The lovely Nomes of Inkcrush is hosting an end of year book awards event with a series of posts for the whole week. Today’s topic focuses on favorite books for this year. While I usually post a list of my favorite reads before the year ends, I thought I’d participate in this event to highlight some of the books that I really enjoyed reading but might not my make it to my best of 2011 list.
Favourite book read in 2011
Ahhh so hard to answer this one! I don’t think I can pick just ONE book so I’m going to mention several because I loved all of these: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, Saving June by Hannah Harrington and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Most powerful book
Definitely A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – it’s a heart-wrenching, emotional read and it makes me sad that so many of us could relate to Connor and his pain
Best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read
It’s a tie between A Monster Calls and The Piper’s Son – both books make you ache for the characters inside them, they made me want to go inside the books to give them a hug
Delicious rainy day comfort read
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell – the first novel in verse that I ever read and I loved it. I love that it’s a historical fiction novel and has a fairy tale feel to it.
Adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award
Silksinger by Laini Taylor – the action begins right from the start and you won’t be able to stop reading the book until you reach the end. It made me sad when I found out that it’s already out of print because it’s a beautiful book.
The beautiful prose award
Definitely Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for the lovely, lyrical writing. And also Lips Touch by the same author.
Most atmospheric and vivid setting
I would have to go with The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater for this one – the island of Thisby is a big part of the story and both Sean and Puck love their homeland.
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood, Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar, Good Oil by Laura Buzo – all of these Aussie YA novels have made me want to go to Australia! I don’t even know what are the tourist attractions over there, I’m just curious because of the well-written novels that I’ve read. And probably because I’d end up buying more books if I ever get to go there.
Best under-appreciated, hidden gem book
Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti, a steampunk-ish novel that I enjoyed reading and I don’t understand why it’s out of print because it’s a really good book.
I-had-no-idea-I-would-love this-so award
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park – I was really surprised by how much I ended up liking this one because I normally don’t read self-published novels. Flat-Out Love was a lot of fun to read and I could relate to the nerdy, quirky characters.
Series that I’m loving
The Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn – I just finished reading the first book in the series and I really liked it, I hope I can find the time to put up a review soon. I’m diving right into the second novel because it has a Christmas setting, yay. Also, I want more of Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane.
Always recommending this book award
Saving June by Hannah Harrington because I loved it and a lot of readers are looking for YA recommendations.
Would make the best movie
I would love to see both The Scorpio Races and Daughter of Smoke and Bone on the screen and I have a feeling I’m not the only one who feels that way. I think the film rights have been sold for both?
Want to re-read already
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta but my copy is with a friend right now and I don’t think the TBR pile will let me reread anything lately. Would love to reread Jellicoe Road as well then Saving Francesca followed by The Piper’s Son.
I wasn’t able to fill in all of the categories that Nomes enumerated but she did say in the rules that she was fine with whatever we wanted with our posts so I thought I’d add some categories of my own to include other favorite reads for this year. 😛
Want more of this type of book
Unsticky by Sarra Manning, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Who’s Afraid of Mr. Wolfe by Hazel Osmond – this is the year I discovered chick lit that has more depth than usual and I fell in love with these titles. I’ve been on the lookout for similar titles ever since.
Read it in one sitting and still want more
Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews – Gobbled up Silent Blade when I first discovered it and was delighted that Ilona and Gordon decided to go back to the same world. I read Silver Shark in one sitting and was hungry for more. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll write more romantic sci-fi novellas (or even full-length novels).
Will read anything written by this author
I keep saying this but I’d read anything written by Ilona and Gordon. I read three of their novels this year – Silver Shark, Magic Slays and Fate’s Edge – and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. I love that each of these books are from a different series and I’m looking forward to more of the same in 2012.
Favorite book by a Filipino author
Love Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra – love Mina’s work and I’d read anything that she writes (she has a couple of titles lined up for next year). Note to self: need more local titles next year.
Best illustrated novel that I’ve read
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – I feel like I get something extra whenever I find illustrations inside novels and with Hugo Cabret, the artwork go hand in hand with the narrative in telling the story.
Light and fun and could get you out of a reading slump
A Lot Like Love by Julie James, another author who’s on my auto-buy list because she writes romantic comedies that are like book crack.
Aaaaand that concludes my long list of favorites. I didn’t include links to my reviews of these titles but you can search for them using the blog’s search bar if you’re interested. Hope you guys enjoyed going through everything that I posted. What are some of your own favorites this year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.