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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Faves of 2011: The Books (AKA: I'm Perpetually Late

cuz that's the way we do it in the Re house)

Hey Blogger Buds,
No review today. I need to get some stuff today, but I'm still kind of in my blogging funk. I have some inspiration for a handful of posts though:
As you probably know, Nomes over at inkcrush is hosting a sort of "faves" week. Book Awards for different favorites of 2011. Since I only post three times I week, I plan to take part, though slower than everyone else.
Check our Nomes's ("Nomes'?" "Nome's?" "Nomesssses?") Kick-off post!

Just for the record: I've read 63 books so far this year, out of my goal of 71. (My goal was originally 75, but I dropped it because Inheritance took me A MONTH.)

Many of the books are repeats.
Most "faves" have a runner up.
My inevitable snarky comments are scattered throughout, on its own special line in each section.
Sorry this post is up so late.
Sorry also for possibly freezing up your computer.
Sorry again for the bizarre formatting.
Sorry for apologizing so much. (D'oh!)


Like MandarinThe Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3)1. favorite book read in 2011
Close second: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
(these will show up a lot)

2. most powerful book
Close second: Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft
(both happen to be realistic[ish])

DeliriumAnna and the French Kiss3. brilliantly funny
Close second: Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa
(there's Julie again ^_^; Anna will show up, too)

4. best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
(almost threw it across the room)

5. most beautiful story
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Amy and Roger's Epic DetourThe Book ThiefClose second: I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith
(totally cheating on the second one, and I haven't finished The Book Thief, either)

6. delicious rainy day comfort read
Close second: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

7. adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award
Close second: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
(had to put Inheritance in here somewhere-8-freakin-60 pages)

8. the beautiful prose award
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Close third: Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft
(never thought a Maggie-wolf book would come in second in this category)

Gemini BitesNevermore (Nevermore, #1)9. most atmospheric and vivid setting
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Close second: Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

10. i-so-want-to-go-there award
Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Close second: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
(notice how ten is almost the same as nine)

11. most original and imaginative
DroughtBreathingNevermore by Kelly Creagh
Close second: Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
(Poe FTW!)

12. best under-appreciated, hidden gem book
Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
(not fantastic, but a very pleasant and enjoyable read...and this is coming from the girl who's sick of realistic fic [hey, I'm a poet and I didn't even reaize!])

13. i-had-no-idea-i-would-love this-so award
Pagan's Crusade (Pagan Chronicles, #1)Viola in the Spotlight (Viola, #2)Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
(average realistic fiction, right? wrong!)

14. most haunting story
Drought by Pam Bachorz

15. outside my comfort zone but gosh how i loved it
Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani
(New York City rocks)
13 to Life (13 to Life #1)Wings (Wings, #1)
16. series that i’m loving
Pagan's Chronicles by Catherine Jinks
Close second: Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Close third: Thirteen to Life by Shannon Delaney
(love all three of these, Pagan's Chronicles is already completely published)

17. always recommending this book award
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Close second: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)Close third, sorta: Iron Fey series (didn't read the first book this year)
(haven't done much recommending lately, but these would be two of my top)

18. completely awesome premise award
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Close second: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

19. would make the best movie
Crave by Melinda Metz
Angelfire (Angelfire, #1)Crave (Crave, #1)Close second: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
(Crave is just very awesome; Angelfire is in second because I'm scared a movie would destroy it)

20. want to re-read already
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
(wish I could reread for the first time!)

Well, I've got one thing left to say,
Adios, Nirvana 


  1. I love this list, Delirium is definitely making my list this year of best of 2011. So is Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.

  2. Really great picks! A lot of these I haven't gotten to, but they sound awesome. And the ones I've read are ones I really enjoyed as well. Well done on almost meeting your goal!

  3. Quite right, The Book Thief is beautiful. And I really want to try Like Mandarin (since Wanderlove is amazing). And yes, A and R's Epic Detour was surprisingly cute.

    Inheritance. YOU FINISHED IT! Yay :D


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