1. Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell - I read this for the first time in eighth grade and for years after I would read it every. single. year. And then I racked up library fines and didn't own a copy and somehow or other three or four years went by without me getting to read it again. This year though, my mom made good on her promise to buy me a copy and I read it again. It's my favorite novel and every time I read it I notice something different, something more, which makes it one of the most dynamic reading experiences I've ever had.
2. serafina67, by Susie Day - I love this book so much. It's the You've Got Mail of books, meaning that I'll read it (or even just some of it) when I'm not feeling well and don't have anything else to read or I just want a comfortable, familiar, friendly book to read. The protagonist reminds me a lot of myself (almost too much) and how the book is written is pretty much how things go on in my mind: ie. completely crazy.
3. Twenty Boy Summer, by Sarah Ockler - So beautiful, so heartbreaking, so amazing. I had to read it again.
4. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen - This is not only the first YA book I read, but also the one that made me realize this is the genre I want to write in. Dessen is a master of PUTTING WORDS TOGETHER IN NICE WAYS and this is her best work in my opinion. The story, characters, and language is so great.
5. Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins - I hadn't read this one in quite a while, but decided to read it again this year after making my list of favorite Newbery winners. It's a strange, slow-moving story, but absolutely wonderfully written and beautiful. It tells the story of that awkward place between childhood and adolescence better than any other book I've read and (at least for me) this awkwardness carries on way past the particular age.
Now, five books I want to reread this coming year, though I don't know if I actually will or not:
Paper Towns, by John Green
Sweethearts, by Sara Zarr
The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Snap, by Alison McGhee