Monday, December 26, 2011

My Top Ten Favorite Books in 2011


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:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (my review)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (my review)

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.


                                  Catching Jordan 
                              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.

Honorable Mention:

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?


  1. ohhh Great Picks! I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door. I included Anna Dressed In Blood, If I Stay and Where She Went in my post. Amazing books! I have Shatter Me, Catching Jordan, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight all on my TBR list.
    My Top 10 of 2011

  2. ooh great list! I really want to read the statistical probability of Love at first sight and 10 things we did.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  3. I totally love your list!! I love Anna and Lola and Gayle's books so much! :) Ten thing we did was hilarious!! :)

  4. Great Picks!! I LOVE LOVE Stephanie Perkins and If I Stay duo books!!
    I´ve Graffiti Moon in my TBR list 2012, I need to pre-order it!
    My Top Ten

  5. Nice list! I loved If I Stay (I have yet to read Where She Went,) Shatter Me and Anna Dressed in Blood. Graffiti Moon and White Cat are really good as well. Also, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight sounds so good, I can't wait to read it when it comes out :)

  6. Ahhh, looking at your list makes me realize how many others I wish I could have added to mine. Where She Went! White Cat! Anna Dressed in Blood! So many books to love!

  7. Looks like we had the same idea about Anna and the French Kiss and If I Stay! I can't wait to read Where She Went and Shatter Me. I've heard amazing things about them! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. Red Glove is really good too :)

    Great list! I love Forman's books and there are a couple of others from your list that are in my TBR pile or wishlist like Lola and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

  9. I think every book on your list is a book I want to read. Argh. How will I finish them all?

    Please take a look at my new challenge to read the ALA YA Book Award winners for 2012.


  10. I like how much contemporary is represented on your Top Ten List! I will be reading Statistical Probablity soon and am glad to see it making Top Ten Lists.

    I also agree that Stephanie Perkins' books are becoming the gold standard in YA contemp reomance.

  11. I can't wait to read Red Glove! I'm going to listen to it on audiobook again b/c Jesse Eisenberg is simply perfect in the role.

    Thanks for coming by! following back

  12. I love your list! Anna & Lola are definitely two of my fav. books this year <3 AND SHATTER ME!!! I LOVED IT!! I have yet to read Anna dressed in blood and Gayle Forman's books :D
    Thanks for stopping by :)
    I'm a new follower!

  13. OMG! You're list is the best I've seen so far! I am CRAZY over ANNA and LOLA! Those are the best YA contemprary romances I've ever read. Period.

  14. Perkin's books and Anna Dressed in Blood are awesome! I still need to start reading Holly Black books. :D Thanks for the comment! Love the blog! I'll be following. <3

  15. Great picks! A few of these are on my TBR list and I've added some others that sound really good.

    New follower, too! :)

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

  16. Your list is fantastic! I LOVED Anna & Lola, and If I Stay/Where She Went. Those are amazing books. Ten Things was great! That's probably one I should have added to my list.
    My Top Ten Favorites

  17. Ahh I'm still dying to read Lola and the Boy Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, and Shatter Me!

    I'm hoping to get some of the books I've been waiting on with my Christmas giftcards lol :)

    Thanks for stopping by and following me! I'm following you back now :)


  18. Stephanie Perkins is a brilliant, brilliant writer. I love her characters, their stories and it's been a very tough thing for me to try to choose between St. Clair and Cricket!

  19. I still need to read the two Anna's(french kiss, dressed in blood), Shatter Me AND If I Stay. I'm making them a priority next year after everything that's been said about them.

    Thank you so much for saying hi & following! Followed back!

    Ps. I'm a nerdfighter too! DFTBA :-D

  20. Shatter Me, oh my lord yes.

    I've never read the Holly Black books, but I've often wondered about them. I've read mixed reviews of them. Maybe I should pick them up?

  21. I am So excited to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and Catching Jordan. I keep hearing how great they are. And you have Anna Dressed in Blood and Graffiti Moon on your list, too! Loved those books. :)

  22. I can't wait to read White Cat! I've only read If I Stay, and absolutely loved it :)

    I'm a new follower, here's my Top Ten Tuesday!


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