Monday, December 12, 2011

2011: Top 5 books

In recognition of 2011 coming to an end  I wanted to start a little series for the rest of the December called the “2011 Top 5.... ”. This will include my top 5 books, music, outfits, blogs, buys etc. I think it will be a fun little catalogue of some of my favourite things from this year. Feel free to play along on your own blog or in the comments. Today I am starting with one of my all time favourite things, books! And just a little side note I have been a little sneaky and done books I read in 2011 and not books wrote in 2011.

5. Unsticky: Sarra Manning - I loved this book because it was so easy to read, a little bit silly and perfect for a Summer holiday.
4. The Gargoyle: Andrew Davidson - this book was so different to anything I have read and kept me intrigued though out, though some what disappointed with the ending, definitely worth the read.
3. Fallen: Lauren Kate - this year has seen me continue my obsession with 'young adult' literature. Out of all the series I started this year, this is my favourite, mainly due to my crush on Daniel! 
2. The Slap: Christos Tsiolkas - this book gave me so many different emotions and left me questioning Australian society - I like a book that makes you think.
1.  The Help: Kathryn Stockett - despite attempting to avoid the hype around this book, I caved and am so glad I did. A wonderful storyline with great characters, read quickly and completely enjoyed. 

What were your favourite books this year?


  1. I don't know any of these books. Shame on me! But I'm giving away 'The Help' for Christmas and of course I want to read it very soon-ish, too.

    Thanks for all the recommendations, I love to discover new books.

    Lots of love. xo.

  2. I can only think of one book I've read this year how sad. I don't see how thats possible with how much money I've spent at I'm a sucker for young adult fiction too I don't know why.

  3. I just keep on reading interesting story books after a couple of pages taking a break for tea.

  4. Some great books to consider. My book of the year has to be "Sister" by Rosamund Lupton. Brilliant twist ending! ;D xx

  5. lol I haven't heard of any of these. I've only really gotten into "mainstream" books like the Milennium trilogy etc. REALLY GOOD THOUGH. The cover of Fallen looks really cool. Might have to check that shiz out.

  6. I also haven't heard of any of these books. I love quite a lot classical "books" - like french 19th century etc. The books I loved most this year were (sorry I only know the french titels, but I'm sure they are already published in english) Au bonheur des dames of Emile Zola, Les ecureuils de Central Park sont tristes le lundi of Katherine Pancol (it's the 3rd part of a really great triology - perfect for lazy winter days!) and what I also really liked The rest is noise (that's a book about music in the 20th century)! xxx Anita

  7. I just finished a book that made me laugh a's just my kind of sarcastic humor...This is Where I Leave You. It's not new but is a very easy read and I bet someone will turn it into a movie soon...

    I loved the Help when it came out. I didn't initially buy it, despite the great reviews, because didn't think the plot would interest me but I'm glad I eventually did.

  8. I love this post and am looking forward to the others! I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read much in 2011. It's so hard when you're a teacher, because you have to read so much for school and curriculum planning, that you don't want to read when you get home! I really miss novels, though, and I'm determined to get back in the swing of things. Thanks for the recommendations--I love young adult literature, too!

  9. I loved The Help and The Forgotten Garden. My two faves this year by far...

    Just about to begin The Night Circus though, and have heard amazing things!

  10. Ooh! I haven't read any of these books yet, but I was talking to Gracie just the other day about how I am in desperate need of good books. I really want to read 'The Help'!

    I can't wait to read more of your top fives!

    x Jasmine


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