Top Ten Books Read In 2011 – Top Ten Tuesday

I basically gave a run down of my reading year in my End of Year book survey that I host every year (as in…last year and again this year haha) but here’s a comprehensive list of my top ten…in no order.

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at my other blog — The Broke and the Bookish!

1. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys : I had to put this one first because I listened to it via audio on my holiday travels and, as probably my last read of the year, became one of my favorites…so much so that I have to amend my End of Year Book survey answers at some point. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I honestly cannot wait to write my review this book…a feeling  I haven’t had in a while! Be on the lookout for that!

2. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty — My review was so spastic but seriously…this book is hilarious and wonderful and amazing. WHY DID I WAIT THIS LONG TO READ IT?!? Jessica Darling and I are very much kindred spirits…especially high school Jamie.

3. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins  — While I LOVED LOVED LOVED Anna and the French Kiss (obviously)..I was one of the people who declared Lola my favorite of the two books! I just adore Stephanie’s books!!

4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman — WHAT a fantastic follow up to If I Stay. I couldn’t have asked for it to be anymore perfect. I think this was my favorite out of the two!

5.  The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan — One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read EVER. I could have dog-eared every page honestly. If I were the sort to dog-ear πŸ˜›

6. The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasamussen — WOW. I needed a good literary fiction novel this year…and this one was a nice surprise. I didn’t know WHAT to expect of it..and it blew any expectations I had out of the water.

7. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready: I’m a picky paranormal reader and this one really became one of my favorite reads of 2011!

8. Fever by Lauren DeStefano: Be prepared, folks, for when this comes out in 2012. OH MY GOODNESS. If you haven’t read Wither and are into dystopians with achingly beautiful writing…GET TO IT! Then you can read this one πŸ™‚

9. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager — I am so on board with Aussie lit after reading this. If you want some edgier YA with older protags…give this one a whirl. Also, if you are a beach bum and love surfing…you need to read it.

10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver — I wasn’t into it in the beginning and then suddenly…BLAM. I was done. I was crying. I was pining and drooling for Pandemonium.

This year was the year of YA for me…I was striking out on Adult books. I seemed to read mostly duds or just “meh” ones this year. Hopefully next year I’ll read some amazing Adult books. So, leave me a rec of an amazing adult fiction novel i MUST read for next year. Also, any of mine make it on your list??

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. You have some great books on your list! A lot of them are on my TBR, but I have read one of the books – Lola & The Boy Next Door. I love, love, love that book, possibly more than Anna (although that's a tough call).

  2. April (BooksandWine) says:

    AH! I can't believe I didn't put Between Shades Of Gray on my list. It's hard to narrow down, yo.
    I hope 2012 will be the year no slumps πŸ™‚

  3. I have a copy of Between Shades of Gray I REALLY need to pick up…also, off to look up The Bird Sisters…

  4. I had the same reaction to Delirium. Kind of slow but then eek. Great list.

    Check out my Top ten. Plus my top two giveaway!

  5. Jess (Gone with the Words) says:

    We have a few of the same books! The Lover's Dictionary was amazinnnnng! I have most of the book post-it noted, lol And I am DYING to read Fever!!! AAAAH! Awesome list! πŸ™‚

    Jess @ Gone with the Words
    My TTT post!

  6. Shade made my list too. It was Amazing! I really need to get to Delirium and Lola and the Boy Next Door.

  7. Anne Bennett says:

    I really like Shades of Gray and The Lover's Dictionary, too. They are both on my list. I'm eager to read several others on your list.

    Happy New Year


  8. diaryofadomesticgoddess says:

    I'll have to check some of those out!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. πŸ™‚

  9. Kate @ Musings says:

    Maybe some of the books on my list might be good ones to try for adult books. I just finished Skipping a Beat and loved it!

  10. We have some in common! The Lover's Dictionary is on my list too! That book is incredible. Sloppy Firsts is also on mine!!

    My Top Ten Favorites

  11. Mary-Sweet Bookshelf says:

    My favorite Adult fiction book is These is My Words by Nancy Turner. OMG. Amazing beyond belief. Words can not express how much I love that book! I also love anything Sophie Kinsella. She writes chic lit, but it's THE BEST chic lit. No cheesiness. Promise.

  12. Miss Anderson says:

    I must read Lover's Dictionary soon. And I've been seeing those Jessica Darling books everywhere lately, maybe it's a message from above that I need to read them? Delirium and Between Shades of Gray are definitely good picks (I just finished Between Shades of Gray yesterday, so I'm counting it as a 2012 read, since I'd written up my lists).

    My List!

  13. EEEEK I can't wait to read Fever! Love the JD love, and Where She Went and Lola and Shade….oooh soo many good ones.

  14. gautami tripathy says:

    Great choices. I am gonna add to my already LONG tbr pile!! Come check mine too:

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  15. Li @ says:

    Interesting list! I recognise some of the books on your list but I've never checked them out; Delirium in particular has been getting some really stellar reviews.

    Here's my Top Ten list!

  16. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    Lover's Dictionary was wonderful. I should put that on my list of books to reread!

    Here's my Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2011.

  17. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) says:

    Oh my goodness, The Lover's Dictionary! If I could, I'd push that book on everyone. But then again, I don't think everyone would appreciate its beauty. I love it so, so, so much.

    And The Bird Sisters is on my list…seeing it on your list makes me wonder if I should move it up closer to the top?? I do love adult fiction and sometimes get drowned in the YA with reviews and stuff. It seems like a really great book.

  18. Jenni Elyse says:

    I'm still in the middle of reading Lola, but I'll finish it today. I love it so far so I mentioned it as an honorable mention since I haven't finished it yet.

  19. Mary @ BookSwarm says:

    LOLA was on my list, too. So many great books this year — I was surprised by how many were YA, too.

  20. I have heard of all your choices. I'm not a YA fan. I would recommend Kristin Hannah and Lisa Genova to you. Night Road and Left Neglected but Still Alice is my ultimate favorite.

  21. I love numbers 1, 2 and 5 on your list. I thought about including Between Shades of Grey in my honorable mentions. It was hard to narrow it down this year.

  22. Megan Swicegood says:

    I loved the Lover's Dictionary too! And I can't wait for Fever – Wither was great. I also really enjoyed Delirium, so I can't wait to read the follow up next year! So hard to pick this year!
    Megan @ Read It, See It

  23. Christina @ booktasty says:

    So if I loved Anna and the French Kiss, I'm going to ADORE Lola? I got it from my secret Santa and can't wait to read it! πŸ™‚

  24. Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields says:

    I loved The Lover's Dictionary and Lola too!!!

    If you haven't read Sarah's Key yet, you should! It's so so so good!

  25. I've only read Delirium and it was amazing! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    I'm a new follower, and here's my Top Ten Tuesday!

  26. Wonderful picks! I also agree that Where She Went was better than If I Stay. Plus I met Gayle Forman and she is incredibly sweet and wonderful. And YESSSSS Lola πŸ˜€

    I am a little jealous that you got to read an ARC of Fever.

    Here are my top ten picks of 2011.

  27. Reading your post made me add 8 books to my wishlist. I love end of the year favorites lists!

  28. I need to read Delirium by Lauren Oliver SO bad. The book is screaming at me.


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