You know, I actually have a pretty good memory with books I've read. For the most part, I had to dig back to books I read in high school or middle school to hit ten on this list. So, in no particular order:
10. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
What it's really about: rag-tag group of a brownie, a dragon, and an orphan boy take on a great evil force.
What I remember: Dragons ???
9. The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
What it's really about: A boy is kidnapped from his village by fearsome Berkserkers, but he learns about their culture and comes to side with them against their foes.
What I remember: Cool nods to Norse mythology, awesome protagonists, and cool world building.
8. The Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
What it's really about: In a dystopian future, third children are illegal, and a secret society of "illegal" children hide in the shadows.
What I remember: A cool premise but a really convoluted plot. Oh, and the first character I found named Nina!
7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
What it's really about: An orphan is adopted by her uncle and discovers a magical garden on his property.
What I remember: I thought I just saw the musical but apparently I read the book? So that was a thing?
6. The Sluts by Dennis Cooper
What it's really about: A deep and intricate story of the dark web and the lives of male escorts.
What I remember: Snuff porn, mind fucking, and a really weird term paper.
5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
What it's really about: A dying man is guided through his death by 5 people who teach him what an important life he lead.
What I remember: A morality tale and some warm fuzzies.
4. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
What it's really about: A lesson in diversity and acceptance in the vicious social circles of public schools.
What I remember: The original manic pixie dream girl.
3. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
What it's about: The bastard son of the infamous Elphaba struggles to survive in the political aftermath of Wicked.
What I remember: Apparently it was my favorite book of the Wicked cycle, but now I'm remembering subpar queer representation and the erasure of female-on-male rape, sooo...
2. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
What it's about: A high-school hacker gets dragged into a terrorist plot.
What I remember: Literally nothing. Not a thing.
1. The Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci
What it's about: A bio-terrorism agent has been unleashed in America, and a hacker in Pakistan is the only person who knows what's happening. How can he convince anyone to listen to him and stop it?
What I remember: A really intense plot, awesome characters, and shipping the MCs real hard.
Weekly feature courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl.