So this week Im joining in on InkCrush's fun event faves of twentyeleven! This will be a great way to share my faves with you. To find out more info check out the faves post and you can join in daily this week.
Favorite book read in 2011
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Im not sure yet how to even review this novel. My hero Alice is an author I've kind of vowed not to review and only because it intimidates me to try and put words together about my favorite author...I have to say though, this is probably the novel of her career, it was a beautiful and exquisite read.
Most Powerful Book
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
By far the most infuriating, thought provoking, blood boiling, controversial book I read this year...yet at the same time had the most powerful message of hope and self worth a woman can travel.
Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
Oh my goodness talk about funny chemistry and laugh out loud dialog! Jenny B. has a personality that sparkles through her writing.
Best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read
There You'll Find Me by Jenny b. Jones
LOL- well I guess I had a thing for Jenny this year......
Tragic loss, emotional stress, faith issues, dramatic romance...vampire actors!? Its all there and I loved it. Jenny has an amazing voice that captures the YA audience with an honest and uncheesy look at the issues they face.
(Second up: Where She Went by Gayle Forman)
Most Beautiful Story
Dry as Rain by Gina Holmes
A story about forgiveness and second chances....I had a really hard time in the beginning grabbing a hold of the idea that I could like a character who cheated on his wife. However Eric wound up stealing my heart and my forgiveness.
Delicious rainy day comfort read
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Ok- so maybe this book isn't comforting....BUT it is a delicious read and perfect for a gloomy rainy day. I heart Lauren Oliver and cannot wait to carry on with the series.
Adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Holy Smokes! I loved Divergent and read it in one setting! Action-packed, fuel pumping dystopia. What more could we ask for in our drooling aftermath of Hunger Games mania.
The Beautiful Prose award
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
This was such a gorgeous story. The details and writing gave the story a feeling that placed me on the beach and transported me back to the 1940's... I could hear the water, smell the breeze and feel the romance.
Most atmospheric and vivid setting
Die For Me by Amy Plum
I adored this novel. I actually read it and listened to it on audio...and the second time through made me like it even more. I loved the Paris setting, the french flair of the book and the whole setting of delicious art and warm coffee.
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Not that tunnels and meeting freaks is my thing....but I think in the end where the characters are would be cool to see. A world full of danger and drama...I could handle that for a few hours.
Most Original and Imaginative
To Die For by Sandra Byrd
So we all know who Anne Boyeln is right?...But what if she wasn't the evil cad history tends to make out of her? What if she truly loved Henry and was a woman of unfortunate events. Sandra's look at a much more compassionate Anne truly touched my heart and presented a story of friendship and love.
Best under-appreciated, hidden gem book
Class Collision by Annette Mackey
I loved this book! Mackey's story was full of mystery, drama and tragic suspense. Even with its lovely writing and soft but addicting story, I've seen this book fly under the radar this year! I hope more of you pick this up and give it a try.
I-had-no-idea-i-would-love this-so award
Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield
I like zombie books, however what I don't normally read is adult PNR and shiver me timbers, Sophie's book just blew my socks off, be it the steamy romance, hot Smoke or just Cass and her kick-butt self- I wound up loving the story!!
Most Haunting Story
The Other Life by Ellen Meister
Imagine if you could slip through a crack in your wall and wake up in a life that could of been.....but never knowing if it was real or the madness taking over your mind. This book was so good and haunting in the sense of mental illness creepy that it left me with the chills...
Outside my comfort zone but gosh how i loved it
You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
Outside of my comfort zone by means of short story compilations.... I listened to this on audio and found it to be one of my favorite reads of 2011. Every story offered insight to military life without a bunch of political agenda. The storytelling was genius and easy to break down into hour daily listens over the course of a week.
Series that I’m loving
The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I LOVED this series!! And Im looking forward to jumping into Bloodlines....while these were a tad bit mature in the sexy department for YA novels, I did enjoy Mead's writing style and have considered trying her adult novels.
Always Recommending this Book Award
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
I have recommended this book to bloggers, readers, my friends, family, the librarians, all the moms in my kids schools...along with every teenager I talk to about books. I loved this book so much that myself and some other fabulous bloggers got together and did Waterfall Wednesdays, a read-along which turned out an amazing 30 participants and a great book discussion.
Completely awesome premise award
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
This book had a cleaver and shockingly good premise, while Girls was a bit slow building and odd to say the least, the writing and layout of the story proved to be pretty brilliant when it all came together.
Would make the best movie
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
A zombie with a heart...a zombie who eats brains and gains a conscious.....R turned out to be a true little gem this year in a vast array of zombie books. I know this would make an excellent movie....Im looking forward to seeing what they do with this on the screen.
Want to re-read already
Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Vampires and Unicorns....whats not to love? I actually read this in Ebook format so Im excited to read my newly bought edition sitting on the shelf. Now to just have Sarah come over for coffee and sign it...that would be AWESOME!