June 24, 2011

Fave books read in 2011 (so far)

Nomes at Inkcrush has come up with a fabulous idea to feature some of her favourite 2011 reads so far. I'm loving reading everyone else's lists so I'm joining in! If you want to participate see Nomes' post here.

Here are the (awesomely creative) categories and my picks. They are mostly YA but there are a couple adult reads included as well.

1.) Favourite book read so far in 2011

Okay, this one is virtually impossible for me to answer, but I think Anna and the French Kiss and Mistwood would be duking it out. The Host might get a piece of the action too.

2.) Most powerful book

The Host — I really connected emotionally with the main character of this one. I also found Grace to be super intense.

3.) The most brilliantly funny

Hmmm...I don't think I've read any really hilarious books so far...but I did find Ruby Red to be thoroughly entertaining with some laugh-out-loud lines.

4.) Best ache-y, heartbreaking, tearjerker read

Books don't often make me cry, but I think I was tearing up at The Host.

5.) Most beautiful story

I really loved Mistwood, it reminded me of everything wonderful about YA fantasy.

6.) Fave rainy day comfort read

Anna and the French Kiss or Unearthly...both have such cute romances!

7.) Best tense, adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award

Divergent would be vying with The Host and Enclave for this one — they all had me totally in their grip.

8.) The beautiful prose award

Song of the Sparrow — the writing was very evocative. Mistwood also gets a mention here.

9.) Most atmospheric and vivid setting

Song of the Sparrow and Jasmyn.

10.) I-so-want-to-go-there award

Ruby Red. Because they get to travel through time and that is awesome. Or maybe Jasmyn by Alex Bell, because part of it is set in Europe and involves castles and such.

11.) Most original and imaginative

Jasmyn by Alex Bell. This book is kind of trippy. Nothing makes sense but you just have to keep turning the pages because it's so wild.

12.) Best under-appreciated, hidden gem book

Probably either Song of the Sparrow or Grace. Some of Elizabeth Scott's other novels get quite a bit of buzz, but Grace seems overlooked.

13.) I-had-no-idea-I-would-love-this-so

Enclave — I was a little wary of it since I'm not big on post-apocalyptic novels, but this one sucked me right in and kept me flipping the pages.

14.) Most haunting story

I'm not sure I've read one yet that really fills this category.

15.) Outside of my comfort zone but gosh how I loved it

The Host by Stephenie Meyer. It was for my "Read Outside Your Comfort Zone" Challenge and I'm not normally one for aliens.

16.) Series that I'm loving

Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent — I really enjoyed the latest (My Soul to Steal) in this series. It's pretty addictive. I'm also finding the Hex Hall series very entertaining.

17.) Most memorable voice award

To Enclave for Deuce's tough-as-nails attitude and to Anna and the French Kiss for sheer relatability.

18.) Completely awesome premise award

I think Memento Nora and The Host will be fighting over this one. Divergent might sneak in here too.

19.) Would make the best movie

Divergent would make a fantastic, on-the-edge-of-your-seat-the-whole-time movie. And I think Jasmyn would be good as one of those really surreal movies where you don't understand what's going on till the end (and maybe not even then...)

20.) Want to re-read already

Anna and the French Kiss and Mistwood.

If you've done a list and I haven't visited yet then feel free to link me to it in the comments!


  1. Fabulous list but I haven't read any of the books :( I really want to read Ruby Red though, I liked your review for it. And also Divergent because my library has it. I might just have to participate in this too...

  2. I love this post. I'm not sure why, but I do, lol. I've only read a couple of the books on your list, but every time I saw them, it made me smile.

  3. Divergent would make an awesome movie - I loved that book! And Anna and the French Kiss - just amazing. One of my all time favourite books. I'm loving the Hex Hall series too, and I really want to read Enclave! Thanks for sharing, I'm definitely going to be checking out a few of these books :).

  4. Umm I guess you really liked The Host since it was listed so many times. I have read the Twilight books but not The Host yet. Maybe I will ask my cousin to borrow her copy to read.

  5. oh Anna I did love that books so much. Also Grace is an amazing book, so well written!

    I must read The Host because i loved Twilight.

    Great lost and thanks for stopping by.

  6. Hex Hall Series made it on my list as well! :) so did Divergent! I need to check out Song of the Sparrow because I've been seeing it on lists and I don't think I've heard of it!

  7. This list is fun. I'm amazed at how frequently you mentioned The Host. You're really making me regret giving away my unread copy!

  8. I am loving the Anna-love and Divergent-love :) Awesome picks! I think I definitely need to get around to reading Enclave and Grace! Love the list and the reading suggestions! :)

  9. oh we share a few *high five* :D

    i also have GRACE on my shelf but am psyching myself up a little to make sure i am in the right mood when i read it O.o

    i also want to find out more abour RUBY RED ~ it looks really good :)

  10. So many people like Anna and the French Kiss and I had never wanted to read it, but I think I'll give it a shot now. :)
    Wow, I'd forgotten about The Host. I remember I adored it, though. Maybe I'll go back and re-read it.
    Great selections!

  11. Fun list! I haven't read most of the books that made your list, but have several in my TBR piles. Really looking forward to reading Ruby Red, and I love Rachel Vincent! Don't think I'd be able to make my own list, as my favorite tends to be the last book I read! *L*

    Alexia's Books and Such...

  12. Great list! I see we picked Divergent for a few of the same. And Grace nearly made my list for most powerful

    I really want to read Song of the Sparrow.

  13. I've had a Grace and Mistwood on my TBR list for way too long. I'll have to bump them up!

  14. I really need to read Anna and the French Kiss soon! Everybody just keeps raving about it.


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