Well, it started off well.
For the first two weeks of January, I religiously transcribed the novels I actually liked enough to read the whole way through, so as to share them here with you all. But then I misplaced the list and/or got lazy (most likely both), and my noble intentions disintegrated.
Today I spent (let's see--three episodes of twenty minute searches) about an hour looking for the list, and lo and behold, it appeared. Then I spent another twenty minutes or so trying to remember the titles I missed. So I may have left out a few, but if I did I can't remember them so it really doesn't bother me. Kinda like how I don't care if the back of my hair is messy because I can't see it.
Most of these monthly lists will be strictly limited to fiction (read: I will not plague you with the self-help/how-to/nonfiction/etc stuff), but this time around I included two narrative nonfiction titles that were especially nifty.
And that was quite possibly the longest introduction to a very short list ever. Here we go.
SURRENDER by Sonya Hartnett
SOLD by Patricia Mccormick
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (again) by JK Rowling
BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott
TWILIGHT (um, again) by Stephenie Meyer
GRACE EVENTUALLY by Anne Lamott
THE RULES OF SURVIVAL by Nancy Werlin
ECLIPSE (yep, again) by Stephenie Meyer
KIT'S WILDERNESS by David Almond
January's favorite is LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Be warned: it's an honest portrayal of teen life, so if you're easily shocked you may want to choose a milder read. Caveats aside, it's exceptional.
Get thee to a bookstore, and pronto.