I made a really big list
I'm a list maker, as is probably pretty obvious by this feature. So of course I HAD to make an end-of-the-year list recapping all of the books I read in 2011. But how to do it? I spent WAY too long agonizing over this question.
Should I do something like I did at the mid-point of 2011? I thought about it, but then I realized I basically repeated the same list with only a few new additions. I also looked at The Perpetual Page-Turner's End of the Year Book Survey, but after I finished the list, there were really only a small handful of books featured (like, um, Waterfall...about fifty times).
So, after careful consideration, lots of weighing, and a ton of comparing, I decided to make a list of every single book I read in 2011 and organize them by categories according to how much I liked and recommend them. A tad obsessive? Me? Never.
It's like a snapshot of reviews, but you can click on the titles to go to my full reviews.
I broke this up into seven posts (plus a guest post) that will go up throughout the day. Settle in, this is going to be a long one!
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges (review to come)
Historical fantasy with a MC I didn't like and who wasn't realistic to her time. I spent much of the book wondering which Grand Duchess was in the room and trying to navigate the hazy paranormal rules.
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
DEPRESSING! Really. This one is for sophisticated readers who want HARD CORE Hans Christian Andersen with all the sad and gory details. Me? I'll take the Disney version, please!
Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Too many narratives made this a disjointed mess with little depth.
Love Story by Jennifer Echols
I would have liked it a lot more if there was 1) More kissing and sexual tension, 2) More horse races, 3) Likable characters, or 4) If everyone died horribly in the end.
Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
Oh beautiful cover, how cruelly you have misled me! I drooled for months over the idea of this book, only to be disappointed by anachronisms galore and a MC I wanted to mummify and lock in a sarcophagus.
Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
Even the impressive twist at the end couldn't save this been-there-done-that love story. The MC had a gigantic chip on her shoulder and the romantic lead had less personality than Disney's Prince Charming.
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker (review to come)
The MC would never in a million years get an invite to my sleepover party and the mystery bored me.
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King
Rapists, dog abusers, idiots, drug addicts, and pedophiles round out a tale that should have been about rollicking pirate adventures but was really about a pile of fail...in every imaginable way.
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Girl tries to pass a bunch of incredibly easy-peasy tests to become a Greek God (ya know, I've shared my clothes hundreds of times, and never once was I asked to be a god. I'm feeling majorly gypped). I think the real test is whether or not she'll be able to stomach such a wimpy Hades. I'd totally fail--give me alpha men!
All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
I waited ten years for this?!
Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney
Can an entire book be a Mary Sue?
The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
What is with all the "Surprise! Rapists are here!" in books this year? Double bonus: bestiality! Who doesn't want a good dose of that? The MC was so bad though, that I was actually rooting for the villain to kill everyone in the end.