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1. The Two Princesses of Bamarree by Gail Carson Levine- To this day, I still have such a writer crush on Gail Carson Levine! Addie seemed to be such a scared and fragile girl, but ended up facing a dragon and saving her kingdom. Plus there was such fantastic world building throughout the entire novel. I'm still frightened of Levine's specters.
2. A Rose for Melinda by Lurlene McDaniel- I've never been certain how to explain why I love this book so much. It's possibly the very first time a book made me feel love and loss in a very real way.
3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- Grace and Sam are one of my favorite couples. I don't know what it is about the red coffee pot, making quiche or white summer dresses that gets to me. They feel made for each other, but not in any type of corny way. They just wouldn't be able to function the same with anyone else.
4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold- This book was the first one which made me realize mothers could make mistakes, huge ones, like leaving their family. The only time it was explained in terms of why the mom felt she had to do it It's always stuck with me.
5. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd- The writing is probably what cinched the book for me. I loved reading the story so much because of the prose. Even though I knew it was a very sad, sad story, I kept going. It was amazing to read.
6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan- Another fantastically written book, but it is a little bit less sad than some of the others. I have a fascination with different cultures and getting to read The Joy Luck Club was a treat. I adored all of the mother's stories the most, but still enjoyed the daughter's as well. It is such a fantastic book.
7. Anything by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes- I think I read 8 of her books during the one month period after discovering her writing. She was my first exposure to "bad" vampires that liked to kill (and detailed descriptions of gore!). I loved all of the angst and drama her main characters had to suffer through, it was like heroin to my easily excited pre-teen brain.
8. Twins by Marcy Dermansky- I believe this was the first serious teen book I read. It had drinking, tattoos, emotional issues, sex, bladder infections and homosexual relationships. Looking back on it, I probably should have waited to read this until I was older. Now I'm just happy I got a tiny bit of exposure to a tougher lifestyle which made me realize my life was total cake compared to other people's.
9. East of the Sun & West of the Moon by Mercer Mayer- What can I say? This is my favorite fairy-tale of all time because of this book. There is so much power and magic in the words. It melts me every time I read it.
10. Anything by Meg Cabot- In about a three month period I read 5 Princess Diaries books, 4 of 1-800-Where-R-U, Jinx, Avalon High, All-American Girl and all 6 of The Mediator. Oh yes, I was obsessed with this woman. I did and still do love her stories.