Books of 2011

So I realise this is quite late, but thought I would do a recap of some of my best books from last year. I also forget which books I’ve read, so this year plan to write down every single book, so I can have hopefully have a great long list this time next year!

Saddest book: Without a doubt its got to be A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Made me weep, but not in a life-is-so-desolate-The-Road kind of way, in a very human and uplifting way.

Best thriller: Before I go to sleep by S. Watson. So enthralling I had to read it extra quick to find out what was going on and who she could trust.

Best fantasy: Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan. Nearing the end of this series (this is book 13) they just seem to keep on getting better. So excited for the final installment.

Best horror: I seem to be lacking a bit in this area, but I promise I will return from my next trip to the library with armfuls of Steven King. In the meantime, for 2011, maybe Perfume? By Patrick Suskind. It’s an amazing book, such a novel idea, just not sure if it qualifies as horror. Definitely weird.

Best romance: Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Very romantic and all about love defying all odds and how important it is, in every form, to our humanity.

Best sci-fi: Anything by John Wyndham! Probably The Trouble with Lichen. His books examine great and powerful ideas, beautifully woven into worlds where such strange things happen.

Best adventure: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, had to get it in there! Again, very fast-paced, exciting, with great characters and storyline. Bring on the film!

That’s all the categories I can think of at the moment, so until next January, happy reading.

Top 50 books

To welcome you to this blog and to give a little insight into my reading preferences I have compiled my top 50 ‘books everyone must read’. I will continue to update the list whenever I read something new and amazing, or if I remember some forgotten gem I should have included. What are your favourite books?

  1. Enders Game-Orson Scott Card
  2. Towers of Midnight- Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  3. His Dark Materials- Phillip Pullman
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis
  5. Poirot Books- Agatha Christie
  6. The Wind on Fire- William Nicholson
  7. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  8. I Am David- Anne Holm
  9. The Help- Kathryn Stockett
  10. The Solitaire Mystery- Jostein Gaarder
  11. Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
  12. Ludo and the Star Horse- Mary Stewart
  13. The Time Traveller’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
  14. Mister Pip- Lloyd Jones
  15. Passenger- Billy Cowie
  16. Letters from the Inside- John Marsden
  17. A Different Life- Lois Keith
  18. Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman
  19. Earth’s Children- Jean M. Auel
  20. The Midwich Cuckoos- John Wyndham
  21. Room- Emma Donoghue
  22. North Child- Edith Pattou
  23. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- Rebecca Skloot
  24. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Mark Haddon
  25. You Don’t Know Me- David Klass
  26. Riding Tycho- Jan Mark
  27. Uglies- Scott Westerfeld
  28. Addition- Toni Jordan
  29. The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold
  30. Little House on the Prairie- Laura Ingalls Wilder
  31. Arabian Nights- Various authors
  32. 1984- George Orwell
  33. Perfume- Patrick Suskind
  34. Mondays are Red- Nicola Morgan
  35. The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank
  36. Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro
  37. The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson
  38. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly- Jean-Dominique Bauby
  39. The Girls- Lori Lansens
  40. Plain Truth- Jodi Picoult
  41. Millennium Trilogy- Stieg Larsson
  42. A Brave New World- Aldous Huxley
  43. Just So Stories- Rudyard Kipling
  44. Homeward Bound- Diana Wynne Jones
  45. The Kin- Peter Dickinson
  46. The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien
  47. The Deepwood Chronicles- Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
  48. The Song of the Lioness- Tamora Pierce
  49. The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster
  50. Coram Boy- Jamila Gavin