I read so many great books this year, and I wanted to highlight them all in more than simply having a Top 10 of 2011 list. So here are my sort of “superlatives” for this years releases. My Top 10 of 2011 list will be going up soon, but I thought I would start with my superlatives for books.
This one goes to Miranda Kenneally with Catching Jordan. It seriously was just an amazing book. The writing was great, I loved all the characters, and the story was so fun to read.
This one goes to Victoria Schwab with The Near Witch. This book was just beautifully written and I loved every page. I am very excited to see more from her!
Best Cast of Characters:
This one again is going to Miranda Kenneally with Catching Jordan. I just loved the characters and I never wanted their story to end. I was so sad when I finished. I can only hope that some of them make an appearance in the future companion novels, as that would just be awesome.
This one goes to Courtney Allison Moulton with Angelfire. This book had some epic action and fighting. Ellie was awesome, and when you pair her with Will….ya. The reapers were so cool and different from the typical guy in the cloak with a scythe, and they really upped the action.
The audio of Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King was simply ah-mazing. I could listen to this one over and over, and never get bored.
Best 2012 Release That I Read In 2011:
Witch’s Brew by Heidi R Kling – This book is BRILLIANT, brilliant I tell you. And when it comes out in the new year, you all definitely want to read it. I loved every page – and I’ll tell you a secret, I loved it even more than Sea! (A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford is a close second – it is FANTASTIC. I loved A Touch Mortal, but A Touch Morbid is even snazzier. Everything is bigger and better. Leah Clifford really outdid herself with that book)
Best Book With Humor:
Past Perfect by Leila Sales – Leila Sales is just a genius. The entire premise of this book was kind of funny – two historical reannactment camps teen workers duking it out in ‘war’? Plus, there were so many things that went down that I couldn’t stop laughing about. If you are looking for a funny book, check out this one or Leila’s other book, Mostly Good Girls!
Best New Series:
The Mythos Academy Series by Jennifer Estep will have to take this one home. I fell in love with Touch of Frost and fell even more in love with Kiss of Frost. Jennifer Estep has crafted this amazing world that I just love.
Best Book With No Romance:
Nightspell by Leah Cypess – I love romance as much as anyone, but those books that have none at all are always a breath of fresh air. Nightspell not only didn’t have the element of romance, but it also was just a great story. On a side note, this is definitely one of the best fantasies of the year! Absolutely wonderful.
Best Middle Grade of the Year:
Middle Grade is something I branched out more this year and read more of. I have found that I absolutely adore middle grade fantasy, so it should come as no surprise that my best middle grade of the year is a fantasy with The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. This book had a great world and I can’t wait to see what happens with the characters in book 2.
This is going to Ellie from Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire. I loved Ellie – she does pretty well for being thrown into this new life. I loved her character and her spunk.
Riley and Attie from Stefne Miller’s Rise. These two are just adorable, and no matter what happens, they always work through it <3.
Best Bad Boy:
This one goes to Luke from A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford. He gets even better in book 2, A Touch Morbid. Luke is just the perfect bad boy, and I will fight off all y’all for him.
So those are my “bests” of the year. I’ll be posting another few lists about my bests of 2011, but I thought this was a great start. So now I am curious – what are your “bests” of the year?