Top Ten Books I Read in 2011 (er…Top 8)


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1. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
I haven’t posted a review of this book, but expect one soon. I think this book goes down as my favorite book of the year. It’s got so many things I love– strong female characters, steampunk themes, political unrest, and zombies.

2. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
The book was full of beautiful language and the mystery kept me guessing all the way through. I devoured this book almost in a single sitting, so it’s a no-brainer for me to put this on my list. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

3. Textual Healing by Eric Smith
This book was filled with memorable characters, but it was the fact that this book actually made me laugh out loud like no other book has done that earned it a spot on this list.

4. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maeberry
This zombie story was unique to all others I’ve been introduced to. It’s not all about the blood and guts, and Maeberry successfully humanizes the flesh-eating monsters. Awesome characters like Nix and the Lost Girl also help!

5. The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno
This was the book that started it all. Kinda. It was the first book I ever reviewed here at B&T. Plus, I’ve not read a Joe Meno book yet that has let me down.

6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is another book I haven’t reviewed here at B&T, but the awesomeness of this book really goes without saying. I can’t believe I waited this long to read it!

7.  The Candidates by Inara Scott
Ohmygosh! I miss Dancia and Jack and the secrets of Delcroix Academy. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.

8. Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage
The world created in Any Witch Way was wonderful, and I loved learning about all the magical creatures and all of the magical items. But, world building and back story didn’t outshine all of the wonderful characters. That’s what made this book such a wonderful fantasy novel.

2 responses to “Top Ten Books I Read in 2011 (er…Top 8)”

  1. CanaryTheFirst Avatar

    I am going to give Joe Meno a try. I haven’t heard of the author before, but having taken a quick peek, I’m intrigued.


  2. LibriCritic Avatar




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Hello, my name is Jackie. I’m a thirty-something mother of a rambunctious toddler from a small town in Michigan. When I’m not toddler-wrangling, I’m often seeking refuge from life’s most chaotic moments in a cup of hot tea. I also love getting lost in stories—both in books and virtually. I enjoy speculative fiction the most, and I am especially eager to read fantasy novels and horror novels. When I’m feeling especially indulgent (usually after everyone in the house has gone to sleep), I like to dive into video games and explore the sprawling worlds in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect.

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