Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Fives- Best Books of 2011

Paper Hangover asks the question What are your five favorite books in 2011?

1. Plain Kate by Erin Bow- The writing in this book was beautiful.  The story was beautiful and the main character, Plain Kate was so compelling.  Seriously if you haven't read this book you need to.  For real

2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray- This book was hilarious.  Seriously I laughed so many times while reading this book several times.  It is also an interesting book about some of the pressure society puts on girls/women.  Check it out.  I also highly recommend listening to the audio book because it is read by Libba Bray and the voices she does for the characters are pretty awesome.

3 Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu- I just loved this new take on the Snow Queen story.  The main character, Hazel, is so brave.  Any kid would be lucky to have a friend like Hazel in their lives.

4. Matched by Ally Condie- I've heard mixed reviews on this one but I really liked this book.  I loved the use of poetry and the decisions that Cassia has to make.

5. Where She Went by Gayle Forman.  I really enjoyed this follow up to If I Stay.  I read it in an afternoon while on vacation and could not put it down.  I really loved seeing where these characters went with their lives and how they end up back in each other's lives.

What were your favorite reads of 2011?


Colin Smith said...

Did you read BEAUTY QUEENS as well as listen to the audio book? I'm intrigued whether the author's interpretation of the characters' voices was anywhere close to yours. :)

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Interesting list. I haven't read any of those, but I'll remember them when I'm out looking for books.

Julie said...

I haven't read any of these, so I'm glad to have the recommendations. It's terrible but I am totally drawing a blank on 5 books!

Happy New Year to you, Carrie!

Doret said...

I loved Breadcrumbs and Beauty Queens. Though for Beauty Queens I only read the chapters that had to do with the girls, skipping the ads and all the extra stuff they didn't do much for me. But the girls voices, Bray crushed it.

Caryl said...

I've got three of these on my TBR list! I think we'll be reading Breadcrumbs for the teen book club I co-lead at our library next month.

Sherry said...

If you're interested in more lists of 2011 favorites, I've gathered a bunch of links here:

Happy reading in 2012!