I read a lot. I hate libraries. Not exactly 1 + 1 = 2, am I right?
I know. Much like for my hatred of chocolate, most people think I’m crazy for this. Except, I know myself. I have a talent for racking up late fees due to my inability to return anything on time. I can’t tell you how many Redbox DVDs I own because I simply never got around to taking them back. In case you’re curious, an un-returned DVD from Redbox will cost you $24. And yes, I do know how sad it is that I can recite this little piece of trivia.
You live…you learn. I’ve learned it’s easier to just buy my books. If you caught a glimpse of my bank statement from 2011, you’d see more transactions from Barnes & Noble than from anywhere else. So, yeah. I buy a lot of books because I read a lot of books. I have my own personal library that many of my friends take advantage of, constantly perusing my bookshelves for selections they can borrow—without the late fees. And, since I often share my favorite titles with them, I thought, why not share them here, with you?
When I tried to narrow down a list of my favorite books from 2011, I aimed for my top ten. Aimed is the key word. After some additional narrowing and cutting, I managed to get it down to 12 (if we’re going to be technical, this list actually contains 16 books). Also, keep in mind these are merely books I read in 2011. That doesn’t mean they were published in 2011.
So, here you go…in no particular order: my favorites of 2011 in books (all links will take you to each book’s Barnes & Noble page):
Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson
Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins (technically 3 books: Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay)
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
Bossypants, by Tina Fey
The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
Stolen, by Lucy Christopher
On Writing, by Stephen King
Divergent, by Veronica Roth
Matched, by Ally Condie (plus its sequel I’m currently reading: Crossed)
The Scent of Rain and Lightning, by Nancy Pickard
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Where She Went, by Gayle Foreman (this is a sequel to If I Stay, which I technically read in 2010, but still highly recommend)
As you can see, I tend to read in clumps of the same genre. A couple of years ago, this list would have contained nearly all historical fiction. As it happens, this year I read a lot of young adult fiction, which is definitely not only for young adults. There are a lot of great books coming out of that genre, including many that were VERY close to making this list.
And while we’re on the subject of favorites from 2011, here are two more of my favorites:
That would be my current library/reading room in my new house (which is flanked by a wall of windows + double doors leading out to our expansive back deck) and the ornament my mom had custom made for me for Christmas this year. I love them both so much.
Now, back to the subject of I read a lot. To kick off 2012, I currently have a To Read pile at least 10 books thick that seems to grow exponentially by the week. I just set a goal to read 52 books this year, which I’ll keep track of thru my Goodreads account (something new I discovered in 2011 thanks to my friend Christine). If you’re on goodreads, or to follow my progress, you can go here. Also, if you have any favorite book recommendations that I may not have read, I want to know!
I can’t wait to have even more trouble narrowing down my list of favorite books from 2012 for you here, this time next year. Happy New Year!
– lindsey archer