Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Best of 2011

This year has been quite a year.  I've read some amazing books; I've also read some of the worst.  But the worst is not why we're here.  This is to give certain special book my undivided attention, with the hopes that you will also give them undivided attention by reading them.  They're the best of 2011, my favorites, incredible reads that inspired me and changed the way I look at reading, stories, and the power of words.

I've also included, below this, my top 10 favorite covers, my top 10 best friends, and my top 10 favorite literature men of this year.  Enjoy! :D

TOP BOOKS READ

First Timers
(The first two tie for first...the rest are in no particular order.)

Sapphique
by Catherine Fisher


Delirium
by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

The Face of a Stranger
by Anne Perry

The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan

The Dragon's Tooth
by N. D. Wilson

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

Entwined
by Heather Dixon

My Unfair Godmother
by Janette Rallison



Re-Reads

Brisingr
by Christopher Paolini

Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl
by N. D. Wilson

Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath
by Cornelia Funke

Scaramouche
by Rafael Sabatini


TOP TEN COVERS
(No particular order)

 





 


And three runners up... :D
It cracks me up how these are all of girls' faces looking off to the side. HA!



TOP TEN BEST FRIENDS
(In no particular order)


Xander from Matched


Joan from The Queen's Daughter









Kelsey Hayes from the Tiger's Saga


Holly Claus from The Legend of Holly Claus









John Smith from the Lorien Legacies series



Gabi Betarrini from The River of Time series







Diana Boone from The Dragon's Tooth


Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter








Charlotte Miller from A Curse as Dark as Gold


Tansy Miller from My Unfair Godmother


(I seem to like those Millers, don't you think? Haha!)




TOP 10 MANLY MAN HEROES
In case you haven't noticed, I have a fondness for very manly heroes in my stories.  I have to say something about them, because they inspire the heroes in my story and are totally swoon-worthy.

JARED from Incarceron and Sapphique
(It is a rule that his name must always be capitalized.  That should be Rule #1 in the Universe.)

Dustfinger from the Inkbooks
(As you've probably heard me say before, if I could choose to be any book character, it'd be Dustfinger's wife, Roxanne.)

Fred Weasley from Harry Potter
(DON'T.  DON'T make me cry.)

Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus
(I let out a "Squeeeeeeee!!!" of happiness every time I hear his name.  His bravery and loyalty are awe-inspiring.)

Harry Potter from (DUH) Harry Potter
(Watching Harry grow up in a manner so personal as reading his books, I can't help but fall in love with him. Besides,  his courage and bravery make him a man and a hero in any case.)

Ren from the Tiger's Saga
(Wonderful, Loyal, Strong, and did someone say YUM?)

Roran Stronghammer from Brisingr
(I'm more in awe of him the second time around than I was the first.  He's so awesome.  And powerful.  And not because of magic.  Nope!  He's just a regular man, fighting for what - and who - he loves.  He loves greatly.  And I greatly love him.)

Alex from Delirium
(Sheesh - only two or three other scenes have made me cry as hard as the end scene in Delirium did, and it was all because of Alex, one of the best men of literature, one of the most sacrificial.)

Ky from Matched
(I loved every moment I had with Ky in Matched, him with his quiet, contemplative manner and his burning passion to do right and live fully.  I look forward to every second more I have with him in #2 and #3.  He's a gem.)

Hudson from My Unfair Godmother
(EEEEEKK!!  Hudson is probably the most realistic of these boys, because he doesn't live in a fantasy world or the future or have magic powers or anything.  He's a cop's son in a regular, modern-day city and he is so wonderful to read about.  I wish there was more of him coming up in Rallison's future books...  Maybe?  ;)  )


And now - onto 2012, where I hope to meet characters as wonderful as these and experience stories as wonderful, too!
HAPPY READING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is magnificent blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.
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