Monday, December 26, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday -- Favorites of 2011


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week -- Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2011 (be sure to enter my top two  giveaway)

I have read a lot of incredible books this year. Though I enjoyed most of them, there are a few that definitely stood out and made the list of favorites. Like I've said before, I am a favorites type of person. I love to claim something as the best or my favorite. And there are a few books that I read in 2011 that I constantly tell people to read and claim were some of my favorite books not only of 2011 but ever. 

To make my favorites list the book has to provide the following reactions:
1. The blank eyed stare while you are out to dinner. You are too busy worrying about whether Sean Kendrick gets to keep his horse, or if Anna and St. Clair will ever get together. Thus, normal conversation just is not important or possible. 
2. Dreams. Emotional, physical, and beautiful dreams that you are flying on a hoverboard with Zane or fighting the Strigoi alongside Dimitry. 
3. Curse words muttered in public. "No (add curse word here). That did not just happen."
4. Tears (also had in public) -- one drop or a full on flood. 

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5. That feeling of can't eat, can't sleep, can't think or do anything else. All you want is to live inside of the pages of the book and absorb every bit of the adventure. 

So...my top ten books read in 2011 are...


10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The first half of this book was slow. But the second half -- ugh, it penetrated the walls of my heart. I've never looked back. Public tears. Public curses. 
9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I think what I love most about this book is how unique it is. It was exciting and refreshing. And definitely falls into the blank stared category. While out to dinner, I finally had to say, "sorry, I just zoned out for a moment while I escaped into this amazing book I am about to finish."
8. The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
I liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth, the first book in this series. And it ends with a "What the?" But this one begins with a "what the?" It held me captive the whole time as I raced away from the zombies and fell in love. 
7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
This was probably the book I was most excited for this year. It did not disappoint. It is thrilling and the main character, Tris, has an original voice. 
6. Crossed by Ally Condie
This book is on the slow side, but I still loved it. It wasn't an adrenaline pumping adventure but an emotional one. And sometimes those make your heart beat even faster.


5. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Sophie Mercer is adorable, funny and relatable. Archer Cross is adorable, funny and hot. The two combined lead to a really fun adventure. 
4. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
I really liked Uglies. But when Zane -- pretty, wide-eyed, and rebellious Zane -- enters the book, I could not get enough. Such a fun and imaginative series. 
3. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
This six book series could occupy spots 3-8 with how much I love all of them. So, I decided to just count it as one amazing book. It is seriously the most addictive series I have read. And you have to read it all. At first, I thought it would be a long, tedious adventure. But no. It is one of the most thrilling book adventures I have ever read. 


2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (click here to enter my GIVEAWAY!)
This is at number two for so many reasons. The characters -- beautiful, rich, and emotional. The plot -- exciting, heartfelt, and unique. The horses -- thrilling. I love this book. And of all the books I read this year, this is one I would recommend to everyone. Can't eat, can't sleep, obsessed with this book favorite.

and...

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (click here to enter my GIVEAWAY!)
One name -- Etienne St. Clair. Stephanie Perkins knows how to weave an adorable story about young love. She creates the best tension, the most adorable characters, and some of the greatest lines. I love everything about this book. 

What are your top ten favorite books read in 2011?
Please let me know so I can read them too!
(Enter my giveaway! Ends January 7 @ 12:00 p.m. CST)

19 comments:

  1. I love your criteria for making the list. It's so important to me too that a book evoke an emotional reaction.

    Vampire Academy surprised me as well. I thought it would be dumb but I ended up loving it!

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  2. I am a huge fan of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, too. And it isn't the type of book I usually read. I also liked Anna and the French Kiss alot.

    Please take a look at my new challenge to read the ALA YA Book Award winners for 2012.

    Anne@HeadFullofBooks.

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  3. I think The Scorpio Races is going to be one of the first books I have to read in 2012!

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  4. fantastic list! I can't wait to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

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  5. Great list! Delirium was my most favorite book from 2010. I loved it so much. I still get weepy thinking about it.

    My Top Ten Favorites

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  6. I totally feel the same way about Divergent and Anna! Haha, that's pretty cool :) And I loved The Scorpio Races as well - Maggie Stiefvater's brilliant!

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  7. We have a really similar list!!!! I loved almost all of these too :)

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  8. Great list. Several of those books are on my to read list or to buy so I can read list. Here's my list http://fallenbooklife.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-ten-tuesday_27.html

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  9. LOL, I've had all the above symptoms, and for some of the same books! Sean Kendrick MUST have his horse!! And FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS BOOKISH, ETIENNE! Get it together!! :) Great, great post.

    Jess @ Gone with the Words
    My TTT post!

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  10. haha i love your criteria!!!!! so true!!! thanks for stopping by!!!

    Tara’s Top Ten

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  11. Great list.

    We have a lot of the same books. Loved Anna, Divergent and Vampire Academy. I'm currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and love it!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Laura @ The Traveling Owl

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  12. Delirium, Divergent, and The Dead-Tossed Waves were all amazing, but I've yet to read The Scorpio Races, Crossed, and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I'll get there eventually :P Fantastic list though :]

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  13. You have a lot of books on your list that either made it to mine or were very close to making it. Great picks and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    JJiReads
    Check out my Top Ten List

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  14. This looks like a very good list! I will bookmark it for when I'm in need of a YA fix!

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  15. So many of the books on your list have been on my TBR list. Now I've got one more reason to read them!

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  16. I agree that the emotional reaction is important. "This book made me sob like a baby" is a great reason to consider a book for a top 10 list! You've got a lot of great ones on here, too! I wish the public library had more copies of Crossed, because I'm #7 on the wait list and I CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER!

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  17. Awesome list. Thanks for visiting my Top Ten. I entered your giveaway. I hope I win. =]

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  18. I really liked Hex Hall, but forgot about Demonglass because I read Divergent immediately after. Thanks for the reminder, I need to get it from the library again. ~Dixie

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