Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RTW: Best Books of the Year

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
What were your top five favorite books of 2011?

This was a great year for books for me. I read 53 books this year and had a lot of trouble narrowing it down to five favorites. Here are my top five, in no particular order, and excluding those books that I read in previous years and reread this year.

1. The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
I was a little late getting to this series. So far this is the only one that I've read but I have Demon's Covenant in my "Must Read Over Break" pile. It was a fantastic start to a trilogy and despite the fact that I had the largest plot twist spoiled for me, I absolutely loved it.

2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is one of those books that I wish I'd read years ago. It's a fantastic book with beautiful writing. Every teenager should it -- not in spite of the subject matter -- but because of it.
3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
This is one of my favorite books. I tore through it in a few hours and I can't wait to read it again. It was a different experience reading a book written by two fantastic authors and I really enjoyed it.

4. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan.
Thanks to WG, WG I decided to check out more of Levithan's books and this was the only one I was able to track down in the library. I have to admit it did not let me down. This is a great book that even cured my post-Potter depression (this is the first book I read after seeing the final movie).

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Usually it takes me some time to read a book of this size, but this one I absolutely tore through because I couldn't stop reading. I can't wait for Insurgent!


Crystal said...

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON and SPEAK were both really great reads! I haven't read the others, but I know that DIVERGENT is definitely on my TBR list. That book has been getting a lot of attention and I wanna know why :)

Juliana said...

Divergent and Anna are very popular on today's RTW list lol I loved Anna, now I must get to Divergent ;)
Great choices!

Colin Smith said...

I know what you mean about DIVERGENT--a real page-turner! And my oldest daughter is a huge John Green fan, so I daresay WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON will be making its way into our household in the not-too-distant future. :)

S. L. Hennessy said...

I actually haven't read any of these. Guess I have some more books to add to my to-read list! Great suggestions.