Thursday 12 January 2012

My favourite reads from 2011

"So what was your favourite book/series of 2011? Make it your top 5 if that helps :o)"

I tweeted that very question this afternoon and it got me thinking about my own favourites from 2011. Having read over 200 books last year though, that is no easy task, I can tell you!

2011 was the year I rediscovered the library, made several trips to discounted book stores and started using the Kindle app on my phone before going the whole hog and getting a Kindle.  As a result, I discovered - and absolutely loved - several paranormal series last year, some mainstream and some indie, and I also got into Mills & Boon - so much so that my current focus is on writing romance instead of my original YA trilogy work in progress. Of course, what all that waffle really means is that I'm going to cop out. Don't shoot me! Instead of naming my top 5 books for 2011, I'm going to do my top 20 as well as refer to entire series instead of individual books in my rankings. So, here goes...

  1. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer - I actually read the entire series three times in as many weeks! (PNR YA)
  2. Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (R)
  3. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (PNR YA)
  4. Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine (PNR YA)
  5. House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast (PNR YA)
  6. Wings/Laurel series by Aprilynne Pike (PNR YA)
  7. The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (PNR YA)
  8. Christmas in the Village by various Mills & Boon authors (R)
  9. Peachville High Demons series by Sarra Cannon (PNR YA)
  10. Someone to Love by Jude Deveraux (R) - I read it twice
  11. Ava Delaney series by Claire Farrell (PNR)
  12. Stella Mayweather series by Camilla Chafer (PNR YA)
  13. Rae Wilder series by Penelope Fletcher (PNR YA)
  14. Evernight series by Claudia Gray (PNR YA)
  15. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (PNR)
  16. Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (PNR)
  17. Beaumont Brides series by Liz Fielding (R)
  18. Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith (PNR YA)
  19. Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane (PNR)
  20. Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong (PNR YA)
Narrowly missing out were: Dark Touch series by Amy Meredith (PNR YA), Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson (PNR YA), Coming Home by Melanie Rose (PNR R), Her Vampire Husband by Michele Hauf (PNR R), The Host by Stephenie Meyer (PNR YA), Dark Secrets by Elizabeth Chandler (PNR YA), Dark Visions by L.J. Smith (PNR YA), The Night Before Christmas by Alison Roberts (R)...

I could probably go on and on but if you want to find out more, I think I managed to add most, if not all of my reads from 2011 to Goodreads so you can see exactly what I read and how I rated it by clicking here.

2012 seems to be shaping up nicely too with many of favourite series about have another book release imminent so will no doubt be featuring in the 'top' list for this year too.  That and tracking down more titles from the series I haven't managed to read all of yet like Chicago Stars and Women of the Otherworld.

Happy reading to me! Yay :oD

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