If you haven't guessed already, this is a picks list. This list is comprised of books I have read this year and last year that were particularly enjoyable. They are not perfect, nor my favorite reads ever (that's a lie. There are, in fact, two books on this list that qualify as my favorites.) but I think they are all very good books. I hope you enjoy, and maybe find something that catches your fancy.
In no particular order:
1: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
2: The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
3: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare (But do the sensible thing and start with Clockwork Angel first, please. There is nothing more silly than reading a sequel before reading the first book.)
4: Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
5: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
6: The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff
7: A Matter of Magic, by Patricia C. Wrede (This book is actually an omnibus containing the out of print Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward.)
8: Going Bovine, by Libba Bray
9: Spilling Ink, by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter (for my fellow aspiring writers)
10: And finally, because I am obliged to include it on any picks list, whether I have read it recently or not, Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones.