Monday, January 2, 2012

Best and Worst of 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! Yeah to the wonderful books of 2011 and on to the wonderful books of 2012! Everyone's gotta do the list, so here are mine.

Here are my top five best reads of the year 2011:

1. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George. It was one of the first reads of the year and it was enchanting.

2. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. A wonderful coming-of-age story.

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Perkins just had a way of making France and her characters come alive. Anna was fun and real, and the story was just adorable.

4. Hounded by Kevin Hearne. This was such an amazing surprise! An urban fantasy adventure that made me laugh, cry...maybe not cry, but lots of adventure, action, and humor that you won't want to miss. Go read it. NOW!

5. Looking For Alaska by John Green. This is a modern classic. Heart-breaking, but it asks a lot of questions and doesn't have easy answers.

Top Two worst books...(pretty good year if I only had two!)

1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Too much preaching along a semi-decent sci-fi back drop...annoyed.

2. Jane: A Modern-retelling of Jane Eyre by April Lindner. Started off great and then got bogged down by literally transferring every detail of classic story to modern-day. DID NOT work.

Hope everyone enjoys a wonderful year of reading!


  1. Happy 2012! I want to read Anna & Looking for Alaska. Hope you have a great reading year (with lots of great movies too).

  2. Did I ever tell you that Jessica Day George was my sister's roommate in college? True story. I also loved Looking For Alaska! Such a good book! So excited to do more reading myself in 2012!

  3. I love both Anna & The French Kiss and Looking for Alaska. Have you read Paper Towns by John Green? That's my favourite of his.

    It's too bad that Jane didn't work out for you. I really liked that retelling, but I can see how it wouldn't work for everyone. I have Across the Universe on my tbr shelves, but I've heard both good & bad things about it which has made me hesitant to read it. Hopefully I can get to it this year, then we'll see!

  4. I just could not make myself read Anna and The French Kiss but now I'm seeing it on so many best-of lists. So I may just have to get over my initial reluctance.


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