Not sure how many of you will be blog hopping this week--I've seen *quite* a lot of bloggers announce their hiatus this week. But I, OCD Shannon, couldn't close out 2010 without a few more year-end themed posts. And today, I wanted to kick that off with my year end Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--my five favorite MG books I read this year.
How can you go wrong with a cover like that? Simple: you can't! And when you add in a sweet story about mothers and daughters finding a way to understand each other through baking, well, you have a winner in my book. Bonus: Lisa Schroeder is one of the nicest, sweetest, most supportive authors ever. Win and win!
There are SO many things to love about this book but I think what I love most is that it's truly one of a kind. It's one of those "perfect books" in my opinion, and I just want to read it over and over and over. I'm sure I will. (I gush much more in-depth about it HERE if you missed it).
I love when a series just keeps getting better, and since this happens to be one of my favorite middle grade series, I was especially excited. I mean, maybe it's partially to do with how much time I've spent in Revision Hell this year and the fact that there's REVISION MONSTERS in the story, but this one is my favorite in the series.Can't wait for #9!!!!
I was a little worried this book could never live up to the sheer awesomeness of its cover, but it definitely delivered. Such a unique, imaginative take on middle grade fantasy and my only complaint is that it totally leaves unanswered questions and I don't WANNA wait for the next one. Here's hoping the ARC fairies will deliver one early. (I also gush more about this book HERE, if you missed it)
Okay, this is technically cheating, because the book doesn't come out until April 2011. But I've had my ARC for a few months and all I can say is: I foresee big things for this series. BIG. I'll save any further comments for the review I'll do when we're closer to release (and I'm still deciding if I'm willing to share my ARC with one of you) but for now, mark this one down "to read." You won't want to miss it.
There's SO many more books I could list here--but I'm limiting myself to five to save everyone an endless post. Plus, all the ones I haven't mentioned will definitely be part of future Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays. So many awesome books. So little time.
And on that note, I thought I'd do the giveaway a little different today. I'm giving one $10.00 amazon.com gift card (or B&N.com gift card--winner's choice) to one lucky commenter on today's post so they can pick whatever book they want. Any of the above are excellent choices, but this way, if you've already read them, you can pick something else. All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, January 7th. I'll announce the winner on Sat, January 8th. Good luck!
Oh, and before I forget, the winner of PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale is....
If that's you, please check your email--you have one in there from me asking for your mailing address. For everyone else, thanks for entering. See you back next year for more awesome MMGM fun!
(Oh, and if you've done a MMGM feature today and would like me to link you, email me and I'll update this post. Thanks!)