Skip to main content

Best of 2011

It's New Year's Eve, and I've managed to compile my best of 2011 list. I've come to realize I don't really believe in top tens. They're so limiting. When have I ever been able to fit anything I love into an even ten? So here are my top 14 favorite books of the year.

Best of 2011
(in order of publication)


FYI, that's 3 urban fantasies, 4 contemporaries, 2 historicals, 1 fantasy, 1 mystery, 1 magical realism, 1 post-apocalyptic, and 1 scifi.

Best New Discovery of 2011
Sarra Manning
I took Sabrina of About Happy Books' word for it and ordered both Unsticky and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me on a whim. I waited impatiently for them arrive from across the pond, and I literally did not resurface for days after. And now? Now I will read anything she writes. Just . . . anything.

Biggest Character Crush of 2011
Alan Ryves

So maybe he was my crush from last year. So what?

Biggest Author Crush
Sarah Rees Brennan
I can't tell you how many laughs I've had this year because of this woman. She is active on all my favorite social media sites, and she could write cereal box copy that would have me in stitches. Not only does she write books and characters that fill me with the feelings, but she is also the dispenser of wicked good book recommendations. What more can a devoted reader ask?

Best Books I Read in 2011, Which Were Published a Different Year

Bachelor Boys by Kate Saunders

Happy New Year!

Comments

  1. I hear nothing but excellent things about Scorpio Races; I am dying to get my fingers on it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you so much, Angie, for including HOUSE OF SILENCE in your end-of-year round-up. What a great start to 2012! :-)

    Happy New Year to you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great list - somewhat incredibly, I've never read ANY of them, although Scorpio Races and The Duff are high on my 'to read' list.

    Mine is at YA Yeah Yeah if you'd like to take a look.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yay for The Scorpio Races! It really is such a lovely book. I can't wait to read I'll Be There and I'm so happy I already have a copy of the beautiful hardcover. I have to thank you for pushing Unsticky. I remember reading your review for that and wanting to get a copy ASAP. Like you, I'm planning to read all of Sarra Manning's books.

    Happy New Year, Angie! :) I'm starting 2012 by reading Silent on the Moor and then Nine Coaches Waiting with Holly on Tuesday.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I have got to get around to Scorpio Races and Warm Bodies. I have copies of both and just haven't picked them up. Blah.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great list of books, of course I agree on the two books by Sarra Manning. In one year she managed to make me a fan girl.

    I also liked The Duff and was surprised by how much the story worked for me, I have the second book by Keplinger at home and hope that it will be just as good. From your list I also plan to read "Song of Scarabaeus" soon.

    Have a great 2012!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Happy New Year, Angie! Sounds like you read some great books this year. That reminds me I still haven't read River Marked yet and I really want to!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm just tickled that CHILDREN OF SCARABAEUS is on the list. :) Must read Sarah Rees Brennan. Must read Kristen Higgins.

    ReplyDelete
  9. hmmm....I suspet you picked your best books for color coordination purposes! They look so lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  10. HECKS YEAH on Raw Blue! Fabulous list overall :) looks like 2011 was a good year for you!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh YES to Alan Ryves and to Sarah Rees Brennan. I can't wait for Unspoken!

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a great list!

    Happy 2012!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This whole blog post made me grin like a loon because YES! YES! and YES! you are quite right about everything.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love your best of list so much - it reminded me why I always rely on your recommendations!

    Also, Sarra Manning was hands down my favorite discovery of the year as well. I can't wait for her new release in February!

    ReplyDelete
  15. L.L, you must not wait. It is every kind of awesome there is. That is all.

    Linda, absolutely my pleasure. Thank you for such good reading material. :)

    YA Yeah, ooh thanks. I'll check yours out. Hope you enjoy those two when they come up in your queue.

    Chachic, Happy New Year to you, too! Sounds like you've got some good books in store. UNSTICKY really was a standout, wasn't it? So glad it came our way.

    Janssen, THE SCORPIO RACES is special. Can't wait to hear what you think.

    Sabrina, me, too. I have you to thank. Discovering her was like a godsend. And I'm tickled you enjoyed THE DUFF. I read it at exactly the right time. Loved those two kids so much.

    Kristen, Happy New Year! It was a good reading year for sure. RIVER MARKED is great. Especially if you love Mercy/Adam. And who doesn't?

    Janice, oh, it is SO on the list. I'm so happy to have some good scifi on there this year. And you can probably predict my reaction to the fact that you have not yet read SRB. I will spare you the freakout and just give you the beady eye . . . get crackin'!

    Charlotte, *grin*. I have my husband to thank for the pretty, pretty picture. He's got skillz.

    bb, RAW BLUE FTW! I am so looking forward to rereading that one.

    Alexa, neither can I. I am pining for it as I sit here and type. PINING.

    Michelle, and to you!

    Carla, hehe. You loon, you.

    Allison, awwww. Wasn't Manning divine? I'm with you. Cannot WAIT for her next release.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I haven't actually read too many of these, but have several on my tbr list to get to eventually!

    Happy new year.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm such a slacker for not commenting on this sooner, but heck yes to so many of the books you posted here (and for introducing them to me as well!). Love UNSTICKY, SCARABAEUS books, SCORPIO RACES (swoon!), and MAGIC SLAYS. Oh dear, I feel some rereads coming on...

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Angie's Best Books of 2016

Let's just lay our cards on the table, shall we, and agree that, on the whole, 2016 was an abysmal year.
And I'd just like to personally invite it not to let the door hit it on the way out.
This is me being as charitable as I can possibly be at this point. 
That said, I want to send a glorious shout out to the wonderful books that have come out this past year, and to all the authors (and readers) who have not given in to the anxiety, depression, anger, and fear that I know so many of us have felt throughout the past twelve months (or more). It is the last day of the year, and I have poured all of my gratitude (and hope for a better one to come) into my annual list of my favorite reads of the year. Just 17 this year. Fewer than the past few years, which indicates a healthy dose of necessary rereading in this year that has been what it was, as well as the fact that I just didn't get to as many new releases.


(in the order in which I read them)
The Thirteenth Earlby Evelyn Pry…

Cover Reveal + Q&A: A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White

As longtime readers of the blog know, I am a full-fledged Ellen Emerson White fangirl and have been for something going on time immemorial. What this means is that a few years ago, having just finished reading my local library's copy of The Road Homefor the second time in as many days, I sat on the couch, brandished the book at my newlywed husband, and told him I was seriously considering never returning it (my conscience did eventually kick in and I meekly returned the library copy—after managing to procure a copy of my own, naturally). 
What this means is I went on to purchase an obscene number of out of print copies of the same title(before it was available as an e-book) and proceeded to send them winging their way across the globe to homes where I knew they were needed. 
What this means is that I refer to Ms. White's characters by their first names in casual conversation (pretty much on a daily basis) with friends and family members, and they automatically know exactly wh…