Not Enough Bookshelves: Faves reads of 2011 (so far) ~ The Books!

Friday, 24 June 2011

Faves reads of 2011 (so far) ~ The Books!

The lovely and inspired Nomes of InkCrush has created

In her words (which are so much better than mine ~ 

it’s already (nearly) half-way through the year (!)
and i am SUCH a huge fan of lists so i have created a kind of book blogger sharing-the-awesome book awards to celebrate all the cool stuff i’ve read so far this year. (which is just a fun-funky style book awards/survey thingy). i will be running it over three posts* staggered throughout the last week of june. (day one beginning this friday)

Hop over to InkCrush for the rules and to sign up.

Day one ~ The Books!

I’m afraid that I have a bit of a Titanic at the Oscars thing going on. Of the 27 books I have read so far this year a few are sweeping the boards. Sorry, but on the other hand you can tell I think they are really amazing.

1. favourite book read so far in 2011 ~ How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I can not even begin to tell you how much I love this book. It’s pure brilliance and I’ll be reading everything else by meg Rosoff.

2. most powerful book ~ How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

3. brilliantly funny ~ The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan. It’s not a comedy but lots of giggly moments and fabulous one liners.

4. best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read ~ Where she Went by Gayle Foreman. *sob*

5. most beautiful story ~ Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

6. delicious rainy day comfort read ~ What my Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonja Sones. *sigh* I’ve re-read this four time now, I just love it.

7. adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award ~ Divergent by Veronica Roth

8. the beautiful prose award ~ Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. Oh my goodness Nova Ren Suma just has this ability with words, it really is magical.

9. most atmospheric and vivid setting ~ Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. The reservoir is like another character, a very scary one!

10. i-so-want-to-go-there award ~ Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohen and David Leviathan. New York, New York!

11. most original and imaginative ~ Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

12. best under-appreciated, hidden gem book The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook

13. i-had-no-idea-i-would-love this-so award ~ The Thief (Book 1 of The Queen’s Thief) by Megan Whalen Turner. I thought this was a typical adventure/quest book. It is SO much more.

14. most haunting story ~ The Invisible Bridge by Julia Orringer (not YA just FYI)

15. outside my comfort zone but gosh how i loved it ~ Seabiscuit by Laura Hillendbrand. non-ficiton about a racehorse and I couldn’t put it down!

16. series that iā€™m loving ~ The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

17.  most memorable voice award ~ How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

18. completely awesome premise award ~ What Alice Forgot by Laine Moriarty. Alice loses ten years of memories, oh how things have changed.

19.  would make the best movie ~ Divergent by Veronica Roth

20.  want to re-read already ~ How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

So, yes, I guess we can safely say How I Live Now, Imaginary Girls and The Queen’s Thief will be in my top ten of the year šŸ˜€

Thanks for creating such a fun list Nomes, looking forward to Parts 2 and 3. Let me know if you’ve joined in so I can come see what your favourites are.


  1. How I live Now!!! <333 Oh they fit perfectly for those categories šŸ™‚
    I liked The Thief.. I really should finish the series because it seems like EVERYBODY loves them šŸ™‚
    and ZOMG The Demon's Surrender! I swear to god, Jamie and Nick's one-liners killllled me, what an awesome book <3 fantastic list, I'm pretty sure Imaginary Girls is a must-read now!


  2. I just got myself a copy of Imaginary Girls. I hope I like it as much as you did.

    My list:


  3. Audrey ~ I know How I Live now is all kinds of awesome! I like the Thief but I LOVED The Queen of Attolia – OMG what a book!!!!! I cna't wait to see what happens in the King of Attolia.

    And Nick and Alan are brilliant they make me laugh and cry <3

    Jess – Oh me too. I think people will love it or really not like it.


  4. I have read so many mixed reviews for How I Live Now that I can't decide whether I want to read it or not. I really want to read What Alice Forgot!


  5. Divergent!! I am seeing that on a few lists which I am happy about. I really need to read Imaginary Girls. Awesome list šŸ™‚


  6. Misha – Really? It's one of those books I LOVE so much I can't imagine anyone not liking it šŸ™‚ What Alice Forgot is a perfect Sunday afternoon read.<3

    Nic- Me too loved Divergent, so action packed, plus Four šŸ™‚


  7. Ok, I have to read Imaginary Girls next!!! As soon as I finish Libba Bray's Beauty Queens.


  8. alright, how can i ignore your enthusiasm for imaginary girls? i must find a copy now šŸ˜€

    and i love all the books that overlap here (same happened with me)

    i loved how i live now as well. it was a completely absorbing experience and a haunting story.

    i'm a little stuck on the thief :/ about half way through and i thought i'd be loving it a lot more by now … will read some more tonight when i go to bed šŸ™‚


  9. How I Live Now I'm going to hopefully read for a challenge I'm hosting over the summer!

    I still need to buy Demon's Surrender!!!

    YAY for Divergent!


  10. I had the same kind of Titanic award hog thing going on over at my blog too: it was mostly between, DIVERGENT, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, and GAME OF THRONES.

    great list! i have IMAGINARY GIRLS on my TBR, so i might have to move it up:)


  11. Jacinda ~ oh the Demon's Surrender is such a treat, I loved it!

    Karla ~ LOL I know some books are just brilliant. I adored A Game of Thrones. I can't wait for the next book to come out.


  12. I had a hard time getting into How I Live Now because of the narrative style, but the story was very interesting.

    Seems like What Alice Forgot is a popular choice. I can't believe I haven't read it.

    And yes, Where She Went is a sob fest that I LOVED!

    Thanks for sharing your list! Great choices.


  13. How I Live Now is now on my Goodreads wishlist. It sounds fantastic!

    And Demon's Surrender! I'm so excited to finally get my hands on that one.

    Lovely list! šŸ™‚


  14. I must read all of these books! And The Education of Hailey Kendrick was SUCH a fun book–couldn't put that one down!


  15. I'm going to have to get my hands on What Alice Forgot and Imaginary Girls! Also yeah, The Education of Hailey Kendrick is a cute read šŸ™‚ Totally agree about the movie potential of Divergent!


  16. Missie _ it took me about 20 pages then I was hooked. Thanks šŸ™‚

    Cara – Oh the Demon's Surrender is such a great end to the series!

    Meredith – yes it's great isn't it. I really liked it.

    Danya – they are such fabulous reads – enjoy!


  17. I ordered The Thief yesterday. Can't wait until it comes! I'm glad you like it.


  18. omg i love your new layout/theme. is it new? whatever it is, i'm in love with it.

    also i really need to do this. i'm going to sign up now… hpefully it's not too late.


  19. Misty – it's so great

    Jordyn – Thank you! My friend Caroline did it for me. Hope you sign up I'll enjoy seeing your picks, I love books šŸ™‚


  20. opps meant love making book lists. Clearly I love books šŸ™‚


  21. Where she went had me sobbing too! And now I really want to get Imaginary Girls. *sigh* so much to choose from.

    Love your list!


  22. I haven't read How I live now but i have read another book by Meg Rosoff.
    I really want to read 'What alice forgot'.
    i also need to get around to reading the demons surrender. I love Mae and Nick.
    Great list šŸ™‚


  23. Angie – Thanks šŸ™‚

    Abby – I'm planning to read everything by her šŸ™‚ Ah Nick and Alan and Jamie and Mae and Sin – love those books


  24. I so need to read The Thief already! It's been on my TBR for so long. The Education of Hailey Kendrick looks cute. Thanks!


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