Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top Ten Books I'm Glad I Picked Up in 2011

First, have you entered my blogiversary giveaway? You should.

Now, here's a list of my top ten books that I'm so glad I picked up this past year.

1. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
 Last year, I entered college and got into this mindset that I was too busy to read. Or, at least read things outside of my classes. I hardly read anything for fun. Then, a girl in one of my classes suggested this book to me. And I'm so glad that I picked it up. I remembered how much I loved reading, and how fun it was to lose yourself in a book. Paranormalcy re-vamped my love for reading with its characters and humor.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
I thought I was done with dystopian books for a while. But then I picked up Divergent, and man, I'm glad I did! I remembered how creative people can be and that I really do enjoy a good dystopian novel.

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Before, I was never crazy about contemporary. But Anna and the French Kiss was just too much fun, and this book has made me more open to the genre to show that I can really love any type of book as long as it hooks me.

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This book was so interesting and so intriguing, it had me getting shivers down my spine. I loved the complexity of Mara's character and I'm just so glad I got a chance to read it.

5. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
An awesome, thought-provoking read that made me think so differently about my actions. I loved this book.

6. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
I'm glad I finally picked up the first series by Suzanne Collins, because the themes in her books are rare to find, and I feel that they are so important to read about. Plus, the awesome story doesn't hurt it at all, either.

7. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
This was an awesome book to escape into, and had such a great creep factor.

8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
 I used to be afraid to read this book because I thought it would be too graphic for me. But I'm glad that I picked it up because it talked about an important and hard issue to bring up, but at the same time, it felt safe.

9. White Cat by Holly Black
I loved the interest in this book, the unique world-building, and the characters. It was a lot of fun to get sucked into this book.

10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Ah, Wilde. So witty, and yet in this piece, so dark. This was an amazing look into vanity and sin, I'm glad I finally picked it up.

What are some of the books you're glad you picked up during 2011?


  1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
    Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
    With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo
    The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
    Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork
    Ash by Malinda Lo
    Speak as well for me

    Many, many more - I read a TON this year.

  2. These are good picks! I still need to read Divergent and Wither. Some of the books I'm glad I tried are The Night Circus and the Leviathan series. Freaking amazing world building!

  3. Ooh, Wilde is brilliant, isn't he? LOVED seeing him up there on your list amongst the YAs.

    And I cannot stop gushing about ANNA. It's probably my fave read this year. Along with Shirley Marr's FURY.

  4. This is the first one of these posts I've come to where I actually have read most of the books! Good choices :)

  5. You have some fantastic books on your list - and a couple I can't wait to read :-)

  6. what a wide variety! thats great!
    i will look into a few that i havent yet, thanks!

  7. Great list! I was so glad to have read Beauty Queens, Hunger Games, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Before I Fall, Where She Went, Divergent...SO MANY.

  8. I really loved Divergent too! Great list.

  9. Ooh, awesome list! I read "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" and "Anna and the French Kiss"...neither of them was my absolute favorite book, but I liked them both well enough. :) (I prefered Stephenie Perkin's second novel, "Lola and the Boy Next Door", to be truthful. You should give it a try! :)

    I got "Divergent" for Christmas and can't WAIT to start it!! I haven't read "Speak", though, mostly because I think that the plot would disturb me too much. I don't think that I could handle it. *shivers*

    By the way, some of these comments have good books, too..."Beauty Queens", "Ash", "The Hunger Games", "Graceling" and "Fire" were all amazing books! :D

    Great list - and cute new design!


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