This has been a monumental reading year for me, because it was the year I rediscovered my love for YA.
I also started posting reviews on GoodReads and started this blog, which has been so much fun! Most importantly, I’ve made so many amazing new friends who feed my book addiction, and I’m grateful everyday for having so many people I can go to for recommendations.
Total Books Read: 422
Here are my favorite books published in 2011.
#1 Liesl & Po
A lovely tale full of adventure and magic, and an instant classic alongside books like Mary Poppins and A Little Princess.
#2 Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) A heart-breaking story that combines exquisite Victorian details, steampunk, a love of literature, principled characters, and magic.
#3 Angelfall Post-apocalyptic YA + kickass heroine + badass angels + cannibals…what more could you ask for?
#4 A Monster Calls
A difficult but beautiful book for anyone who has ever loved and lost someone.
#5 Deadline (Newsflesh #2)
Another gut punch of emotion from the master of zombie thrillers! Cannot wait for the sequel in June 2012.
An unexpected, wondrous book that takes us to another dimension. I loved this book so much because there are parts that remind me of Ray Bradbury and Madeleine L’Engle.
#7 Anna Dressed in Blood
A gothically beautiful ghost story combined with dark humor and a great male POV. Don’t get stuck in a dark cellar with Anna!
#8 Imaginary Girls
A disturbing, creepy, Twilight Zone of a novel about a pair of sisters and a lake…where nothing is as it seems.
#9 The Shadow Reader
A fantastic adult urban fantasy with a great heroine and principled, swoon-worthy love interests. YUM.
And finally, a book that opened up my mind and opened up my heart in a way I never thought was possible. A painful but important revelation in young adult literature.
These ten are the books that I rated 5 stars this year. I also loved Unearthly, Warm Bodies, and a whole bunch of other additional 2011 favorites! One of the things I find really interesting is that many of the books I love the most also tend to be the most polarizing. The strong reactions they tend to draw on both sides of the fence are a good thing, I think, and lead to a lot of great discussion about what makes a book unforgettable.
What were your 2011 faves? I hope you’ve had a great reading year too, and cheers to a new year filled with great reads for us all!