Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Books I've Read in 2011

This running from the 26th -30th of December. Its hosted by A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from FiktshunJaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books & Confessions of a Bookaholic


Lola and the Boy Next Door 
by Stephanie Perkins
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Goodreads Synopsis: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

 Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake

Goodreads Synopsis: Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. . .
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

by Kelly Creagh
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Goodreads Synopsis: Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. His life depends on it.

Across the Universe
by Beth Revis

Goodreads Synopsis: This is a story about Amy and how her life is frozen (literally) with a select others for 301 years. They are frozen in a box (otherwise called cryo chambers) and put on "Godspeed", a ship that was sent out into space toward a new planet that will take over 3 centuries to reach. But something mysterious awakens Amy early from her boxed prison and from there the reader is taken on a roller-coaster sort of ride into Amy and Elders life. Amy's strife to accept her new prison and how alone she is and Elders fight to accomplish what a soon to be leader of "Godspeed" should be like.

Die For Me
by Amy Plum
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Goodreads Synopsis: Die For Me is the debut novel of a wonderful new writer named Amy Plum. The book was focused on the main character Kate who, with her sister, moved to Paris to stay with their grandparents after their parents death in a tragic accident. It isn't easy moving to a whole new place and leaving behind all her memories and her home. And Kate uses the world of books as a means to escape from her pain that she has to go through due to the loss of her parents. Slowly, she begins to get out more and read out in a cafe where a mysterious young man catches her attention and destroys whatever boundaries she put up with just one smile.

Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins

Goodreads Synopsis: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

by Karen Marie Moning
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Goodreads Synopsis: MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

The Apocalypse Gene
by Suki Michelle & Carlyle Clark

Goodreads Synopsis: With Pandemic ravaging the globe, Olivya's psychic Sight compels her to see auras riddled with the colors of despair, and now her mother is infected.
Olivya’s only hope is the mysterious Mikah, a powerful Empath who claims the Pandemic is linked to his clan, the Kindred, and their brooding, monstrous, Immortal Lord. But can she trust this boy who can manipulate her very emotions?
With Mikah's aid, Olivya races to unearth Kindred secrets, desperate to find a cure, only to discover the Pandemic is far, far more than a mere disease . . .

by Cynthia Hand
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Goodreads Synopsis: In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

by Megan Duncan

Goodreads Synopsis:  After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark than they could have ever imagined.



  1. Great picks and so beautifully displayed! My list is a bit of a mess. I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door(CRICKET!), Anna Dress In Blood(CAS!), Nevermore(VAREN!), Across the Universe(ELDER!), Die For Me(JULES! & VINCENT!), and Unearthly(TUCKER!)! I so need to read the Karen Marie Moning series! Awesome stuff! New follower!
    My Top 10 of 2011

  2. Great list! I loved both Perkins' books, the rest are on my tbr list or wishlist :)

  3. I have Anna and the French Kiss on my list too!

    My top ten

  4. While I really loved Anna, Lola and Unearthly, I have to admit that Karen Marie Moning's Fever series was The Shit. I didn't love all of it, but it was some seriously good stuff. Like your list!

    Happy Holidays,

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  5. Anna Dressed in Blood made both our lists! Yay! lol. And there are quite a few you have listed that I really want to read, some of which I own. Great Top 10 girl! :D


  6. You're list looks great, hun! I see a lot of amazing ones I've read and added to my list and also some I may have to get myself to read in 2012!

    Come check out my Top 10 Lists. I created two seperate lists. One for adult/UF books and the other for YA books.

    Best of 2011: Young Adult
    Best of 2011: Urban Fantasy

    Hope you'll have time to check out my lists.
    Mystifying Paranormal Reviews

  7. Great list! Stephanie Perkins and Anna Dressed in Blood are on mine too. And I loved Die For Me, I can't wait for the sequel.

    New follower! :)
    My Top Ten

  8. I LOVE your list!! I loved Anna, Lola, If I die and Unearthy!! :)
    I still need to read Nevermore though ;)

  9. Lola, Die for Me, AtU, Anna ohh I love those books! I've read Darkfever too but didn't get a chance to finish it. I need to read Unearthly soon like really soon! and Nevermore didn't do much to me sadly I didn't like it much. Awesome list!

    Here' s my Top 10 Books of 2011

    Jay @ We Fancy Books

  10. Awesome list! I've been meaning to read Released by Megan Duncan - it sounds awesome. Love the cover for Across the Universe. =)


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