2011 turned out to be one of my quieter reading years of recent times. Even so I still managed to read some really great books.
Those that read my posts on the site (rather than by the RSS Feed) will probably have seen the widget in my sidebar highlighting my favourite book of each month. In the end I decided that I wouldn’t just limit myself to those books as some months it was really difficult deciding between a couple or more books.
While this is a top ten list, other than the book in first place the rest are listed in no particular order.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I’ve not reviewed this one as yet, as I’ve been pretty lazy on this blog for the last few weeks, it is definitely one of my favourite books of the year. While it has more than a few issues. It’s almost totally devoid of plot, and the main romance is a bit of a damp squib (I must preferred the friendship/relationship between Bailey and Poppet). But the world of The Night Circus itself,was just brilliant! It was a wonderful place to keep dipping into and visiting and meeting up with a wonderful cast of characters.
Back in March, I called this my “First 5 Star Read of the Year” And I still stand by that statement. Nine months later thinking back on this one I can still feel that mix of laughter, tears I had when reading it.
This tale of magic and a policing procedural just blew me away at the end of March. A cracking lead character and plot made this and its sequel a joy to read, and the third book in the series, due out in the new year will be one of my must-buys!
Another of March’s books (it was a good month!). This one was one of the most hyped books of the year and I’m pleased to say it more than meets the expectations I had for it. Great characters, fantastic plot, and loads of gore!
Exciting actions sequences, an a plot that kept the suspense building and building made this another 5 star read back in April.
My feelings about this one are best summed up by what I said in my review:
Sometimes, you find a novel that blows you away because of the author’s technical ability, their ability to move you or mess with your emotions, fall in love with their characters… But sometimes, you find a book that whist it’s not perfect, blows you away because it just reminds you of why you fell in love with reading in the first place.
An impressive mix of creepy photographs, great characters, and a wonderful plot made Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs one of my very favourite books in 2011.
Some of the most breathtaking and beautiful writing I’ve read this year.
A gorgeous world filled with some amazing characters; some of the twists may have been a tad more predictable that I would have liked, but I’m more than willing to let that go for everything else that’s great in this one.
And now for my favourite book in 2011…
When a book can still bring tears to your eyes and mess with your emotions seven months after reading it, if you think about it to hard, then everything the author intended was clearly a success!
The writing is beautiful. The artwork is beautiful. Everything about it is beautiful.