Sunday, January 1, 2012

Top 11 of '11

So many books were just on the very cusp on making this list. I read so many wonderful books in 2011. This list is not limited to books published in 2011, but only those that I read for the first time in 2011.

Thank you to Enna Isilee for the idea for "Best 11 of '11"

The order is somewhat flexible, because once it's narrowed down to 11, any one of the books could take the top spot.

11. Breadcrumbs
This isn't a book I'd recommend to everyone, but I loved it. Ursu did a great job with this retelling. This is definitely a memorable book, and I'm very glad to have read it.

10. Graceling & Fire
Why, yes, I am cheating. Graceling and Fire count as one book on this list, because I honestly could not choose between them. Both are wonderful, wonderful books. I would love to reread them both. I can't wait for Bitterblue, the third book in the trilogy, to come out in May.

9. Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder
What does it say about a book when your copy is falling apart less than half a year after you buy it? In Poison Study's case, it means that I loved it... and then I lent it to a bunch of my friends, who loved it as well. If we have anything to argue about in regard to this book, it's the pronunciation of Ixia, rather than whether it was great, because it was definitely great. (my review)

8. Across the Universe
One of my first 2011 reads, Across the Universe still shines a year later. Revis's debut is sure to stay one of my favorites for years to come. As beautiful inside as out, Across the Universe leaves you thinking, and ready to pick it up and start over from the beginning.

7. Icefall
Icefall was an unexpectedly strong story about the power of stories and the growth of a girl who had no place. Sure to become a long-time favorite, this MG hits all the right notes.  (my review)

6. Goliath
Eagerly anticipated, Goliath did not disappoint in any way. I loved the conclusion to Westerfeld's wonderful trilogy. I gobbled it up eagerly, and loved every moment. (my review)

5. Matched
Matched was so lovely, it definitely deserves a place on this list. Condie's stories are beautiful, and her writing is even more so.  

I can't choose between my top four - it was difficult enough narrowing it down to these.

All four of these books were amazing. Divergent was a riveting dystopian that I read in one sitting because I could not put it down until I finished. The Near Witch had the most beautiful writing I've ever read, and wonderful story to go with it. (my reviewChime was excellent in all respects; it deserves a place on everyone's bookshelf. Daughter of Smoke and Bone just barely made the list, as I finished it just hours before the new year. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic story that will stay in my mind for a very long time. All eleven of these books will have a special place on my shelf and a reread in the near future. 

Do you have a "Best of 2011" list? Have you read any of my favorites? Let me know in the comments!


the Vintage Bookworm said...

I haven't read any of these, but more than half are on my TBR list. I've been dying to read a lot of them. I started Poison Study in late 2010, but for some reason put it down. I can't remember why. But I'll definitely have to pick it up again soon. Thanks for reminding me of it. =D You have a great list!

Pica said...

The Vintage Bookworm - Thanks! They are all fantastic; I'd recommend all of them.

Debz said...

I guess that read-a-thon made both of us start borrowing Enna Isilee's amazing ideas!

Here's my Top 11 of 2011

Pica said...

Debz- When I saw you borrowing from Enna Isilee, I figured it'd be okay for me to as well. It seems 11 was the perfect number, as I can never manage to fit all my favorites into a top ten!

Anonymous said...

I haven't read these, but I know I will! Thanks!


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