The Final Countdown (Top Ten Tuesday)

Rather than apologize profusely for my absence from the blogging world, I'm actually going to give myself permission to take the rest of the year off from my blog.  It's not for lack of love of this blog or any of my fab readers and it's certainly not for lack of great books to write about.  Rather, this has been one of those months where life has thrown me for some loop-de-loops and in an effort to simplify, I'm allowing myself to take a breather.  That's not to say that this will be my last blog of the year and that's not a promise that come January things will return to normal, but it's just an announcement that if I'm not here with my typical frequency, keep heart - I will be back.

With that said, I really can't resist jumping in on today's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Favorite Books Read in 2011.  As usual, I can't actually limit this to ten, but with 70+ books finished this year, this list does still represent the cream of the crop!

Favorite YA Fiction:





Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Matched by Ally Condie

Favorite Adult Fiction - Fantasy:



Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Favorite Adult Fiction - Mystery:



Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell
The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell (review to come)
Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews (review to come)

Favorite Adult Fiction - General Fiction:





Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Favorite Classics:



Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This really is just a sampling of many wonderful books I encountered for the first time this year!  Are there any that I've mentioned that you loved as well?  How about titles I loved that you didn't particularly care for?  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  Feel free to join the fun with a post of your own and link up at their site!

6 Response to "The Final Countdown (Top Ten Tuesday)"

  1. kimba88 says:
    December 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    great choices!

  2. Laurie says:
    December 27, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Great list! I simply must put "Still Alice" on my 2012 list - thanks for the reminder.

  3. LBC says:
    December 27, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I've only read a couple on your list - Middlesex, Jane Eyre, and Matched. They were all good reads.

  4. Sam (Tiny Library) says:
    December 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    A great list! I read and loved Jane Eyre and Middlesex this year too. Anne of Green Gables I loved as a child and will always have a soft spot for.

    I've wanted to read The Peach Keeper for ages but don't think the author is as popular here (UK) so it's hard to track down a copy through the library system. But I will persist...

  5. Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) says:
    December 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Take all the time you need!

    Thanks for some great ideas over 2011...

  6. StephanieD says:
    December 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    I still have to read The Wierd Sisters---despite specifically requesting it for my birthday months and months ago!

    No need to apologize for taking the rest of the year off; it is super busy all around!

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