Friday, December 30, 2011

My Favorite Reads of 2011

I read a lot of books this year. According to GoodReads I read 60+ (and that doesn't include the HP or HG series re-reads that I did). Of all the books I've read this year these are my favorites.

I usually do these lists without declaring a absolute favorite but I have to admit that Hourglass was my favorite book of the year. I can not put into words how much I loved this book! I have quite a few friends who have book blogs and they all gave it glowing reviews so I knew it was good but I had no idea just how amazing it was going to be. I adored this book with it's sassy heroine, swoony boys, supportive family and quirky & extraordinarily talented support cast. If you haven't read this book yet you're missing out!! Do it now!!

The rest of this list is in no particular order because I love them in different ways for different reasons.

I don't think I can do the beauty of this book justice. On the surface this is a cute teen love story but it's SO much more. There is the teen love story, which is delicious (serious swooning!!), but it's also a story about family, trust, being true to yourself, and more. I can't even put it into words- just read this book NOW!!! (Actually, if you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss you need to read that one first)

Divergent was another book that all my book blogging friends were raving about. I was feeling slightly burned out on the dystopian genre so I wasn't all that excited to read it but based on my friends recommendations I gave it a try. WOWZA!! I was blown away!! Divergent is the kind of book that will keep you up late at night because you need to read "just one more chapter" and then at the end of that chapter there is no possible way you can't read the next one. The action and adventure is non-stop. Plus there is a really swoon-worthy boy in it, so of course I loved it ;)

I love a good paranormal romance but if the book makes me laugh it takes the book to a whole new level. Sophie's sarcasm made me a fan of these books from the first page. I adore her! Add a swoony boy who isn't all that he seems, a pink obsessed vampire roommate and a whole lot of trouble and I'm hooked. I can't even explain how much I love these books- take my word for it. You'll love them!!! 

I picked up Nightshade in January because Andrea was coming to Salt Lake as part of the Breathless Reads Tour. I was leery about reading yet another wolf book but the Guardians are completely different than any other wolves I've read about. The world and characters that Andrea has created are beautiful and heartbreaking. The themes that are present in the books have fueled many hours of conversation with my friends. I'm so excited to see where the story goes in Bloodrose, which is out next week.

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

One of my all time favorite series is the The Poison Study series so when Maria announced she was starting a new series I was ecstatic. But to be honest I was also worried. I loved the Poison Study series but only liked the Storm Glass series and the Inside Out series so I tried to not get too excited about this new book. My fears were in vain. Touch of Power is Poison Study good (if you've read PS you'll know what I mean). It has all the elements I was looking for- a kick ass heroine, a love interest that took my breath away, sidekicks that stole my heart, a villain that made my skin crawl and a magical mystery. It is SO GOOD!!

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Oh my goodness!!! Sometimes a book completely takes me by surprise and I fall head over heels in love with it. I put The Near Witch on my to-read list after watching videos of an author retreat that Victoria attended. I was intrigued by her description of the book. This book is so beautiful and haunting!! Victoria's writing is so descriptive and rich. I could see the Moors and hear the wind rushing through town. I could see the little rock wall surrounding the town. I can't say enough about this book- read it!!

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
I knew when I picked up Clockwork Prince that it was going to be good. I adore all of Cassie's books so I knew this wouldn't be any different. I was not disappointed. I have to admit that although I love the Mortal Instruments that the Infernal Devices are where my heart truly lies. I love the setting of Victorian London and the characters have wormed their way into my heart in a way that the MI characters never have. Clockwork Prince made me cry, swoon and laugh. My heart broke in several ways as I read this book. I'm a die-hard Team Will girl so those of you that have read it will understand part of my heartbreak. I can not wait to see where Cassie takes us in Clockwork Princess.

I'm going to stop here. I could list more books but that would make this post completely out of control. If you're interested in what other books I've loved make sure we're friends on GoodReads. I track everything that I read there.


Bonnie the Boss said...

Great reviews Amy!! But it does look as though I need to borrow from the Amy library.

Pixie said...

ohh great choices. I can wait to read Maria's new book.