I think that a Top Ten Tuesday list is the perfect way to spend the first work day of the last work week of 2011 (I had to think about that one!). Anyway, the fabulous bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to tell you about our favorite books of 2011. As if a list of ten is enough…I’ll try, but be prepared for cheating. My first act of cheating is to direct you to the top ten list that I created for Read It Or Weep, the blog written by the reference staff at my library. My favorite adult reads of the year can be found here. While you are there, I recommend you check out some of the other lists as they are quite awesome. Now I can focus on my favorite YA read! I am going to be up front here. This list will have 12 titles, a favorite for each month of 2011.
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John is a stunning, feel-good debut. What a wonderful way to start the new year. My middle school book club is currently reading it and we will be discussing it in February. I can’t wait.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, another spectacular debut, was the perfect Valentine’s Day read. Sadly, I could not fall in love with Lola. Maybe I will try again in 2012.
Shine by Lauren Myracle may be one of the most controversial YA books of 2011. It is also one of the most powerful books I read this year.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young, no, wait, The Dark and Hollow Place by Carrie Ryan, oh no, I meant to say Red Glove by Holly Black was my favorite read in April. Yup, I am going with Red Glove. I love the alternate reality world of magic and mobsters that Cassel lives in. With all the betrayals he has suffered it’s no wonder he is so dark and brooding. Sigh. Anyway…Read White Cat first.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is yet another 2011 debut author. The Elevensies are certainly dominating my list so far. Way to go guys! Anyway, if you haven’t already read it, do yourself a favor and get on that.
Stork by Wendy Delsol sat neglected on my TBR list for ages! How sad that I denied myself this gem of a book for so long. Don’t make the same mistake as me, take this one (and the sequel, Frost) home ASAP.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman totally surprised me. I really enjoyed If I Stay, but I did not expect to LOVE Where She Went as much as I did. Amazing.
Pop by Gordon Korman was a book I selected for my book club. I try really hard to have good mix of male and female leads and this one was perfect. If you think you won’t like it because it is about football, put those thoughts out of your mind. Sure, there is football, but it’s really about family and friendship and doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. It’s funny and sad and an all around great read.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is a beautiful story told in print and illustrations. September marked the beginning of a major reading slump for me. I read a lot of graphic novels this month and Wonderstruck was the most amazing of them all. Audio versions of the first two Harry Potter books also helped me through my weird funk.
Ok, it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite from October. Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir, Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld were ALL read in October. Seriously, how do I choose from that list? What? I have to pick just one? Fine. Eenie, meenie, miney, moe…I choose:
I could not in good conscience make a favorites list that did not include The Ranger’s Apprentice. I began this series early in 2011 and have made my way through book 8 and have loved each and every one. So, the best of November honor goes to The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan.
The month isn’t over yet, but I am going say that my favorite read of the month was Legend by Marie Lu. Another debut author, another fantastic addition to the growing list of awesome dystopian reads.
The rough draft of my favorites list had 26 titles on it, so I am going to go ahead and pat myself on the back for picking 12 (and slipping in mentions of a couple more….sneaky, sneaky). I think I may have to make a Top Ten Wednesday list (doesn’t have the same ring to it, huh?) for honorable mentions. That’s all for now though. I am off to see what you picked as the best of 2011.