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It’s that time of year again! “Best Of” lists are everywhere, and the staff here at DPL want to share some of our favorite YA books we read this year.
Lexie‘s choice is one of last year’s Printz Award honorees: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. “It’s best to go into this not knowing much, but here’s what I can tell you: this is the story of female pilots during World War II, one of whom has just been captured by the Nazis. Under threat of torture, she is writing her confession of classified information to her captor. This is an amazing story of friendship and strength, and it is so suspenseful and engaging that once I started it I couldn’t put it down even for one single second.”
Amanda has a recommendation for audio book listeners: “The Diviners by Libba Bray (audiobook) was the book that made me fall in love with audiobooks. I was already a huge Libba Bray fan (Going Bovine and Beauty Queens are two of my favorite books), but I was blown away by what reader, January LaVoy did with this already entertaining read. I can’t wait until the next book in the series, Lair of Dreams, comes out (next August!)”
Liza‘s pick is one that has been incredibly popular with the librarians here at DPL: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. “I liked it because it was honest and truthful and didn’t pull any punches. The book made me want to read faster than possible to gobble up the text while also making me want to slow down and savor the book while I had the chance. I look forward to reading many more books by Rowell.”
Ann chose one of my favorites of the year, Rainbow Rowell’s second book of 2013, Fangirl: “It’s sweet without being saccharine, witty and felt very real. I also thought it felt very modern yet timeless – Cath’s obsession with her fandom and connections (and fame) she makes via the internet because of it are very 2013, but the emotions created from changes like falling in love, losing your best friend and learning becoming your own person are universal.”
Check back later this week for even more of our favorite reads from this year!
Congrats to the winners of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten books of 2013, voted on by teens like you! Click the links to place your hold on a copy before they fly off the shelves!
10. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
9. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
8. Every Day by David Levithan
7. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
2. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
And your #1 book of the year is….
1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Yayyyy my first choice won! What do you think of the winners? Did you favorites make the list? Sound off in the comments!
*Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association
I almost never read historical fiction, but I heard so many good things about Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein that I couldn’t resist picking it up. I don’t even want to tell you much about it for fear of ruining the experience; I went into reading this book knowing almost nothing, and that’s the best way to read it. Set in World War II, the story starts with a girl (code name Verity) who has been spying on the Nazis and has just been caught. Under threat of torture, she has agreed to divulge classified information in order to save her life. What you are reading is her written confession to her captor, Von Loewe.
This book is completely captivating from the very first page. The more you read, the more impossible it is to put it down. If you aren’t into war books or historical fiction, don’t worry because there is much more to this book. This is a story about the power of friendship; Verity’s confession is much about her friendship with Maddie, who was flying the plane Verity had just been on when she got caught. Their story will keep you awake all night reading until you get to that last page.