nine Hills to Nambonkaha; What Is the What; Cry, the Beloved Country; Tears of the Giraffe; Morality for Beautiful Girls; The Kalahari Typing School for Men
- Clergy in fiction: Cry, the Beloved Country; The Power and the Glory; Gilead; March
- 5 Best Fiction:
- Cry, the Beloved Country
- The Penderwicks (so what if it’s for children?)
- The Hunger Games trilogy (you see what I did there? I pulled a Tolkien and counted three-as-one.)
- Tuck Everlasting (I have read this at least three times, but it is still lovely.)
- Best Nonfiction:
- Cold Tangerines (pretty little essays on recognizing and celebrating the beauty in life)
- Radical Homemakers (on reevaluating the value of career, family, etc.)
- After You Believe (though it could have been quite a bit shorter)
- Most Miserable Books I Actually Finished:
A toss-up between a book about a girl with an eating disorder haunted by her friend who died of her eating disorder, and a book about a girl who throws out her baby after refusing to admit she’s pregnant. Both YA, obvs. Also, stupid Oryx & Crake.
- Books I’m Proudest to Have Got Through
After You Believe. Old N.T. didn’t make it easy. Also, What Is the What, because I could handle only so much refugee camp at a time.
- Most Embarrassing Books
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman and The China Garden, both re-reads from my early teens. Outside of my own choice, the Baby-sitters Club for ch lit and Tricks, a verse novel about teen prostitution I read on the bus and reception desk for YA.
- Total Number of Unassigned Books: 33
- Total Books: 74 (not counting two books read twice each)
- Fiction Vs. Nonfiction: 55 to 19