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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Top 10 Books of 2011

You know what I just noticed? I didn't read as many books as I would have liked this year. I have like 55 reviews, I read about one book a week, and I re-read some favourites (Like The Hunger Games series, Harry Potter, and Vampire Academy) but when it comes to brand new books? I'm falling short. I will try to change that next year. I will make myself a self challenge. I want to read 100 books next year. Hopefully, I will be able to do this. Maybe for next year the goal can be 2 books per week. 2 reviews a week. That sounds fair.

Anyways, this is my Top 10 YA Books, that I read, of 2011 list!

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)
"I love Delirium. Page after page I became entranced with the story, captivated by the characters, stupefied by the society, and baffled that anybody would prefer to live a life full of emptiness instead of living a life that although at times its sure to be painful it also holds the key to a world of wonderful possibilities like never before."
Let's make it simple, I absolutely loved this book. It was everything I didn't know I needed at the time. 

2. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)
.8
"I don't want to give too much away, last thing I'm going to add is Vampire Academy fans don't be scared!!! Richelle delivered!!! Bloodlines passed all fire tests with flying colors. You will all enjoy it!"
Bloodlines was a bit terrifying to go into. Being a fan of Vampire Academy, I really didn't want it to bomb... and it didn't!! Everything was good, specially the ending :P

3.  The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)
"The Iron Knight was the cherry on top of the sublime journey that was The Iron Fey series. The Iron Queen is one of the most perfect and heart breaking endings. I loved how everything went down, but we all knew it couldn't end like that. We are romantics and while a sad ending like that might have been poetic we are all deep inside looking for that happy ending. That is what The Iron Knight is for, to give us closure and make us live happily ever after along with our favourite characters."
The Iron Knight!! A much needed happily ever after.

4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

"Shatter Me was definitely addicting. The novel was, new and refreshing and great. The writing was my favourite part!"
This was the year for Dystopian novels. I swear, I read more Dystopian novels than Vampire novels, something needs to be done. I miss vampires.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)
"You know, there have been a heck of a lot of dystopian novels out there these days. It seems like every single last book I've read is a dystopian novel (don't blame me, blame my TBR pile). And out of all of them, I think Legend was my absolute favourite, and that is all thanks to the characters (I am a character driven girl, if I like the characters, and the plot line is decent, you have me)."
Another dystopian ;)

6. One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6)
.5
"I love this series, and this book was as great as the last one. Even though it looked, sounded, and read as a special Halloween episode it still served a purpose on the grand scheme of the series. It laid a base for a future new plot. It was needed, it's not one of those books written for the sake of selling it and prolonging the series, it is needed in order to move ON the series into better greener and deadlier pastures. And hey, you get to see Cat, Bones, Spades, Ian, the kitty, and the whole gang one more time, so who's complaining?!"
Jeaniene Frost is one of my favourite authors ever. The first novel in the series is Halfway to the Grave, it's an amazing series and  don't really know how to stress how good it is. Read it, you'll thank me later.

7. Glow by Amy Ryan

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)
.7
"Glow... was amazing. It captures your attention in the first page and before you know it you are on page 50!! I got so freaking frustrated with their circumstances at times! It was like how are they going to survive? What is going to happen? So you just keep reading, and reading... It definitely did NOT disappoint."
I am surprised that I enjoyed Glow more than Across the Universe, but alas I did. Across the Universe made the Top 12 YA Covers of the year, but it did not make this list. 

8. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)
.5
"I would like to say that this book SURPRISED the hell out of me. I ENJOYED THIS BOOK. And I am not afraid to admit it."
I'm surprised this book made it to the top 10, but after looking at my list of books I read I figured that this one is one of the ones I most enjoyed. So be it.

9. Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)

I haven't even reviewed this one yet, but I read it a long time ago. the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of my favourite adult series, and Lover Unleashed did not disappoint.

10.  Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Bunheads
.6
"I thought that Bunheads was an extraordinary ride through the real world of ballet. You get to see the ups and downs, and by the end there seemed to be no way for a normal, simple, perfect happy ever after. I liked that, it made the novel that much real because I wanted the main character to be a star, but I also wanted her to live her life. I really liked that the novel had a realistic ring to it! It seemed a little autobiographical, and after I finished the novel I just wanted to talk to the author about her real life experience."
Bunheads was very unexpected. I usually don't go for books that have no supernatural or dystopian qualities, but this one surprised me. It's really enjoyable!

Well, that is my list of my top 10 books I read in 2011. Which are yours?

15 comments:

  1. We both have Delirium on our lists! Shatter Me got an honorable mention on mine. There's quite a few listed there that I want to read. Great choices, twin! :D

    ~Briana

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  2. I haven't read a single book on your top books list. Agh! They all look so fabulous though. . .it's making me feel like there is some kind of major gap in my 2011 book reading. :-)

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  3. I've read 4 of the ones you put on your list >.< WOW you didn't include Divergent?? it's got to be a first...I haven't read it but apparently is the best book to have read 2011 for almost everyone lol
    AND
    I'd include Ashfall by Mike Mullin, A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford, Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, though that one isn't a debut :D
    Between the Lines by Tammara Webber :D and more >.<

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  4. i could totally use this as a "book that must be read" list. Loved a few of the ones one there, excited to read the others! you should do a "top ten authors" and "top ten songs" of 2011 as well if you have time
    :)

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  5. I loved Delirium and Shatter Me. 2011 was a great year for books. :)

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  6. @Bri beacuse Delirium was just that freaking awesome twin <3

    @Alba I know, everybody talks about how awesome it was, but I haven't read it, I was thinking of going to Books A Million and getting it, or buy it at amazon. I am making a list of "Must have Read Books" and Divergent is number 1 on that list.

    @Top ten songs would be good, as for authors... I don't do those cause every year the same authors would win xD Richelle Mead, Julie Kagawa, Jeaniene Frost... the usual suspects ;)

    @Lieder Delirium was amazing, and I cannot wait for Pandemonium!

    @Sarah yes you do! :)

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  7. I've read only Legend... wow. But I really want to read Delirium and the Iron Fey series, hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on them soon. :)

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  8. I've read the Iron Fey series, The Goddess Test, and all the books in Night Huntress series! Seriously, all of them are AWESOME!
    I haven't read Delirium though. I've just got the author's other book, Before I Fall.:)
    I'm waiting patiently for Goddess Interrupted!! :DD

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  9. I absolutely loved The Iron Knight as well. I couldn't even fathom my feelings had that book never been written. OMG. Ash....sigh.

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  10. Oh Delirium is awesome! It almost made me cry! Great List!

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  11. Jeesh I havent read even half of the books on the list.Well this is embarrasing.
    It's like I was Lost In The Past...catching up on books that are sort of ancient now. :(
    Bloodlines had me glued..still has,in a manner of saying. I check the internet pretty much every week,hoping to find a new excerpt or something on Golden Lily.
    The whole Night Huntress series is awesome.

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  12. Nice choice of books you've got there. I liked your review of The Goddess Test, and now I want the book,too! (I wanted anyway, but your review made me crave it even more!)

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  13. Shatter Me was AWESOME!!! New and fresh :D

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