By the Numbers
Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth. I picked my yearly standout from a pool of each month's standout. You'd think that would make it easier than a regular month. It doesn't.
Teen: Right Behind You by Gail Giles
Giles' real triumph in this book is making her main character so immediately familiar and sympathetic, without softening or excusing his horrific past in any way.
Tween: Genesis Alpha by Rune Michaels
What could have been a ripped-from-the-headlines bit of tripe became a meditation on nature vs. nurture, sibling relations, and the source of evil.
Children: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
This book is surprisingly contradictory--dreamy fairy-tale feel blended with a modern, independent heroine, who defies her parents without once losing respect or love for them.
I don't have any numbers for this, but I obtained the overwhelming majority from the library. A few were obtained via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, and more were swapped online or bought at my favorite local used-book store.
This was the year of the Liar cover controversy and of the FTC regulations brouhaha. This was the year I got onto Twitter, and got more involved in Facebook. Life was made easier by LibraryThing adding a collections function in June, making it possible to sort books into wishlist, available at the library, etc, and then into other categories once I'd read them.
What was your favorite thing about this year?