Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Year That Was 2011

I have been justified in holding off my best of list until the end of the year as one of these books was read only last week. I wonder if people stop reading in December just so that they don't ruin their carefully selected lists...

In 2011 I read a whopping 176 books. My target was 130 so I've over-achieved but I don't think I'll be raising the bar too high in 2012. I have read a fair few easy going urban fantasy books this year which has helped the numbers. I would rather try and read a few more weighty books than just increase the numbers. I think I'll aim for 180 and see how it goes.

My top ten reads from 2011 are not all new releases. It's only since I started blogging that I have read a lot of new books, usually they are a few years old. So my list is a genuine "great books I've read this year" list:

#10 Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

#9 Star Gazing
Linda Gillard
My Review

#8 The Scorpio Races
Maggie Stiefvater
My Review

#7 When God Was a Rabbit
Sarah Winman
My Review

#6 Blow on a Dead Man's Embers
Mari Strachan
My Review

#5 A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
My Review

#4 Warm Bodies
Isaac Marion
My Review

#3 The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
My Review

#2 Shades of Grey
Jasper Fforde
My Review

#1 Water For Elephants
Sara Gruen
My Review

You can see all my stats at a glance over on Goodreads and read more five star reviews on my blog. The majority of my reads have earned three or fours stars which is good going. A three star book isn't a bad one in my world. Here's to another book-filled year in 2012.

Happy New Year!


  1. Impressive accomplishment! And you'll be aiming for 180 next year? Wow... I loved Shades of Grey, but haven't yet the others on your list. Here's to a very bookish, 5-star filled 2012!

  2. Thanks, Ellie, for selecting STAR GAZING. It's an honour to be included in that starry list. :-)

    Happy New Year to you.

  3. I'm officially impressed by the amount of books you read ... not to say I was that far behind ;-) !

    Wishing you a happy new booktastic year!!

  4. Great to read your selection. I love The Book Thief and Shades of Grey too. I also really liked the Mari Strachan book. It's very hard to select just a few. I had so many that were 4 or 4.5 out of 5. I still have Never let me go and Water for Elephants to be read.

  5. Happy New Year, Ellie! I just can't express how much I like the pic of the stormtrooper picking up the book!

    I see you're reading The Last Dickens by Matthew Pear, I got it for Christmas last year and I loved it.

    Now I'm looking at your When God was a Rabbit review, I've been having my doubts about that book for a long time now.

  6. I have Never Let Me Go sitting on a shelf, waiting to be read. Hopefully this will be the year I do it. A Monster Calls is another one I really want to read someday.

    Hope you have a great new year.

  7. Star Gazing hit many top lists this year including mine.

    I have not see that cover for Water for Elephants before. It is lovely.

    Happy reading in 2012


  8. Happy New Year!

    There are some great books here. I hope to read Water For Elephants and Never Let Me Go in 2012.

  9. Oooh lots of good books on your list, and a couple of my own favourites too.

  10. A good year of reads I think for you. I have Water for Elephants and Never Let Me go on my TBR. I read The Book thief a couple of eyars ago and enjoyed that. I read When God Was a Rabbit last month and gave it 3*.
    Happy New year x

  11. Great list. I didn't stop reading before I posted. I was reading books I didn't think would make the list. Mind you the last book I read I would have given a shout out to. Mine were all books I had read last year rather than books just out last year too.

    So many good books on your list. I loved Never Let Me Go, When God Was a Rabbit, Shades of Grey and the Book Thief. Your 176 books is impressive. I doubt I will ever manage that, lol.


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