Favorite Books of 2011

Published December 28, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

I’ve read a lot of books this year. And I mean a lot. And I read a lot of really good books. Needless to say, this list was really hard to compile.

Note: there is a lot of YA on this list, not because I think YA is better than adult fiction, or that I prefer one over the other, it just happens that most of the books I read this year were YA.

10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Riggs came up with the idea for this book from a collection of strange and creepy black and white photos (some of them will make your skin crawl), which are in the book. I love how he combined to different medias to come up with a haunting and creepy story.

9. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

It’s a murder-mystery. In space. In the future. I love this book. I love the cover (look at the COVER! LOOK AT IT). I love Beth.


8. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I think I like this book even more than ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. And Cricket, oh Cricket. Why can’t you be real? As much as I love bad boys, there will always be a place in my heart for sexy nerd boys.

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This would have been higher on my list if she didn’t introduce the stupid love triangle at the end. Teenage love triangles drive me insane. Insane, I tell you.

6. White Cat by Holly Black

Mafia and magic. Need I say more?


5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

I love how this story unfolds through a series of flashbacks, with each one revealing a little tidbit about the characters and the plot. Plus, I love Atwood’s writing. It’s a dystopian written as literary fiction. Or is it literary fiction written as a dystopian? Either way, I don’t know why more genre fiction isn’t written like this.

4. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

As a history buff, I think what I like the most about GAME OF THRONES the realism of the courts. Royal life can be bloody brutal; what with all the back-stabbing and scheming and murder. Random thought: Is homicidal a genetic trait? Must be all the inbreeding.

3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling

I had a hard time choosing which Harry Potter book was my favorite, because they are all amazeballs, however, if I had to choose one, it would be HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE simply for Snape’s redeemability. I love how you spend the first 5 books loathing Snape like some loathing thing, and then you get to the HALF BLOOD PRINCE, and suddenly you get heart punched by a big dose of compassion. You FEEL for Snape, which is a hard thing to accomplish considering is repulsiveness throughout the series. Perception, people. It is a powerful thing.

2. Eon by Alison Goodman

EON is one of the best fantasies I’ve read in a while. The world-building is fantastic, and it doesn’t take place in the “Middle Ages Default”, but is a combination of Chinese and Japanese cultures. Anyone who knows me, knows I love my Asian culture.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Holy crabsticks was this book good. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the writing, the story, the everything was. It contains one of my favorite lines in book history: “Words are so heavy.”


What were your favorite books this year?


8 comments on “Favorite Books of 2011

  • Eon looks intriguing. I haven’t heard of the title, but I’m game for anything that comes with a comment of “Best fantasy”.

    What did you think of Holly Black’s book? I’ve been thinking of giving the author a try for a while.

    • I really liked White Cat, and the second in the series, Red Glove. You should definitely give her a try. I thought tithe (about faeries) was ok, but it was better (and darker) than some of the other faerie book I’ve read recently.

      And you should read Eon.

  • Have to agree about Game of Thrones and The Book Thief. Great books. Still haven’t read Oryx and Crake but I must. I loved the Handmaid’s Tale, so this should be a no-brainer read for me. The Miss Peregrine book was hard for me to get into and I gave up on it, but I think I just wasn’t in the right mood to tackle it. I’ll probably give it another try later.

    A couple of my favorite reads this year were The Help, Perfume, and Ship Breaker. All excellent reads IMO.

  • The Book Thief and HP6 are the two books I’ve read as an adult that made me cry (I’m not including Charlotte’s Web or anything like that…).

    I need to get into Oryx and Crake, but I’d like to read The Handmaiden’s Tale, first. So many books, so little time…

  • The Book Thief knocked my socks off. It’s so… unusual and beautiful. Every time someone asks me what I should read, I talk about it. For some reason people don’t bite. They don’t know what they’re missing.

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