I could say that it’s taken so long to pull this post together because of the rigorous analysis and detailed research that has gone into it… but that would be a lie. 2011 has probably been the year of procrastination for me.
My very favourite books of 2011 (more or less in the order in which I read them)
- Jordan Castillo Price‘s GHOSTV (2011)
- Harper Fox‘s THE SALISBURY KEY (2011)
- Stephanie Perkins‘ ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (2010)
- Seanan McGuire‘s LATE ECLIPSES (2011)
- Sara Creasy‘s CHILDREN OF SCARABAEUS (2011)
- Ellen Emerson White‘s LONG MAY SHE REIGN (2007)
- Eloisa James‘ WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST (2011)
- Nalini Singh‘s KISS OF SNOW (2011)
- Sarah Rees Brennan‘s THE DEMON’S SURRENDER (2011)
- Suzanne Brockmann‘s WHEN TONY MET ADAM (2011)
- Stephanie Perkins‘ LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR (2011)
- Kelly Hunter‘s RED-HOT RENEGADE (2010)
Links are to my Goodreads reviews (warning – I do tend to descend into fangirl gushing when I fall in love with a book, so don’t expect massively coherent thoughts).
And I will add links to the final two one when I (finally) finish writing up all my 2010 reads.
New-to-me authors I’m glad I read this year
- Stephanie Perkins
- Antony John
- Kirsty Eagar
- Sara Creasy
- James Anderson
- Jordan Sonnenblick
- Kaje Harper
- Kelly Hunter
- Sonya Bateman
- Madeleine E. Robins
Author most glommed this year
Unlike last year when I had to check, I knew this one instantly – Kelly Hunter. I fell in love with her writing in the last quarter of the year and probably read her entire backlist within a month – that would be 11 books. Now I’m stalking her new releases page. She’s gotten me back into category romance – something which I would have sworn was impossible a year ago.
Trend analysis time! Heh. I know, I know. Humour me.
|# of books read||144||141||115||155|
|# published during current year||73 (51%)||77 (55%)||55 (48%)||73 (47%)|
|# of authors read||91||88||71||88|
|# of new-to-me authors||26 (29%)||29 (33%)||22 (30%)||27 (30%)|
|# of library books||24 (17%)||20 (14%)||n/a||n/a|
No major changes in habit there really… I read (just a bit) more in 2011, the proportion of 2011 v. pre-2011 releases stayed roughly the same as in previous years, with a slight drop in the number of new-to-me authors. I could do better on the library numbers (I’ve four books checked out as I type this) but, well.
And finally… in keeping with tradition – here’s my graphical breakdown of 2011 by month and genre:
Of the 144 books I read in 2011, a lot of them were romance. And while I was on holiday in December, I wasn’t during October – in fact, I was spending most of my waking hours at work. I blame that on the Kelly Hunter glom.