We have come to the end of the year, how many books have you read this year, my dear readers? If I have to compare my this year's reading to the past and that if there is a grade to measure our reading, I would most definitely get a big 'F' since I have only read 28 books this year (not counting on the book which I'm currently reading). I know, I know, reading is supposed to be fun and we shouldn't measure it by quantity, but I just couldn't help it when I was looking at my past years' reading records and noted the difference.

Anyways, my purpose of this post is not about comparing figures but to share with you what I had read over the past months as well as to share with you which books have made it to my top reads this year. In the past few years, I had named my top reads for each genre but however, this year I couldn't do the same considering the choice is limited; plus it won't be fun and challenging in comparing if the number is small, right?

Without further ado, here is a list of books I read in 2011 and the books that made it to my top reads list are highlighted in bold:

1) Haunting Jasmine by Anjali Banerjee
2) Stay by Deb Caletti
4) The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney (DNF)
5) You Against Me by Jenny Downham
6) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
7) Dreaming in English by Laura Fitzgerald
8) Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (Non-fiction)
9) Gone by Mo Hayder
10) Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
11) Veil of Night by Linda Howard
12) Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
13) Blood on the Moon by Jennifer Knight
14) Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
15) Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
16) Spinning Tropics by Aska Mochizuki
17) In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
18) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
19) A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
20) Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
21) Shadow of a Quarter Moon by Eileen Clymer Schwab
22) The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
23) Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
24) Orchards by Holly Thompson
25) Mermaid: A Twist on a Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
26) Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy
27) The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
28) The Doll: Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier

So what are your top reads this year?
10 Responses
  1. Anna Says:

    So glad to see The Lotus Eaters among your favorites. I loved that book, too. I hope to read Everything Beautiful Began After and Rebecca in the coming year. Wishing you all the best in 2012!

  2. Staci Says:

    From your list I loved Lotus Eaters too!

  3. I loved Forever too but I didn't add it to my list because it's not really a standalone, but hmm, does that matter? I have to rethink that!

  4. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    Oh yes, I loved The Lotus Eaters. I think it was on my list last year. And you are always the one that reminds me I need to read more Mo Hayder. I read one and never read any more. Not enough hours in the day!

  5. Darlene Says:

    I have got t read The Lotus Eaters. So many people have loved it. You know I haven't even done monthly updates this year. I am so far behind because I'd really still like to get it all done.

  6. The Bookworm Says:

    I enjoyed the Lotus Eaters too. It's on my favs of 2011 also.
    It's definitely about quality not quantity when it comes to reading.

  7. Ana S. Says:

    Some great choices! One of these days I'll get around to reading Eating Animals.

  8. joanna Says:

    Wow, you've read some great books this year Melody! I already have some of your favorites to read sometime soon and I've added a couple more to my wishlist. I love these favorites lists!

  9. Well, you're in good company because I didn't read that many books this year either. Trying not to let those numbers bother me anymore.

    I really want to read A Monster Calls. Hearing so many good things about it.

  10. The Lotus Eaters was such a great book, wasn't it?

    I am really curious about A Monster Calls and so am glad you counted it among your favorites.

    It was quite a year, wasn't it, Melody? Ups and downs that took us all around. Here's to a wonderful New Year!

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