The Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011

Posted December 26, 2011 in Meme / 13 Comments

The Top 10 of 2011 is a week long event hosted by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa from A Life Bound by BooksJaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Rachel from Fiktshun.  See my original post for all the deets on how you, too can play along.  Today’s Top 10 are the top books I’ve read in 2011.  
Tiny bit of background…  I’ve just started reading PNR and UF at the end of 2009, beginning of 2010.  I’ve just added YA to my repertoire this past Fall.  My point is, my list has quite a few “older” publications as well as very few YA books.  Now you know why.  And without further adieu…

#10 A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) by Kresley Cole

Most embarrassing book to read in public.  I loaned it to my sister-in-law to see if she’d read it for precisely that reason.  I read “The Warlord Wants Forever” short story first, but A Hunger Like No Other was really the first “book” in the series.  Thank goodness the covers got better!!

#9 Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
by Kevin Hearne
A hysterical Urban Fantasy series.  Hounded is the first one in the series with #4 Tricked coming out on April 24th, 2012.  I actually suggested this series to my husband and he loved it (surprise, surprise, oh cranky one).  Chuck full of great one liners, you will fall in love with Oberon (or as I like to call him, Oberon-Kahn, because it’s fun to say).  And for the record, no, I do not like the cover of Tricked….

#8 Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles

Finally, a Young Adult book in the group!  And I was sooooo reluctant to read this series because, um, well, there’s no paranormal in sight!!!  I’m so dense sometimes. I just need to be shoved in the right direction sometimes.  My friend Nan got me to read this series and I loved them all.  Rules of Attraction was my favorite, though.

 #7 First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

A debut from Ms. Jones, this one’s a laugh-a-riot but from the Paranormal Romance genre.  This one seriously had me guffawing out loud and getting funny looks from my family.  Every chapter begins with a funny quote and if I ever get around to it, I think I might make a t-shirt or two out of the quotes (shhhhh, don’t tell anyone).  

#6 Night Play (Dark-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I love Sherrilyn Kenyon.  Need I say more?  Okay…. this was one of my all time favorite books in the series, next to Wren’s.  But no other woman compares to Bride!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Dark-Hunters, but I seem to be “feeling” the Were-Hunters a bit more.  Don’t get me started on the Dream-Hunters, they just confuse me.  Did I mention that I love Sherrilyn Kenyon?  And was Acheron brutal or what???

#5 Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr

Oops, another Young Adult book.  Yes, I’m being converted!  You should see my TBR, it’s littered with YA!!  Anyhoo…  I fell in love with the world of Wicked Lovely from book one.  The reason why I liked this book best so far is because of the way Ms. Marr writes her “bad guys”.  They are evil, but there are positives to being evil as well as negatives to too much good.  Make sense?  Eh, maybe not so much, but this book is a brutal story of evil and good.  And I liked the evil…  “Good” Aislinn was so gosh darn stupid!!!

#4 All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris

Ah, Sookie…  you rock!  And you are so much better on page than on the tv.  Yes, I’ve watched True Blood and I even own the first season.  But the books are by far way better than the freak show on tv (hey, I’m allowed to have my opinion, it’s my blog).  Sadly, Ms. Harris has announced that we’re down to the last few books.  It’s probably time for Sookie’s HEA.  I loved all the books in the series and I read them one right after the other but I think this one was one of my favorites. 

#3 Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

If you run from me, I will chase you, and I’ll find you…”  Ahhhh, Bones, you melt my heart!  I still can’t get the picture of Bones standing in the middle of a highway out of my mind.  And who can forget, “Lucifer’s bouncing balls, kitten, not again!“?  Enough said…

#2 Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward

I’m a huge fan of the series.  I know it’s not “erotica” but for me, it’s pretty darn close.  Lover Eternal is also one of my favorites from the series but I read this one twice this year!  I loved how the story is about a guy in a position of having to be bad to do good for his family.  Rehvenge really was a great guy deep down in his soul.  Oh, and he’s HOT!  Creepy lizard lady aside, I loved this one.

#1 The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

Yep, Katniss is numero uno.  The writing is phenomenal, the story is creepy, deep and dark and you have no clue how it’s going to end.  The whole series is great.  I’m not sure how appropriate it is for teenagers due to the seriousness of the subject material.  I read each book one right after, cried a lot and was in literal para-hangover for days.  I can’t wait to get my books back from out on loan to read the series again.  I probably missed quite a bit because I read them so fast. 

Honorable mentions (translation: I wish I had room on my list for these): Sin Undone (Demonica #5) by Larissa Ione and Playing with Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl #1) by Gena Showalter.  

Tomorrow, the Top Ten list will be Top Ten Book Covers of 2011.  I think it’ll be the toughest one for me because all of the best covers are in the YA genre.  Come back tomorrow and see how I fail miserably on that list… hee, hee.  OHHH!  For more lists, head on over to host’s sites above (click their names to be taken to their sites) and you’ll find a bunch of fun people participating.

Kristin

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Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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13 responses to “The Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011

  1. Awesome picks! I love the Hunger Games Trilogy, Sookie Stackhouse series, Black Dagger Brotherhood series and The Night Huntress series. Both got mentions on my post. I also loved First Grave on the Right and I have had the Perfect Chemistry series on my TBR list forever.
    My Top 10 of 2011

  2. Great list! 😀

    I only just finished First Grave on the Right the other day, so it never had the chance to be on my list — but then again, I also ran the list through Random.org out of sheer desperation, so it might not have made the list anyway!

    I’m relatively new to the UF/paranormal romance genre myself (it’s only been 5 years) so some of my reads this year were to find out what all the fuss was about with some of the older, established series. Still haven’t gotten to the Cole series or Ione or Kenyon.

    Christina’s list

  3. I read Halfway to the Grave this year, too & I loved it, so it almost made my list 🙂 The rest are on my tbr list (except for The Hunger Games, which I’ve also read). Great list!

  4. I love the Iron Druid series! So funny. They remind me a lot of the Dresden Files, in a good way. That almost made my list, but there were just so many great books to choose from!

    I’m being converted on the YA front as well. Never read them until this year! 🙂

    My Top 10

  5. Rules of Attraction doesn’t look like something you would normally read, but I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Those books are so fun! Great picks. 🙂

  6. I wanted to stop by and see what others had selected as their top ten–you like a lot of books that I do–
    I am a huge fan of Kresley Cole, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, and Darynda are HUGE tops for me.
    I have have read all of yours with the exception of Ink Exchange-guess I need to add that to my TBR Pile.
    http://www.csmaxwell.blogspot.com

  7. Wow. The entire comment I was preparing in my head went out the door the moment I saw your #1. I’m SO glad you read (and loved) Hunger Games! It’s such a fabulous series.

    One of these days I’m going to read the Night Huntress series. I keep hearing how awesome it is!

  8. It’s great to hear when someone finds YA. There are a TON of amazing books in YA titles that’s for sure. 🙂

    I do have to say that for the BDB series, I wasn’t looking forward to Rev’s book, but WOW, that’s my favorite tied with Z’s book. I haven’t read one in that series since Rev’s book, so I’m behind. Thankfully I have them here to pick up, I hope soon!

    -Lisa

    PS – Bones *swoons*