Best Books of 2011

by Elizabeth on December 28, 2011 · 4 comments

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Here lately I’ve been on a reading frenzy trying to reach my (unannounced) goal of reading 50 new, or new to me, books.  This doesn’t count rereads.  If it does, I should have made the goal 100.  I do so love to reread. 🙂  I would like to say that as of today, I’m one away from that goal.  Go me!

[Edited to add: On Wednesday night I finished my 50th book.  Thursday I started my 51st. 🙂 ]

I’m not going to write a full list of what I read this year, but I thought I would give a run down of my favorites.  I keep a reading spreadsheet of the title, author, year I read it, format I read it in (print, library, Nook), and my grade.  I grade A-F, including pluses and minuses.  I mark any book that I couldn’t finish for whatever reason as DNF.  So these books I’m listing are the ones I awarded an (very rare) A too.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley   Grade: A
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas   Grade: A
The Last Hellion by Loretta Chase   Grade: A-
The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran   Grade: A-
Lover Mine by J.R. Ward   Grade: A-
Storming the Castle by Eloisa  James   Grade: A-
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes   Grade: A
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James   Grade: A-
Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb   Grade: A-
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn   Grade: A
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacy   Grade: A
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley   Grade: A-
Slow Love by Dominique Browning   Grade: A-  (read my review!)
Girl’s Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp   Grade: A-
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan   Grade: A
Sloppy Firsts by Meagan McCafferty   Grade: A+
Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James   Grade A-

Hmm…I gave more As than I thought.  More than 30%.  That must be because I read so many fabulous books this year.  Seriously.  I’m a tough grader and I only give As to books I know I’m going to read again.  Most of the other books are low Bs and Cs, so these really rise above the rest.  I recommend them all.

What were the best books you read this year?



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1 Molly December 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I just finished Treachery in Death! I do a very bad job of keeping track of what books I read, but I recently got into Ariana Franklin (mistress of the art of death books) and David Baldaci. Perhaps not your style, though.


2 Elizabeth December 31, 2011 at 9:33 am

I was doing a very poor job of keeping up with the books I read, so I started keeping a spreadsheet of all the books I want to read and the books I’ve read. I update it every couple of weeks or so. That way I always know what I’ve read and what I want to read so I’m never without ideas in the library or bookstore.


3 Jayla January 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

I just rediscovered my love for reading. But I think the best ones have been The Hunger Games and Delirium. My goal for next year is to read at least 50 books. I keep track of them through my TBR list , but I need to get them on paper. It would be easier to keep with me when I go places that don’t have Internet.


4 Elizabeth January 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

I’ve heard good things about Delirium. I should put it on my TBR list.


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