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My Top Ten of 2014 - Ann W.

How to Build a GirlToday's Top Ten list, submitted for your reading enjoyment, comes from Ann W. of RCL - Mounds View!

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Eddie Campbell - Creepy. In some ways, it feels like you're just stopping in on this tale and you only get a piece of the entire whole, but the story lures you in nonetheless. The illustrations are haunting; images have stuck with me. You won't forget this book easily.

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran - This is a fun read about finding yourself, making mistakes, and coming of age. Author Caitlin Moran (famous British personality) says the novel is non-autobiographical, but her main character sets off down a path of life similar to the author's own. Also, trying to fly home from Glasgow to London with an open pint of Guinness in your hand is a bad idea.
The Inquisitor's Apprentice
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - Why did it take me so long to read this book? The discussion of the ways in which the HeLa cells have effected modern science is in and of itself amazing, but the moral and ethical dilemmas raised in this book, as well as the effects of the cells on Henrietta's family, are fascinating.

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8) by Patricia Briggs - ​If you love sci-fi/fantasy novels, the Mercy Thompson series is for you. There's nothing deep about them and you won't be forced to examine your own life in new and thought-provoking ways, but they are entertaining, and Patricia Briggs has kept the excitement alive through every installment thus far!

The Inquisitor’s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty - This is a teen novel of magic, history, and Albert Einstein. I love it when authors take real events and weave them into alternative histories (especially if they contain elements of the supernatural), and this book did not disappoint!

Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny by Nile RodgersHollow City - I read this book on the recommendation of a friend (and the fact that Nile Rodgers had just won a Grammy with Daft Punk) and loved it. A complete insiders view of the music scene in the late 1970s and 1980s, it made me want to dig out my old records and tapes and just "Freak Out"!

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs - Book 2 in the Miss Peregrine's Series, it picks up where the first left off with the Peculiar Children lost at sea and the book doesn't slow down from there. I would love, love, love to see Ransom Riggs's vintage photograph collection, wouldn't you?

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - Here's another book I wish I had read ages ago! I'm not usually one for dramas (especially if they don't contain elements of the supernatural), but I had a hard time putting this book down. This was a book club pick and completely illustrates why being in a book club is a wonderful thing; I never would have read it without it!One Summer

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson - I can't tell you how many times I've Googled "Calvin Coolidge Cowboy Outfit" so show a friend all the pictures of Calvin Coolidge in the cowboy costume he practically lived in one summer during his presidency. True Story! Leave it to Bill Bryson to make history exciting and hilarious, yet informative and interesting at the same time!

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater - Surly, moody teen boys at a private prep school in the south hunt for a dead king named Glendower. This book is dark and brooding, but Maggie Stiefvater can tell an awesome story that will keep you hooked. Book 3 comes out shortly, I can't wait!

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