It's been a while since I shared a "day in the life" post. This is mostly because I've been so sick for the past few years that my daily life is not really that interesting. But I do want to share some of the reality of chronically ill living with you, and my life has improved enough to keep it from being too super boring. So I figured it was time to share, not a day in my life, but a week in my life, starting last Saturday.
*Long post ahoy!*
All right! So, as you know, at the end of each year, I post a list of the best YA books of the year. I don't limit the number I choose for those, and there's usually quite a few of various genres! But for a Top Ten Tuesday I did a while back, they had us do a "flashback," and I decided to go back and list the best YA books of the years I wasn't blogging during. Per the nature of that series, I chose ten books from 2012 to share (which was incredibly difficult). Today, even though I'm no longer doing Top Ten Tuesdays, I'd like to do the next installment and share with you the ten best YA books from 2011 (in my opinion). Here we go!
1) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Y'all know this YA fantasy trilogy, about a young woman in an arranged marriage trying to figure out her path as a Chosen One, is one of my favorite book series. The first book in it was indeed published in 2011.
2) Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Beth Revis is a delight, and so is her debut YA sci-fi trilogy about a couple of teens on a generational spaceship travelling to a new home planet who uncover a murderous political scheme. This is the first book in that series.
3) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is the first in yet another series that I often recommend, an emotional YA dystopian with unusual style/formatting about a girl who, after being imprisoned for years because of her deadly touch, falls in love for the first time.
As I've said before, I really liked the newest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. It might even be my favorite of the Star Wars movies, although it's hard to pick! So I was a little surprised at all the uproar after the release. Many fans hated The Last Jedi. One of the big complaints I've seen is that Luke was out of character, that there's no way he would exile himself to a distant planet with a threat like the First Order on the horizon and that he would never believe the Jedi should end. But I think Luke was perfectly in character. So here's my analysis of The Last Jedi from Luke's point of view: how his ill-informed comparison between Kylo and Anakin led him to make this choice--and how, in The Last Jedi, he realizes it was a mistake.
All right! It's time for our first seasonal humor post, where I share the twenty-five funniest posts and the funniest video I've seen across the last three months. (Although, of course, you can see some more in my February humor post, pre-blog schedule change.) Enjoy, and I'll see you again next week!
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