I wasn’t able to post thoughts on the books I read in 2011 by the end of the year so I am doing it this week. I noted the general statistics yesterday and today want to tackle my favorite reads. Like last year, I am going to break in out into categories.
Young Adult Fiction
A large chunk of my reading this year was YA (30 of 79 books were roughly in this category) so I had a lot of books to chose from in 2011. So here are ten of my favorites in no particular order:
I am going to cheat a little and put two books by Gary D. Schmidt on the list, Okay or Now and The Wednesday Wars. “Great stories, great characters, imaginative settings and clear writing make these two books great reads. I highly recommend them.”
- I am also going to put N.D. Wilson here because I can’t choose just one of his wonderful books I read this year: The Dragon’s Tooth (start of the new Ashtown Burials series) and the entire 100 Cupboards series) “… if you like large, complex and imaginative fantasy series this one is a must read.”
- Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby “Kirby weaves a great tale. There is historical detail, psychological insight, mystery, intrigue and more.”
- Skellig by David Almond “It is a simple and yet powerful story of friendship, family, compassion and faith.”
- The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi “The world DiTerlizzi has created is captivating and mysterious enough that you want to keep reading; not just to see the next illustration but to dig a little deeper into the mystery.”