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For my favorites list this year, I decided to focus more on what I read and loved this year, as opposed to what year it came out. I’m sure there are tons more that I need to read, I fell a bit short on my list this year with reading as many books as I want to. Working in a library, you hear all day about books you HAVE to read, and it gets stressful! I don’t give full out reviews here, mainly because I’m listing my favorite books of the year, so do I need to tell you why they’re awesome? No! They are because I (and lots of other people) said so. That doesn’t mean they’ll be awesome to you obviously, so I won’t judge you if you don’t like my list. Please feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.

Without further ado, my favorite books read in 2011…

Everybody Sees the Ants

By:  A.S. King

This is only the 2nd A.S. King book I’ve read, but I already feel like I wouldn’t hesitate to call her one of my favorite authors. I’m working on a full review for this, but in the meantime, pick it up!


By: Veronica Roth

Another book to read if you are a Hunger Games fan, and they already sold movie rights. This is a fast paced read with lots of action.

I’ll Be There

By: Holly Goldberg Sloan

I’m not even sure what style this book is written it, but it was breathtaking. I loved each character so much. It had a definite storytelling vibe to it. There were lots of pages I read over and over just because they were so nicely written. LOVED IT!

Between Shades of Gray

By: Ruta Sepetys

I had the privilege of hearing Ruta speak last year, and she is an amazing speaker. This is a story that needed to be told, you can read my full review here.

The Knife of Never Letting Go

By: Patrick Ness

This is the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, and the series is absolutely amazing. If you are a Hunger Games fan, you must pick this up! I think as a whole, I actually enjoyed this series more, just by a hair.

A Monster Calls

By: Patrick Ness inspired by Siobhan Dowd

Apparently Patrick Ness is the man. The idea for this book was started by the late Siobhan Dowd, and Patrick Ness picked up where she left off and finished the book. I actually picked it up because I love Siobhan Dowd’s books so much. If you haven’t read any, you must!

The Sky is Everywhere

By: Jandy Nelson

This was a gorgeous story about grief and love, and, oh, those Fontaine boys.


By: Tim Tharp

Speaking of favorite authors, add Tim Tharp to that list! I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by him, and this is no exception.  This one is about a girl coping with her brother’s return from war.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

By: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

This is a great winter read. It was such a sweet book, and I loved the whole concept.  It was on my “to read” list last year, and now that I’ve actually read it, I can definitely recommend it.

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2 Responses to “These are a few of my favorite things…”

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    Carol Sliwka Says:

    I’m with you on Divergent, Everybody Sees The Ants, and the Chaos Walking series (I’m lumping all three books into one choice). Dash and Lily was okay, but the concept was too far-fetched for me. I loved Shades of Grey but it was on my last year’s list and the others I haven’t read. Thanks for the titles, though! I’m also including Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt, Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (I don’t usually pick a #1 but if I did, this would be it), Scrawl by Mark Shulman, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, How to Save a LIfe by Sara Zarr, and Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry.

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    Alaska Says:

    I have Scorpio Races in my box, but haven’t started it yet. And I’m reading How to Save a Life right now (I have had it for like 2 months, I misplaced it while moving). Okay for Now is on my list too, I’ve been so behind lately! Thanks for the additions, I’ll add those as well!


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