Hey y’all! Everyone has been going around and posting their favorites of 2011. Here’s my turn. These are all books that I have read in 2011. They will not be books that I have read in 2010, 2009, 2008, etc,. These are all books from 2011. There will be posts up until New Years with different categories (suggestions please!) but I’m probably going to do Best Covers and Most Anticipated of 2012. This is really hard for me. These are also going to be books that I have read in 2011, not necessarily books that are already out. Some are 2012 releases. Also, before the year ends, I need to update my review archive and “Read in 2011” page. I’ve read more than 300 books and I cringe at the thought of updating it, and my review archive, but it’s my goal to do it before the new year. I’ve read so many amazing books in 2011 that it’s a struggle to pick my favorites. Warning: this will be an extremely long post. For now, here goes.
Hate List: I wasn’t expecting this book to have the effect it did. I thought it would be a book I read, liked, and would forget about.
All These Things I’ve Done: a tale of chocolate being illegal? Doubted that I would like it. It ended up being smart and entertaining.
Jack Blank and the Secret War: I won this in a giveaway I didn’t remember entering and I loved it. Hands down my favorite MG of 2011.
Sense and Sensibility: I read it over the summer and really enjoyed it. While my favorite is still Jane Eyre, this came in as a close second.
Best Series Conclusions
Inheritance: utterly indescribable.
Sisterhood Everlasting: For me, this book was an experience. It was full of life – the good and the bad, happiness and grief.
Forever: I never wanted this series to end. For me, reading this book was both filled with excitement, bliss, and dread of getting to the end.
Divergent: For me, this was better than The Hunger Games. I have no idea how anything could top this, except possibly the sequel.
Legend: It was nice to hear something more focused on the government. It was very political, smart, and action-packed! Incredible.
Wither: Lyrical, brutal, and beautiful, Wither captivated me. Lauren DeStefano has created a masterpiece.
Best Start to a Series (Started Before 2011)
Clockwork Angel: impeccable. I don’t know why I didn’t pick this up earlier!
Iron King: when I read this, my sisters became obsessed. I became obsessed. I’m reading The Iron Knight now!
The Summer I Turned Pretty: This book is truly the essence of the summer. A must read for any girl.
Best Series Started in 2011 by Favorite Authors
The Scorpio Races: Maggie Stiefvater blows me away. Her description in this was phenomenon and she is at a new level with what is sure to be her best series yet.
The Name of the Star: This is the only book to which I can apply the word “disturbing” and mean it as a compliment.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Laini Taylor, you leave me speechless.
Water for Elephants: This book was rich, gritty, and atmospheric. I say it’s a must read for a teen or adult.
Crush: Tender, heartfelt, and diverse, which love should be like.
My Sister’s Keeper: This book made me sob for hours, but was completely worth it. Heart-wrenching and filled with grief, but with lots of love and hope. I have so much to say about this book, but I don’t know how to put it into words.
The List: It’s like Siobhan has read my mind. She is incredible, and this is a book that everybody needs to read. It’s true – all of it!
Don’t Breathe a Word: gritty, entertaining, and lovely. I reviewed this a few days ago, so go check it out!
Shut Out: Kody Keplinger has such great points about labeling and slut-shaming. She’s honest about sex, teens, and writes authentic YA.
Best on Audio
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: a laugh-out-loud honest look at one British girl’s take on friendship and finding love, with an incredible narrator who brings life to the story.
Midnight Alley: Absolutely amazing on audio, Midnight Alley is another great addition to this series.
Blood Promise: Not only is the Vampire Academy series praised for being action-packed and romantic, the audiobook is fantastic as well!
The Clockwork Three: Matthew Kirby weaves an impeccable tale that somehow – like the gears of a clock – brings the fate of three children together.
Icefall: Compelling, suspenseful, and entertaining, Icefall didn’t let me go!
and now for my overall best….
my absolute FAVORITES of 2011….
the type of books that I want to see so much more of in 2012…..