Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jennifer's Best Books of 2011

At the very end of 2010, I challenged myself to read a 100 books in 2011. Pretty ambitious considering I think I’d read a max of 30 in all my years prior.

Anyway, when the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2012, I had 125 to my name, thank you very much! So welcome to my own personal version of the book Oscars.

Note: they are not ranked within each category, only alphabetized by author.

Here my rankings of the year of 125 books:

Top 5 
These books are in the Top 5 for one reason alone: they invaded my brain. DAYS after reading, I kept thinking about them. Complete invasion like that is difficult to achieve, so well done.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Top Runner-Ups
Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 

The Best Contemporaries
Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth 
Saving June by Hannah Harrington 
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger 
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart 
Without Tess by Marcella Pixley
Boy21 by Matthew Quick 
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder 
Stick by Andrew Smith 
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith 

The Darkest Reads 
Death Watch by Ari Berk 
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Graveminder by Melissa Marr 
Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves 
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

Best Action Reads

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter 
Divergent by Veronica Roth 

You might think 27 books is a lot for a “favorites” list, but that’s only like 20% of all the books I read. So really, that’s pretty good.


  1. Ooh! I love these type of posts! Some of these sound really great! thanks for sharing!

  2. I Read Banned BooksJanuary 12, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Glad to see STICK on there! 

  3. Proud if you for reaching your goal!!!!! Great list girl!