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.