Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011

Confessions of a Bookaholic is hosting a Top 10 of 2011 event. Today, a look back at the top ten books I’ve read in 2011. These are the books that I find myself revisiting months after I’ve read them. I find myself rereading bits of them and pondering them. I find myself sharing them with strangers! That’s good stuff.

  1. Stick by Andrew Smith: I was enthralled by this book. Completely. I read it in one sitting. (Read my review of Stick.)
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: The story bends and overlaps and stretches until you have lost your sense of direction just as a circus patron feels skewed upon entering one of the circus tents. But this topsy-turvy feeling is fleeting because what you find inside these black and white pages has captivated you. (Read my review of The Night Circus.)
  3. The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey: Yancey, once again, delivers a riveting story full of horror, suspense, and excellent character development, as well as an exploration of the human psyche. (Read my review of The Isle of Blood.)
  4. Grandpa Green by Lane Smith: A gorgeously illustrated, clever, humourous, multigenerational, sparsely worded but perfectly paced and poignant picture book. (Read my review of Grandpa Green.)
  5. Hound Dog True by Linda Urban: A slender book that tackles mother/daughter relationships, bullying, early adolescent worries, the art of  story through writing/drawing, and (a hint of) romance with elegance and brevity. (Read my review of Hound Dog True.)
  6. A Song of Fire and Ice – A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin: It’s a race to the dragons in this lengthy but thrilling tome. (Read my review of A Dance with Dragons.)
  7. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: Gripping from the outset and fluid in its telling, I couldn’t put this one down. (read my review of Between Shades of Gray.) 
  8. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt:  Layered and subtle with excellent writing and a realistic, fresh protagonist. (Read my review of Okay for Now.)
  9. Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett: With her trademark sparsity and gorgeous illustrations, Gravett has created another picture book with depth and humor. (Read my review of Blue Chameleon.)
  10. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos: Brilliantly written, hilarious, and efficient. (Read my review of Dead End in Norvelt.)

Check out some other 2011 book lists:

Amazon’s Best Books of 2011
David Levithan’s Favorite Reads of 2011
GoodReads 2011 Choice Awards
Horn Book Fanfare
Kirkus Best Books of 2011
Los Angeles Public Library Teen
Los Angeles Public Library Children’s
The Ten Best Books fo 2011 by The New York Times
NPR Best Books of 2011
Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2011
School Library Journal

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9 thoughts on “Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011

    • I recommend reading THE SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series by Martin in order, beginning with THE GAME OF THRONES. It’s incredible storytelling. But be preapared for a lot of reading and waiting (the WINDS OF WINTER, book 6) will probably take years to complete and publish.

  1. I’ve been meaning to read Between Shades of Grey and The Game of Thrones (I’ll have to put a lot of time aside for that last one though) for a while now. But I will get around to them eventually. And thanks for recommending Stick, it sounds like it might be tough to read at times but worth it in the end.

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