Thursday, January 12, 2012

My 2011 Reading List

Every year it has been my goal to read at least as many books as there will be candles on my birthday cake that year.  Some years I barely make it, and others I go way, way beyond.  This year I went way, way, way beyond  (just saying I am not anywhere near 46 yet :)

I think I can safely recommend all the books that I read this year except Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.  It was a book club pick and not a favorite.  A little too teen romance and Twilight ripoff for me.  I also really didn't like Bellwether by Connie Willis.  It was science fiction and just too weird and a little slow for me.  I am not a big fan of that genre.

I think my favorites this year were
The Lemon Tree  by Sandy Tholan
* Unbroken  by Laura Hillenbrand
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
* The Sweetness at the bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
* The Youngest Templar series by Michael Spradlin
* The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan**if you read these, read book #7 after book #4, then go on with 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.  He wrote that one out of order. 
If you haven't read any of these, I would highly, highly recommend them.  Most of the books I read I have reviewed on this site, so check the sidebar menu if you want to see a specific review.  These books are not in any specific order, just in the order I read them. 

1.  Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
2.  For One More Day  by Mitch Albom
3.  Dragonfly by Julia Golding
4.  The Exiled Queen by Cinda Willimas Chima
5.  The Crossing by Jim Murphy
6.  The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
7.  Heist Society by Ally Carter
8.  Matched by Allie Condie
9.  The Youngest Templar #1:  The Keeper of the Grail by Michael Spradlin
10.  The Youngest Templar #2:  Trail of Fate by Michael Spradlin 
11.  The Youngest Templar #3:  Orphan of Destiny by Michael Spradlin
12.  Bellwether by Connie Willis *science fiction, not a favorite
13.  Blackveil by Kristen Britain * Green Rider Series #4
14.  The Pioneer Woman:  Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond *I laughed so hard! 
15.  The Ranger's Apprentice #1:  The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
16.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare * Infernal Devices Series #1
17.  I'd tell you I love you, but then I 'd have to Kill you  by Ally Carter *Galliger Girls series #1
18.  Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
19.  The False Princess by Eilas O'Neal
20.  The Songcatcher by Sharyn McCrumb
21.  Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
22.  The City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare * Immortal Instruments series #4
23.  The Boy Who Dared by Susan Bartoletti
24.  Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
25.  Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown
26.  The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
27.  Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfers
28.  Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
29.  My Name is Phillis Wheatley by Afua Cooper
30.  The Ranger's Apprentice #2:  The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan
31.  Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
32.  The Lemon Tree by Sandy Toland
33.  The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma
34.  The Ranger's Apprentice #3:  The Icebound Land by John Flanagan
35.  The Ranger's Apprentice #4:  The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan
36.  The Ranger's Apprentice #7:  Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan
37.  The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
38.  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
39.  The Ranger's Apprentice #5:  The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan
40.  Sarah:  Women of Genesis by Orson Scott Card
41.  The Ranger's Apprentice #6:  The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan
42.  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
43.  The Ranger's Apprentice #8:  The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan
44.  Rebekah:  Women of Genesis by Orson Scott Card
45.  Crossed by Allie Condie
46.  Rachel and Leah:  Women of Genesis by Orson Scott Card

I am looking for good reads for 2012, any suggestions?