Simply The Best! or My Favorites of 2011 {7}

Posted December 27, 2011 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 15 Comments

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Ten of the Best Books I’ve 
Read in 2011

I started this list thinking it would be easybut 
it was super hard
I’ve read SO MANY GREAT BOOKS this year. 
And there are like 100 I didn’t put on this list! 
Destined by Jessie Harrell
(my review)
I am a sucker for mythology, folks, and this is by far
my favorite of the re-tellings or adaptations 
that I’ve read this year. 
And it’s Cupid and Psyche, one of my favorite myths. 
The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa:
The Iron King (my review)
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
The Iron Knight (my review)
I sobbed like a baby through the second half of this series. 
(I rarely do that. Honest.)
I read the entire series in a really short time. 
I read along with blogger friends 
and was Team Ash all the way. 
I’m SO SAD this series is finished. 

Fire by Kristin Cashore

This is the first book I read in 2011 after having
finished Graceling shortly before it at the end of 2010.
Yall, I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Bitterblue

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
(my review)

I can’t even believe this book. I love it so much it hurts. 
I hugged it so hard after I finished it and then painfully 
had to return it to the library. I need to buy it, like, yesterday. 
A love like Celia and Marco have…
– so intimate yet without touching – 
have mercy

Paper Towns by John Green
I’m one of John Green’s biggest fans
This is my favorite of his books. 
I read it this year and I love it so much
That is all. 

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life
Yes, it’s non-fiction. But that shouldn’t stop ANYONE 
from reading it. It is beautiful and if you haven’t read it, 

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
(my review)
I don’t even have the words to fully express 
how much I love this book. 
So I’ll just have to let you all imagine it for yourselves. 
But my heart swelled so big it almost burst, 
all from alphabetical wordplay
So much emotion. So much. 

Wither and Fever by Lauren DeStefano 
(my reviews are yet unposted)

I wondered why Jamie (@brokeandbookish) 
loved these books so much…
until I read them. Weeks and weeks later, 
I’m still struggling to make coherent sentences about them. 
I know Fever isn’t out yet (Feb ’12) but 
WOW WOW WOW, you guys. 
Beautiful writing, brilliant story. 

We The Animals by Justin Torres
(my review)
This book changed my life a little bit, and still is. 
I read it on recommendation from Adam (@RoofBeamReader).

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
(my review)
This story is one of those “total package” stories…
excellence in everything. Also, another case where 
barely any physical touching
between the characters escalates the romantic tension 
and the effect is dizzying
I loved this book SO HARD
(Laini Taylor, I’m holding my breath for the next part of the story!)

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
(my review)
This book is coming SOON!!! *Yay!*
Oh. My. Word. 
Thinking about this book gives me palpitations
Thinking about the next book makes me nearly pass out
I have a ridiculous book crush, and it’s all RIGHT HERE. 
I love every single thing about this book. Period. 
(Only a few more days until release, everyone!!!)
Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness:
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Ask and The Answer
Monsters of Men

Anyone who knows anything about me at all knows that 

I read this series this year on the recommendation of Lisa (@heylisarenee), and 
I cried STUPIDLY when it was over. Like an idiot. 
I could. not. help. it. 
And I don’t often do things like that, y’all. 
I’ll be reading these books again in 2012, and 
they’ll be on this list again one year from now. 
I loved this series so much, I still haven’t even 
been able to review it. 
Maybe one day. 

Yes, I realize that is more than ten… 
But I don’t often abide by the rules when I do this meme. 
It was hard enough to cut it back this far!


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

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15 responses to “Simply The Best! or My Favorites of 2011 {7}

  1. Lisa is legit as far as book recommendations go.
    I'm terrified to read Monsters of Men because I know it will slay me and because I don't want to leave Todd Prentiss's world. Also because I've still got Manchee trauma.

    Okay and I did not know the other Iron Fey books were sad! I've only read the first two.

    Also I want to read every single book on this list that I have not already read BECAUSE IT ALL LOOKS SO GOOD!

  2. I love your list. I am a huge Jahn Green fan and Paper Towns is one of my favorites. I also read and adroed Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Lover's Dictionary this year.

    Please take a look at my new challenge to read the ALA YA Book Award winners for 2012.


  3. I can't wait to read The Iron Fey series! I got The Iron King from my Secret Santa. So excited! I'm also so glad to keep seeing The Night Circus on everyone's list. I love it so much I made a fansite and a board on Pinterest for it!

  4. You have a lot of passion for the books on this list, it's inspiring! I'm bookmarking this post because I'm going to want to refer to it later, a lot of these have been on my radar for some time and I just haven't gotten around to them (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Night Circus, Lover's Dictionary, The Iron Fey series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Wither and Fever).

    Also, Paper Towns is my favorite John Green book, too. I can't wait for The Fault in Our Stars.

  5. I know, this was so hard to post! But definitely agree with The Iron Fey and Paper Towns. amazing <3. Loads of these are on my tbr, so it's great to know they're that good! Great list πŸ˜€

  6. This is the second time I've seen Lover's Dictionary one a favorites list and it's making me think I should really check it out. I love David Levithan, so I don't really know why I haven't already read it, haha. Great list!

    My Top Ten

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