Friday, December 30, 2011

Favorite Books of 2011 and More

I wanted to share with you my favorite books of 2011 and my favorite books of the year that weren't published in 2011, but still are fabulous.  I hope you enjoy my picks! I reviewed all of these books, so if you are interested in checking out my reviews, you can find them in my review archive.

Favorite Young Adult Books From Debut Author:
(In no particular order)

1.  Across the Universe by Beth Revis- One of my favorite science fiction debuts.
2.  Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally- One of my favorite football related books. ever.
3.  Die For Me by Amy Plum- I loved this paranormal romance!
4.  Divergent by Veronica Roth- A definite edge of your seat dystopian.
5.  The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton- The perfect blend of historical fiction and fantasy.
6.  Moonglass by Jessi Kirby- The setting of this book is to-die-for.
7.  Timeless by Alexandra Monir- I loved the historical fiction aspects and the time travel.
8.  Unearthly by Cynthia Hand- My favorite angel book to date.
9.  Wither by Lauren DeStefano- This book hooked me in - a brilliant dystopian.
10.  Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini- I loved the mythological references and the romance.

Favorite Young Adult Books:
(Not a debut author and/or part of a series)

1.  We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han- This is hands down my most favorite series and this book is my favorite book of the year!
2.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver- Another dystopian romance with some great adventure, too.
3.  The Future of Us by Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher- Brilliant premise and for those of us who grew up in the '90s, it's a trip down memory lane.

Favorite Adult Books From a Debut Author:

1.  Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar- A fantastic historical read!
2.  Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey- Again, another fantastic historical read and the start to a promising new series.

Favorite Adult Books:
(Not a debut author and/or part of a series)

1.  The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory- I am a huge fan of Gregory and all of her series. The Cousins' War series is especially captivating.
2.  The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen- This was the first book I read by Allen and was pleasantly surprised. For me, it was the perfect vacation read while at the Outer Banks.

Other Favorites:
(Books Not Published in 2011; both YA and Adult)

1.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett- I finally got around to reading this one and wasn't disappointed.
2.  Insatiable by Meg Cabot- This was my first Cabot book and it was love! Cabot had me laughing out loud and on the edge of my seat, which is an interesting combination.
3.  I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison- Such a charming read- it definitely took me by surprise.
4.  Legacy by Cayla Kluver- Definitely one of my favorite young adult reads. I'm still raving about this one.
5.  Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm- I loved the setting (Key West) and the story is so cute!

So, which books were your favorites this year? Did I leave any out? There were so many books that I meant to read this year, but never got to them. I guess there is always next year!  Tell me what you think!


  1. Unearthly was on my favourites list too! I need to read The Lady of the Rivers soon. Can't believe I didn't get around to that yet!

  2. I'm halfway through listening to Across the Universe on audio right now and whoa. Definitely an emotional punch to the stomach! Parts of it have been hard to get through, but I'm definitely enjoying it.

    Lots of other great reads here, too! Glad you enjoyed Insatiable. I struggled with that one and it wasn't my favorite Cabot, but she's an excellent author.

  3. Fantastic list! Across the Universe, The Help, and Divergent are among my 2011 favorites too. I hope to read Catching Jordan and The Future of Us soon.

  4. I LOVED how Han ended the Summer series. Totally agree that that was an AWESOME book. And I LOVED Catching Jordan!!!! Definitely in my best books of 2011. =)

  5. Definitely enjoyed Divergent and Faerie Ring. The Future of Us, not so much unfortunately--the concept was fantastic, but the characters, not so much. I kinda didn't care enough about them in the present to want to see them change their futures.


  6. I loved some of those books as well. 2011 was such a great reading year.
    And I'm glad to find through your favorites some books I didn't know about ;)
    Happy midnight reading!


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