Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RTW: Best Books of 2011...sort of

I haven’t returned home from my holiday travels yet, but I wanted to duck in here to say hello and participate in a Road Trip Wednesday (even though I’m doing so fairly late and kind of cheating with my answer). 

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

In a nice numerical coincidence, the last Road Trip Wednesday of 2011, which I'm answering literally at the 11th hour (East Coast time, anyway), is RTW #111 and asks:

I assume this means books published in 2011, in which case… I have almost nothing to contribute. I’ve been so focused on completing the Off the Shelves challenge – reading 50+ books that have been languishing on my shelves – that I haven’t let myself buy or read much that is new. 

But I do know the five 2011 books I'm most looking forward to reading:

IknowIknowIknow: HOW HAVE I NOT READ THEM YET? Even with my stupid rules? Gah! But now I own three of them and plan to get my hands on the other two as quickly as possible, along with a half dozen other 2011 releases. And my stubborn sacrifice did pay off, since I successfully completed the Off the Shelves Challenge!!! Woohoo!!! I hope to post an overview of OTS and my plans for next year soon, but you can check out the completed list under the Challenge tab now if you're interested.

Getting back to Road Trip Wednesday, I'll also share the five books I most enjoyed reading this year, even though they weren't published in 2011:

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (time travel meets mystery meets humor meets historical meets comedy of manners meets pure genius)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (This was not on my OTS list gasp! but too tempting to resist and oh so worth it.)

Zombies vs Unicorns, a collection edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (Despite the previous title, I was never very attached to zombies or unicorns, but ohmygoodness this has so many brilliant and hilarious stories by YA authors.)

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (Clever, cheeky, and the perfect level of dark humor for middle grade through adults. It's the kind of book I dream of writing and reading.)

The Secret History by Donna Tartt (which I already gushed over here.)

What about you? Any favorite 2011 books or reading accomplishments to share? 


  1. I just finished Imaginary Girls and I quite enjoyed it...It was different from other books I have read this year and made me pause to reflect (always a good thing :-))

  2. Here's my blog post about my favorite reads of 2011 -

    And congratulations on the OTS Challenge! I'm gearing up for it for 2012 and I'm looking forward to your overview post and any secrets/strategies you can offer. :)

  3. I just finished In the Forest of Hands and Teeth too. LOVED it!!! I'm about 1/3 through the sequel and it's almost better, if that's possible.

  4. commutinggirl: Glad to hear it - I can't wait to read it.

    Madeline: I look forward to reading along with you this year. Best of luck!

    Tasha: I KNOW, right? I should have mentioned that not only did I cheat on my OTS list with Forest, I went ahead and read the rest of the series too. SO GOOD!

  5. I liked Forest of Hands and Teeth but a lot of my friends didn't. Oh well. I haven't read the 3rd in the series yet.

    My top book this year was Froi of the Exiles.

    Glad to pop over from RTW!

  6. I haven't read Froi of the Exiles. Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by!