1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. Absolutely loved this one and enjoyed getting to meet and talk with John at the Louisiana Book Festival back in October.
2. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healey. I've since passed this one on to my co-workers, who have admitted to reading this one aloud with gusto to their classes and to each other.
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This one needs no explanation.
4. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. This one combines some of my favorite things: London, mystery, and people from Louisiana.
5. Deadline by Chris Crutcher. This book makes anger management look fun.
6. As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins. This is a good comedy of errors road trip book.
7. The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto. This one reminded me of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
8. Twelfth Grade Kills (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 5) by Heather Brewer. Another one with some "Buffy" flair; it's also the anti-Twilight. The other books in this series were also great!
9. Playground by 50 Cent. This was originally a guilty pleasure that turned into a good read.
10. Cracked by K.M. Walton. This one manages to be gritty and Hallmark-y at the same time.
There you have it...