Hallelujah! I'm glad the holidays are over because there was just too much food EVERY WHERE and I've been trying to lose weight, not gain it (and I did--lost 5 pounds in December!!! And it was really hard because food was EVERY WHERE).
But I'm also sad that the holidays are over because tomorrow my life starts up again as usual. I don't think I'm ready for that.
Anyway, that wasn't what this post was meant to be about. This post is to share 2011's most memorable reads. Late, I know, but I've been a slacker bloggist the past few weeks (months), so this is when it gets done.
And so, here they are, in no particular order:
OKAY FOR NOW by Gary Schmidt
I laughed, I cried, I gushed about this book to all of my coworkers and any friend who had an iota of interest. It's just that good. So much heartbreak, but so much hope. Doug Swieteck is my hero.
WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Foreman
Since I first read this book in January, I've probably reread it four times. I don't reread books as often these days with such a deep to-read pile, but this one just calls to me. I have a really hard time pinpointing exactly why. I just love it.
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr
This book took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. What really drew me in where the two narrators, Jill and Mandy. I loved their distinct voices, how the perceived each other, and how their world view changed through knowing each other. And it had a happy ending. So few of Zarr's books have true happiness at the end.
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
I read this book in one day. I could not put it down. I thought it was original and interesting and exciting and the romance was spot on. Excited for Insurgent.
WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard
This one doesn't come out until March, but I read it back in August and LOVED it. It was so well-written, but more than the plot, it was the characters that won my heart. Rowan is swoon worthy. I'm really impatient for this book to be released. I want to reread it, but since I borrowed it from NetGalley, I have to wait. Sigh.
VARIANT by Robison Wells
It's just fun. And creepy and surprising and exciting. Really good story telling. Highly recommend.
TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore
This was just fun. The romance, the mystery, the setting, the characters. Fluff, but oh so filling.
RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier
I find the cover extremely boring, but the story in side is extremely fun. There is so much humor, as well as mystery and adventure. I was a little peeved at the ending...Gier ended the book in the middle of a scene. How cruel. But still really fun.
EVERFOUND by Neal Shusterman
This is the conclusion to one of my favorite series. It cemented my love for Mr. Shusterman. I met the man in October (I was actually his chauffeur and picked him up at his hotel and took him to the event...did I mention that earlier?) and it is all because of the Skinjacker Series. LOVE this book. LOVE the series. LOVE how it ended.
CINDER by Marissa Meyer
The whole world Meyer created was just mind blowing. I loved how it wasn't just the story of Cinderella in a new world, it was it's own world with hints of Cinderella. Really enjoyable. I'm impatient for the rest of the series.