Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Daisy's Top Ten Books of 2011


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I hope you have all recovered from the food-induced sleepiness that is always sure to hit me at Christmas and have had a wonderful time with your loved ones!

On to the business part of this Top Ten Tuesday, this week's topic:
The Top Ten books you read in 2011

This is gonna be hard for me, cause I want to list so many, but here goes.

1. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss: I have waited SO LONG for this book!! And it was AMAZING! If you haven't read the first book in this series, the Name of the Wind, and you enjoy fantasy, you should read it, cause it's awesome! Also, I need the next book, like yesterday!

2. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab: this book! THIS BOOK! It was so insanely amazing I wrote a gushing review about it! This book made me believe in fairytales again and it was wonderfully beautiful!

3. Witchlanders by Lena Coakley: EPIC FANTASY! I love fantasy, as you can probably guess from my list and this one was fabulous! I wonder how this has not gotten a lot of buzz, cause it's amazing! This is a book I want to shove at everyone and make them read it, and bonus: this book works for boys as well as girls. Virtually no romance, but lots of amazing storytelling.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: I was a bit hesitant to read this at first, but OMG, this was SO GOOD! I didn't want to stop reading this and the ending left me needing cuddles and wishing I already had the next one waiting for me, cause this wait is SLOWLY KILLING ME! I am so pre-ordering Pandemonium...

5. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley: this book took me by surprise, as I hadn't expected to love it so much! It is a pretty clean historical and contemporary romance novel as the main character travels back and forth in time and it is simply wonderful! I felt shocked, I cried, I was yelling for them to KISS ALREADY!! And I didn't care it got me funny looks!

6. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: another fantasy, this was a good fantasy year it seems ;) I LOVED this book! It has a strong female lead and I'm dying to find out what happens next for Elisa! The Godstone is fascinating!

7. The Demon King, The Exiled Queen and the Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima: I am naming the whole series, because it was fabulous! And another series I would give to a boy (I'm making my boyfriend read them right now). I love the main characters Han and Raisa! They are both so beyond amazing! And I love to hate the 'bad guys' in this one, which is always fun :)

8. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: so, confession: angel books haven't really been working so well for me, but THIS ONE DID!! Seriously, there's virtually no preaching and Clara is wonderful and I am so Team Tucker with his amazing boy-ness being swoonworthy and all! I have been lucky enough to have already read Hallowed, and it is also amazing!

9. The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin: I have fallen in love with this whole series and I think I can safely say this one is my favourite of the trilogy! It focuses on Sieh and is just wonderful. I read this during the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-Thon and didn't once feel the inclination to sleep. It was THAT good.

10. Die For Me by Amy Plum: REVENANTS! They are SO cool! Seriously, I loved this book! I am also so pre-ordering Until I Die :)

And, cause you really didn't think I could narrow it down to just 10 (you didn't right?:

11. Princess for Hire and The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt: SO EXTREMELY CUTE! These are the first 2 books in a MG series and it is fabulous! I love the whole idea of substituting for princesses! I wish I had a little girl in my life I could give these books to!

12. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George: another MG and ADORABLE! I had a huge grin on my face while I was reading this and I loved every minute of it! As the abovementioned Princess for Hire series, I would love to have a little girl I could give this too!

So, that's my list. How does yours compare? There are lots of books I think I'll see on all of your lists that have not made mine for the simple fact that I have not read them yet (I am thinking Divergent, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Shatter Me, Lola and the Boy Next Door, The Night Circus...). Let's hope they're on next years list :)




50 comments :

  1. Glad to see The Wise Man's Fear made your list too! I'm dying for the third book as well - hope we don't have to wait 3-4 years this time.

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  2. I picked up Unearthly a month ago.. have to read it.. nice to see that it made your list - even more excited for it now! :)

    Michele | Top 10

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  3. Daisy! As always, you have some great books on your list - most of which I am now dying to check out. I definitely trust your judgment when it comes to books and can't wait to read some of the ones on this list!

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  4. Great list. Delirium was one of my favs too but didn't make it to my list. Narrowing it down to 10 was so hard to do.

    JJ iReads
    Check out my Top Ten List

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  5. Great list. I have heard so many great things about Unearthly. I must read it!

    ~Nikki
    Check out my Top ten. Plus a giveaway!

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  6. I loved that you couldn't stick with just 10. That's just way too hard. And YAY for Die for Me. I love those Revenants! If I hadn't read Delirium and Unearthly in 2010 they both would be on my list, too.

    I really should check out the series by Patrick Rothfuss if it's as good as you say it is.

    GREAT list Daisy!

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  7. Sounds like a super list! I think I'm a bit of a grinch, only 8 books made it to my list. Then again, I don't read nearly as much as you...

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  8. great list. it's hard to limit it to 10! at least that means you had a great reading year! i HAVE to read delirium!

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  9. Awesome List, I still need to read a few of them. They all look so good. 2011 was an awesome year for books. =]
    Here is My Top Ten

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  10. Fantastic list! I loved Unearthly, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, and Delirium too!!

    My Top Ten Favorites

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  11. Great list! I must read Unearthly and Die for Me.

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  12. I haven't read any on your list, but Unearthly, Die for Me and Delirium are on my wishlist! :)

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  13. Ooh! There are so many books on your list that are still on my TBR pile. I've owned The Wise Man's Fear for almost 2 years now and I haven't read it yet. I need to get on that. I HAVE read some Susanna Kearsley, though (The Winter Sea), and she's great. I need to read The Rose Garden, too. I could pretty much say, "I need to read that, too" for all of the books on your list except Delirium (awesome), The Near Witch (fab!)...and that's it, lol. Thanks for reminding me of these books!

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  14. I actually just ordered The Near Witch with a gift card a recieved from Santa! I'm glad you have reaffirmed my decision...

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  15. I've read a few things on your list though I must admit that most of them are in my tbr pile. Glad you enjoyed them so much!

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  16. Oh my goodness! I completely forgot to add Princess for Hire to my list! I love that series so so much! I did add Lindsey Leavitt's YA, Sean Griswold's Head, though. Love that one too! If you haven't read Sean Griswold's Head, I highly recommend it!

    -Meredith

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  17. This was a tough one for me, mostly because I have a terrible memory for what I read through the year! I will have to keep better records in 2012 . . .

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  18. Unearthly is the best angel book I've read so far. I can't wait for Hallowed!

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  19. I must admit that I have never read any book that is on your list. :) But I have seen Delirium somewhere (or read it in a blog somewhere) :)

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  20. So many good books, so little time. While Unearthly didn't make my top 10, it was most definitely a great book.

    First time doing Top Ten -- a great meme! Thanks for hosting it.

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  21. It's been a fun year, I'm looking forward to more top ten this year. Thanks for being such great hosts. Happy New Year!

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  22. I have Delirium on my YA invigoration list...glad to hear it's so good !! :)

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  23. I want to read Unearthly so bad! I will definitely have to get it now.

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  24. Some really great picks! I've got a couple of these on my TBR list that I hope to get to soon. :)

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

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  25. Great list. N.K. Jemisin made my top ten list, too. It was a good year for fantasy, and I can't wait to read many of these on your list.

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  26. Delirium is the only one on your list that I've read - but I have a feeling some of your other choices may make my list for best of 2012!

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  27. Great topic--I had so much fun going back through all the books I'd read and reviewed in 2011.

    Thanks so much to all of you for a great year of Top Ten Tuesdays! Your faithfully-posted, consistently interesting topics are a huge help to me as a blogger. :) Happy New Year!

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  28. I love your list! I absolutely love the Seven Realms series! I read the 1st 2 books last year, but still haven't read The Gray Wolf Throne! I also loved The Name of the Wind, but still haven't read The Wise Man's Fear. I also loved Witchlanders & The Near Witch :) The rest are on my tbr list!

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  29. Why does everyone love Delirium so much??? I found it so disappointing. However, a lot of these books are on my TBR list! (:

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  30. I couldn't possibly narrow it down to ten books! There are a lot on your list that would be on mine...like Delirium, Unearthly, and The Near Witch.

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  33. I loved Delirium but it didn't make my list because I read an ARC in 2010. I did read Pandemonium this year and it was amazing!

    I am glad to see The Girl of Fire and Thorns on your list. It is probably my second favorite YA debut this year. I also loved The Rose Garden though I prefer The Winter Sea. Fantastic list! I will have to check out Witchlanders sometime.

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  34. It was tough to pick just 10! I read a lot of really great books in 2011 :)

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  35. I liked this very much! Love to share my favourites!!

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  36. Awesome choices! Some I've heard of, but some I haven't! Thanks for the heads up!

    This is my first week participating!!

    Here's mine:
    http://www.bookmarkyourthoughts.com/2011/12/top-ten-tuesday-december-27th-2011.html

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  37. I like your choices! I've heard of all of them but I've only actually read one which was Delirium and that made it onto my list (:

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  38. Love to read...my tastes run from great history books to mysteries to sci-fi/fantasy

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  39. Ah!! I totally agree about the Wise Man's Fear!!!!! I had to say that even tho I'm not participating today - three posts is plenty in one day. Yikes!! :-) LOVE your Meme, tho!!

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  40. Narrowing it down to ten was so much harder than I though it would be!

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  41. That was a hard task. I cheated a bit and added a series in the place of one spot.
    I was able to post it in time though, just an hour until Wednesday.

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  42. Oh, I forgot to note that I picked up Witchlanders on a whim the other day at B and N. I was so excited to see it as #3 on your list.

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  43. This made for a great Top Ten Tuesday, even if it was tough to choose just ten!

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  44. The end of Delirium killed me too!! I cried and threw the book. I was devastated for a couple of days :/

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  45. I've never read anything on your list but thanks for the chance to reflect on my 2011 reads!

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  46. I have yet to try Delirium...I liked her first novel (Before I Fall) so maybe I'll give that one a go :)

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  47. I had several of these on my wishlist and added the others. I can't believe I haven't read any and they all sound so amazing!!

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  48. Insurgent is on my list too! The Dressmaker sounds really good as well.

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  49. Princess for Hire is extremely cute. :)

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