1. When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
Newbery winner, with a Madeleine L’Engle-like story. I can’t come up with higher praise.
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
A non-fiction account of the woman behind the cells used in research, and the journalist’s search for her.
3. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
A powerful story about life in a small German town during WWII, and the importance of reading.
4. Going Bovine, Libba Bray
A hallucinatory road trip involving a hypochondriac dwarf, a punk angel, and a boy with mad-cow disease.
6. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
A satisfying conclusion to the best series I’ve read in a long time.
7. The Lost Books of the Odyssey, Zachary MasonSupposedly a translation of 44 short texts that offer variant versions of the Trojan War myth, many of them melancholy musings about heroism, love, and home.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Magicians, Lev Grossman
City of Bones series, Cassanda Clare