Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Best in Books: 2011

Since I didn't say it properly, merry Christmas!  I hope your holiday weekend was filled with fun and festivities, and that you're able to rest in these few days between Christmas and New Year's.

Speaking of New Year's, I love all the annual wrap-up that come out around this time, the "best of" lists.  I like looking back across the months, that seem so long ago, and seeing how I came out on the other side.  Also, many of the lists are about music, movies or books, and they give me ideas of things to check out in the next year!

So, without further ado, I'm excited to present to you my "Best in Books" list, for the year 2011.
I've limited myself to a two-sentence review for each, as a challenge to myself, and so I don't bore you.
(Here is my list for 2010!)

Books are listed in alphabetical order, by title:

A powerful story, made more powerful when you discover its roots in truth.
It also made me think about the reason for banning books.

I'm not quite done with this one yet, but it's been fascinating.
Like in the book above, I love finding out about the real life that inspired the story.

My favorite pick for The Book Club Bloggers.
I love a flawed narrator, and Gene is an especially good one.

Man, this work was before its time.
I'm going to re-read it next year, as part of the Book Club Bloggers.
(Stay tuned for the list of books for 2012!)

Best series I read all year.
Jordan has started reading the series this month, and he never reads!

Boyne takes a child's perspective and innocence, and puts it in the most harrowing setting you can think of.
I like the way he include little child-like aspects, like the boy's mispronunciation of Auschwitz.

This book surprised me; I didn't think I was going to like it.
It's so wonderfully melodramatic though!

Look at this - Christianna posted about her favorite books of the year too!
What were your favorite books this year?


  1. I didn't read The Boy in the striped pyjamas but saw the movie and it's a wonderful movie ! So strong and so beautiful ! How was the book ?
    (and merry christmas to you too !)

  2. Thanks for the shout out girl! You're awesome! I like your list a lot! I haven't read any of them, other then The Hunger Games.

    It's cool that we have such different, yet kinda similar tastes...

  3. Great choices... I have only read a few of them, but your blogs have sparked my interest. I can't wait for this year's list!

  4. I spent too much time in 2011 reading pregnancy and baby related books and not enough time reading other stuff. I look forward to a 2012 filled with non-pregnancy related books! I think one of my goals for next year will be to actually participate in the book club!

  5. 'a day no pigs would die' makes me cry every time i read it.

  6. Kind of honored that my book club pick made your list... {are you loving how I made this post about me???? I'm really good at that}