Top 10 Books for 2012 + A Year of Reading

Top 10 of 2011 is an event hosted by A Life Bound by BooksConfessions of a BookaholicFiktshun, and Two Chicks On Books. Each day from December 26th-30th there will be a new topic to blog about your favorite books of 2011.

Here are the books I can’t wait for next year! At the end of the post, there are some of my reading stats for the year of 2011.

1. The Kill Order by James Dashner


2. Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay


3. Endlessly by Kiersten White


4. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
5. Destined by Aprilynne Pike
6. The Selection by Kiera Cass
7. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
8. Midnight in Austenland
9. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
10. Matched #3 by Ally Condie

~A Year of Reading~

2011 Reading Stats

Books read: 50

Pages read: 18203

Average pages per book: 364

Books Re-Read in 2011: 8

(Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Shiver, Linger, Maze Runner, and The Scorch Trials) *Note: I didn’t include these books in my books read or pages read for the year.

Reviews written: 50

~Reading Challenges~

The Dusty Bookshelf: 7/20 books (30%)

Goodreads 2011 Reading Challenge: 50/50 books (100%) DONE!

E-book Challenge: 46/50 ebooks (92%)

YA Historical Fiction: 6/10 books (60%)

Read-a-thons: 2

Once Upon A Read-a-thon

Total reading time: 9 1/2 hours

Total Pages read: 572

Books read: Shiver and half of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Mini-challenges entered: 6/6

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

Total Pages read: 478

Total Time spent actually reading and not dinking around: 10.5 hours

Mini-challenges entered: 8/24

Prizes won: 1


Reading Challenge: The Debut Author Challenge 2012

I usually stay away from new authors until I know their books are good.  Hopefully this challenge will get me out of my comfort zone and read them before they get huge buzz.  I’ll think of it as an adventure!  Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s not – who knows! :)

For the challenge, you have to read 12 books by debut authors who are being published in 2012.  I’ll add the books I’ve read to this post as the year goes on.

  1. Halflings by Heather Burch
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  3. Forbidden by Syrie and Ryan M. James
  4. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  5. Above World by Jenn Reese
  6. The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova
  7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
  9. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  10. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
  11. Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
  12. A Breath of Eyre by Marie Mont

*I will no longer be participating in The Story Siren’s Debut Author Challenge, but I still plan to read 12 debut YA authors this year.

Updated December 31, 2012

Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011

Top 10 of 2011 is an event hosted by A Life Bound by BooksConfessions of a BookaholicFiktshun, and Two Chicks On Books. Each day from December 26th-30th there will be a new topic to blog about your favorite books of 2011.

I was going to do this on my own and I’m so excited that there’s an event where I can see what books other people loved, too! These are all the books that I gave 5 stars this year.

1. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Why I loved it:  It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. I never knew what to expect and it was so creative. It took everything I knew about my favorite Shakespeare play and turned it on it’s head. I absolutely love it when authors do that. Like most of my favorite books, it had a beautiful sadness to it that I couldn’t get out of my head. {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Review coming soon!}

2. Matched by Ally Condie

Why I loved it:  The world Ally created was what really blew me away. It’s one of the few dystopian societies that I could really see growing out of the one we live in today.  The society that Cassia, the main character, lives in was all the more frightening because the world she lives in is not blatantly evil and oppressive – it’s mostly beautiful. I found it haunting and hard to forget. {Buy on Amazon} {Add Matched on Goodreads} {Read my review}


3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Why I loved it: I can’t remember the last time a book made me feel like laughing and crying the whole way through. The supernatural world she created felt so natural. It was unique, sarcastic, funny, and wonderfully sad.  Evie, the main character, was so relatable, so complex, so realistic, and I really felt for her. {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Read my review}

4. Wings (and Spells, and Illusions) by Aprilynne Pike

Why I loved it:  This was one of those few series where I loved each book in the series as much as the first book.  They were so delightfully addicting that I read all three books in one weekend. Her re-interpretation of fairies absolutely blew me away.  Enchanting is the best word I can think of to describe them. {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Read my review}

5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Why I loved it: I love sad stories, but few of them actually make me cry. This one did. It was bittersweet and beautiful. The writing was amazing and refreshing. It was one of the best werewolf books I’ve ever read. {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Read my review}

6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Why I loved it:  This was not as hard to get into as I thought it would be. The amazing cast of characters is what made me love this book. I had this idea in my head of what the “point” of War and Peace would be, but I was surprised with the ending. I love it when books do that. (P.S. if you’re going to read it, read the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation – it’s amazing.) {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Read my review}


7. Austenland by Shannon Hale

Why I loved it:  It was the most clever book I’ve read in a long time. It was charming, witty, and funny.  If you like Jane Austen, you must read this book. I came away from it having a better understanding of the time period Jane Austen lived in and an appreciation for attractive guys in period clothing.  Not to mention the fact that I could totally relate to the main character and her loss of faith in love.  Absolutely delightful the whole way through. {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Read my review}

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Why I loved it:  The narration style is what made this book so unique and interesting.  When I realized who was narrating the story, it gave me chills.  It’s historical fiction set in WWII Germany about the power of friendship and words.  It was a breathtaking story that I won’t forget. {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Read my review}

9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Why I loved it:  I love the characters Dickens writes and I can’t get enough of them. {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Read my review}

10. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Why I loved it:  The first love triangle and the hilarity that ensues! What’s not to love? {Buy on Amazon} {Add on Goodreads} {Review coming soon! …. maybe}

Merry Christmas!

I hope you are as excited for the holidays as this:

See you all sometime next week!

Reading Challenge: The Dusty Bookshelf 2012

I started this challenge for me.   It’s a dream of mine to look at my bookshelf and say unequivocally and without exception, “I’ve read all those books.”  And some of those books have been sitting on my shelf for a LONG time.  Hence the name :)  You can sign up for this challenge here. There’s a giveaway going on right now until the end of January 2012 for all those who sign up.

Here’s the list of books that are sitting on my shelf right now, mocking me. I’ll add numbers to them as I read them. So far I have 21 books which puts me at the Grungy Level.

  1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  2. A Preface to Paradise Lost by C.S. Lewis
  3. Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton
  4. Our Search for Happiness by M. Russel Ballard
  • The 9/11 Commission Report (Gosh at least 6 years.  Can you blame me?)
  • A Preface to Paradise Lost by C.S. Lewis (9 years)
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (3 years)
  • Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton (10+ years)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (3 years)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (3 years)
  • Our Search for Happiness by M. Russell Ballard (8 years)
  • A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by Legrand Richards (8 years)
  • Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage (8 years)
  • Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage (8 years)
  • Truth Restored/Gospel Principles by Gordon B. Hinckley (8 years)
  • The Secret of Staying in Love by John Powell (8 years)
  • The Odyssey by Homer (1 year)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2 years)
  • The Great Apostasy by James E. Talmage (8 years)
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (5 years)
  • Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson (8 years)
  • Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus by John Gray (5 years)
  • The Art of Teaching by Gilbert Highet (7 years)
  • Etudes for Piano Teachers by Stewart Gordon (7 years)
  • Our Heritage by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (8 years)

Updated May 1, 2012