Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down (but didn't!)
1. Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox – Mortal Fire is a complex, intelligent onion of a story. It has an unusual setting, an observer-extraordinaire of a heroine, and a magic that remains mysterious and awful. My reaction upon finishing the book? Impressed!
2. Sidekicked by John David Anderson – The reason this one made the list is because it had the bad luck of being in rotation when I fell into a reading slump - nothing to do with the content itself (delightfully gray, instead of black & white).
3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I almost put this one aside because it made me weep on an airplane. The flight attendant pretended not to notice, but I was WRECKED and the cocktail napkin couldn't begin to mop up all of my tears. An emotion-packed and beautiful book, for all that.
4. Larklight by Philip Reeve – I should perhaps have done a bit more research on this one before picking it up. I saw 'middle grade steampunk' and immediately braced myself for adventure. The only thing is this one starts weirdly, and is narrated from an odd perspective, with a decidedly old-timey accent.
5. Rot & Ruin by Jonathna Maberry – Teenage angst boiled up all over the first few chapters of this one before it got down to business. I'm glad I kept on reading!
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – I started reading the Harry Potter books just before book 7 came out, so the publishing hype was mostly lost on me. I probably would have given up on this book if I hadn't heard that you had to 'get through the first one, then they're a LOT better.' I've since learned to appreciate it for itself.
7. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger – I finished this book because it was on audio and I was on a roadtrip with my brother Lincoln. He made me press play when I got too awkward. *sigh* Sometimes siblings are the best.
8. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai – I started this story and was immediately struck by the free verse that Lai employs rather than prose. I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish the book. Very good decision to keep reading!
9. Plain Kate by Erin Bow – There wasn't anything wrong with this one. It was just that I could tell within the first few pages that main character Kate was a very lonely girl. I had a few moments of indecision before I convinced myself to live along with her and that loneliness for the duration of the reading experience.
10. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede – I waited patiently for this release. I've never NOT liked a book Wrede has written. But then it arrived, and I was all, 'What is going ON?' It took a couple of chapters to decide that I did, in fact, like it.
What books would make your list?