It’s that time of year when everyone’s compiling lists, and I do love a good list so I thought it was a bandwagon I’d happily jump onto. I’m going to do three lists of five items, my favourite TV shows of 2011 on Tuesday, films on Wednesday and books on Thursday.
Over the course of 2011 I’ve read 100 novels, 13 picture books, 13 comics (trade paperbacks) and 6 serialised novels. Trying to pick my five favourites out of these 132 books is therefore quite a difficult task, but one I’ve undertaken anyway. To make things a little easier I’m only looking at the books I’ve read that have been published in 2011 and I’m counting all the books in a series as one book rather than individually.
Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson.
I absolutely loved this book, there had been lots of build up to it by the publisher so when I got my hands on a copy I took it to my favourite coffee shop, and curled up with it and a huge cappuccino. I didn’t move again until I’d finished it, not even to get a coffee refill. I got completely caught up in the story, and read as fast as I could to find out what happened. I’ve been so pleased to see the book winning awards, it really deserves them.
Colleen Houck’s Tiger series.
I found out about this series when a friend retweeted the book trailer. I was so pleased that the first two books Tiger’s Curse and Tiger’s Quest were published close together, the wait for the third book Tiger’s Voyage felt endless and the July date for the next book Tiger’s Destiny feels like a very long time away. I love the mixture of adventure and mythology in these books, and the fact that they’re set in Asia – it’s really nice to see books set somewhere different and with a diverse cast of characters.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I’d seen lots of buzz about this book which actually made me a little reluctant to start reading it, I’m always scared when it comes to books that are so popular that I’m going to be the one person who doesn’t love it. I needn’t have worried though, I absolutely fell in love with the book. I found the world that the book is set in really interesting, particularly the way the structure of the society. I loved both Tris and Four, but was pleased that their relationship was just part of an rounded story rather than being the sole focus. I know they’re planning a film of the book but I’m not sure about the idea at the moment, part of me thinks I’d rather stick with the book.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The combination of a spooky tale, a Welsh wartime setting and some wonderfully creepy photographs made this book a captivating read. I loved the story and the really interesting characters. The photos appeared throughout the book and were woven into the story, I really liked the way they were used. The book finished in such a way that I think there must be a second book to come, I really hope there is as I would love to spend some more time with these characters.
Curtis Jobling’s Wereworld series
This year I read the first two books, Rise of the Wolf and Rage of Lions, in the Wereworld series and absolutely loved them both. The world that they’re set in is brilliantly created, and the range of were-creatures included some surprises that filled me with glee as I read. Both books kept me completely gripped, I love the way that as well as the big world encompassing storyline going on individual characters have their own equally interesting storylines. Drew, the main character of the book is one of my favourite characters that I’ve read about this year. I’m really looking forward to reading the third book in the series, Shadow of the Hawk, it’s going to be my treat to myself after I finish my Semester 1 assignments and exam.
What have been your favourite reads this year?