Friday, December 30, 2011

My Favorite Books of 2011

To whittle down a list of 33 Grade A books to a top 5 favorites list from the year was making me pull my hair out! I read so many different categories of books and I have favorites from the year in all of them that I couldn't do it. After reading 97 books I would think you might have more than one favorite too! So I've mixing up my favorites list this year and doing it my genre!

Here are my favorite books of 2011:


Shown above from left to right we have (click on titles for my reviews):

Historical Fiction: Small Wars by Sadie Jones; The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin; The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark; Chick-LitThere's Cake in my Future by Kim Gruenenfelder; Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler; She's Gone Country by Jane Porter; Women's Fiction: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty; Literary FictionThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown; Her Sister's Shadow by Katherine Britton; The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse; Faith by Jennifer Haigh; Wrecker by Summer Wood; Contemporary Romance: Already Home by Susan Mallery; Just for Fun: 29 by Adena Halpern; Memoir: Bossypants by Tina Fey; Classics: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; Mystery: Sister by Rosamund Lupton; Nonfiction: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield.

Have you read any of these? What are your favorites of the year?

20 comments:

  1. Wow! I haven't read any of these! (Well, besides Jane Eyre!) Ugh... where have I been?

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  2. Ha! I laughed when I read your first paragraph - I was tasked with the same thing...too many wonderful books this year, how to pick a favorite? I decided to create long and short lists - and my best of the year will post tomorrow. I see one of my favorites on your list too: The Weird Sisters...I read that one in January and it stuck with me to the end of the year! I love these lists - I've added some of your books to my must read pile :)

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  3. Great list! I read a few of them:
    Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
    She's Gone Country
    What Alice Forgot (also on my list!)
    Faith

    I enjoyed them all. I hope 2012 is another good reading year!

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  4. Great list! What Alice Forgot and Bossypants made my long list. The Madonnas of Echo Park made my list the year I read it. I plan to read The Weird Sisters soon. Happy New Year!

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  5. I haven't read any of these. My favorite for 2011 was The Help.
    Ann

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  6. Faith definitely made my list! I need to check out some of these others that you have here, they look great!

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  7. Phew! Glad you all are agreeing with these!

    Suey, don't feel bad! Sometimes I read other people's lists and I think I've been living in a tunnel because I haven't read a single one :) There's always next year!

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  8. Very nice list, I really want to read Siser and Already Home

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  9. Great list! I loved What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty and 29 by Adena Halpern. I still have to read WEIRD SISTERS (which I hear is amazing) Daisy Goodwin, There's Cake in my future and Bossypants

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  10. I do like the look of your best list since there are many there I want to read :)

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  11. I really enjoyed Confessions this year as well! Must get the second one.

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  12. I still have a review to write for Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. I read it because of your recommendation, and totally enjoyed it! I loved Bossypants too. Seems like a great reading year for you in 2011, and looking forward to great recommendations in 2012!

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  13. great books! Faith is on my top 5 for the year - I loved it! Bossypants is really funny - I listened to it on audio and was laughing out loud.

    Happy New Year!

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  14. Col - that's so affirming knowing you read a book based on my recommendation and then ended up really liking it! Woo hoo!

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  15. I have a few of these on my bookshelves waiting to be read. I am glad to hear they were favorite books for you. Happy New Year! May 2012 be very good to you!

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  16. Just My Type is intriguing me. I can't imagine it being a very exciting subject, but so many people seem to love it I think I'll have to give it a try and challenge my perceptions. Have a wonderful 2012!

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  17. Small Wars made my list too! You read across so many genres this year, and I love the categories you chose. Hears to a just-as-good reading year in 2012!

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  18. I was hoping to see Small Wars on your list. It made my "best of" list, too! :)

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  19. I love Jane Eyre and am halfway through Bossy Pants!

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