We didn't want to spill the beans too much on our Favorite End of the Year Reads, so Paige and I each picked five of our favorites.
JoLee's Top Five:
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge: Remember last year when no one could stop talking about Hodge's debut, Cruel Beauty? Well, I think Crimson Bound is even better. (featured here)
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown: The only non-fiction book on this list. It's about the rowing team that won the Olympics in 1936. I loved it. And I loved that the audiobook is read by the late Edward Herrmann.
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider: Extraordinary Means is extraordinarily beautiful. I am not really a highlighter, but I found myself marking many passages. (feature upcoming)
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby: Definitely my favorite surprise of the year. Magical Realism at it finest and lovely lyrical writing. (featured here)
The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale: The third and final addition to the Princess Academy series is an absolute delight. It's no secret that I basically love all things Shannon Hale, but this one is extra special. (featured here)
Paige's Top Five:
On the Fence by Kasie West: Every Kasie West novel is a treat. I just wish my library would finally get her next book, The Fill-In Boyfriend, processed already. (featured here)
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman: I wrested this pick away from JoLee, who would have chosen it for her top five too. (featured here)
The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde: Jasper Fforde is so weird in the best possible ways. (featured here)
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas: Missing Harry Potter? Try the Elemental Trilogy. JoLee and I are both so excited for the conclusion of this series, The Immortal Heights, out in October. (featured here)
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand: This very honest book about loss and guilt and the process of healing is a truly great read. (featured here)