Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What was your favorite book of 2011?

As we approach a new year I thought it might be fun to hear what everyone's favorite read was in 2011.  Old or new, it doesn't matter, just something you read this year.   Mine, without question, was Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.  We would love to hear yours.  So, please take a moment to place a comment below and share your favorite book of 2011.

As always, hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan

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24 comments:

  1. I've read so much it's hard to choose, but the two that stand out right now are State of Wonder by Ann Patchett and When She Woke by Hilary Jordan.

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  2. Thanks 3goodrats! (love the name) I haven't read either book but will definitely look them up!
    Jan

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  3. I have to say mine was Garden Spells as well, but I will name a second favorite since you already listed it as yours! I enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife. I finally picked it up after reading an older comment thread on this blog. It was lovely.

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  4. Without a doubt, my favorite read for this year was Garden Spells - wonderful characters, brilliant dialogue, heart-warming, moving, funny . . . and it has solved my gift-giving problems for many of my female friends this holiday season!

    I would also like to mention 3 others:

    Favorite Fantasy: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Although this a big book, with lots of detail, it is a real page turner with lots of amazing characters. It has been described as Tolkien meets the Sopranos - more political intrigue then mystical races, though there are some very otherworldly aspects. One of my favorite characters of all time, Tyrion Lannister, the dwarfish 'Imp', is worth the trouble of reading it all by himself.

    Favorite Horror: World War Z by Max Brooks. Not at all what I was expecting, it is the research notes of a person writing the history of WWZ and is a series of personal accounts from around the globe. They are in turn terrifying, moving, gut-wrenching and absurd. They show how different societies and people cope with the situation, how some falter and others fight through. The stand out sections deal with the man who devises South Africa's survival plan, the people aboard the space station and the dog handlers in the US military.

    Favorite Romance: A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh. I don't normally read straight romance, but Jan said it was good . . . and she was right! Funny and touching, with enough quirkiness to keep it unpredictable and interesting. Plus, I instantly visualized Kit as Sean Bean . . .

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  5. My favorite book of the year was Elfland by Freda Warrington, a book I never would have considered picking up if not for the reviews and comments on this blog... so thanks! I want to add another, Iron King by Julie Kagawa (I think I have the author's name right) It is a teen fantasy novel, given to me by my neice. I wouldn't say it was the best book I have ever read but it opened a whole new world of books I didn't realize would interest me. I don't know, I guess I was a little jaded with the whole Twilight series towards the teen books, and this one changed my opinion.

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  6. Sue, you're going to get me to read World War Z yet! :o) I'm so glad you liked the other three, they are among my favorites as well.

    Midnight, I've had Iron king in my had at least five times to bring home and haven't yet. Thanks for the motivation!

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  7. I think that my favorite book/series that I read this year would have to be the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I couldn't put them down. I already have a hold on the next in the series and it's not even published yet. A close second would be the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I will say that for those of you haven't read "The Time Traveler's Wife" you should. It is beautifully written with a unique story line. ~Sarah

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  8. Hi, I think my favorite books that I have read lately would be Garden Spells and A Summer to Remember. I think Mary Balogh might be a new favorite.
    I also wanted to add that Kim Newman, author of Anno Dracula, is NOT Hawaiian! He's british - oops, sorry. Also, The Woman in Black is by Susan Hill and I will be starting it soon, I will let you know what I think. I hope it is as good as The Haunting by Shirley Jackson, another good ghost story.
    Thanks for all the great book ideas tonight, Merry Christmas! Lori

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  9. Hi Lori, thanks for reminding me about The Woman in Black. I will check thst out. I haven't read a good ghost story in a while.
    Jan

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  10. So it IS the Kim Newman that I thought it was - he's a total Star Trek loving geek! :D

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  11. Okay, from one Star Trek loving geek to another---I am officially swayed---I shall add Anno Dracula to my ever growing list of books to read! :o)
    Jan

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  12. First off, I think I am going to have to find a copy of Garden Spells. There's like eight holds on the library copy. For my favorite books, I have to agree with Sarah's choice. I was very addicted to the whole J.R. Ward series this year. I haven't tried her angel/demon one yet, or Karen Marie Moning's. I am going to download Dark Fever next!!!! Thanks for all the great book suggestions, and happy holidays. Julie

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  13. Mine would be the dark-hunter serie by sherrilyn kenyon. I read them all this year for the goodreads challenge :)
    Seize the night,unleash the night and dream warrior are my favorites so far.

    And the Book Thief by markus zusak .
    It was a good year

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  14. The Librarian----thanks for logging in to add your suggestions! I love everything Sherrilyn Kenyon writes! I haven't read The Book Thief.
    Jan

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  15. So glad to see Elfland on this list - it was my favorite book I read last year! And it sounds like I really need to get around to reading my copy of Garden Spells.

    It's been a very good year and I don't know if I can narrow it down to just one favorite book. I loved Laini Taylor's latest, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, as well as George R. R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons. Those two top my list for this year (so far - I'm still trying to read a few more books before the year ends!).

    For a "new to me" author I discovered this year, my favorite was The Native Star by M. K. Hobson, a book that completely took me by surprise. From the cover description, I never would have picked it up but I'm so glad I heard enough good things about it that I read it. It's a fantasy book set in the 1800s in the US with quite a bit of adventure and a bit of romance as well.

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  16. Kristen, as always, you've added some great books to our list. At this week's meeting, the book group member who gave me Garden Spells mentioned A Taste For Blood Wine by Warrington as her favorite, I really hope she logs in with her review. I am now going to look up The Native Star.
    Jan

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  17. I just wanted to log back on to add that I love the sound of Native Star. It sounds like it may have similarities to Steam Punk, only the setting is old west vs. Victorian. I'm ordering it for the library and may just download it this weekend for myself! :o)
    Jan

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  18. Hope you enjoy The Native Star! Once I met Emily, I could hardly put it down. There is a sequel called The Hidden Goddess, but I haven't read it yet.

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  19. I read The Smoke Thief this year. I saw it on your book group shelf at the library and gave it a try. Was not so sure about a love story with dragons. It was so good.

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  20. Oh my goodness, I could go on and on about how much I LOVED The Smoke Thief. The only reason it's not my favorite book of the year is because I read it a few years ago. Thanks for putting it up there!

    ~To anyone who hasn't read The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe yet, especially if you enjoy books with romance and fantasy, you really must find a copy and read it. It's the perfect book for this time of year, right up there with Garden Spells.
    Jan

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  21. The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge deserves to be on your list. Let us only hope we don't have to wait as long for the next sequel.

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  22. Definitely "State of Wonder". Interesting topic - I don't know about having a baby in my seventies!! But great development of characters and intersting twists in the story line. A close second would be "The Hunger Games Trilogy". I loved reading the same book as my 11 yr old with the same level of interest that she had. Really great story. I loved how the characters were intimate without being sexual - very cleverly written.

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  23. Thanks for the suggestions! I haven't read the Hunger Games yet but have heard many lively discussions about it in our staff room, and from friends. I think this is going to be our first group purchase with our new grant. I'm looking forwad to reading it with the group.
    Jan

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  24. Blood Oath and the President's Vampire,
    Nathaniel Cade has been working for the White House for a very long time, ever since Andrew Jackson was president. This vampire has sworn an oath to protect America from things that go bump in the night. With the help of his new handler, ambitious Zach Barrows, Cade hunts down monsters, both human and non-human.

    I really like this new series. The books read like a movie which shouldn't surprise you, because Christopher Farnsworth is a screenwriter, but the books are intense, high-octane page-turners. Cade and Barrows are unstoppable as they hunt down zombies and reptilian creatures who threaten America. Both Blood Oath and the President's Vampire are part X-Files, part presidental thriller, and all vampire action and adventure.

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