May 24, 2011

Armchair BEA: 2011 Favourites

This post is part of my week-long participation in Armchair BEA 2011.

Since there are zillions of awesome books still to come out this year and next, and I don't want to seethe in jealousy at all the awesome reads that people at BEA are picking up, I thought I would focus on the awesome-ness that I have read. Here are just a few of the great books I've read so far this year, both new releases for 2011 and some "older" books that I've enjoyed.

Favourite 2011 Releases

Divergent by Veronica Roth: This book made my favourite covers, favourite heroines, AND my book boyfriends shelves on Goodreads. Plus if you follow any YA book blogs at all you've probably been tripping over positive reviews for this one. Let me tell you, they don't lie.

The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker: Speaking of liars... I swear this is the book version of Veronica Mars. For serious. And I don't make that comparison lightly. You're welcome in advance. [My Review]

Where She Went by Gayle Forman: Oh, Adam. You're an emo rocker who makes a lot of stupid decisions, but you love Mia SO MUCH that it breaks my heart. Seriously, if you haven't picked up 'If I Stay' or this one, you are missing out big time. Gayle's writing is breathtaking. [My Review]

Favourite "Older" Books Read in 2011

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: This book is "HOLY CRAP" amazing. If you haven't read it, go read it now. Seriously, you won't regret it. It easily made its way on to my favourite books ever list. [My Review]

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead: Please ignore the hideous covers and focus on the books, which are amazingly well written. I am not a vampire fan at all, but these books are totally engaging, filled with some of my favourite characters ever. [My Series Spotlight]

Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong: Really enjoyable characters and fast-paced storylines. There's nothing particularly original about the plot, but Kelley makes it all her own. I really fell in love with the characters, and I loved how action-packed the books were.

So, fellow Armchair-ers, what books are your 2011 favourites? I can't wait to get some book recs, as well as check out which titles you're looking forward to yet this year.


  1. I want to read Divergent so badly after all of these glowing reviews! I'm really not able to pick a favorite read; it's always been a problem for me. But how do you compare Zafon to Clare to King to Shakespeare?

  2. I cannot wait to read Divergent. I'm dying to see what everyone raving about! Stopping in to say hello for Day two of Armchair BEA and am now following! Have a lovely Tuesday!

  3. Thanks for reading my blog and following! I am following you back now.

    Well, I'm only dong ACBEA as a reader so I don't have a post up...My favourite YA reads this year so far are: Anna and the French Kiss, Revolution, Cryer's Cross, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and Matched. I still have to read my copy of Divergent (this is up next) and Delirium but I have a feeling I'm going to love them.

    Adding The Liar Society to my TBR list now!

  4. Everyone keeps mentioning Divergent, and I can't read it yet! :(
    I do love the Darkest Powers Trilogy though; I have to read The Reckoning.
    I'll add The Liar Society to my TBR list too :)

  5. Erika -- I LOVED 'Anna and the French Kiss' & 'Delirium' but I read them both at the end of last year, so they didn't make this particular list.

    Trisha -- I agree, it's hard to pick favourites, especially when you read all kinds of genres like you do.

  6. Fun choices. I haven't read Divergent yet, but I really should. Everyone seems to love it. And I just discovered Jellicoe Road this year, too. I think it may be my favorite thing I've read so far. :)

  7. I'll definitely be reading Jellicoe Road over the summer. It sounds amazing! I definitely want to check out The Liar Society too.

  8. Yay! Recognise all of these from my to-read list! And they all sound great. Plus, it's definitely promising finding them in this list. ;)

    My top 5 "Best Of 2011" books!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  9. I almost bought Divergent yesterday. Really wishing I had. Oh well, it gives me an excuse to go back to the bookstore!

  10. Great list! I keep hearing good things about Jellicoe Road! I'm going to have to get it so I can see what all the talk is about. I'm also excited to read Divergent and Where She Went. They sound so good!

  11. love your books you chose! i'm a GFC follower of your blog now!

    mine are mostly dystopians! check out my list and follow me back?! =]

  12. I am definitely with you on DIVERGENT and WHERE SHE WENT. Those two also made my favorites of 2011 list!

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. I've heard nothing but good things about Jellicoe Road. I must get around to reading it!

  14. I keep hearing about Jellicoe Road and I'm ashamed to say that I still haven't read it yet! It's definitely going on my TBR list--plus I love the cover! I also completely agree with you about Divergent--the hype was completely correct about it.

    Also, why on earth was I not following you before!? I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your posts! :)

  15. Yahhh, everyone should read 'Jellicoe Road' ... I took forever to read it too, but now I'm like it's biggest champion, haha.

    Kristin - thanks, that's sweet! =)


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