Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best And Worst of 2011

So, I just want to take time to reflect on this years best and worst book picks. 2011 was a big year for me: I read like there was no tomorrow, launched Manhattan Reader, and made some awesome new connections with bloggers and authors all around. I didn't have any reading goals but next year I will. As for my challenges, I participated in one:

Debut Author Challenge: 
Goal: 15
Actually Read: 21

Overall a success.

Now to the books.

Favorites of 2011:
 -The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
-Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
-Divergent by Veronica Roth
-Delirium by Lauren Oliver
-Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
-Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
-Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
-Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin
-XVI by Julia Karr
-Across the Universe by Beth Revis
-Vampire Academy, Frostbite, and Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
-Falling Under by Gawen Hayes
-Choker by Elizabeth Woods
-City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
-The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
-Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
-There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
-Something Blue by Emily Griffin
-Brainrush by Richard Bard
-Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Disappointments of 2011 (Books I was excited to read but let down horribly):
-Fallen by Lauren Kate
-Wither by Lauren DeStefano 
-Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
-Possession by Elena Johnson
-Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Big Surprises of 2011 (Books I didn't expect to love but did):
-Passions by Lauren Kate
-Blood by K.J. Wignall 

Best ARC of 2011:
-Crave by Melissa Darnell  
-There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
-The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
-Saving June by Hannah Harrington
-Tempest by Julie Cross (Though this comes out 2012) 
-Variant by Robin Wells

Worst ARC of 2011:
-Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

Best For Review of 2011:
-Brainrush by Richard Bard
-Castigate My Sins by Elicia Cregg
-Far From the War by Jeffrey David Payne 

Most Anticipated Books of 2011:
-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Wish I Had Read Before 2012 Comes:
-Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
-The Iron Knight by Julie Kargawa
-Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
-Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
-A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davis
-Eve by Anna Carey
-A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
-The Night Circus by Morgenstern
-Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
-An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
-Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
-Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Best Series of 2011:
-The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
-The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Best Authors of 2011:
-Diana Gabaldon
-Gawen Hayes
-Beth Revis 
-Richard Bard
-Stephanie Perkins
-Cassandra Clare
-Lauren Oliver
-Rachel Caine
-Richelle Mead (I guess, not so sure)
-Veronica Roth
-Katie Kacvinsky
-Emily Griffin
-Julia Karr 

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