Faves of 2011 so far - The Books

Friday, June 24, 2011

Over at the awesome Inkcrush, Nomes is doing a half yearly list of her favourite books so far.  They are 3 different lists The Books, The Characters and The Scenes & The Random.  The books are any books you have read in 2011 so far regardless of what year they were published.  I will be posting my lists over the following week.  Anybody can participate just make sure to visit Inkcrush.

1. favourite book read so far in 2011 - This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas. It the is type of story that gets completely under your skin. Followed closely by Saving June by Hannah Harrington (swooning, road trip, music, fantastic characters) and Divergent by Veronica Roth (unputdownable read with a fantastic premise and Four).

2. most powerful book - This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas. Subtle in the way it affects you but is a story I will never forget.

3. brilliantly funny - The Year of Secret Assignments (Finding Cassie Crazy) by Jaclyn Moritary. Just brilliantly entertaining.

4. best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read - Stay by Deb Caletti and Sweethearts by Sara Zarr.

5. most beautiful story - Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

 6. delicious rainy day comfort read - Saving June by Hannah Harrington, Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson and Past Perfect by Leila Sales.

7. adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award - Divergent by Veronica Roth.

8. the beautiful prose award - But I Love Him by Amanda Grace and Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler.

9. most atmospheric and vivid setting - Stolen by Lucy Christopher. The outback was like another character.

10. i-so-want-to-go-there award - Die For Me by Amy Plum. Paris ~le sigh~ I want to go there again.

11. most original and imaginative - Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

12. best under-appreciated, hidden gem book - Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson.

13. i-had-no-idea-i-would-love this-so award - This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas and Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren.

14. most haunting story - Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

15. outside my comfort zone but gosh how i loved it - Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergen. Time travel, historical eek! But I loved it.

16. series that i’m loving - Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. One word Barrons.

17.  most memorable voice award - Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John and Fury by Shirley Marr.

18. completely awesome premise award - Divergent by Veronica Roth.

19.  would make the best movie - Divergent by Veronica Roth and Past Perfect by Leila Sales. One would make a great action and they other would be a perfect chick flick.

20.  want to re-read already - Saving June by Hannah Harrington.

Note: Sorry that I didn't include links.  It took me forever to decide on the books.  Also my spacing is playing up.


Morgan said...

I loved sweethearts by Sara Zarr-I remember crying. I haven't read it in a long time so I'll have to pick it up again.

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

I love this list! It reminds me of all the awesome books I want to read too :P which is wayyy too many, but it's awesome to see which books have been your favourites this year :) Fixing Delilah, This gorgeous game, Psych Major syndrome... *desperately wants* :)

Cass said...

GREAT LIST! Just further emphasis that I need to read Past Perfect, Psych Major Syndrome, Saving June, This Gorgeous Game (If you say it was crawling-under-skin amazing, then I must pick it up once it gets here!) and all those in between.

Misha said...

Great list! I have read Stay, Fury and Stolen from your list - loved them all! I really want to read Die for Me, Saving June and Waterfall.

I was having problem with spacing too! I tried and tried to fix it, but it just didn't work. Stupid blogger! :(

Nomes said...

blogger formatting was annoying me too! good in draft and bad when i posted. argh.

YAY for your top three!!!

and some Jaclyn Moriarty LOVE :)

and we both chose fixing delilah as the beautiful prose <3

i SO agree about the setting in stolen. it was intense and vivid

and yay for waterfall :) can't wait to read the sequel with you :D

i also would love past perfect as a movie (and think divergent would be an awesome movie)

on your list that i haven;t read (only 3!): but i love him & stay & five flavours of dumb ~ I've preordered one and am swapping for another ...

YA Book Queen said...

Awesome post! I love Sarah Ockler's writing, and Divergent was definitely unputdownable! I'm putting the other titles I haven't read on my TBR list now,

Misty said...

Wow everyone is choosing Divergent. It must be really good.

I really wanted to put Graceling on my list as well. I seriously LOVED IT but I didn't read it this year (not for the first time any way)

danya said...

I think Divergent might win the adrenalin-fuelled award for me as well (or certainly be in the running anyway!) That one had my heart pounding. I haven't read Past Perfect or Saving June yet but since they made both your and Nomes' lists I will be on the lookout for them for sure!

And aw, I love The Year of Secret Assignments. I've re-read that one countless times :)

Missie, The Unread Reader said...


Ah, Nic! I love that I have the same choices as you for some categories, namely MOST BEAUTIFUL with WSW!!!

I love all your selections, and you know I often pick up a lot of recommendations from you. I know they were chosen with a lot of thought and care.

I can't believe I haven't read Psych Major yet, or Divergent, or Five Flavors of Dumb, or Fury! I'm epic fail.

Wonderful choices, my friend.

mfay2 said...

I love the list! I may have to check out Past Perfect!

Jess - The Tales Compendium said...

Great list Nic! I really must find myself a copy of Past Perfect *sigh*

And yay for Saving June, Dumb, Die For Me, Where She Went and Divergent! They're on my list too :)

Anonymous said...

You have so many books I want to read! and the fact that they made it to this list just got me more pumped! :D

Lovely list.

Alix said...

Great list! I really would love to see Divergent on the big screen - I picked it too!

I must read Psych Major Syndrom it sounds so good.

Cara said...

Finding Cassie Crazy!

And Five Flavors of Dumb!

And more books I haven't read yet! :P

Your list is basically my TBR list right now, so this gives me hope that I'm going to have a lot of great books to look forward to.

Wendy Darling said...

Such great picks, Nic! So many on my list already (many of them thanks to you!), but naturally I found a new one as well. This Gorgeous Game sounds really intriguing. :)

Nina said...

Thanx for the recommendations! Now I need to work a couple of extra shifts so I can actually buy them all. lol. ;)

Unknown said...

love your list! very creative and you brought justice to your rationales:)

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Abbey said...

Aww wow such a great list you have.
You've given me some great books to check out.
I've just finished exams and am finally on holidays so i will be reading a lot of these books!
Fixing deliah, Psych Major syndrome, die for me and saving june are all on the list!.
Great post as always!
:) Abbey
also thank you for the congrats comment on my photo!

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

I almost put Stay as my tear-jerker read!

Saving June and Past Perfect are making your list a lot and I haven't read those yet! Maybe they can be my favs as well!

Unknown said...

you have a great list here. im so going to have to check a lot of these out!

Savannah said...

This is a great list! I love it! Some of these books I am adding to my tbr pile! Thanks!

Jenny said...

What a fun idea and what a fabulous list you have here Nic! I really need to read Waterfall and Divergent, I keep seeing those everywhere and I'm out of the loop and I want in it! I also really want to read Stay:)

Anonymous said...

I cant believe how many books on your list I have not read yet!!! Thanks for all reading goodness..

I did love Where She Went and Waterfall...:)
I cant wait to start Divergent!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Ah! I need Divergent! Look at how many times it is on your list! I need it!! I have Waterfall and can't wait to get to it!

Angie said...

I seriously do not understand why Saving June isn't available here (in US) yet. I wants to read it NOW!!!

You have some great picks. I love Secret Assignments, and Divergent and Stolen. I wish I could get my hands on Psych Major syndrome and Fury though. Grrr...

Kat said...

Saving June and Psych Major Syndrome both look so good... not here in the US yet, are they? I also LOVED Divergent. And Graceling, as well. I particularly am in love with that Aussie cover! Great round-up of books, Nic! :)

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

THANK YOU for showing This Gorgeous Game some love! I thought that book was fabulous :)

Alyssa Kirk said...

Great picks and some I need to get to. I loved Graceling, so glad you included it!

Jenny N. said...

Out of all the books you listed I've only read one of them and its Fixing Delilah. I pretty much want to read all the other ones you listed to see why you loved them so much.

Sas (Tea Mouse) said...

I've heard a bunch of brilliant things about the Gorgeous Game - and your list seems to confirm them!
I'm seeing lots of Divergent on people list's too - so I guess I'll have to get around to that one asap!

And Graceling! *sigh* How I love that book. :)

A Canadian Girl said...

Divergent would make an awesome movie. There are a couple of books on this list which I don't have on my wishlist so I'll be adding them when I have time :)

Shirley Marr said...

Oooo! *furiously scribbles down titles to put on to read list* Lol, am surprised to see my own book there cos it's getting super old now but aww thanks Nic!

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