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Favorite Books of 2011

In 2011 I read 92 books. Here's a look at the ones I adored (inspired by the End Of Year Book Survey @ Perpetual Page Turner and Top 10 Tuesdays @ The Broke and Bookish).

10 Questions and Answers on My Favorite Books Read During 2011 {A Year in Reading Recap}

Q1. Favorite Adult Fiction Books
Before I Go to SleepThe Night Circus

A. Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson and The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern.

Q2. Favorite Young Adult Books
DeliriumPoison Study

Delirium, Lauren Oliver and Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder.

Q3. Favorite Adult Fiction Series
The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with Who Played With FireThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

A. The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest), Stieg Larsson.

Q4. Favorite YA Series (completed)
Hunger GamesCatching FireMockingjay

A. The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins and The Vampire Academy Series, Richelle Mead.

Q5. Best book read that was outside of my comfort zone
The Devil and Sherlock HolmesThe Glass Castle

The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession, David Grann and The Glass Castle, Jeanette Wells.

Q6. Book with an Ending that Caught Me By Surprise
Mister XDont Breathe a Word

A. Mister X, John Lutz and Don't Breathe a Word, Jennifer MacMahon.

Q7. Book everybody else loved but I didn't
The Tigers WifeThe Magician Kings

A. The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht and The Magician Kings, Lev Grossman

Q8. Funniest Book
The LunaticThe Secret Lives of Baba Segis Wives

A. The Lunatic, Anthony Winkler and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives, Lola Shoneyin.

Q9. Book I Wish Didn't End the Way It Did
A. Delirium, Lauren Oliver ... sad :-(

DeliriumThe Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

Q10. Most memorable character in 2011?
A. Bruno from The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore - a talking, Shakespeare loving chimp, who got a nose-job, and got a woman (with a PhD) to fall in love with him - well ... we need to have a conversation.
LOOKING FORWARD
Q11. Book read In 2011 that I would re-read in 2012

A. The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht - I thought it was just okay - but since it's won so many awards & is on many of the best of lists, I want to re-read it to see if I missed something, or mis-remember and maybe liked it more than I think I did.

Q12. Books I Didn't Get To In 2011 And Will Be the Number 1 Priority in 2012?
DivergentAnna Dressed in Blood

Divergent, Veronica Roth; Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake; The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin; and The Scorpio Races, Maggie Shiefvater.

Q13. Authors I read for the first time that I want to read more from
A. So many since I read more new (to me) authors that ones I'd read before, but the standouts include Kristin Cashore, Octavia Butler and Patrick Ness {see 10 Authors I Read in 2011 That I Want to Read More From in 2012}.
Q14. Best bookish website discovery
A. Goodreads.com - I love the community (especially the Seasonal Reading Challenge), keeping track of the books I read there, and for noting my thoughts on the books I've read. Also Booksumo.com - for checking out new releases.
Q15. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish in Your Reading In 2012?
A. Read more books from countries other than the one I reside in.

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-: Comments :-

Erin O'Riordan | December 27, 2011 9:19 AM | Reply

I've not read any of these. 92 books in one year is quite an accomplishment, though!

Zo | December 27, 2011 10:34 AM | Reply

92! Wow. [too awed to type..]
I've only read The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo on this list. Hopefully I'll at least get to the second book next year.

Anna @ Anna Reads | December 27, 2011 10:49 AM | Reply

I'm so sad I haven't gotten to The Night Circus yet, after reading such rave reviews. I'll make it top priority in 2012!

Carina Olsen | December 27, 2011 11:56 AM | Reply

Oh, awesome list :D I haven't read The Night Circus yet, but I am going to. Someday (A) :) And oh! You must get to reading Divergent soon :D And The Scorpio Races. And Anna. And Mara :D lol (A)
Thank you so much for commenting on my top ten. Love, Carina

Lucy | December 27, 2011 2:46 PM | Reply

Ooh I can't wait to read The Night Circus. Glad to see it on your list! Delirium and Poison Study are favorites of mine too. Hope 2012 is another great reading year for you!

Roxanne | December 27, 2011 6:45 PM | Reply

Cool list. Delerium is in my TBR pile, I just bought it.

Mari (Bookworm with a View) | December 27, 2011 7:36 PM | Reply

For some reason I loved Baba Segi, I can see how you thought it was funny but I mostly thought it was sad. Imagine a life like that... for all of the characters.

I have Night Circus on audio but haven't had time to listen to it yet (constant stream of company here...).

I was also surprised with the ending to Don't Breath a Word!

Happy New Year :)

Laura | December 27, 2011 9:44 PM | Reply

Dang, 92 books? I wish I had time for that kind of reading.

I wasn't wild about "The Magicians" but I still want to try "Magician King," even though I'm pretty wary of it. I kinda feel like I have to.

Sophia | December 28, 2011 7:09 AM | Reply

Great list! I read the Larsson trilogy last year and did really enjoy it - particularly the first book. I've got Before I go to Sleep lined up to read very soon so it's good to see that getting a thumbs up!

Tanya Patrice replied to comment from Sophia | December 28, 2011 2:15 PM | Reply

@ Sophia - hope you get to Before I Go to Sleep soon - it's worthy :-)

@ Laura - I hear the next book in The Magicians series is going to be about Julia - that's the only way I would continue this series.

@ Mari - definitely can see the sadness in it and I do feel bad for Baba Segi and the wives

@ Erin & Zo - thanks! I had a few reading slumps this year, so I'm pretty happy with the number of books read. Of course, quality matters a lot too :-)

manda-rae | December 28, 2011 9:46 PM | Reply

Your first two books were already on my to-read list. I just added Don't Breathe a Word to my to-reads list. So many good books. Thanks for sharing!!

Thanks for visiting my top ten.

Monaliz | December 29, 2011 2:56 AM | Reply

I didn't get to read Divergent or Anna dressed in blood, either, but will be reading them as soon as possible! :) Thanks for stopping by!

Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

Pepca | December 30, 2011 6:02 AM | Reply

Most of these books are on my TBR. Thanks for stopping by mo Top Ten.

Uomo di Speranza | January 1, 2012 2:59 PM | Reply

I'm such a horrible blogger for returning this comment in such a tardy manner! Anyway, you should definitely see the movie version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It's equal parts disturbing and excellent-just like the book!

Lu | January 1, 2012 7:24 PM | Reply

You know, I didn't put Bruno on my list, but it's true! He was a very memorable character.

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