Recommend A… Book Published in 2010

We LOVE giving book recommendations. And have been really enjoying this meme. I’m a little slow today, but as usual, we couldn’t resist. So here goes…

Recommend A… is hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit. Shanyn posts a new prompt each week, and we’ll post a book recommendation that follows the prompt. Head over to her blog to check out other blogger’s picks!

This week’s prompt is Recommend A Book Published in 2010. I trotted over to Goodreads to see if I could sort that way or find one of those nice lists people do… like here! New York Times Notable Books of 2010, how convenient! (p.s. friend us on goodreads! we are always looking for more friends over there!)

Anyways, there are some serious books of 2010 that were great. I’m a Jonathan Franzen fan, so I enjoyed Freedom, though it really was EVERYWHERE for a while. And Mockingjay came out that year! That’s kind of crucial. The Duff, which I half really like and was half iffy on, see review and follow-up, was a 2010! Who knew?

But for my recommendations… I’m going for summer reading. One that’s a more serious commitment and one that’s a whole lot lighter.

 

 

 

 

 

My first pick is Juliet by Anne Fortier. I often enjoy retellings, inspired books, what have you. There’s a reason the classics are classic! Also, I love reading classics. So modern interpretations appeal too! This is a spin on Romeo and Juliet. It’s a more complex, more adult, more everything spin than others that I have read. On the other hand, it’s a fun book that’s great for airplane rides and vacation and summer.

Modern day relatives of Romeo and Juliet are cursed! There’s a lot of history, and some suspension of disbelief is required. At time it verges on the Da Vinci Code, but in a good way! There’s a sister! (A twin!) For modern day Juliet and Shakespeare’s. Although in all honesty, the sister was kind of a weak link… still have to give it a shout-out given our site. And of course, there’s romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My second pick is a very quick, very light, very very fun read. Heist Society by Ally Carter. I’d probably pick this one alone (it’s a book I love to recommend!) but I have a feeling a lot of visitors to our site have read it. It’s about a young thief – but not just any thief. She’s part of an international family crime ring. Ocean’s 11. Or my personal favorite… The Saint. (Who’s with me?!)

 

 

 

 

Wait no, I have it: young Charlize Theron (the backstory you don’t see) from The Italian Job.

 

 

 

 

 

That’s sufficiently glamorous and possibly wounded and such. I find I automatically search for movie comparisons with a book like this – do y’all? Something about high-tech thieving just begs for it.

In addition to the badassness that is Katarina Bishop, I have to add that I particularly enjoy this book’s supporting cast of characters who add to her – and the story’s – charm. Hale is a great swoonworthy UST-object.

As a sidenote, Ally Carter really is something of a mastermind herself. She just keeps churning out the fun. In addition to her (also highly recommended) Gallagher Girls books, there’s a second book in this series already, Uncommon Criminals, and a third on its way – she’s promised on twitter that it will have more romance! Yes!