2012 is almost here, which means it’s time for Top Ten lists of 2011! I love lists, so this is always super fun for me. This year, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa from A Life Bound by Books, Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books, and Rachel from Fiktshun are hosting the Top 10 of 2011, with a whole week of fun Top 10 posts. Check back all week for lists like my top ten favorite book covers from 2011, top ten books I’m looking forward to in 2012, and (my personal favorite) my top ten book boyfriends! :D
Today the topic is the Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2011. This is also the theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so it’s two for one!
After making my list, I realized that my 2011 in books was a year of fantaaaaaastic contemporaries. Seven of the ten books I chose (and the honorable mention) are contemporaries! And all ten books are HIGHLY recommended, of course.
In no particular order:
The new gold standard in YA contemporary romantic fiction. Totally squeeworthy. I even named my Kindle St. Clair in honor of the amazingness that is Stephanie Perkins.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Oh. My. Goodness. I am officially in love with Gayle Forman. These books rip your heart out of your chest, stomp on it, and then mash it back in. They are SO. GORGEOUS. Where She Went in particular is one of those books that I pick up almost every day and read a bit from. I haven’t actually reviewed either of these on From A to Z (although I do have an incredibly emotional and slightly melodramatic review written for Where She Went), but I’m hoping to do it soon. Nobody should go without reading these.
by Cath Crowley
This comes out in the US in February, and everyone should go preorder it NOW. The writing is indescribably amazing. Amaaaaaaazing. My review will be up closer to the release date.
by Sarah Mlynowski
Pure fun. Hilarious and adorable and sweet and did I mention hilarious? I’d love to live inside this book.
by Miranda Kenneally
I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did, but oh boy, do I love it. Jordan is so freaking lucky to be friends with so many awesome guys. I want her life (and I especially want her best friend, Henry!).
by Tahereh Mafi
Loooooove this book. It is gorgeous. That is all.
by Kendare Blake
Another surprise hit! And very different, which makes it a standout in a world of sooooo many paranormals. Loved it.
by Holly Black
This was one of the first books I read in 2011, before I was even blogging, and even though I have yet to read the sequel, Red Glove, I absolutely loved White Cat. Holly has long been one of my favorite authors, and her mythology for the curseworkers is so fascinating and unique. I can’t wait to read more.
by Jennifer E Smith
This book is sooooo adorable and total wish fulfillment. Love love love. My review will be up in a few days. (EDIT: My review!)
There you have it, my top ten (eleven) books from 2011! What were your favorites this year?