I’ve read a lot of Best of lists in the past month. Most book bloggers read several books a week, I’m not exclusive to blogging of books, and my reviews averaged about 2 a month, strikingly less. I’m setting bigger goals for myself next year…but that is another topic.
I decided that my favorite reads would be based on my ratings, and I have to admit, it seems slim, and I do have a few more favorites. For now, these 7 books that I gave 5 Star ratings will stand as my best reads of 2011.
Another best part of the year was discovering new authors. Only 4 books that I read in 2011 were from authors I’d read in the past. Between blogging and facebook and twitter I discovered just how wonderful writers can really be. I made new friends, learned so much from authors and all the self promotion they really have to do to get their books and name out there. I owe much to the writers I met at the UCF Bookfest, they know who they are!!
I also have expanded my mind and reading with book blogs that I am so thrilled to read daily. The side of my blog lists a few of my favorites.
So….without further ado…here are my favorite reads of 2011
The story of a women with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. An amazing journey as she begins to lose touch with who she is. This book really made me cry, and remember to never take life for granted.
The Weird Sisters
This debut novel had me captivated from the start. Three sisters return home, for varying reasons and yet they all find something they need together. I can’t wait to read more from Eleanor Brown.
Exposure: A Novel
Ripped from the headlines, teens sexting and sending questionable emails. I couldn’t put this one down, and it had surprising twists and turns. As a mom of teens it lead to many open discussions.
The Time It Snowed In Puerto Rico
Having “met” the author, Sarah McCoy, online I was taken off to an island to learn the story of Verdita when I read this book. A beautiful coming of age story, I loved this book. Sarah’s next book, The Baker’s Daughter will be published January 24, 2012.
The story of a family of guilty Catholics, and what happens when they gather at the family beach house along the coast of Maine. Generations of women that give such a glimpse of family and life.
My second read from author Jennifer Haigh, and such a book with twists and turns. The story of Father Arthur Breen and the accusations of his perversions are just the tip of the iceberg in this novel. I was drawn into this book to learn some very sad truths.
Historical fiction that captivated me, a surprise for certain. Not usually a genre I pick up, but I met the author Dolen Perkins-Valdez at a bookfest and her discussion of the book really intrigued me. I learned so much about the lives of these mistress/slaves and I was saddened just reading of these struggles.
I’m looking forward to more great reads in 2012