Today's topic: What's the best book you read in September?
Unlike last month where I couldn't up my book count because of Camp NaNoWriMo, this month I devoured ten books. This has everything to do with the fact my plot ran away from me and I haven't been able to figure it out yet.
80% of what I read was awesome with four or five star ratings. You can see the winners below.
I know what you're thinking, with all this awesome how can a best be picked? So simple. Only one of these got five stars--When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.
Blurb from Goodreads:
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.
But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.
What I Liked About It: There wasn't a single thing I would change about this book. I loved Miranda's voice. I loved how the story unfolded. I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen throughout, because I knew a twist was coming, but never succeeded in figuring out the *entire* twist. The constant A Wrinkle in Time* references were awesome and worked into the story naturally.
What You Should Know: This book flew into my favorites and I already want to read it again. This novel was reminiscent of A Wrinkle in Time in so many ways, which made this girl very happy. If you haven't read this book yet, get thee to the library.
What were your thoughts on When You Reach Me? What awesome book did you read this month?
* Which you should know has been challenged on an off for years. For more information about challenged books, read yesterday's post.
Last.fm hit of the day: Liberation of a Giant by A Different Breed of Killer