Vicki’s Top Books of 2011

Well, this has been a fantastic year book wise and I’ve read some amazing books. Some of my favourites though have been surprises and ones I probably wouldn’t have picked up a year or so ago and a mix of adult and YA novels. 

This isn’t a top anything…I couldn’t limit it to 3 or 5 so just chose my absolute favourites. It’s also in no particular order…all these books are winners in my eyes.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book blew me away with it’s stunning, rich, descriptive text and breathtaking magical romance. I’ve never read such an evocative book before and as I read the whole circus was brought to life in my mind. I couldn’t put it down and even when I wasn’t reading it, I was dreaming about it. 

Find out more at Goodreads HERE
Read my Review HERE

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

This is one of the most powerful and relevant books I read this year. It dragged every emotion possible from me and I went from anger to sadness to smiling and laughing along with it’s amazing and lovable hero..10 year old Jamie. Tackling issues such as family bereavement, terrorism, racism, bullying and alcoholism in a brutally honest and thought provoking way, this is the book from 2011 I’d urge every teen to read.

Find out more at HERE
Read my review HERE

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Go back 12 months and this book was on my list of most anticipated books of 2011 and WOW! It didn’t disappoint. I started reading it the second it dropped through my letter box and didn’t stop for several hours until I’d read every last page. Fast, fierce, and Four (yum!!!) this was definitely worth it’s wait and I can’t wait for the next installment, Insurgent in May 2012. 

Find out more at HERE
Read my Review HERE

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This is one of those books that everyone was declaring absolute love for and despite it not originally appealing to me all that much, i eventually had to find out what all the fuss was about. Now I know. Etienne St Claire *swoon* Definitely wins cutest book of the year…but it also surprised me with a pretty meaty story. Finally it’s set in Paris. Say no more.

Find out more on HERE
Read my review HERE

Shadows On The Moon by Zoe Marriott

Oh how I loved this book and the beautiful world it’s set in. Filled with magic and romance it captivated me throughout. But among the fairytale there’s a story of loss, identity, self-hatred and vengeance. Suzame goes down for me as the best heroine of the year… she rocks big time and her journey is unforgettable!

Find out more at HERE
Read my review HERE

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

I’m going to be honest, Paranormal romance didn’t really do it for me this year. It was all a bit, samey. Apart from this one…which I absolutely LOVED. In main character Clara, Cynthia Hand has ripped up the rule book on wimpy, lovesick heroine’s of YAPR and instead we have a strong, lead female and an equally strong supporting cast. I also loved the relationship between the family. Exciting AND refreshing.

Find out more at HERE
Read my Review HERE

The next two aren’t released until 2012, but HAD to make it in my top books of 2011 list as I adored both…go add them to your wishlists/pre-orders now!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Set in Alaska in the 1920’s this book tells the story of a childless couple who yearn for a child and a mysterious girl who comes and goes with the snow. Wonderfully descriptive and heartrendingly sad at times and with it’s roots in Russian folklore, this book is spellbinding and perfect for loosing yourself in infront of a blazing fire.

Find out More at Goodreads HERE
Published Febuary 2012 (UK)

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

A story told over 24 hours and full of what if’s, this book is just so good and heartwarming it will leave the most cynical among us believing in fate. It’s the perfect book to lift any post Christmas blues and a must read for any hopeless romantics out there!

Find out more at HERE
Read my review HERE

So that’s it! There are many more fabulous books I’ve read this year but these for me where the most memorable.

Did your favourite make it on my list? Have I missed your favourite out and you want to tell us why it should’ve been there? leave a comment below!

4 thoughts on “Vicki’s Top Books of 2011

  1. I had this computer game called Purple Moon: Secret Paths in the forest. Loved it to death. Each level/character related to a specific folktale. One of them was about The Snow Child! The Russian version, of course. I'm going to have to check out Eowyn Ivey's version of the tale. I feel all nostalgic now!


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