1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This was a 3rd-time re-read. How could I not? It's wonderful, it's endearing, it's heartbreaking, it's just lovely. Plus I had to read it again before the movie comes out (1 week!). I'm not thrilled with the casting, but having John Green involved in making the film gives me hope.
2. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Good story about a girl & a guy from separate worlds - he's rich, she's poor - and how those worlds affect their lives and the lives of those around them.
3. The Babysitter by Andrew Coburn
The cover of this book makes it look like a horror story and the title sort of seems that way as well; however, it's not a horror story. It's more of a crime/drama, mystery/thriller. The book starts off with a dead babysitter and the story that ensues is about who committed the crime. I thought it was a good, quick read.
4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I loved this book! It's a sweet story, that doesn't rely too heavily on a sad backstory. It really made me want to get a friend and take a road trip.
5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
As a huge fan of all things The Wizard of Oz, this sounded like a really cool take on what happens after Dorothy leaves - then returns - to Oz. However, this book is in a series & I didn't know that until I'd finished the book. I wondered why not much had happened and I was on the last hundred-ish pages and then it just ended with no real conclusion to this part of the story. Based on that, I wasn't really impressed.
6. Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele
How could I not enjoy anything by Lea Michele? I can't! She's perfection. Actually, this was interesting and fun to read. Not really logical for the average person to use some of her tips (because some of it could become costly), but she's just interesting and I enjoy her.
7. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This book showed up on some banned book list, which made me want to read it. It was quite good and humorous. I can understand how some people would be offended by some of the content, but really there is nothing "ban-worthy" about it.
8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This was weird and cool. It's a trilogy, with Book 3 coming out this fall (Book 2 is on my shelf to read). It's about a girl who wakes up in a hospital, from a coma, to find out she survived an accident that 3 friends did not. She moves away to try and come to terms with what happened, but she realizes "problems" tend to follow.
9. The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
This book was actually very similar to "Mara Dyer" in it's mysteriousness and tone. A colleague had me read this. It's also a series (not sure how many, but Book 2 is available now). I'm curious to find out what happens next to the lead character.
10. I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I ever Had by Tony Danza
As a teacher, I know Danza got a lot of things right in this book. Obviously, it was an "experiment" and he has money to back up his life when his 1 year of teaching is over - and most real teachers don't have that fallback (if they did, they would not be teaching!). But he hit the nail on the head with standardized testing, schools meeting their AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress), and the struggle to connect with students when school is so testing focused. I enjoyed the read and was glad others see my job as it is.
11. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
As a teacher and avid reader, I can appreciate the way this book was written, I just didn't like the way it was written (mostly 3rd person, but I felt like there was some 1st person in there, too, and a lot of back and forth). Also, I didn't feel as I could identify with any of the characters, nor did I really care about them - rich, boarding school kids. At first, I thought Frankie was a pretty cool, sneaky, savvy girl, but the last page just got me. All of the sudden, I, too, saw her as psychotic (as some of the other characters did) and expect a book 2 where she goes off and kills everyone at school. I hate to say that, but that's the feeling the book left me with. I think this is one of those books where you either really love it or you hate it.