Reading is one of my favorite things to do. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite books of 2011.
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore
shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its
dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to
trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and
forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves
possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a
comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David
Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing
bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook)
of their own. ~ Click here for my review
The Spook's Apprentice/ The Last Apprentice/ Wardstone Chronicles (the whole series)
by Joseph Delaney
Driving away ghosts
years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local
villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take
over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some
fled, some failed to stay alive.
Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice.
Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and
a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy
shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees
Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county ... ?
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High…
Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:
One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.
thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled
between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change,
however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a
girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him
or destroy him.Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger... but not everyone will come out alive. ~ Click here for my review
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
The story of Scarlett and
Rosie March, two highly-skilled sisters who have been hunting Fenris
(werewolves) -- who prey on teen girls -- since Scarlett lost her eye
years ago while defending Rosie in an attack. Scarlett lives to destroy
the Fenris, and she and Rosie lure them in with red cloaks (a colour the
wolves can't resist), though Rosie hunts more out of debt to her sister
than drive. But things seem to be changing. The wolves are getting
stronger and harder to fight, and there has been a rash of news reports
of countless teen girls brutally murdered in the city. Scarlet and Rosie
soon discover the truth: wolves are banding together in search of a
Potential Fenris -- a man tainted by the pack but not yet fully changed.
Desperate to find the Potential to use him as bait for a massive
werewolf extermination, the sisters move to the city with Silas, a young
woodsman and long time family friend who is deadly with an axe. But the
clues to finding the Potential aren't adding up, and Scarlet is shocked
to learn new details of Silas's family history. Meanwhile, Rosie finds
herself drawn to Silas and the bond they share not only drives the
sisters apart, but could destroy all they've worked for.
The Boy in the striped pyjamas
by John Boyne
When Bruno returns home
from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed
in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move
from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to
play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as
far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can
see in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and
decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets
the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose
life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting
results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. ~ Click here for my review
The Agency: A Spy in the house
By Y. S. Lee
exciting new series! Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this
diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s
London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a
singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual
vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an
all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary
is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s
companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of
tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous
deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with
action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty
backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring
young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets —
including those of her own past.
Marley & Me by John Grogan
In this funny and
poignant memoir about a wildly neurotic Labrador retriever named Marley,
an unsuspecting young couple come to understand what really matters.
Marley had no brakes on his loyalty, exuberance, or passion. ~ Click here for my review
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Weird as it is working
for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always
thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her
ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's
the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still.
Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are
filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes
that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of
deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark
faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal. ~ Click here for my review
Did you read any good books in 2011?
*All pictures & blurbs from goodreads